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Discussion with Miles for Peace Iranian Cyclists: July 2 in San Francisco
Twelve Iranian cyclists, with Miles for Peace, are coming to San Francisco as part of their world cycling route to promote the Iranian people’s message of peace, friendship and solidarity to the rest of the world. Please come meet and speak with these amazing Iranian cyclists. -Global Exchange - 6/30/07

Camp Ayandeh: IAAB's Iranian-American Leadership Camp begins this week
Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is pleased to announce the start of Camp Ayandeh, its second annual Iranian-American Leadership Camp. More than doubling the size of its inaugural camp held in Boston last summer, this year’s camp will bring together over fifty Iranian-American high school students (ages 14-18) from across the country for a week of building leadership skills and learning about their Iranian heritage. - 6/30/07

Masumeh Jafari wins Iran's first Asian women wushu gold
The 14-year-old Masumeh Jafari handed Iran the first women's wushu gold in the Asian youth meet in South Korea Thursday. -MNA - 6/30/07

India, Pakistan and Iran Close To Gas Pipeline Deal
India says it is close to finalizing a deal to transport natural gas from Iran to India via Pakistan. As Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, officials from the three countries have held talks in the Indian capital on the $7 billion project, which has been opposed by the United States. -VOA - 6/30/07

Iran: Supreme Leader backs government's petrol rationing plan
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday backed the petrol rationing and called it a brave action on part of the government. -IRNA - 6/30/07

Iran: Officials Reportedly Ban Negative Gas-Rationing Stories
Reports say Iran's Supreme National Security Council has warned journalists not to report on problems caused by gas rationing that led to great anger among some citizens who set fire to many gas stations in several cities on June 27. -RFE - 6/30/07

Atomstroiexport head due in Tehran to discuss Bushehr power plant
Head of the Russian state-owned nuclear contractor Atomstroiexport Sergei Shmatko will arrive in Tehran Sunday. -IRNA - 6/30/07

IAEA team to visit Iran in July
Iran's permanent representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) informed that heading a delegation, IAEA deputy director Olli Heinonen will visit Iran from 11th to 13th July. -ISNA - 6/30/07

Indian intellectuals protest arrival of US ship as it may send wrong signal to Iran
group of Indian historians and intellectuals have expressed disappointment over India's decision to grant permission to the US aircraft carrier Nimitz to make a call at Chennai port for rest and recreation, which may send wrong signal as it is mobilized in Persian Gulf to threaten Iran. -IRNA - 6/30/07

IPU ready to pave ground for Iran-US talks
Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Anders B. Johnsson on Saturday expressed readiness of the union to prepare ground for holding Iran-US direct parliamentary talks. -IRNA - 6/30/07

Iran Country Review: Ravand Conference 2007 in Tehran
In this edition of country overview, a summary of the panel discussions at the recently held Ravand conference, to which Turquoise acted as one of the sponsors, is presented. This conference, dubbed by the media as the Davos of Iran, was held in Tehran for two days in May under the title of “Iran: Its Role, Security & Economic Partnership”. - 6/29/07

Leading Iranian NGOs express opposition to sanctions, military intervention and foreign interference in Iran
On the 20th anniversary of the chemical bombing of the Kurdish city of Sardasht in western Iran, a crime committed by the puppet Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussain and with full provision, support and acquiescence of Western governments, the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII), commemorates the forgotten victims of this crime who are still suffering the consequences of the effects of mustard gas, by launching a joint statement with Iranian NGOs - 6/29/07

UN commemorates Rumi in collaboration with Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey
The United Nations, in honor of the 800th birth anniversary of the classic Persian poet and mystic Rumi hosted a commemoration day in cooperation with Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey. -ISNA - 6/29/07

Iran invites India, Pakistan for signing gas deal
Iran has invited India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf to Tehran for signing a USD 7.4 billion tri-nation deal on natural gas, supply of which could start from 2011. -IRNA - 6/29/07

Iran: Tehran's New International TV Station Faces Hurdles
Press TV, a 24-hour English-language news channel, says it aims to break the Western hold on the world's broadcast media by presenting an alternative view on global news when it goes on the air on July 2. Experts question the Tehran-based news network's ability to compete with organizations like CNN, the BBC, and the new Al-Jazeera International. -RFE - 6/29/07

MKO stays on EU terrorist list
The European Union released Friday its updated list of terrorist entities removing three groups and adding one. The Iranian terror group MKO remains on the updated list. -IRNA - 6/29/07

EU parliament to examine ElBaradei recent remarks on Iran
The EU parliament will soon examine Iran's nuclear issue in an urgent meeting based on the latest remarks made by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head regarding Iran's nuclear progress. -ISNA - 6/29/07

Organization of the Islamic Conference Will Gain U.S. Envoy
American appreciation for Islam was the theme of President Bush’s speech at the Islamic Center of Washington on the mosque’s 50th anniversary June 27. -USINFO - 6/29/07

Iran plans to rebuild Al Askari Shrine in Samerra, Iraq
Iran plans to launch a reconstruction project for the Al Askari shrine in Samerra that collapsed after the bomb attacks almost three weeks ago. -ISNA - 6/29/07

East: Region Eyes U.S.-Russian Relationship As Bush-Putin Summit Looms
When Russia sneezes, the old saying goes, all its neighbors catch a cold. So what happens when Russia and the United States sneeze together? -RFE - 6/29/07

Unrest grows amid gas rationing in Iran
Unrest spread in Tehran on Thursday, the second day of gasoline rationing in oil-rich Iran, with drivers lining up for miles, gas stations being set on fire and state-run banks and business centers coming under attack. -AP - 6/29/07

Oliver Stone keen to make film on Ahmadinejad
Oscar-winner Oliver Stone has sent a letter to the Iