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Iran Awakening?
The issue of women's right is a matter of universal concern, given that they constitute about half of the entire population of the world. The status of women in most Islamic countries, which adhere to old-fashioned patriarchal principles, is under international scrutiny. -Farhang Jahanpour - 6/29/06

Park Mellat's New Face
I have never been a morning person so it was a surprise to me that recently, one early Friday morning I woke up and was fresh and full of energy. Since we live near Park Mellat in Tehran, we decided to go there and have a walk around. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/29/06

Paykan reincarnation receives impetus
Trilateral talks on resumption of once national car Pakyan's production due to some African states' growing demand kicked off between Iran Khodro Company (IKCO), Industrial Renovation and Development Organization (IDRO), and Ministry of Industries and Mines. -Mehr - 6/29/06

Some See Iran's Faculty Exodus as a New Purge
Dozens of professors at Tehran University have been forced to retire, raising fears that a new clampdown on campuses is underway. -Los Angeles Times - 6/29/06

Art and Culture of Iranian Shiism to be Discussed in Oxford
Oxford University will be the host of a conference on the Art and material Culture of Iranian Shiism, 7-8 of July 2006. -CHN - 6/29/06

The Cabal, Outed: The spies who lied us into war are at it again
The looming conflict between Iran and the United States has a nightmarish quality about it: it is like one of those dreams in which a horrific series of events is endlessly reenacted, while the dreamer is powerless to stop it. You scream and nothing comes out. -Antiwar.com - 6/29/06

Danish duo plans Iranian revolution
They failed to oust US military forces from Guantanamo Bay by assaulting them with Beethoven’s Third Symphony but, undaunted, the Danish artists’ group Parallel Action is turning its sights on Iran, with the aim of instigating another cultural revolution. -Art Newspaper - 6/29/06

Iran Khodro to export Peugeot 206 SD to 30 countries
On Iran's National Day of Industry and Mine and in a ceremony on Saturday July 1 in the presence of regional representatives of Peugeot company from all over the world, Iranian auto manufacturer company,Iran Khodro will start exporting Peugeot 206 to more than 30 countries. -IRNA - 6/29/06

Persian treasure trove on the line at U. of C.
A federal judge has rejected a key defense by the University of Chicago in a lawsuit over rights to ancient Persian artifacts, a decision bound to ripple through the American museum community. -Chicago Tribune - 6/29/06

Iranian-Kurdish refugees put more pressure on UNHCR
Two of the 198 Iranian-Kurdish refugees stranded on the Jordan-Iraq border since January 2005 started a 'permanent' hunger strike on Sunday. The move was intended to put more pressure on the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to resettle them all in a third country, according to Khabat Mohammadi, the refugees' spokesperson. -IRIN - 6/29/06

Analysis: Iran opposition wants sanctions
The Mojahedeen-e-Khalq, or the people's mujahedeen (holy warriors), stand accused of terrorism, of being Marxist-Islamists, and of being a secretive sect which brainwashes its members. The group rejects these accusations. -UPI - 6/29/06

Quakes hit Iranian towns
Eight quakes with the magnitudes, ranging between 3.3 and 5.5 degrees on the Richter scale, have shaken southern Hormuzgan Province since early Thursday. -IRNA - 6/29/06

Khamenei appoints body to oversee foreign policy
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, has established a new body to supervise foreign policy in a move seen by some politicians in Tehran as a way to counterbalance the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad. -Financial Times - 6/29/06

There's A Reason Iranians Like to Tweak the Giant's Nose
President George W. Bush, traveling in Europe, found "absurd" the abysmal ratings Europeans give the United States, ranking us as more of a threat than Iran to world peace. -Seattle Times - 6/29/06

NIAC Fundraiser Features Virginia Congressman and Iranian Studies Pioneer
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) raised tens of thousands of dollars at its East Coast fundraiser hosted by Drs. Shahram and Forough Yazdani in McLean, Virginia, on June 3, 2006. - 6/29/06

The Asia Society Welcomes Iranologists: Can U.S. Be ‘Trusted’?
Regardless of the outcome of the latest round of diplomacy, a nuclear-powered Iran is in the cards, and the debate on what can be done to mitigate the dangers posed by an Iran that is vastly more powerful now than when it was initiated into the “axis of evil” will continue for some time. Appropriately, the Asia Society dipped a toe into the debate waters at a recent dinner, part of the society’s “Asia On My Mind” series of events. -New York Observor - 6/29/06

Iranian factions struggle over nuclear policy control
An offer by the United States and five other powers to end the nuclear impasse with Tehran has ignited a struggle within the Iranian regime over who will control its nuclear policy. -Boston Globe - 6/29/06

Annan confers with Iranian Foreign minister on nuclear, regional issues
Meeting at United Nations Headquarters with Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Motaki, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reiterated his suggestion that the country speed up its response to recent international proposals on ending the impasse over its nuclear development programmes, while also discussing issues of regional importance. - 6/29/06

The Iran Crisis: Facts vs. Fiction
On June 21st, 2006 Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) hosted a panel discussion in New York City: The Iran Crisis: Facts vs. Fiction. - 6/29/06

Mahallat's Hot Springs
One thing Mahallat is famous for is its hot springs, which with the presence of minerals makes it very good for your aches and pains. I read on the net that the springs there are compared with spas in the Netherlands. However, the standard of hygiene and even the quality of service, despite all the investment that was put there about 20 years ago, leaves a lot to be desired. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/28/06

Iranian Women's Rights: Predicted Rollback Hasn't Yet Happened, Say Women Activists
Some women's rights activists in Iran say they are not optimistic that women's rights will make much progress under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But they also say they have not seen the deterioration of women's status they expected when the conservative politician took office last August. -IPS - 6/28/06

Iran cannot engage in serious talks with the US
A careful assessment of Iran's recent statements on its nuclear standoff with the West should make at least two things crystal clear: Iran's rigid and unwavering position on its right to enrich uranium at home (if only for research purposes) and America's staunch resolve not to let that happen. -Jalal Alavi, UK - 6/28/06

Delegation to recount trip to Iran
Melissa Van signed on to the Fellowship of Reconciliation's May trip to Iran expecting the Middle Eastern country to match the portrait she said the American media had painted for her. Looking back, she said, "All of my preconceptions were wrong." -Journal News, NY - 6/28/06

Rafsanjani: Iran ready to assist Iraqis without strings attached
Iran's offer of assistance to the Iraqi people is not out of a desire to obtain benefits, Expediency Council Chaimrna Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran on Tuesday evening. -IRNA - 6/28/06

Iran's Samand to be produced in Senegal soon
Iran and Senegal are setting the stage for cooperation in the industrial and mining sectors, Iranian Industries and Mines Minister Alireza Tahmasbi said at a meeting with his Senegalese counterpart Medicke Niang in Tehran on Tuesday. -Mehr - 6/28/06

World Cup: Ahmadinejad's deputy blamed for World Cup failure
Aliabadi is accused of interfering in the team's affairs in Germany and taking the easy option by firing the Iranian Football Federation president Mohammad Dadkan, making him the main scapegoat for their efforts in taking just one point from their three group games. - 6/28/06

Perle's Wisdom
In Outlook this week Richard Perle, former chairman of the Defense Policy Board and assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, turns a critical eye toward the Bush administration’s Iran policy and, specifically, diplomacy toward Iran from the Condoleezza Rice-led State Department. -Washington Post - 6/28/06

Five Countries are Iran's Main Pistachio Export Target
Iran in the first two month of spring exported 99.8 percent of its exported pistachio to five countries. -ISNA - 6/28/06

Neocons Still Run the Show in Washington
With the media detailing the Bush administration's domestic and international banking and financing manoeuvres as weapons in "the war on terror," Patrick Seale introduces the neocons managing this aspect of US foreign policy. -MEO - 6/28/06

Book Review: The Rug Merchant
Ushman Kahn is a middle-aged Iranian carpet manufacturer whose wife Farak sent him to America to make money while she remained in their native Tabriz to care for his invalid mother. -AP - 6/28/06

Paris Accord, the Sequel
According to numerous reports, President Bush – while at a meeting with leaders of the European Union last week – gave the mullahs an ultimatum: last week. -Gordon Prather, Antiwar.com - 6/28/06

If the Truth be Told...
The Western media, led by Israel, is hard at work presenting Iran as a global threat. Even the brilliant and daring Stephan Walt and John Mearsheimer who argue that the Israeli lobby has too much power are not immune to the damaging sound waves of the controlled media, or the feign-written pages of the newspapers. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 6/28/06

Pattern of arrest and release continues for Baha'is in Iran
Baha'is arrested and imprisoned in recent weeks without charge in Shiraz and Hamadan, Iran, have been released, most on the basis of some collateral, the Baha'i International Community has learned. Trial dates for nearly 130 Baha'is across Iran have yet to be announced. -BWNS - 6/28/06

Spanish Embassy to hold "Flamenco Guitar" competition in Tehran
Spanish Embassy in Iran plans to hold the second phase of "Flamenco Guitar" competition at the Arasbaran Cultural Center in Tehran on September 6. -Mehr - 6/28/06

Gulf crossing in Persia
Snow is falling lightly on Jamshidiyeh Park in well-heeled north Tehran. I've just returned from a walk up the Alborz Mountains and am sitting under a gazebo with a group of women who have invited me to share afternoon tea. -Sydney Morning Herald - 6/28/06

Iran's Jews learn to live with Ahmadinejad
Maurice Motamed has one of the loneliest jobs in the Middle East. When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his controversial Holocaust statements, the sole Jewish MP in Iran's 290-member Majlis (parliament) felt he had no option but to confront him. -Guardian - 6/28/06

Russia Against Nuclear Proliferation Ultimatums
President Vladimir Putin says Russia will not add its name to any ultimatums about nuclear proliferation. In an apparent reference to U.S.-led pressure over Iran, he said ultimatums would "only push the situation into a dead end" and strike "a blow against the authority of the UN Security Council." - 6/27/06

Defying US Deadline, Iran Recalls an EU Stall
Iran's announcement that it will not respond to the formal negotiating offer from the six powers until late August was both an expression of confidence and a bit of payback for European stalling in responding to Iran in 2005. -Antiwar.com - 6/27/06

Tehran University to hold Mozart Music Festival
Pardis Music Band from University of Tehran's Fine Arts Faculty will hold Mozart Music Festival with the cooperation of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz (KUG) from July 1-8. -Mehr - 6/27/06

IRAQ: Large-scale oil smuggling operations lead to reconstruction delays
The smuggling of petroleum products from the port city of Basra – some 560km south of the capital, Baghdad – to neighbouring countries has led to the delay of a number of Iraqi development projects, said one high-level petroleum official. -IRIN - 6/27/06

EU Signs Deal To Back Nabucco Pipeline
The European Commission and representatives of Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Austria have backed the building of a pipeline to transport Caspian and Middle East gas to the European Union. -RFE - 6/27/06

Human Rights Watch: Iran Should Retry Ethnic Arabs Condemned to Death
Iran’s judiciary should rescind the death sentences of at least 10 Iranians of Arab origin convicted of plotting against the state, and retry them before courts that meet international fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch said today. - 6/27/06

Iran's oil revenues to reach $60b this year
Mohammad Hadi Nejad-Hosseinian, deputy oil minister for international affairs, said here on Tuesday the country's annual oil revenues will hit 60 billion dollars by the end of current Iranian year (March 20, 2007). -Mehr - 6/27/06

Iran set to build biggest Middle East golf course on Persian Gulf island of Kish
Iran's Golf Federation (IGF) president on Monday night vowed that the largest course of the Middle East will be built on the southern Kish Island, Hormozgan Province. -Mehr - 6/27/06

5000-Year-Old Settlement Areas Found in Bolaghi Gorge
Archeologists in Bolaghi Gorge succeeded in discovering the remains of settlement areas belonging to six different historical periods, the most ancient belonging to 3000 BC. -CHN - 6/27/06

Give Iran Positive Incentives to Halt Its Nuclear Program
The United Nations Security Council recently sent Iran a package of incentives to encourage that nation to halt its nuclear program. The proposals included selling Iran light-water nuclear technology, civilian aircraft, and spare parts. -Antiwar.com - 6/27/06

Iran, the Best of the Worst
Iranian fans waited 8 years to see their Team Melli in the World Cup. Team Melli answered their long wait with an early exit. While many have concentrated on this disappointing performance, Iran was not the only disappointment in this world edition of the beautiful game. In fact, Iran was the best of the worst. -Afshin Ganjoo - 6/27/06

Celebration: New CD by the Persian Avant-Garde composer Alireza Mashayekhi
Alireza Mashayekhi is one of the most important representatives of new music in Persia (Iran). In 1993 with cooperation of the pianist Farima Ghavam-Sadri, Mashayekhi founded Tehran Contemporary Music Group and in 1995 established Iranian Orchestra for New Music. This orchestra alongside many concerts in Tehran, produced its first CD in 2002 which was released by Hermes Records. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 6/27/06

CONFRONTING IRAN: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Crisis in the Middle East (Book by Ali M. Ansari)
Iran is going nuclear, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly proclaimed that Israel should be “wiped off the map.” The U.S. and Iran are currently at a total impasse, and some have claimed that the White House is already drawing up war plans. How did we get here? - 6/27/06

Iranian, Iraqi businessmen sign $1b agreement
The agreements signed between Iranian and Iraqi businessmen hit one billion dollars. The accords were reached during the course of an exhibition of the Iranian goods and products held in Irbil, Iraq. -Mehr - 6/26/06

Iranian orchestras need new blood: composer
Iranian composer Loris Tjeknavorian laments the fact that retiring musicians are not being replaced in Iran. -Mehr - 6/26/06

Open letter to the President of Iran
We the undersigned appeal for the immediate, unconditional release of the prominent scholar and public intellectual Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo, who was arrested at Tehran's international airport in late April 2006. - - 6/26/06

Iranian cinema must find audience in neighboring countries: filmmaker
Director Puran Derakhshandeh is convinced that Iranian cinema must find an audience in neighboring countries. Derakhshandeh, who recently returned from Iran's cultural weeks in Qatar and Sudan, told the Mehr News Agency on Monday that Iranian cinema enjoys high cultural status. -Mehr - 6/26/06

A stronger Iran deepens links to Syria
For a long time, the top-selling poster in Hassan al-Sheikh's gift shop showed President Bashar al-Assad of Syria seated beside the leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon. A few weeks ago a slightly different poster overtook it, this one with the Syrian president, the Hezbollah leader and Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -New York Times - 6/26/06

War's Iraqi Death Toll Tops 50,000
At least 50,000 Iraqis have died violently since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, according to statistics from the Baghdad morgue, the Iraqi Health Ministry and other agencies — a toll 20,000 higher than previously acknowledged by the Bush administration. -Los Angeles Times - 6/26/06

Soccer: Klinsmann "not interested at all" in US coaching job
German trainer Juergen Klinsmann has ruled out taking over the US national football team following media reports which linked him to replacing US coach Bruce Arena. - 6/26/06

Iranian plane hits building materials on runway at Dubai airport
An Iranian passenger plane sustained minor damage after hitting construction materials on a runway as it was about to land at Dubai's international airport on Sunday, but there were no casualties, it was announced in Dubai on Monday. -IRNA - 6/26/06

Iran: Four people injured by Shiraz blast
Unofficial reports said four people were injured and five cars damaged as a result of a blast Monday morning in one of the major streets of the southern city of Shiraz, capital of Fars province. -IRNA - 6/26/06

Kiarostami's Tazieh Screened in Freiburg Theater Festival
On the sideline of 24th International Theater Festival in Freiburg, Germany, Abbas Kiarostami, famous Iranian movie director who is well-known for his documentary movies and has won several prizes in international film festivals so far, screened his latest documentary entitled "A Look to Tazieh". -CHN - 6/26/06

Silk Road Revival Grows As More Sites Protected
If we could somehow blow away the centuries-deep sand that today covers the ancient tracks of the Silk Road, we would see amazing things. We would see caravans of up to 6,000 camels moving slowly, day by day, across the vast distances separating China and Europe. -RFE - 6/26/06

Delegation delivers letter to Iranian Interest Section in DC demanding Ramin Jahanbegloo's release
We, the undersigned, object and appeal to your government for an end to the illegal incarceration of Prof. Ramin Jahanbegloo who was arrested at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport while trying to board a flight to Brussels on April 27th. - 6/26/06

Statement for peace between Iran and the US
Invited by Peace Laureates Dr Shirin Ebadi and Prof Jody Williams, under the auspices of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, a number of Iranian and US women’s organizations and other civil society representatives came together in an historic meeting in Vienna from 6-8 June 2006. We agreed on the following: -Nobel Women's Initiative - 6/26/06

Solatnieh, Host of Festival of Folk Games in Zanjan
The first festival of Zanjan's folk games, aiming to revive the folk games of Zanjan province and introducing them as one of the tourism attractions of this province will be held in the historical site of Soltanieh monument during this coming August/September. -CHN - 6/26/06

Quakes hit towns in southern and northeastern Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit the vicinity of Dehdasht in Kohkilouyeh and Boyer Ahmad province on Sunday. Another earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit the city of Torbat-e Jam in the northeastern province of Khorassan Razavi early Sunday. -IRNA - 6/25/06

Where Taliban Rules Again
The fundamentalist fighters have regrouped to spread fear in one south Afghan province mired in poverty and the drug trade. -Los Angeles Times - 6/25/06

BMW sales predicted to remain steady in Iran
BMW's 2007 models will hit the nation's roads this year, and advance purchases of series one through seven along with the X3 class have already begun, the executive director of BMW of Iran told the Persian service of ISNA on Saturday. -Mehr - 6/25/06

Iran, Afghanistan to cooperate on electricity and water projects
Visiting Iranian Energy Minister Parviz Fattah conferred in Kabul with President Hamid Karzai on issues of mutual interest. In the meeting, both sides emphasized the need for cooperation between the two countries on electricity and water projects. -IRNA - 6/25/06

Turkish Foreign Minister In Iran For Nuclear Talks
Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is in Tehran for talks with Iranian leaders expected to focus on ways to resolve the standoff over the Iranian nuclear program. -RFE - 6/25/06

Former Iranian expats Abdi and Kangarani taking the stage with "Mr. Akbar"
Iranian actors Akbar Abdi and Saeid Kangarani, who have returned from the West, are to appear in "Mr. Akbar, the Theater Actor", which will be directed by Abdi at Tehran's Sangalaj Hall starting in late July, the Persian service of CHN reported on Sunday. - 6/25/06

Ferdowsi bio "Poetry and Sword" ready for screening
The film "Poetry and Sword", which is a biography of Ferdowsi by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Nurizad, is now ready for screening. -Mehr - 6/24/06

First Logan manufactured in Iran
The first Logan in Iran was manufactured by Iranian experts on Wednesday. According to the released report mass production is to be launched in mid September. -ISNA - 6/24/06

Iran's air fleet's capacity increases
Referring to a growing public demand for the launch of an air route to the United States, Niaraki said a reply from the US government was still being awaited to Iran's request, adding that the matter is persistently being followed up by Iranian officials. -IRNA - 6/24/06

Panama Detains Iranian Filmmaker
Arjmand, who is, among other things, the head of the historical department of Iran's TV station IRIB and also works for TV production company Vijeh, is producing a documentary about the Shah of Iran. To this end, he and his team traveled to the USA, the Bahamas and Mexico to interview various people. They also filmed in Panama, and we have been able to confirm that all visa were in order. -Noriegaville, Panama - 6/24/06

Iran negotiator says U.S. wants to topple govt-paper
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said the United States is intent on toppling Tehran's government whatever happens in talks over its nuclear plans, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Friday. -Reuters - 6/24/06

Iran Rejects Gas Price Proposed by India and Pakistan
Iran Oil Ministry's international affairs deputy announced Iran could not pay for the illogical gas subsidies placed in India and Pakistan. -ISNA - 6/24/06

Is Iran studying North Korea's nuclear moves?
There may be no such thing as a North Korea playbook for would-be nuclear proliferators. But many Western leaders suspect Iran of trying to emulate North Korea's secretive development of nuclear weapons. -CSM - 6/24/06

Talk Boldly With Iran
Sometime in the next several months, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice or a senior colleague is likely to sit down at a negotiating table with representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran. -Washington Post - 6/24/06

Next Victim: Iran or North Korea
This may seem a bit quaint, perhaps even obsolete, but it used to be standard procedure to require intelligence before deciding to make war. Unless you have been asleep these past several months, you know that this sequence was reversed in 2002 when the White House ordered intelligence "fixed" to justify a prior decision for war on Iraq. -Antiwar.com - 6/24/06

Iran ready to negotiate over nuclear programme 'without preconditions,' Annan says
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Motaki has assured him his country will come to the negotiating table "without preconditions" in any talks on its nuclear programme – which it insists is for peaceful purposes, but which the United States and others see as a weapons threat. - 6/24/06

Iran: Rafsanjani says path clear for real nuclear talks
However, it also seems that some elements are intentionally trying to undermine this peaceful process, he noted, adding, "Nevertheless, we believe that this is the correct way, and the problem should be solved through negotiation and confidence building." -Mehr - 6/24/06

Iran, Bosnia book berths at world sitting volleyball final
Iran and Bosnia & Herzegovina squeezed into the final of the 9th World Sitting Volleyball Championships in the Netherlands Friday. -Mehr - 6/24/06

Fears as Iran professors 'retire'
Forty professors and lecturers from Tehran University in Iran are being retired on Thursday. The move is causing concern that the new government of President Ahmadinejad is purging professors. -BBC - 6/23/06

Jahan-Nama Tower will collapse if modification continues, warn experts
The UNESCO had threatened to add Isfahan's Naqsh-e Jahan Square to its List of World Heritage in Danger in case the modification of the controversial 56-meter tower did not begin before last February. -Mehr - 6/23/06

Iran: Tehran Has Stake In Success Of Korean Missile
The current international outcry over North Korea's apparent plans to test fire a new intercontinental ballistic missile shows that the world is taking Pyongyang's intentions seriously. But experts say Iran has also had a hand in developing the multistage Taepodong-2, which is said to have a range that would enable it to reach U.S. territory. -RFE - 6/23/06

IRANIANS TOGETHER IN LEIPZIG: Football Trumps Politics
The spectre of Iranian Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his ongoing beef with the West followed the Iranian team wherever it went in Germany. But the World Cup became the only place where all Iranians could come together. -Spiegel - 6/23/06

Iran, Bosnia, Egypt, Germany into world sitting volleyball semis
Iran, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, and Germany booked berths in the semifinals of the 9th World Sitting Volleyball Championships in the Netherlands Thursday. -Mehr - 6/23/06

Iran seeks links with Venezuela
Iran is pursuing increased political and economic cooperation with Venezuela and Sudan as part of a series of calculated foreign policy moves that looks certain to exacerbate an already tense stand-off with the Bush administration. -Guardian - 6/23/06

Because of Iran US cedes to Russia in Eurasia
The information coming the last weeks from the sources in the foreign policy departments of several Central and Eastern Europe countries testifies: the US administration has been changing its orientation in relation to Putin's regime. The White House has a desire for "a ceasefire" on the Russian direction in exchange for the arrangement on the Iranian problematics... -Axis - 6/23/06

Behind Rise of Iran's President:: A Populist Economic Agenda
Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has grabbed the world's attention with his bombast over Tehran's nuclear program and saber rattling against Israel. At home, however, the president's popularity is soaring thanks to another reason: his enthusiastic embrace of economic populism. -Wall Street Journal - 6/23/06

Parsi’s to use solar panels for disposing of dead bodies
Zoroastrianism, the religion followed by Parsi’s was once spread across the western part of the Iranian plateau to the Persian Gulf. Today it is practiced in South Asia and Iran. -CFP - 6/23/06

Behind Rise of Iran's President:: A Populist Economic Agenda
Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has grabbed the world's attention with his bombast over Tehran's nuclear program and saber rattling against Israel. At home, however, the president's popularity is soaring thanks to another reason: his enthusiastic embrace of economic populism. -Wall Street Journal - 6/23/06

Iran calls halt to petrol imports
Iran is to stop importing petrol from September and instead start rationing the fuel, its oil minister has said. -BBC - 6/23/06

US Commander Accuses Iran of Aiding Iraqi Shi'ite Insurgency
The top U.S. commander in Iraq has accused Iran of increasing its involvement in the Shiite insurgency in Iraq, and using its allies to launch attacks on U.S. forces. -VOA - 6/23/06

U.S. posturing threatens chain reaction in Iran
Like many in Vancouver’s Iranian community, Davood Ghavami has looked on with growing worry at the standoff between the United Nations Security Council and Iran over the country’s uranium-enrichment program. -Vancouver Free Press - 6/23/06

Kurdistan: Birth of a Nation?
Violence and suffering disfigure Iraq on a daily basis. But not everywhere is blighted. The Kurdish region is largely peaceful, and cities are beginning to thrive. So after decades of bloodshed, could its people's goal of self-determination finally be realised? Patrick Cockburn reports on an unexpected consequence of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein -Independent - 6/23/06

Iran Says 330 Arrested Over Recent Cartoon Unrest
The head of the judiciary in Iran's Eastern Azerbaijan Province today said that 330 people were arrested in connection with protests that erupted in May in the country's predominantly Azeri northwestern regions over a controversial cartoon. - 6/23/06

UN urged to respond to Canada's condemnation of Said Mortazavi's presence in Geneva
Reporters Without Borders welcomes the Canadian government's condemnation of Tehran chief prosecutor Said Mortazavi's presence as an Iranian delegate at the inaugural session of the new United Nations human rights council. - 6/23/06

Old Path Connecting Yazd to Isfahan Identified
Archeologists succeeded in identifying the ancient path of Yazd to Isfahan which had four historical road service centers on its way. -CHN - 6/23/06

NWI support for women's rights activists in Tehran
We women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates condemn this act of violence. -Nobel Women's Initiative - 6/23/06

Tomb and Prison of Cyrus the Great Eternalized
Iran's Parse-Pasargadae Research Center succeeded in providing the accurate 3D plan of the prison and tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae to keep an eternal perspective of these two unique monuments. This project was done in conjunction with Iran's Astronomy Community and a team consisted of archeologists and Iranian and foreign experts. -CHN - 6/22/06

U.S., EU Call For Action Now On Iran Nuclear Proposal
It's been two weeks since Iran was presented a six-nation plan for resolving the crisis over Tehran's nuclear program. Today, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said his government would respond to the proposal by mid-August. -RFE - 6/22/06

Iranians seeking politics-free sport
The World Cup has been a chance for Iran to present itself in a non-political light - at least that has been the hope held by Iranian football fans. -BBC - 6/22/06

Annan: Iran Seriously Considering Nuclear Offer
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he believes Iran is seriously considering an international offer of incentives aimed at resolving the standoff over its nuclear program. -VOA - 6/22/06

Oversight attempts on military planning on Iran rejected in House
House Republican leaders fought back two Democratically crafted measures seeking greater accountability and limitations on US Iran military plans this week. -NIAC - 6/22/06

House Foreign Operations Bill Contains Penalties For Iran Allies
On Tuesday, June 9, 2006, the House passed HR 5522, the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 by a commanding 373 to 34. Provisions in the bill would penalize Russia and other states for cooperation with Iran. -NIAC - 6/22/06

Iran imports 369,307 cell phones in March-April
Iran's imports of mobile phone in the past year (ending March 20) hit 3,348,709 sets valued at around $291,850,000 -Mehr - 6/22/06

Iran's football boss axed; futsal chief resigns
Iran's Physical Education Organization (PEO) ousted Football Federation president Mohammad Daadkan immediately after Wednesday's Iran-Angola match at the 2006 World Cup in the German city of Leipzig. -Mehr - 6/22/06

Iranian FM: Bush Should Be Patient for Response to Incentives Offer
Iran's foreign minister says President Bush should not be in a hurry for a response to a Western incentives package aimed at curbing Tehran's sensitive nuclear activities. -VOA - 6/22/06

Iran, Angola Head Home After World Cup Draw
The football teams from Iran and Angola concluded their World Cup campaigns by playing to a hard-fought 1-1 draw. VOA Sports Editor Parke Brewer was at Wednesdays Group D match in Leipzig and has a report. - 6/22/06

Delegation to visit the Iranian Interest Section in DC to discuss Ramin Jahanbegloo's case
Nearly 45 days ago, Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo, Iranian Professor and Philosopher, was arrested in Iran’s Mehrabad Airport while on a visit to India. Mr. Jahanbegloo is currently in Evin Prison, held illegally without any specific charges and has been denied access to legal defense. This delegation seeks to discuss with the Iranian Authorities the case of Dr. Jahanbegloo and demand his immediate release. - 6/22/06

China Furthers Economic Inroads Into Central Asia
Even before Central Asia's leaders arrived in eastern China for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) summit on June 15, it was clear that economic cooperation was increasingly joining traditional SCO goals like counterterrorism and the suppression of extremism and separatism. -RFE - 6/22/06

Recent Discoveries in Hormozgan to Reveal Mysteries
Continuation of archeological excavations in Hormozgan province led to discovery of more fantastic historical relics in this area including a stamp with the design of a human being on it. -CHN - 6/22/06

Iran: Remove Rights Abuser From Delegation at U.N.
Iran should immediately remove Tehran’s notoriously abusive prosecutor general from its delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Human Rights Watch said today. The prosecutor general, Saeed Mortazavi has been implicated in torture, illegal detention, and coercing false confessions by numerous former prisoners. - 6/22/06

Caspian's Ashouradeh Island, tourist village, global habitat
Ashouradeh Island is situated at the easternmost end of Miyankaleh peninsula to the north east of Gorgan Bay. In old day, the islanders separated it from Miyankaleh Peninsula by digging a channel. - 6/21/06

A trip to Mahallat
Sometimes real life stories are stranger and even better than the stories one could make up. Here, I share with you the story of my trip to Mahallat which is famous for its hot springs and flowers. They hold a flower festival every year in September and November. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/21/06

Lyricist-Composer Jahanbakhsh Pazoki and Poetess Homa Mirafshar Join Celebration of the 2nd Annual Persian Golden Lioness Awards in Budapest
Among the other awardees from 6 different nationalities, the Golden Lioness Statuette will be conferred this year to two of our legends: Master Jahanbakhsh Pazoki in category of Music for his creative Melody in Persian Contemporary Pop and Mrs. Homa Mirafshar in category of Literature for her Lyrics of excellence. -Darius KADIVAR - 6/21/06

Newsmaker: Microsoft security chief looks beyond Vista
Iranian-born Fathi is a tech geek who spent the last eight years in the shadows at Microsoft working on file systems. Now he's in the spotlight--in arguably the most thankless job in Redmond. Fathi is responsible for security features in Windows and other Microsoft products. -CNET - 6/21/06

Controversial Art Exhibit Blends Visual Art with Political Statement
An exhibit now showing at American University's Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. blends visual art with political statement. It includes statements against war and violence, racism, and environmental damage. -VOA - 6/21/06

Ahmadinejad 'has 70% approval rating'
The popularity of Iran's controversial leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is surging almost a year after he unexpectedly won closely contested presidential elections, Iranian officials and western diplomats said on Tuesday. -Guardian - 6/21/06

Iranian Expert Names Caspian Sea Pollution Sources
This expert also referred to the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline as one of the most threatening sources of pollution in this area and a threat to the continuance of sea wild life in the Caspian Sea. -ISNA - 6/21/06

Iran Maneuvering For Extra Incentives to Suspend Nuclear Program
Iran seems inclined to enter into negotiations on an international incentive package designed to encourage Tehran to suspend its nuclear program. However, the negotiations stand a good chance of stalling unless the package is altered to include a security guarantee for Iran. -Eurasianet - 6/21/06

Iranian Activist Detained for Demanding Women's Rights
On June 12, dozens of Iranian students and activists peacefully demanding women’s equal rights were arrested. Prominent human rights advocate, Ali Akbar Mousavi Khoini, remains in detention and is reported to have suffered ill-treatment. -Human Rights First - 6/21/06

Iran lifts world university freestyle wrestling title
Iran was crowned at the World University Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia, Tuesday night. -Mehr - 6/21/06

Iran nuclear response 'in August'
Iran has said it will respond by mid-August to a package of incentives on its nuclear programme offered by UN Security Council nations plus Germany. -BBC - 6/21/06

Former Bush Administration Official David Safavian Convicted in Scandal
A former Bush administration official was found guilty of obstructing justice in the first trial to emerge from a lobbying scandal that has rocked American politics. A jury in Washington Tuesday convicted David Safavian of attempting to cover up his dealings with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. -VOA - 6/21/06

Iranian Kurdish Refugees Find Shelter in Northern Iraq
International refugee agencies say nearly one million Iraqis have fled their country since the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein in March 2003. But Iraq is also host to a small and long-standing refugee population of several thousand Turkish and Iranian Kurds. -VOA - 6/21/06

Kish in situ gas reserve estimated at 43 trillion cu. ft.
In situ natural gas reserve in Kish, a Persian Gulf island in southern Iran, is estimated at 43 trillion cubic feet, exploration manager of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) announced in Tehran on Wednesday. -Mehr - 6/21/06

Persian populist wins Arab embrace
Iran's Ahmadinejad is attracting fans across the Middle East for his fiery rhetoric. -CSM - 6/21/06

Saudi Official Says Oil Price Could Triple in Event of Military Conflict Over Iran
Saudi Ambassador Turki Al-Faisal said military conflict with Iran would be counterproductive and would turn the Persian Gulf into an inferno. Faisal spoke to reporters in Washington. -VOA - 6/21/06

Oil and Power: Iran Approach Must Avoid Past Mistakes
As tensions rise in Iran, fund managers consider the right moves for their energy portfolios. It is estimated that Iran has 10% of the world's oil reserves, and Iran produces approximately four million barrels of oil per day with the capacity to produce six million barrels per day in easy reach. -Janet Tavakoli - 6/21/06

National Iranian Oil Company and China's Sinopec sign Garmsar oil, gas contract
The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and China's Sinopec here on Tuesday night signed a contract on exploration and development of oil and gas fields in Gamrsar, central of Iran. -Mehr - 6/21/06

Iran Charges Prominent Women's Rights Activists
Leading Iranian women's rights activists Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani and Parvin Ardalan have been charged with acting "against national security" by calling for an "illegal" gathering to promote equal rights and publishing related statements, according to Iranian news reports. -RFE - 6/21/06

Book on Iranian Fossils: Fossilized Fleshes - Recent evidences of old creatures of Kerman
This is the very first book written on Fossils of soft parts of ancient living organisms discovered in Kerman province of Iran. It is a colorful pictorial book that will interest all fossil lovers. - 6/20/06

Bush Wrongfooted as Iran Steps up International Charm Offensive
Bush administration officials like to describe Iran as a country isolated from the outside world. Its outlaw government's policies, and especially its nuclear activities, have earned it the distrust of the international community, the fear of its neighbours and, they say, the rightful label of a "rogue state". -Guardian - 6/20/06

Bush Says Iran Faces Isolation, Sanctions if it Rejects International Incentives Package
President Bush says Iran faces greater isolation and heavier sanctions, if it rejects an international package of incentives to suspend uranium enrichment. Mr. Bush spoke in New York, hours before his scheduled departure to Vienna for a U.S.-E.U. summit, where Iran's nuclear program is expected to be a focal point of discussions. -VOA - 6/20/06

Robin Soans' "Talking to Terrorists" goes on stage at Molavi Hall in Tehran
British playwright Robin Soans' "Talking to Terrorists" is currently on the stage by Iranian director Payam Forutan at Tehran's Molavi Hall. "Talking to Terrorists" is the outcome of Soans' interviews with a number of people, who have been involved in terrorist acts and scores of terrorist victims. -Mehr - 6/20/06

Iran's Rights Compromised
According to the United Nations statute establishing the International Atomic Energy Agency: "The Agency shall seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health, and prosperity throughout the world...." -Gordon Prather, Antiwar.com - 6/20/06

Oil prices forecast to stay over dlrs 71 for rest of 2006
The Center for Global Energy Studies (CGES) Monday increased its price forecast for benchmark Dated Brent crude to an average of 68.2 dollars per barrel for the whole of 2006. - 6/20/06

US Refugee Admissions Expand to Africa, Iran
A senior State Department official for refugees, Kelly Ryan, said there is positive news on refugees from Iran. "And, we are pleased that the number of applicants from Iran has more than doubled in the past year, from 2,000 to 4,000," said Kelly Ryan. "These are ethnic - religious and ethnic minorities from Iran that will be coming to the United States, when they are approved." -VOA - 6/20/06

The Ugly Truth About Everyday Life in Baghdad (by the US Ambassador)
CONFIDENTIAL MEMO - FROM: US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, Baghdad, TO: Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, SUBJECT: SNAPSHOTS FROM THE OFFICE -Independent - 6/20/06

Iran: Tehran's Diplomatic Shuffle Leaves Vexing Question
Tehran is expected to dispatch new ambassadors to London and Paris as part of an ongoing diplomatic shuffle that began shortly after President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's inauguration in August. Hints of the diplomatic housecleaning emerged last fall, with reports that the envoys to the UN mission in Geneva, Germany, Malaysia, and France and the United Kingdom had been recalled or would soon be replaced. -RFE - 6/20/06

Iran: Festival of Sun Clocks to welcome arrival of summer
Iran's Astronomy Association will welcome the coming of summer on 21st of June, the longest day of the year, by holding the festival of Sun Clocks in the Museum of Tamashagah Zaman or Time Museum in Tehran. -CHN - 6/20/06

German Archeologists to Excavate Salt Men's Burial Ground in Iran
A team of German archeologists will come to Iran to carry out joint excavations with Iranian experts in Chehr Abad historical mine where the four salt men had been discovered. -CHN - 6/20/06

A Negotiated Solution to the Iranian Nuclear Crisis is Within Reach
The US must take three basic steps to defuse this confrontation. The consequences of not doing so could be grim -Noam Chomsky, Guardian - 6/20/06

Iranian Dissident Supports Direct Talks Between U.S. and Iran
Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji, in an exclusive interview with Voice of America (VOA), called for face-to-face talks between the U.S. and Iran to resolve issues including Iran's controversial nuclear program. - 6/20/06

Iran placed fourth at 2006 Robo Cup in Germany
Iran claimed fourth place at this year's Robo Cup which ended late Sunday evening in the north German city of Bremen, the online daily Netzeitung reported. -IRNA - 6/19/06

In 2003, U.S. Spurned Iran's Offer of Dialogue
Just after the lightning takeover of Baghdad by U.S. forces three years ago, an unusual two-page document spewed out of a fax machine at the Near East bureau of the State Department. It was a proposal from Iran for a broad dialogue with the United States, and the fax suggested everything was on the table -- including full cooperation on nuclear programs, acceptance of Israel and the termination of Iranian support for Palestinian militant groups. -Washington Post - 6/19/06

Is Time on Iranian Women Protesters’ Side
In early June, Zanestan -- an Iran-based online journal -- announced a rally in Haft Tir Square, one of Tehran’s busiest, to protest legal discrimination suffered by Iranian women. The demonstration was also called to commemorate two landmark events in women’s struggle for equality in Iran. -Ziba Mir-Hosseini, MERIP - 6/19/06

Extremist Image Masks Iranians' Many Faiths
The legend describes one cloud of dust chasing another across the epic desert landscape. Arab horsemen were gaining on the Iranian princess, it is said, when she reached the looming cliffs, slipped into a seam in the rock and disappeared forever. -Washington Post - 6/19/06

Only a Few Days Away: IAAB's Iranian-American Leadership Camp!
The IAAB staff is excitedly counting down the days to the first Iranian-American Leadership Camp, which will take place the week of June 25-30, 2006 on Thompson Island, Massachusetts. - 6/19/06

Oil production by Iranian Offshore Oil Company to hit 1m bpd
The oil produced by the IOOC is expected to boost from the current 800,000 bpd to one million bpd by the end of the nation's Fourth Five-Year Socioeconomic Development Plan, said on Monday the Majlis Energy Commission rapporteur, Abdolmajid Shoja'. -Mehr - 6/19/06

Iranian MPs demand firing of team coach, football officials
Iranian lawmakers demanded Sunday that the nation's football coach and high-ranking officials be fired after Iran was eliminated in the first round of the World Cup -ANTARA - 6/19/06

The Assassins
From character assassination to physical assassination, the Lobby and its agents ruthlessly pursue their agenda -Antiwar.com - 6/19/06

Iranian ophthalmologist Hamid Ahmadieh wins American award
Top Iranian retina specialist and surgeon Hamid Ahmadieh won the 2006 "Achievement Award" of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. -Mehr - 6/19/06

US Again Cautions N. Korea Against Missile Test, Urges Return to Six-Party Talks
The United States is calling on North Korea not to test-fire a long-range missile and, instead, return to six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear program. Meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers called on China to, in their words, put more diplomatic pressure on its isolated neighbor. -VOA - 6/19/06

Iranian official urges media to support national football team
"By creating a negative sports climate, the Iranian nation will be even more disappointed. The sports press should be cautious in this regard," the advisor said. -IRNA - 6/19/06

Iran Frees Women's Rights Activists
Iran has released all the protesters detained last week during a rally of women's rights activists, with the exception of one man. -RFE - 6/19/06

More Ancient Hills Discovered in Burnt City (Shahr-Soukhteh)
Archeologists were able to find 8 pre-historic and 2 historic hills in the vicinity of Burnt City (Shahr-Soukhteh). This is while 127 ancient hills had already been found in this region. -CHN - 6/18/06

Dutch laureate Wissen pays tribute to Hafez
The Dutch laureate Driek van Wissen, who attended Iran-Netherlands Poetry Session last week, paid tribute to Iran's outstanding poet Hafez at his mausoleum in Shiraz, capital of southern province of Fars, Sunday. -Mehr - 6/18/06

Iranian music is a treasure: maestro
Iranian music is a treasure for creating beautiful and everlasting works, Iranian musician Keikhosro Purnazeri said. "However, only experts who understand the nature of Iranian music can make the best use of it," he added. -Mehr - 6/18/06

Iranian resort city of Londoil welcomes tourists
Mayor of Londoil, Jebrail Soleymanpour, said here Sunday that this resort city, which is situated to the northwest of the northern province of Gilan, is ready to host tourists and summer vacationers. -IRNA - 6/18/06

Muslim-Americans To Improve U.S. Image Abroad
A recent survey again found that the world's opinion of the United States is slipping, and nowhere more so than in predominantly Muslim countries like Indonesia and Turkey. Next week the U.S. government launches a new people-to-people initiative designed to counter this disturbing trend. -RFE - 6/18/06

Foreign Ministry should urge France not to lift ban on 17 MKO terrorists: Iranian MPs
Two members of parliament Jalal Yahya-zadeh and Morteza Tamadon on Sunday called on Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to urge the French government to review lifting a ban on free movement of 17 MKO terrorists in France. -IRNA - 6/18/06

Iran's Girl of the Year will be elected, vows official
Moral purity, piety, and hijab (Islamic dress code) are given the first priorities, said the official adding dutifulness and devotion to family are the second-rate criteria. -Mehr - 6/18/06

Iran Rejects Talks With US on Iraq
Iran says it will not hold direct talks with the United States on Iraq, despite calls by Iraqi political leaders for such a dialogue. -BBC - 6/18/06

Iranian papers reaction to team's defeat against Portugal
The following are the reactions of some Iranian newspapers to the Saturday's 0-2 defeat of the Iranian national team in the World Cup Group D match against Portugal in Frankfurt, Germany. -IRNA - 6/18/06

Iran, China underline energy cooperation agreements
Iranian Oil Minister Seyyed Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh discussed bilateral cooperation in the energy sector with Chinese Minister of the State Development and Reformation Commission Ma Kai in Beijing on Friday. -IRNA - 6/17/06

Quake hits Bandar Torkaman in northern Iran
An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale hit the city of Bandar Torkaman in the northern province of Golestan on Friday. -IRNA - 6/17/06

Judging the Mullahs
The Iranian human rights activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize tells her inspiring life story. -Washington Post - 6/17/06

Iran To Host Security Conference On Iraq
Iran says it will host a major conference on security in Iraq next month. - 6/17/06

Hakim: Iran-US talks on Iraq to benefit Iraqi nation
Leader of the United Iraqi Alliance and Leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) Abdul Aziz al-Hakim here Saturday referred to Iran-US talks on Iraq and the relations of this country with the US and said that pursuing the issue is in the interest of Iraqi nation. -IRNA - 6/17/06

World Cup: Portugal into last 16 at Iran expense
Portugal eliminated the struggling Iran with a 2-0 win here Saturday to advance to the last 16 of the 2006 World Cup finals. -Mehr - 6/17/06

Nuke-Free Zone
The Neo-Crazies, in cahoots with the Anti-Nuclear-Whatever crazies, have managed to get Western politicians from across the political spectrum to view-with-alarm the Iranian nuclear weapons "threat." Of course, as those politicians know, there is no evidence whatsoever that Iran is now a nuke threat. -Gordon Prather, Antiwar.com - 6/17/06

Prominent Iranian Dissident Appears Live on VOA's Roundtable With You
Tune in to VOA's Persian-language Roundtable With You (Mizegerdi ba Shoma) on Sunday, June 18 at 1730 UTC (1:30 p.m. Washington time) for a live interview with Akbar Ganji, Iran's best-known investigative journalist. - 6/17/06

Virtual Sit-in in Solidarity with Iranian Detainees, June 16-19
Please join us in an urgent action in solidarity with Iranian women's movement and in support of the tens of people who were detained on June 12, 2006 in Tehran. Some detainees are apparently scheduled to attend court on Saturday, June 17th. This action is an electronic sit-in on the website of the Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran. - 6/17/06

Architectural Style of Darius' Summer Palace Uncovered
Further archeological excavations on the remains of Darius' palace which was discovered during the recent archeological excavations in Bolaghi Gorge by the Iran-French joint team, indicate that this palace was used as a summer settlement by Darius the Great and other Achaemenid kings. -CHN - 6/16/06

Analysis: Iranian Opium Cultivation Makes A Return
Iranian authorities capture more opiates than any other country in the world, but officials there say they have yet to develop a counternarcotics strategy. That approach has arguably contributed to the fact that opium cultivation, once thought to have been wiped out in Iran, has resumed. -RFE - 6/16/06

Ferdowsi's Shahnameh bringing Iranian and German actors together
German stage director Dieter Kummel plans to unite German and Iranian performers in a play based on one of the stories of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh. -Mehr - 6/16/06

Playing Chess with Iran
Since the British imperial moment of the late nineteenth century, the image of much of the world -- especially Central Asia and the Middle East -- as but a set of pawns in a "Great Game" on a geopolitical "chessboard" where the great powers of whatever era are at play has been a commonplace. -Tom Dispatch - 6/16/06

Iran Seeks Aid in Asia In Resisting the West
Overshadowing a regional summit, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested Thursday that China, Russia and neighboring Central Asian nations should help Iran resist growing pressure from the United States and Europe to limit its nuclear development program. -Washington Post - 6/16/06

Documents: Al-Qaida Sought U.S.-Iran War
A blueprint for trying to start a war between the United States and Iran was among a "huge treasure" of documents found in the hideout of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraqi officials said Thursday. -AP - 6/16/06

Bunkum From Benador
The neoconservative campaign to equate Iran with Nazi Germany received a setback in May. Bloggers and a few journalists quickly exposed as wholly concocted a story about a new law that would require Iranian Jews to wear yellow insignia. -The Nation - 6/16/06

Portugal's Figo expects "tough match" against
"I know little about the (Iranian) team but we expect a tough match. It's the last chance for Iran," Figo said from the team headquarters in Frankfurt. -IRNA - 6/16/06

Portugal v Iran
Portugal beat Iran 3-0 in 1972 during the Copa Independência do Brasil in the only previous encounter between these teams. -BBC - 6/16/06

Iran: New Signals Could Hint At Nuclear Pressure From Moscow, Beijing
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today called a package of international incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to abandon sensitive nuclear activities "a step forward." The comments come one day after Ahmadinejad met with the Russian and Chinese presidents on the sidelines of a Eurasian summit in Shanghai. -RFE - 6/16/06

Four Iranians nominated for Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2007
Three Iranian children's book writers and an illustrator have been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award annually presented by the Swedish government. -Mehr - 6/16/06

Iran reaches final round of 2006 Robo World Cup in Germany
Iran has reached the final round of this year's Robo Cup, currently taking place in north German city of Bremen, an Iranian team spokesman told IRNA on Friday. -IRNA - 6/16/06

The Biggest Flower Basket to be Displayed in Tehran
On the occasion of National Flower Day, the biggest flower basket which is 35 meters in height and 10 meters in width will be displayed in Tehran. -CHN - 6/16/06

Rise of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Is Iran’s desire to join the SCO aimed at the United States? Perhaps, experts say. "Part of Iran's foreign policy, at least in the mind of the Supreme Leader, is to be anti-U.S.," Sazegara says. Further, Iran views the SCO as a potential guarantor of future security, experts say. -IISS - 6/16/06

Venezuela-made Samand to hit the nation's market soon
The first batch of the Iranian passenger car Samand to be produced in Venezuela will hit the South American nation's market by November this year, an official with Iran's Ministry of Industries and Mines said. -Mehr - 6/16/06

Iranian and Chinese presidents meet
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jin Tao discussed issues of mutual concern on Friday. -IRNA - 6/16/06

Letters from Ahmad Abad (1956-1966)
Namehha-i az Ahmad Abad, Letters from Ahmad Abad (1956-1966) is a collection of letters, sent by Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh to Nosratollah Amini, his personal attorney and confidant, during his years in exile from his estate in Ahmad Abad, located some 30 kilometers from Tehran, near Karaj. -Fariba Amini - 6/16/06

US Senate Endorses Bush Approach on Iran
The U.S. Senate has expressed its support for President Bush's efforts to seek a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, and voted down a proposal to impose sanctions on companies investing in Iranian energy development. -VOA - 6/16/06

First Persian-English Open Source Linux Operating System is Released
The first version of a bilingual open source Persian-English Linux operating system, called Sharif Linux 2, has been released by Sharif FarsiWeb Inc. It has been developed for the requirements of the Persian language and is one of the results of the research made by the FarsiWeb Project and Sharif FarsiWeb Inc. since early 1999. - 6/16/06

The US-Iran Big Deal
The US has now joined the Europeans, offering a package of incentives and disincentives to Tehran. We believe these ideas, which Tehran is currently studying, are major steps in the right direction. However, the Big Deal idea proposed here is still a more effective approach for a breakthrough in US-Iran relations. -Hooshang Amirahmadi - 6/16/06

MEK Tricks US Progressives, Gains Legitimacy
On May 26, 2006, a representative of the violent Iranian fugitives based in Iraq, known as MEK, addressed a forum -- an anti-war forum -- sponsored by the liberal Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists in Berkeley, California, as he had done the year before. Introduced as Ali Mirardal, the speaker lamented human rights abuses in Iran and offered the National Council of Resistance, a Paris-based front group for MEK, as the best hope for a democratic Iran. -Rostam Pourzal, MRZINE - 6/15/06

Terror Ops Underway in Iran
Despite the Bush Administration’s adamant and continual denunciation of terrorism, the Department of Defense—under Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld’s orders—is using a terrorist organization to orchestrate attacks and collect intelligence inside Iran, according to numerous former and current military, intelligence, administration, and United Nations officials. -Devlin Buckley, The American Monitor - 6/15/06

Iran: Police Assault Women's Rights Demonstrators
Iran must investigate the police beating of hundreds of women’s rights activists during a peaceful demonstration in Tehran on Monday, Human Rights Watch said today. The organization called on the government to release those detained after the police attack on protestors. - 6/15/06

Spotlight on the Iranian Foreign Born
While recent news headlines focus on escalating tensions between Iran and the United States over Iran's nuclear energy program, less attention has been paid to the United States' Iranian-born population. -Shirin Hakimzadeh and David Dixon, Migration Policy Institute - 6/15/06

The Iran Crisis: Fact vs. Fiction
Event in New York on June 21, 2006; Organized by Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran - 6/15/06

US stands to gain over USD 35b through nuke deal with India
India will lose billions of dollars but the United States, through their proposed civilian nuclear energy agreement, stands to gain over USD 35 billion in hard cash, which is a conservative estimate, without spending a penny if and when the deal comes into force, according to a report. -IRNA - 6/15/06

Portugal's Costinho warns against underestimating Iran
Portugal defender Francisco Jose Rodrigues Costa -- also known as Costinho -- on Wednesday warned against underestimating Iran for Saturday's crucial Group D showdown in Frankfurt. -IRNA - 6/15/06

Putin: Iran Ready to Enter Talks Soon
Russian President Vladimir Putin says Iran is responding positively to an international incentives offer to suspend sensitive nuclear work and enter negotiations on its nuclear program. -VOA - 6/15/06

Iran row overshadows Asia summit
Leaders from Central Asia, Russia and China are holding an annual meeting in Shanghai, set to be overshadowed by the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme. -BBC - 6/15/06

Iran 'will not bow to pressure'
Iran will not bow to Western pressure over its nuclear programme, the country's supreme leader has said, according to Iranian state media. -BBC - 6/15/06

Cramped in Ashdod, cheering for Iran
He was their president until their departure. And he wants their new home wiped off the map. But for at least a handful of immigrants from Iran, recent arrivals who now live in Ashdod, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's vicious rhetoric and nuclear drive have not overwhelmed their soccer allegiance. -Jerusalem Post - 6/15/06

Tehran daily "Iran" to resume publication on Saturday
On Wednesday, Judiciary officials agreed to lift a ban on the Tehran daily "Iran", allowing the Persian language newspaper to resume publication on Saturday after being closed for 24 days. -Mehr - 6/15/06

House Lowers Iran Democracy Funds
On June 13, 2006, a conference agreement reconciling differences between supplemental House and Senate spending measures cleared the House Floor by a 351 to 67 vote. The agreement appropriated $66 million for Iran democracy promotion programs, $9 million less than the amount attached to the Senate-adopted version of the bill. -NIAC - 6/15/06

When will the House of Saud feel safe?: Saudi Arabia and Military Expenditure
In the period 1990 to 2004, Saudi Arabia has spent more on its military than Iran, Pakistan, or even India with a population of over 1 billion people. Yet, they (Saudis and friends) still feel that Saudi Arabia needs more military hardware. -Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar, Norway - 6/15/06

Iranian President: EU package a "step forward" to peaceful solution of Iran's N-case
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Shanghai on Thursday that the 5+1 Group's incentives package for Iran is a "step forward" in efforts to find a peaceful solution to his country's nuclear standoff with the West. -IRNA - 6/15/06

US-Based Group Says Global Refugee Population Growing
A U.S.-based advocacy group says the number of refugees worldwide is growing, and that nations receiving refugees must do more to welcome and integrate the new arrivals. The refugee totals estimated by the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants differ sharply from figures recently issued by the United Nations. -VOA - 6/15/06

Women leaders urge diplomatic solution to US-Iran stalemate
“US threats of a nuclear strike in Iran is in my view immoral, illegal, and unconscionable,” asserted 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams today at a news conference at the National Press Club on the current crisis between the United States and Iran. -NIAC - 6/15/06

Letter to Michael Ledeen
I would not be distressed about the Bush overture towards Iran. But then again, no doubt you are not. You merely state this to make a sordid point. You wish America to uproot the current regime, or better still, to attack Iran. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 6/15/06

Iran sanctions bill risks undermining nuclear negotiations
Efforts to revive controversial Iran sanctions measures are still brewing in Congress, according to Hill sources. Although efforts to pass new sanctions have recently stalled due to diplomatic activity, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), the author of the Iran Freedom Support Act (S.333) is reported to be considering alternative ways of advancing his legislation. -NIAC - 6/15/06

US House Committee Focuses on Human Trafficking
This year's State Department report listed Belize, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Laos, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe as worst offenders, or Tier 3 countries, for failing to combat human trafficking. The State Department ranks countries into three groups, or tiers, with one being the best and three the worst. -VOA - 6/15/06

Iranian Lawyer, Activist Mehrangiz Kar Says Gender Equation Won't Equalize Under Current Leadership
Mehrangiz Kar is among Iran's most prominent human rights lawyers and the recipient of a number of international rights awards. A writer and essayist who has been widely published on human rights and women's issues in Iran, Kar has been persecuted and imprisoned by authorities because of her work. -RFE - 6/15/06

Poll: America's Image Slips, But Allies Share U.S. Concerns Over Iran, Hamas
The latest survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, conducted among nearly 17,000 people in the United States and 14 other nations from March 31-May 14. - 6/14/06

Conservative Republicans call for unconditional talks with Iran
A group of twelve conservative House Republicans issued a letter to President Bush on June 8, 2006 calling for the prompt commencement of talks between the US and Iran without preconditions. “We sincerely hope you will not allow a disagreement over pre-conditions to scuttle negotiations before they have the chance to begin,” the letter states. -NIAC - 6/14/06

Jailed Iranian Writer Ramin Jahanbegloo Barred From Seeing Lawyer
Iran's Justice Minister Jamal Karimirad said today that, for security reasons, jailed writer Ramin Jahanbegloo cannot have access to a defense lawyer at this stage in investigations. - 6/14/06

Iran bloggers back women's protest
Iranian news websites and women bloggers have been full of angry comment about the way that policewomen took part in breaking up a women's demonstration for more legal rights in Tehran on Monday. -BBC - 6/14/06

World Cup: Karimi, Mahdavikia, Zandi declared fit for Iran match with Portugal
Iran's three Bundesliga legionaries -- Ali Karimi, Mehdi Mahdavikia and Fereydoun Zandi -- are set to play against Portugal in Frankfurt on Saturday. -IRNA - 6/14/06

MPO, WB hold budget operating workshop in Iran
Iran's Management and Planning Organization (MPO) and the World Bank (WB) jointly held the International Tutorial Budget Operating Workshop in Tehran on Wednesday. -Mehr - 6/14/06

Fly the flag for fairness
Why do we assume that chanting Iranian football fans are somehow more sinister than other countries' supporters? -Anna Kessel, Guardian Blog - 6/14/06

Welcome to the bazaar
The welcome recent announcement that the United States is willing to join face-to-face talks with Iran rekindled memories of my own experiences, 25 years ago, as chief negotiator in the Iranian hostage crisis. -Warren Christopher, New York Times - 6/14/06

Quake hits Shoushtar in southwestern Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale hit northern areas of the city of Shoushtar in southwestern Khuzestan province in the wee hours of Wednesday. -IRNA - 6/14/06

Scientists launch project to save Caspian beluga
There is no reliable estimate of how many Caspian beluga remain. According to the Pew Institute, in 2001 they numbered around 375,000, of which 55,000 were adults. -AP - 6/14/06

Unlikely Pair Emerges as Foe Of Iran Regime
Two scions of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran are emerging as emboldened opponents of the regime in Tehran, reviving the prospect that the son of the former shah may collaborate with the grandson of the ayatollah who deposed him. -New York Sun - 6/14/06

Former UN Weapons Inspector Calls for Fewer Nukes
Addressing reporters, Blix said global efforts to achieve arms limitation and disarmament have stagnated. He added that an estimated 27-thousand nuclear warheads exist in the world today. -VOA - 6/14/06

National Iranian Drilling Company to purchase 12 new derricks
The National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC) will purchase 12 land and offshore derricks at the cost of $600 million to satisfy part of the country's needs in oil drilling sector, an NIDC's board member announced here Wednesday. -Mehr - 6/14/06

Inside Iran's most notorious jail
Iran has for the first time opened the gates of its biggest and most notorious prison, Evin jail, to a group of foreign and local journalists. -BBC - 6/14/06

Recipe for war: Israeli hysteria and imperial logic
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” --Voltaire -Centre for Research on Globalization - 6/14/06

Women Leaders Urge Negotiated Solution to U.S.-Iran Stalemate to Avert War
News conference on Wednesday, June 14: 9:30 a.m. on the current crisis between the U.S. and Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting and outcomes from a recent dialogue between women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and the IAEA. - 6/14/06

Iranian Police Forcibly Disperse Women's Rights Protest In Tehran
Iranian police violently dispersed a women's rights gathering in one of Tehran's main squares on June 12. Activists said afterward that police forces detained more than 50 people shortly after the gathering started. One former reformist legislator, several students, and women's rights activists are reportedly among the detainees. Several activists were arrested and summoned to court ahead of the announced gathering. -RFE - 6/14/06

Iran Resubmits Complaint against Barakat Gallery to London Court
Board members of Barakat Gallery in London who had bought Jiroft's antiques from private collection owners rejected Iran's 150,000 pound proposal as a compensation for the expenses of keeping these relics which were looted from Jiroft in return for the artifacts currently in the possession of the Gallery. -CHN - 6/14/06

A HISTORIC LANDMARK: Women's Rights Gathering in Tehran on June 12th 2006
As already reported and verified by the BBC, Iranian women’s peaceful sit-in on June 12th 2006, was immediately broken up by the police in Tehran. Female police officers beat women’s rights campaigners with clubs and used pepper gas sprays to disperse their peaceful assembly. -Golbarg Bashi - 6/14/06

Police Disrupt Women's Rights Gathering In Tehran
Iranian police today disrupted a gathering in Tehran of a group of women's rights activists who were protesting legal discrimination.Human rights activist Keyvan Rafi, who attended the gathering, tells RFE/RL that more than a dozen people were arrested. - 6/13/06

Eurasia: Observer Iran Grabs Limelight Ahead Of Shanghai Alliance Anniversary
The Shanghai Five was launched 10 years ago as an intergovernmental alliance dedicated to building mutual trust and demilitarizing borders. Members and guests of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) -- as the group is now known -- will gather in China's largest city on June 15 to celebrate the anniversary. They will be joined by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad -- whose country recently said it wants to upgrade its current observer status to become the SCO's seventh full member. -RFE - 6/13/06

US: Iran Should Take 'Enormous' Opportunity to Resolve Nuclear Crisis
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. nuclear agency says he hopes Iran will take advantage of what he calls an "enormous diplomatic opportunity" to resolve the standoff over its nuclear program. -VOA - 6/13/06

70 detained at Iranian protest over women's rights
Iranian police detained 70 people at a demonstration in favour of women's rights, the judiciary said on Tuesday, adding it was ready to review reports that the police had beaten some demonstrators. -Reuters - 6/13/06

Vandals destroy maquette of Bam Citadel
"The model was constructed based on information gathered by the former director of the Bam Citadel, Dr. (Hassan) Tayyari, as a symbol and practice for reconstruction of the citadel, but it was completely destroyed by some unknown persons on June 10," the director of the rescue team working on the ancient citadel said. -Mehr - 6/13/06

'New American Century' Project Ends With a Whimper
Is the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which did so much to promote the invasion of Iraq and an Israel-centered"global war on terror," closing down? -Antiwar.com - 6/13/06

Rice's Offer to Iran Spurs Unease From Right
While the Bush administration's offer to negotiate with Iran was winning praise from many quarters, conservative commentator Michael Ledeen sat down last week to write a column with a far different point of view. -LA Times - 6/13/06

Ayatollah Khomeini's Grandson: Grandfather's Revolution Devoured its Children, Strayed From Original Course
In an interview with the Al-Arabiyya TV website (www.alarabiya.net ) on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the death of Islamic Republic of Iran founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson Ayatollah Hussein Khomeini said that the current Iranian regime was "a dictatorship of clerics who control every aspect of life," and called for foreign intervention to topple the regime. -MEMRI - 6/13/06

Iran police beat women activists
Police in Iran have beaten a small group of women activists trying to hold a protest for greater legal rights in the biggest square of the capital. -BBC - 6/13/06

Iran: Tehran Mulls International Community's Nuclear Offer
On the day that Tehran received an international proposal intended to resolve the continuing crisis over Iran's nuclear program, Iran resumed some of its problematic nuclear activities. -RFE - 6/13/06

World Cup: Navidkia joins Iran football squad
Midfielder Moharram Navidkia joined Iran's national football team here Monday night. Croat manager Branko Ivankovic called up Navidkia to replace the injured Sattar Zare'. -Mehr - 6/13/06

Global Military Spending Hits $1.12 Trillion: Report
U.S. spending in Iraq and Afghanistan helped push up global 2005 military expenditure by 3.5 percent to $1.12 trillion, a research body said on Monday. -Reuters - 6/13/06

Iran's President Flexes Political Muscle in Nuclear Issue
Determining who is making policy in Tehran on the nuclear issue is difficult to gauge. Decision-making in Iran is an opaque process, and analysts must decipher the Iranian leadership just as a generation of analysts before tried to read the thinking of the Politburo of the now-vanished Soviet Union. -VOA - 6/13/06

Jewel of Persia: A New Cultural Project in California
"Jewel of Persia" is a project undertaken by a group of Persian-Americans committed to introducing and expanding upon the rich Persian culture through the design, construction, and development of a cultural center in Southern California - home to the largest concentration of Persian (Iranian) expatriates. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 6/13/06

Iran's leader and Israel: What did he say, and what did he mean?
Ever since he spoke at an anti-Zionism conference in Tehran last October, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has been known for one statement above all. As translated by news agencies at the time, it was that Israel "should be wiped off the map." -New York Times - 6/12/06

Government spokesman hopes `Iran' newspaper would be able to resume publication
The Press Supervisory Board, by a majority of votes, ordered the daily closed on May 23 on charges it was fomenting discord by publishing provocative materials. -IRNA - 6/12/06

Will the White House Moron Bring On Armageddon
John Bolton, a notorious neocon warmonger who could not be confirmed as America's ambassador to the UN by even the compliant and corrupt U.S. Senate, got the job as a recess appointment. He is using the platform to push America into war with Iran. -Antiwar.com - 6/12/06

Afghanistan: Nation Protects Storied Bactrian Treasure
More than two decades of war and conflict in Afghanistan had a catastrophic effect on the country's rich and unique cultural and historical heritage. But some ancient works of art survived unscathed. They include the famed Bactrian gold collection. -RFE - 6/12/06

Ruler's Seat of Khosrow & Shirin Castle Discovered
Archeological excavations in Shirin's castle resulted in discovery of the dais of the castle which was used as the seat of the king. -CHN - 6/12/06

Two imprisoned Iranian bloggers allowed to make home visits
Jailed bloggers Arash Sigarchi and Mojtaba Saminejad have been let out of prison temporarily for home visits. Sigarchi was released on 7 June to spend two weeks at home. Saminejad was let out on 1 June for a 10-day home visit that was later extended by a month. -RSF - 6/12/06

Pride and Prejudice – ABC Style
I am completely spent. Although I am drained both physically and emotionally, every time I think about today’s soccer game between Iran and Mexico, a host of emotions hit me so forcefully that it is hard to know which I should deal with first. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 6/12/06

Analysis: Does The Road To Shanghai Go Through Tehran?
The SCO will soon celebrate its fifth anniversary with a summit of member states' leaders in Shanghai on June 15. This year, the summit will open against a backdrop of reports that Iran, which currently holds observer status in the SCO (along with India, Mongolia, and Pakistan), is looking to become a full-fledged member. -RFE - 6/12/06

Bush Iran Strategy Suffers Major Diplomatic Defeat
Despite claims that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has regained the diplomatic initiative from Iran with a conditional offer to join multilateral talks with Tehran, the real story behind the policy shift is that the administration has suffered a decisive defeat of its effort to get international sanctions for possible military action against Iran. -IPS - 6/12/06

Iran: IAEA Meeting As Diplomatic Efforts Continue
The diplomatic focus of the Iran nuclear crisis shifts to Vienna today as the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), meets to discuss the crisis. -RFE - 6/12/06

Iran Says There Are 'Problems' With Nuclear Incentives
Iranian officials are rejecting some aspects of an international package of incentives aimed at convincing Tehran to suspend its nuclear program. Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, told reporters in Cairo that the incentives deal has problems. -VOA - 6/12/06

World Cup: Mexico defeats Iran 3-1
Mexico capitalized on a big defending blunder in the second half to overcome a struggling Iran 3-1 in their 2006 World Cup Group D opener in Frankenstadion in Nuremberg, southeast of Germany, Sunday. -Mehr - 6/12/06

Iran determined to eradicate Caspian Sea pest Mnemiopsis Leidyi
Iran is determined in its decision to fight, Caspian Sea pest Mnemiopsis Leidyi. The comb jellyfish newly introduced into the Caspian Sea feeds on the food resources of the kilka fish, the director of the Research Institute of Iran's Fisheries Company said on Sunday. -Mehr - 6/12/06

Iranian sisters have dreams of Wimbledon
The Eslami sisters trace the beginning of their interest in tennis back to the day they watched Venus and her sister Serena compete in the finals of the U.S. Open back in 2002 when the family was living in Connecticut. It was then that their dream was born. -Kristina Crawley - 6/12/06

International Seminar on The UAE and the Iranian Islands of Tunbs and Abu Musa
In my previous works I introduced masses of documents and evidence about Iran’s legal and legitimate ownership of the 3 islands and about their legal return to Iran in 1971. Today I would like to talk about the ways in which the UAE tries to make something out of nothing by confusing public opinion. -Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh - 6/12/06

Iran Says Parts of Western Incentives Package Unacceptable
Iran has rejected some proposals in a Western incentives package aimed at persuading Tehran to limit sensitive nuclear work. -VOA - 6/11/06

No rice imports in 2008: Iranian minister
Minister of Agricultural Jihad Mohammadreza Eskandari vowed on Sunday that Iran will attain self-sufficiency in rice production in 2008. -Mehr - 6/11/06

Hard Realities Force a Shift in US Policy Toward Iran
The announcement that the United States is willing to engage Iran concerning Tehran’s nuclear program marks a victory for Iranian diplomacy. At the same time, it remains unclear whether the US move will bring a negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis any closer. -Eurasianet - 6/11/06

Larijani, Mubarak to discuss Iran N-program, regional developments
Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani holds talks with the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tehran's nuclear activities and regional developments in Cairo on Sunday. -Mehr - 6/11/06

Iran unveils starting lineup against Mexico
Croat manager Branko Ivankovic unveiled the starting lineup for the 2006 World Cup opener against Mexico. The trainer named 12 players, out of whom either defender Amir-Hossein Sadeqi or midfielder Andranik Teimurian is fielded. -Mehr - 6/11/06

Mexico v Iran
Mexico and Iran have met once before. This was a friendly in Oakland (USA) on 9 January 2000, which was won by Mexico (2-1). -BBC - 6/11/06

A Poet Who 'Never Sold Her Pen or Soul'
The voice of poet Simin Behbahani rises, soothing the wounds of Iranians betrayed by a revolution that has curtailed their rights and failed to deliver social justice. -Washington Post - 6/10/06

Iran Says It Might Offer Counter Proposal on Nuclear Program
Iran's foreign minister says his country may make a counter-offer in response to an international package of incentives to limit sensitive nuclear work. Manouchehr Mottaki says Saturday Iran is studying the proposal and may also suggest amendments for European negotiators to study. -VOA - 6/10/06

Iranian Women Demand Equal Legal Status
On Monday, June 12, Iranian women will gather in Tehran to demand equal rights, including equality of women before the court and in family law, the banning of polygamy, an increase in the age of legal responsibility for girl and boy children to 18 years old, and the reform of employment laws which disadvantage female employees. -Human Rights First - 6/10/06

Terminals responsible for 90% of Iran crude exports: official
Ninety percent of Iran's crude oil is exported through the terminals, the operation manager of Oil Exports Terminals Company announced on Saturday. - 6/10/06

Under the Veil of Ideology: The Israeli-Iranian Strategic Rivalry
When Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” in October 2005, the world appeared to be light years away from the end of history. -Trita Parsi, MERIP - 6/10/06

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The Rebel Who Strikes a Chord With Iranian
It is 1977 in the Iranian city of Shiraz. Four young men arrange themselves by height and lean on a wall to pose for a photo. Two of them sport American-style T-shirts and three are wearing flared jeans -- the uniform of the '70s fashion-conscious. But the shortest man sticks out for his lack of style and conformity. -Iason Athanasiadis, Newhouse - 6/10/06

Iran's soccer team arrives in Nuremberg
Iran's football team arrived here Saturday to get ready for the 2006 World Cup opener against Mexico. -Mehr - 6/10/06

PREVIEW-World-Improving Mexico mean business against Iran
Mexico, ranked fourth in the world, want to prove they are an improving force against Iran in Sunday's Group D game at the Frankenstadion. -Reuters - 6/10/06

Bush: Iran has Weeks, Not Months, to Respond to Nuclear Proposal
President Bush says there will be U.N. Security Council action against Iran, if the country does not stop enriching uranium. The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran this week launched a new round of uranium enrichment, as it received details of a new diplomatic effort to end the standoff. -VOA - 6/10/06

Iran coach's friends help devise strategy for Mexico
Zlatko Petricevic and Srdjan Gemaljevic say they are merely helping their old friend, Iran coach Branko Ivankovic, as he prepares for the team's opening World Cup game against formidable Mexico on Sunday. -AP - 6/10/06

Iranian expatriates expect draw or win for Iran in match with Mexico
expatriates in Europe are hoping that Sunday's world cup match between Iran and Mexico in Nuremberg will result either in a victory for Iran or a draw. -IRNA - 6/10/06

Iran's left wingers Zandi and Zare injured during training
Iran's Fereydun Zandi and Sattar Zare' playing on the left flank sustained injuries during a training session on Thursday. -IRNA - 6/10/06

Living in Tehrangeles: L.A.'s Iranian Community
Perhaps nowhere is the standoff over Iran's nuclear enrichment program followed more closely than in Los Angeles' Iranian-American community. Known as Tehrangeles, it's the biggest community of Iranians outside Iran. -NPR - 6/10/06

Iran hopeful about World Cup opener: coach
Iran's football team is in a good condition and hopeful of getting a good result in the World Cup opener against Mexico, said coach Hossein Faraki on Friday. -Mehr - 6/9/06

Iran's Mahdavikia hopes to shake off injury ahead of Mexico opener
Iranian ace Mehdi Mahdavikia on Friday expressed hope that he will fully recover from a back injury ahead of Sunday's World Cup opener against Mexico. -Mehr - 6/9/06

Asia Buzzing With World Cup Fever
Soccer crazy Asia is getting ready for the World Cup, which is kicking off in Germany. Retailers, bar owners and gambling outlets are ready for the action. -VOA - 6/9/06

An About Face on Iran: Bush Administration Goes From Tough Talk to Diplomacy
It occasionally occurs to me that if I could understand the Bush administration's foreign policy, I might like it. After months of threatening Iran with everything up to and including nuclear war, we are now full of Sweet Reason and offering to have diplomatic talks with the very people we have been denouncing as Beyond Vile. -Working for Change - 6/9/06

World Cup swansong for Iran coach
Iran coach Branko Ivankovic will quit after the World Cup, regardless of how far his team progresses. -BBC - 6/9/06

Venezuela’s energy sector cooperation with Iran seen as threat to US security?
Philadelphia-based foreign affairs specialist Fred Stakelbeck, Jr. writes: With the exception of Iran’s fiery Islamist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, no other world leader has perfected the role of “US antagonist” better than Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez. -VHeadline - 6/9/06

Iranian-American attorny Jamshid Irani meets Madeline Albright
Iranian attorney, Jamshid S. Irani, an active member of the Bar as well as the Iranian community met with former secretary of state Madeline Albright on June 6, 2006 at a conference held by The Center for American Progress in New York City, New York. - 6/9/06

Caritas Aiding Victims of Lorestan Earthquake in Iran
Caritas Italy will move forward with plans to build 400 temporary showers for the victims of the earthquake in Iran's Lorestan province on March 31st, which levelled about 70 villages and severely damaged about 260 others, making some 15,000 people homeless. - 6/9/06

Iraqi cleric deepens religious ties with Iran
The single most influential man in Iraq today, the Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, provides cash, free housing and medical care to tens of thousands of religious students and operates hundreds of religious Web sites across the globe. But this is all going on not in Iraq, but here in the religious capital of Iran. -IHT - 6/9/06

Iran's Central Bank demands more freedom to operate monetary policies
Central Bank of Iran (CBI) will outline and perform monetary policies appropriately if it is independent, said the CBI governor here Friday. -Mehr - 6/9/06

Clawson calls for Cold War with Iran at House Hearing
“The United States will almost certainly have to deter and contain Iran for the foreseeable future – almost like a Cold War on a small scale,” said Dr. Patrick Clawson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Iran yesterday. -NIAC - 6/9/06

Annan says nuclear talks with Iran started well and 'seem to be moving forward'
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that European Union-led talks with Iran over its nuclear ambitions had got off to a "reasonably good start" and appeared to be moving forward. - 6/9/06

Suppression Intensifies in Mideast
A recent crackdown on intellectuals, dissidents and regime opponents in several Middle Eastern countries, notably Iran, Syria and Egypt, suggests a backlash is under way against pressure from Washington to democratize and modernize governments in the region. -Wall Street Journal - 6/9/06

Ardeshir Mohasses sketches on display at Homa Gallery in Tehran
An exhibition of sketches and cartoons by Ardeshir Mohasses is currently underway at Tehran's Homa Art Gallery. The 68-year-old artist, who resides in New York, is holding the exhibit in collaboration with the Tandis Art Magazine. -Mehr - 6/9/06

Return: A book by Ala Khaki dedicated to the Iranian Diaspora
Return is a selection of poems from 1978 to 2005 by Ala Khaki, an Iranian poet and writer, now living in New England. It is a mirror of emotions, shared universally by many in Diaspora, reflecting in verse anxieties, hopes, disappointments, the desire to set roots in the adopted land while longing for the day that dawning of freedom makes a return to the land of birth possible, and above all, an uncompromising love for humanity. - 6/9/06

Bush Overture To Iran Splits Israel, Neocons
The Bush administration's offer to open direct talks with Iran and reward Tehran if it stops enriching uranium is exposing a policy rift between neoconservatives on one hand, and the Israeli government and Jewish organizations on the other. -Forward - 6/9/06

Narcotics Anonymous in Iran
Some time ago I went to see an interesting gentleman in central Tehran. His name is Siamak; he is the coordinator and in charge of NA World Services Office in Tehran1. Yes, you may not know it but NA (Narcotics Anonymous) has a branch office in Iran, one of the only 4 official offices in the world -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/8/06

US should dump the terrorist MKO as it gets ready for a date with Iran
After 27 years, US and Iran have finally engaged in serious flirtation that will hopefully result in a date followed by a long-term relationship! It is certainly the right thing for US and Iran to sit down and talk and reach a peaceful resolution of their differences. This is the wish of Iranians, the Americans and the overwhelming majority of the rest of the world. -Ali Moayedian - 6/8/06

Santorum, Lugar headed for clash on Iran sanctions bill
As the Bush administration’s focus on Iran intensifies, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill are headed for a showdown on proposed sanctions against the Middle Eastern country. -The Hill, DC - 6/8/06

Iranian women to hold rally on June 12 in Tehran to demand equal rights
A coalition of Iranian women is planning to hold a peaceful rally in Tehran on June 12 to protest the anti-women laws. So far over 400 women and men from all facets of life (intellectuals, journalists, artists, etc.) have joined the call. - 6/8/06

A New "Perle Harbor": Neocon Foreign Policy Architect Richard Perle reveals US War Plans in the Iranian Theater
The controversial neoconservative American bureaucrat, Richard Perle, visited Britain on the eve of the papal audience between Prime Minister Tony Blair and Pope Benedict XVI. Earlier in the same week, the Iranian Nobel Laureate for Peace, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, was in Britain to voice her concerns about a confrontation between the west and Iran. -Center for Research on Globalization - 6/8/06

Offside rules: an interview with Jafar Panahi
Maryam Maruf talks to Jafar Panahi, acclaimed director of Offside, the black comedy about a group of Iranian female football fans who are banned from watching a live world cup game. Plus watch two exclusive film clips. -Open Democracy - 6/8/06

Iran's not the best place for Jews, but it's home to sizable community
Iran wouldn't appear to be a likely candidate to house the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world. After all, Iran is run by a fundamentalist Islamic regime whose president has threatened to destroy Israel and who regularly denies the Holocaust. But Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Iran currently is home to an estimated 25,000 Jews. -Jewish Light - 6/8/06

Iran: Abadan businessmen promote Khuzestan as potential hub for British products
A delegation of 30 traders and entrepreneurs from the Abadan Chamber of Commerce visited London from May 20 to 25. The trip was arranged to promote trade contacts with the London Chamber of Commerce and successful Iranian businessmen based in Britain. -Mehr - 6/8/06

Reza Pahlavi Critical of West's Offer to Iran
The exiled son of Iran's late shah has sharply criticized diplomatic negotiations by the West to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear program. Reza Pahlavi held a press conference Wednesday. -VOA - 6/8/06

Immigration rises in OECD countries but asylum requests fall, says OECD
Between 3 and 3.5 million immigrants, including those already living in their new country on a temporary basis, became official long-term residents in OECD countries in 2004, according to International Migration Outlook, the latest edition of the OECD’s annual report on migration movements and policies. - 6/8/06

Iran the only country exporting electricity to Iraq: Iraqi minister
By connecting its electricity grid to Iran's grid, Iraq would be able to address its electricity shortage problems while being connected to the electricity network of neighboring countries, Iraqi Electricity Minister Karim Waheed said in Baghdad on Wednesday. -Mehr - 6/8/06

Two earthquakes jolt southeast Iran
Two earthquakes, measuring 4.6 and 4.0 on the Richter scale, jolted surrounding areas of two cities in southeastern Kerman province early Thursday morning. -IRNA - 6/8/06

Germany urged to bar Iran leader
The newly elected leader of Germany's main Jewish body has said the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, should be barred from the World Cup. -BBC - 6/8/06

Iran May Try to Join Caspian Oil Pipeline
A top Iranian energy official said Wednesday that Iran could negotiate pumping its oil from prospective Caspian oil fields through the U.S.-backed pipeline intended to carry the rich Caspian Sea oil resources to Western markets. -AP - 6/8/06

Iran 'ready for nuclear talks'
Iran is ready to discuss "common concerns" about its nuclear programme but pledged not to negotiate what technology to use, its president says. -BBC - 6/8/06

What Does Al-Zarqawi's Death Mean?
Terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp says the death of Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi is an important blow to the Iraqi insurgency and will also be demoralizing for the Islamist militant movement worldwide. -RFE - 6/8/06

Iran's Karimi in good shape to play in 2006 World Cup
Iran's national football team's halfback, Ali Karimi, said on Wednesday that he is in good shape to play in the upcoming 2006 World Cup. -IRNA - 6/8/06

Iran Air director: US violated Chicago Convention through sanctions
US has not given positive response to the Iranian people's demand for resumption of flights between Tehran and New York and vice versa, Managing Director of Iran Air, national flag carrier, Saeed Hessami said on Wednesday. -IRNA - 6/8/06

Wine Production was Well-Developed during Sassanid Era
Archeological excavations in Bolaghi Gorge revealed that this area was one of the main centers for producing wine during the Sassanid era. -CHN - 6/8/06

Israel and Iran: Irresolvable Conflict?
The following is an interview with Dr. Trita Parsi, an Iranian living in Washington. Dr. Parsi is a Middle East specialist at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. -Israel Policy Forum - 6/8/06

Oil Minister: Ground paved for Iran-India gas pipeline through Pakistan
Iran's Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh said ere on Wednesday, "By signing the contract for laying the country's seventh mammoth gas pipeline from Asalouyeh to Iranshahr, and from there to Pakistan's border, the ground was paved for exporting Iran's gas to India and Pakistan. -IRNA - 6/8/06

US Won't Rule Out Future Uranium Enrichment by Iran
The Bush administration said Wednesday Iran must suspend uranium enrichment if it accepts big-power incentives and returns to talks on the future of its nuclear program. But the State Department would not rule out a negotiated settlement that would allow enrichment in some form. -VOA - 6/8/06

Susan Etezadi Wins Judicial Election in California
IAPAC Candidate, Deputy District Attorney Susan Irene Etezadi, claimed victory in Tuesday’s California Primary Elections to become the first American of Iranian descent to win election to the San Mateo County Superior Court. - 6/8/06

Bush: Iran's Reaction to Nuclear Package Is Positive
President Bush says Iran's initial response to an international plan designed to resolve the impasse over its nuclear program appears positive. The package of incentives and threats was formally presented to the Tehran government Tuesday by a senior European Union official. -VOA - 6/7/06

Telecameras to Reveal the Secret of Persian Leopard
30 sensitive telecameras will be set in Khartouran region to record the number of Persian leopards and the pattern of spots on their bodies to protect this rare and endangered mammal. -CHN - 6/7/06

AIDS report praises Iran's approaches to reducing HIV
The UNAIDS 2006 Global AIDS Epidemic report praises Iran for adopting more progressive approaches to reducing HIV among injecting drug users, while cautioning that HIV epidemic is growing in the Islamic Republic of Iran. -IRNA - 6/7/06

The Iranian Crisis Resolved
Secretary of State Condi Rice issued an ultimatum to Iran, last week, to give up "the pursuit of nuclear weapons." Meanwhile, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the China-Arab Cooperation Forum all called for a "nuke-free" Middle East. -Gordon Prather, Antiwar.com - 6/7/06

What do you call two war-mongering right-wing lawyers at the bottom of the sea?
I nominate David Rivkin, Jr., and Lee Casey, former Justice Department lawyers under Reagan and Bush I, as The Worst People In The World. They want a war with Iran -- a war that would be so destructive it would make the mind-numbingly stupid decision to attack Iraq seem like a stroke of genius in comparison -- and they're not afraid to lie through their teeth to get it. -AlterNet - 6/7/06

Kish Port to be dredged, new island to be created
Iran's Persian Gulf port Kish will begin receiving bulk carriers by March 2007 through the implementation of the port's comprehensive plan, the managing director of the Kish Port and Airport Development and Management Company said on Tuesday. -Mehr - 6/7/06

US Patient as Iran Considers Nuclear Package
The United States said Tuesday Iran is not being pressed for a quick response to the international proposal aimed at resolving the crisis over its nuclear program. The package of incentives for Iran to halt uranium enrichment, or penalties if it doesn't, was formally presented in Tehran by European Union chief diplomat Javier Solana. -VOA - 6/7/06

U.S. has failed in step-by-step policy against Iran: analyst
A group of political analysts discussed the latest developments in Iran's nuclear program at a round table meeting held at the offices of the Tehran Times and the Mehr News Agency on Friday. -Mehr - 6/7/06

How Advanced Really Is Iran's Nuclear Program?
RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknegal spoke with nuclear expert Shannon Kile of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in Sweden. - 6/7/06

World Bank issues list of Iran loans
The World Bank (WB) Tuesday issued a list of the loans it will grant to Iran. The bank has not allocated any loans to the nation's economic sector. -Mehr - 6/7/06

Fox Business Guy: Bomb Iran and the Stock Market Will Go Up
Fox's Jonathan Hoenig participated in a roundtable discussion today (June 5, 2006) on Your World w/Cavuto about how stocks "tanked" this afternoon on "Iran threat and inflation worries." -News Hounds - 6/7/06

Iranian Azeris: A Giant Minority
Ethnic tensions in Iran have been on the rise with unpredictable results, involving not just Azeris but also Kurds, Arabs, and Baluchs. The government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has only made these problems worse. -Washington Institute for Near East Policy - 6/7/06

UN refugee agency calls on Syria not to extradite Iranian Arab refugees
The United Nations refugee agency today called on Syria not to extradite Iranian Arabs to their homeland, reminding the Government of its obligations not to return refugees or asylum seekers to territories where their lives or freedom might be threatened due to race, religion, nationality or political opinion. - 6/7/06

A giant awakes
The major powers yesterday ruled out military action against Iran, but in truth it has never been an option against the Middle East's most influential force -Guardian - 6/7/06

Iran Ethnic Minorities Seek US Help to Topple the Iranian Regime
A consortium of political ethnic opposition leaders from Iran appealed for active US support against the Iranian government in Washington today. “The international world has to help us topple the regime in a peaceful way,” stated Dr. Roya Toloui, an opposition speaker and founder of the Kurdish Women’s Human Rights Organization in Iran. -NIAC - 6/7/06

Iran's female fans yet to win equality
It's not something you often hear in Iran - women cheering their football team. But this is the sound as for the first time since the revolution, women here are allowed to play an open air football game. -BBC - 6/7/06

Iranian nuclear official calls on US to revise its approach to facilitate talks
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani on Wednesday recommended the US to revise their former approach to prepare the grounds for talks. -IRNA - 6/7/06

Iran: Dissident Journalist Urges Accountability At Home, Restraint Abroad
Iranian journalist and rights activist Akbar Ganji continued his current international tour with an appeal for greater openness and accountability from officials in Tehran. But while he vowed to maintain his battle against abuses at home, he warned international critics that they should not seek to impose their will on Iran. -RFE - 6/7/06

An Open Letter to Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Having ignored my correspondence of 5/28/06, you leave yourselves open to criticism and your motives questionable with regards to your petition entitled “Iran: Neither U.S. Aggression nor Theocratic Repression” -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 6/6/06

U.S. Station Seeks Ear of Iran's Youths
Radio Farda Goes Easy on the News, Heavy on Pop Music to Capture Vast Under-30 Audience -Washington Post - 6/6/06

With 9 gold medals, Iran crowned wushu Champion
Iranian wushu artists returned from Poland Tuesday morning after winning championship of the International Wushu Festival in Warsaw. -IRNA - 6/6/06

UN official expresses concern about rise in Iranian AIDS victims
United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iran Knut Ostby on Tuesday expressed concern about the rise in the number of Iranians affected by HIV through sexual contacts. -IRNA - 6/6/06

Attacking Iran: Bad Policy is a Bipartisan Affair
Will the United States attack Iran? That was the question on everyone’s mind at a recent political talk I gave in a small college town in Texas. I ran through some of the many reasons such an attack would be ill-advised, bordering on insane -Common Dreams - 6/6/06

Iran's Oil Minister warns Japanese partner of further delay in Azadegan deal
Iran's Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh on Monday complained about the Japanese delay to join Iran in the lucrative venture for development of Azadegan oilfield south of the country, saying Tehran will turn to domestic partners and technicians in case of further prolongation. -IRNA - 6/6/06

Assyrian MP disputes claims of western media on minorities rights in Iran
Representative of Assyrian and Chaldean minorities in Majlis Younaten Bet-Klia said that the propaganda of the West on violation of the minorities rights in Iran are illusive claims. -IRNA - 6/6/06

Quakes hit Khuzestan and Bushehr provinces in southern Iran
Two separate earthquakes measuring 3.7 and 3.6 on the Richter scale hit suburbs of cities in Khuzestan and Bushehr provinces in southern Iran, respectively, Monday afternoon. -IRNA - 6/6/06

Five Secretive Sisters
Say the words "oil company," and the names that come to mind are the likes of ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Shell. But when it comes to actually producing crude, another, less familiar group of companies is becoming increasingly important. State-owned oil companies such as Saudi Aramco and National Iranian Oil, not the remnants of the so-called Seven Sisters, control most of the world's reserves and production -Business Week - 6/6/06

Rice's Iran Gambit
There are two possible readings of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's conditional offer of direct negotiations with Tehran to solve the dispute over Iran's nuclear enrichment program. One is that this is a serious offer that could, along with European and U.N. diplomacy, pave the way for a diplomatic solution and provide a much needed exit from the present U.S. trajectory towards a military showdown. -TomPaine - 6/6/06

Iran appoints new ambassadors to France, Britain
Iran Deputy Foreign Minister Mahdi Mostafavi said in Tehran on Monday that the new Iranian ambassadors to France and Britain will soon leave for Paris and London. -Mehr - 6/6/06

Royal Democrat
Mr. Pahlavi says that in a democratic Iran, he would be honored to assume the title of shah in a parliamentary system, but only if the Iranian people ask him to. He already has at least one vote. On the way to meet him at his house, the nice lady who drove me there quite naturally referred to her boss as "His Majesty." -Wall Street Journal - 6/6/06

U.S. doctor holds hope for Iran
America's opening to China had its Ping-Pong diplomacy. Detente with the Soviet Union featured the Bolshoi Ballet. Perhaps in the new diplomatic dance between the United States and Iran, a similar people-to-people role will be played by an immunologist named David Haines and his project to study Iranian victims of Iraqi chemical weapons. -Buffalo News - 6/6/06

Mass Murder “Symposium” at Neocon Frontpage
Indeed, the neocons are fanatical, warmongering, misanthropic sociopaths that need to be arrested immediately and locked up in protective custody—not for their protection but for our protection, for left alone they will attack Iran and kick off World War Three, or as former CIA spook James Woolsey describes it, World War Four -Kurt Nimmo - 6/6/06

Armenia and Azerbaijan Presidents Meet In Bucharest To Discuss Karabakh
Armenian President Robert Kocharian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev have met for talks on the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. -RFE - 6/6/06

White House Urges Patience on Iran
Bush administration officials say Iran should be given time to consider a package of incentives, aimed at halting the country's nuclear enrichment and reprocessing activities. -VOA - 6/6/06

Iran's China Syndrome
In the middle of a tirade about the pointlessness of talking with the Bush administration, a senior Iranian official I met in Tehran last month abruptly paused and asked if he could speak off the record. Then he said: "What we need is an American president who will follow the example of Richard Nixon going to China." -Washington Post - 6/6/06

Iran: Scores Arrested in Anti-Baha'i Campaign
In its latest campaign of religious intolerance directed against the Baha'i community, Iranian security officials last month arrested scores of Baha'i youths in Shiraz solely on the basis of their religious faith, Human Rights Watch said today. - 6/6/06

Four Iran-140 airliners to join fleet
Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries Co. (HESA) is planning to deliver at least four Iran-140 airliners to the domestic companies, announced the company's managing director here Tuesday. -Mehr - 6/6/06

UN Should Deal with Iran, Say Americans
Most adults in the United States believe the United Nations (UN) should be the main player in discussions about Iran’s nuclear program, according to a poll by Princeton Survey Research Associates for the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. 72 per cent of respondents want the UN to deal with the issue, while 21 per cent prefer the United States. -Angus Reid - 6/6/06

Outcomes of the Cultural Landscape Seminar in Perspolis
The first workshop for promoting the management and planning of cultural landscapes of world heritage was held from 29th of May to 2nd of June 2006 in Persepolis historical site, Fars province. -CHN - 6/6/06

US Says Human Trafficking Arrests Up, But Problem Continues
This year's report lists Belize, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Laos, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe as countries where governments fail to take effective action to combat human trafficking. - 6/6/06

Prominent Iranian Journalist Receives Press Freedom Award In Moscow
After his trip to Moscow, Ganji is scheduled to continue his international travels for appearances in Germany, Italy, and the United States. In an interview with Radio Farda today, he vowed to return to his homeland, where -- despite his persistent calls for justice and reform in the highest echelons of power -- he does not fear arrest. -RFE - 6/6/06

Iranian-American Artist Seyed Alavi Takes Travelers on His "Flying Carpet"
Yet, like the other flying carpets, Alavi’s work of art, “Flying Carpet,” has something magical about it. Using aerial photographs, the Iranian-American Alavi has made his 50-meter carpet in the image of a roughly 80-kilometer long segment of the Sacramento River Valley. The carpet is located on a pedestrian bridge between the terminal and the car park at the Sacramento, California International Airport. - 6/6/06

Ivankovic: Iran's World Cup opening game with Mexico crucial
Iranian national football team head coach Branko Ivankovic said here Sunday that the first game to be played by Iran's national football team with Mexico is of great importance to Iran. -IRNA - 6/5/06

US Plays Down Iranian Warnings on Oil Supplies
The Bush administration is downplaying Iranian suggestions that any attempt by the United States to punish the Islamic republic for its nuclear activities would endanger oil shipments from the Middle East. -VOA - 6/5/06

Iran's nuclear ambition hits piggy banks
Threats of an international financial squeeze stemming from the showdown over Iran's nuclear program have sent Iranians scrambling to get their savings out of the country, or if that won't work, to convert them into gold. -Washington Times - 6/5/06

Sham US Proposal to Iran Evokes Memories of Past Similar Ones
It may be a new month, but it's the same old Wall Street Journal trumpeting the latest US gambit designed to hide its real intentions toward Iran. -Peace Journal - 6/5/06

Iran dissident allowed to Russia
Iran has allowed a leading dissident journalist to leave the country to receive a journalism award in Moscow. Akbar Ganji, who was freed from jail in March, told the BBC he was given permission to go at the last minute. -BBC - 6/5/06

Oil prices rise on Iran's warning
Oil prices have risen to near $74 a barrel after Iran hinted it might cut its crude output if its ongoing nuclear stand-off with the West escalates. -BBC - 6/5/06

Blix Report on WMD Met with Calls to Outlaw Nuclear Materials
"The question is, will the U.S. heed Blix's call and lead by example or continue to undermine international diplomacy and peace by pursuing its policy of leading by force?" -OneWorld.net - 6/5/06

VOA Launches Daily 'Roundtable With You' to Iran
Voice of America's popular Persian-language Mizegerdi ba Shoma (Roundtable With You) program will expand to a new daily schedule, broadcasting 60 minutes a day, beginning Saturday, 3 June. - 6/5/06

Iran keeps door open to nuclear talks
This weekend, President Ahmadinejad indicated he wanted to negotiate, but 'without preconditions.' -CSM - 6/5/06

Iranian band to give concert in Belgium
Ney-anban (Iranian bagpipe) player and composer Saeid Shanbezadeh and his band will be giving a concert in front of the European Parliament of Belgium on June 7 and 8 - 6/5/06

Iran to play World Cup warm-up against Bodensee
Iran is scheduled to play a friendly against a selected amateur team of the Lake of Constance (Bodensee) region in the southwest German resort town of Friedrichshafen Monday afternoon. -Mehr - 6/5/06

US Proposal to Iran
What has been hailed as a major shift in U.S. policy by offering to talk to Iran with a precondition of complete halt to Uranium enrichment is nothing but a PR ploy designed to win public opinion and solidify support among the European allies as well as convincing the Chinese and Russian veto wielding members of UN Security Council to get on board with the American master plan. -Daniel M Pourkesali, Virginia - 6/5/06

Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Iranian Journalist Akbar Ganji
An Iranian journalist who spent the last six years in jail for criticising the Iranian authorities has been awarded the 2006 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize from the World Association of Newspapers. - 6/5/06

2006 Golden Pen of Freedom Acceptance Speech by Akbar Ganji
Ladies and gentlemen: In the presence of representatives from the world media gathered here, let me begin by thanking the World Association of Newspapers for giving me the Golden Pen Award. I am humbled by the honor. I think the prize should in fact go to all Iranian dissidents and freedom-fighters. - 6/5/06

"Calligraphies" Three Persian String Quartets by Reza Vali
The Pennsylvania-based Reza Vali is one of the very few Persian (Iranian) composers in the West who has had the chance to have his works performed by prestigious ensembles and orchestras around the world. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 6/5/06

Olive Branch or Bombs: May Wisdom Prevail
In this grand chess game the ultimate goal would be a stalemate or a détente under conditions that both parties could claim victory and save face in their respective public domains. There is no other solution to the current dilemma. All major players stand to lose as the crescendo of muscle flexing and saber rattling by both sides reaches new highs leading potentially to a catastrophic confrontation. -Kam Zarrabi - 6/5/06

Iran football team arrives in Friedrichshafen
Iran's national football team Sunday arrived in the southwest German resort town of Friedrichshafen, where it trains for the 2006 World Cup matches. -Mehr - 6/4/06

Nobel Prize Winner Accuses US of Double Standards Over Iran
You would think that winning the Nobel Peace Prize would have provided a measure of protection for Shirin Ebadi, a Iranian human rights lawyer who has taken up the cases of Iran's most prominent dissidents, from the wrath of the mullahs. -Independent - 6/4/06

Iran to Make Offer by Six Powers Public
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday that Iran would publish details of the package of incentives and possible penalties prepared by the United States and five other major powers aimed at halting Iran's nuclear program. -Washington Post - 6/4/06

Iran's Mahdavikia shakes off injury, ready for Mexico opener
Midfielder Mehdi Mahdavikia Sunday scotched rumors about his injury and assured the national football officials that he would be ready for the 2006 World Cup opener against Mexico. -Mehr - 6/4/06

The Way Americans Like Their War
Could Haditha be just the tip of the mass grave? The corpses we have glimpsed, the grainy footage of the cadavers and the dead children; could these be just a few of many? Does the handiwork of the United States' army of the slums go further? -Robert Fisk, Seattle Post-Intelligencer - 6/4/06

Tehran warns of fuel disruptions
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned that fuel shipments from the Gulf region could be disrupted if the US makes a "wrong move". -BBC - 6/4/06

Middle East and North Africa AIDS Fact Sheet 2006
An important risk factor for HIV infection among drug users in Iran appears to be incarceration. Given that a large proportion of the total prison population in Iran is made up of people detained for drug-related offences, there is an urgent need to scale-up prevention programmes in prisons. -UNAIDS - 6/3/06

Iranian Authorities Detain Student Activists
As unrest among ethnic Azeris in Iran settles down, disturbances involving university students are picking up. In the past week several student leaders have been detained by plainclothes security personnel and are being held at unknown locations. -RFE - 6/3/06

If Iran is Ready to Talk, the US Must do so Unconditionally
It is absurd to demand that Tehran should have made concessions before sitting down with the Americans -Guardian - 6/3/06

A Man of the People's Needs and Wants
ARAK, Iran -- The ordinary Iranians who poured into the local soccer stadium to hear President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad one day last month arrived carrying high hopes and handwritten letters. They left with just the hopes. -Washington Post - 6/3/06

Rice's Iranian Ruse
We’ve seen this play before, haven’t we? You know, the one where the Bush Administration pretends to be interested in a diplomatic solution but is really trying to get its ducks in a row for going to war? -Progressive - 6/3/06

Hijacked by the Neocrazies
As you listen to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice deliver her ultimatum to the Iranian mullahs, imagine you are a passenger on a hijacked airliner, headed towards Iran. You already know what the neo-crazy hijackers did to Iraq, shortly after Bush-Cheney-Rice delivered a similar ultimatum to Saddam Hussein. -Gordon Prather, Antiwar.com - 6/3/06

Iran: Volleyball officials hail new Serbian head coach
Secretary of Volleyball Federation Saeed Darakhshandeh said, Milorad Kijac, the new Iran's head coach of national volleyball team, has a lot of honors in his professional career. -IRNA - 6/3/06

Bush's Gamble On Iran
President Bush handed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and German Chancellor Angela Merkel a significant foreign policy victory and put new distance between himself and Vice President Cheney with last week's decision to dangle the carrot of U.S. participation in talks with Iran. But it is a victory of process rather than of substance and could still come undone. -Washington Post - 6/3/06

Native informers and the making of the American empire
Lacking internal support or external legitimacy, writes Hamid Dabashi*, the US empire now banks on a pedigree of comprador intellectuals, homeless minds and guns for hire -Al-Ahram - 6/3/06

Quake jolts Persian Gulf port city of Khamir in southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale hit the port city of Khamir and nearby villages in the southern province of Hormuzgan Saturday morning. -IRNA - 6/3/06

Iran: Powers Offer Incentives Package To Give Up Uranium Enrichment
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany, have agreed to present Iran with a package of incentives to give up uranium enrichment, and to suspend action in the UN should Iran consider the offer. But only on the condition that Iran first suspends all its current enrichment-related activities. -RFE - 6/3/06

Iran Says it Will Examine Nuclear Proposal
Iran's foreign minister says the Islamic republic will examine a new proposal by the world's major powers aimed at easing the crisis over its nuclear program. -VOA - 6/3/06

Six more Iranian journalists arrested in north following unrest over cartoon
Reporters Without Borders today called for the release of six journalists who have been detained in northern Iran in the past eight days as result of unrest among members of the Azeri ethnic minority that was sparked by the publication of a controversial cartoon. - 6/3/06

The Undiplomatic Diplomacy
Knowing that the Iranian regime has long reached the maturity to not be easily frightened or intimidated by childish scare tactics, the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, must also know that Iran’s reaction will be a dispassionate rejection, at best. -Kam Zarrabi - 6/2/06

Tennis: Fueled by a snub, Rezai heating up
It is turning into an extended vacation for Rezai, a solidly built 19-year-old French player of Iranian descent with limited mobility but big-time power in her often ferocious strokes. -IHT - 6/2/06

Iranian composer Tjeknavorian preparing for 70th birthday bash in 2007
Iranian composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian is to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2007, the Persian service of CHN reported on Wednesday. He wants to perform all his compositions during a festival for his birthday celebration. - 6/2/06

US Urges Iran to Consider Nuclear Offer
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Iran should give careful consideration to an international package of incentives for halting its uranium enrichment activities. -VOA - 6/2/06

Iran: a Manufactured Crisis
Is it within the right of the Security Council to impose demands upon UN member states that not only violate treaties and conventions, international law and World Court decisions"but also the UN Charter according to whose "functions and powers" the Security Council presumably acts? -Counterpunch - 6/2/06

Iranian Minister fails to attend AIDS meeting in New York due to visa denial
Minister of Health Kamran Baqeri Lankarani said on Friday that the US had refused to issue visa for him to attend a UN meeting on AIDS held in New York. -IRNA - 6/2/06

2100 Ancient Books Transferred to Iran from Netherlands
A collection of ancient books including 2000 lithography books and 100 manuscripts brought from private collection owners has been transferred to Iran from the Netherlands after four months of negotiations between the experts of Iran's National Library and the owners of the collection. -CHN - 6/2/06

136-Year-Old Iranian Woman in Hospital
A 136-year-old woman from Boroujerd is now in hospital after a brain stroke. -IRNA - 6/2/06

Embedded Journalism and the Disinformation Campaign for War on Iran
According to Laura Rozen of the Los Angeles Times, the Office of Special Plans has been reincarnated as the Office of Iranian Affairs, apparently housed in the same Pentagon offices inhabited by its predecessor and involving some of the same slimy personnel. -Counterpunch - 6/2/06

Persian Gulf Band to echo Iran's peace message in Europe
Iran's Persian Gulf Band is to play outside European Parliament headquarters in Belgium on June 7. -IRNA - 6/2/06

Dissident tells of assaults and threats against children during 66 days in jail run by Iran's clerical regime
A leading Iranian pro-democracy and women's activist, who was jailed on trumped-up charges last year, has revealed how the clerical regime cynically deploys systemic sexual violence against female dissidents in the name of Islam. -Telegraph, UK - 6/2/06

Shift in U.S. Stance Shows Power of Seven-Letter Word
The Bush administration's decision to consider sitting down with the Iranian government underscores a central truth of diplomacy today: Nuclear weapons buy leverage. -Washington Post - 6/2/06

Iran nuclear bomb 'in 10 years'
Iran is determined to have a nuclear weapon and could possess one within 10 years, according to the top US intelligence chief. -BBC - 6/2/06

Where There Was One Enemy, Now There Are Many
As Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki declared a state of emergency in the British-controlled area yesterday, anyone with any money or hope of escape is trying to emigrate. -Independent - 6/2/06

Iranian museum defies regime with Chagall show
Exhibition of Jewish artist’s work challenges official stance on Israel -Art Newspaper - 6/2/06

Dealing with the U.S. Devil: Surrender, capitulate, then we'll talk
The Bush regime's latest ploy in their campaign to overthrow and destabilize the Iranian government involves a 'deal' that would require Iran to unilaterally halt its production of uranium in exchange for an opportunity to talk face to face with their U.S. accusers. Condi Rice and Bush want to put Iran on the defensive by demanding concessions from Iran as a counter to the sovereign nation's request to speak to their principle accusers face to face. -OpEdNews - 6/2/06

Azerbaijan Adopts Cautious Approach on Ethnic Azeri Protests in Iran
Azerbaijan’s government has been conspicuously quiet about the recent rioting in neighboring Iran involving ethnic Azeris. Baku appears concerned that an overt sign of support for the Iranian Azeri protesters would prompt Tehran to attempt to destabilize Azerbaijan. -Eurasianet - 6/2/06

Hopes rise for Iranian woman on death row
An Iranian teenager may be spared the hangman's noose. Amnesty International is investigating a news report in an Iranian paper that the death sentence of an 18-year-old woman, convicted of killing a man who was trying to rape her, has been overturned and sent for retrial. -Globe & Mail - 6/2/06

Larijani: Iran ready to guarantee no diversion from civilian use
"Iran is actively working for diplomatic means to leave behind the current crisis and understanding can only be reached by practical compliance with international laws and genuine talks without any pressure," he added. -IRNA - 6/2/06

New College of California "On the Silk Road to Iran"
In the summer of 2006, Jerry Dekker, instructor of Humanities at New College of California, is leading another trip to Iran for students, faculty, staff and friends of New College of California. Jerry, fluent in the Persian language, has lived for several years in Iran and recently returned from the Islamic Republic with a group of New College students. - 6/2/06

Parviz Mohassel "Black and White paintings": Westbeth Gallery, New York City
At Westbeth Gallery, (57 Bethune at Washington Street, New York, NY 10014, telephone (212) 989-4650) there is an exhibition of abstract paintings by Iranian born artist/architect based in New York entitled "Back and White paintings." Parviz Mohassel has created work on canvas ranging from small to large triptychs during 1998 to 2006 in Maine, Connecticut, and New York. - 6/1/06

United States Offers to Join European-Iranian Nuclear Talks
The United States has offered to join European-Iranian negotiations over Iran's nuclear program provided that Iran first suspend all uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities. -Washington File - 6/1/06

Good Time with Iranian Cinema
Last week, I watched three films in a row. The first was I'm Taraneh 15. It was so good. The film was work of Mr Rasoul Sader-Amlie and Taraneh Alidoust played her part most beautifully. It was engaging, interesting as it showed so many issues that prevails in our towns and in our lives here in Iran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/1/06

Direct talks with U.S. preferable to negotiations with Europe: Iranian analyst
International affairs analyst Ali Khorram said that Iran-Europe talks would only serve as a "palliative" rather than a "cure" to the nuclear crisis. He noted that Iran's nuclear program would not have been such a big deal if it had not been made so complicated over the past three years through the political machinations of the U.S. -Mehr - 6/1/06

The Face of Treason
Although terrorism is often attributed to individuals and non-state actors, states have committed acts of terror that no group has been able to match. The initiation of wars of self-interest causing hundreds of thousands of deaths, staging coups, training militias to rule by proxy, and so forth, have far more barbaric aftermath than a few handful of terrorists. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 6/1/06

Arms control in a unipolar world
The new U.S. push on a fissile material cut-off treaty is an attempt to sidestep more urgent issues like weaponisation of space and the development of 'usable' nuclear weapons. -Siddharth Varadarajan - 6/1/06

Iran: Cartoon Protests Point To Growing Frustration Among Azeris
The publication of the controversial cartoon prompted a swift response from Iran's central authorities. Cabinet ministers condemned the caricature, describing it as "an offense to the Iranian people as a whole." -RFE - 6/1/06

Congressman Kucinich: At A Time When Iran Reaches Out To US; US Participates In Phony Diplomacy Setting The Course For War
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), Ranking Member of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, issued the following statement today on Iran: “The US must not participate in phony diplomacy and diplomatic head fakes in order to force our nation, and the world, into war with Iran... - 6/1/06

Iran's defense spending 'a fraction of Persian Gulf neighbors'
Iran's defense budget remains a fraction of the expenditure of its Arab neighbors in the Persian Gulf in per capita terms, according to the latest edition of Military Balance. - 6/1/06

Soccer Friendly in Tehran: Iran 5 Bosnia 2
Bosnia & Herzegovina was bamboozled by Iran, which fought back to win its last World Cup warm-up 5-2 in the capital's Azadi Stadium Wednesday. - 6/1/06

Iran's Bahai Religious Minority Says It Faces Raids and Arrests
Members of the Bahai religious minority in Iran said this week that the government had recently intensified a campaign of arrests, raids and propaganda that was aimed at eradicating their religion in Iran, the country of its birth. -New York Times - 6/1/06

Former Doors Drummer John Densmore And Iran’s Reza Offer Cross-Cultural Sounds
Haunting and spiritual, driving and hypnotic, “Peaceful Sounds from the Axis of Evil” is the first chance for North American audiences to experience the collaboration between former Doors’ drummer John Densmore and master Persian musician Reza Derakshani. -Global Rhythm - 6/1/06

Power Struggle in Iran – Part II: Elections for the Assembly of Experts
The power struggle in the upper echelons of the Iranian political leadership is escalating in the run-up to the upcoming election for the Assembly of Experts, slated for October 2006. The two key figures at the center of the power struggle are Expediency Council Chairman Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-e Yazdi. -MEMRI - 6/1/06

Iran: UN Powers To Hold Further Talks On Nuclear Issue
Top officials of the five permanent member states of the UN Security Council plus Germany will meet in Vienna on June 1 in an effort to find a unified position in the Iran nuclear crisis. -RFE - 6/1/06

Khatami: World needs rational dialogue more than ever
The head of the International Center for Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations, Seyed Mohammad Khatami said in Shiraz on Wednesday that today the world is in greater need of rational dialogue to attain understanding and peaceful coexistence. -IRNA - 6/1/06

Palestine: Civil War or Coup d'etat
On Thursday, 25th May, news organisations reported that the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) strongly praised President Bush's strong statements of support for Israel during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.. -Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar - 6/1/06

Behind Ahmadinejad's tough talk, a quiet evolution in Iranian politics
The windowless room was crowded and hot, the smell of a dirty bathroom carried in on a breeze from the open front door, as Mostafa Moin, former reform candidate for president, worked his way past the folding chairs filled with people applauding his appearance. -New York Times - 6/1/06

Iran to build oil refinery in Venezuela
Iran and Venezuela will build an oil refinery at the 'Faga' region in the oil-reach Orinoko province in Venezuela, according to local new sources in Madrid. The refinery will be designed to refine heavy oil and produce gasoline and other oil derivatives. -IRNA - 6/1/06

China exports telecom project to Iran
China's VSAT (Using Very Small Aperture Terminal) satellite project to Iran has moved one step forward. All the equipment needed for the project had been packed early in January and later shipped to Iran. China will start installation and launch test run next month and the project will be put into operation in July. -China Daily - 6/1/06

Parsi: Iran Unlikely to Halt Nuclear Enrichment Unless the United States Agrees to Direct Talks
Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and a specialist on Iranian foreign affairs at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, says that there is little likelihood of ending the crisis with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program "unless there are some direct negotiations between the United States and Iran." -CFR - 6/1/06

Important progress seen in tackling AIDS, but epidemic continues to outpace response, says new comprehensive global AIDS update
New report cites positive trends in HIV prevention and treatment; calls for significant acceleration of the AIDS response -UNAIDS - 6/1/06
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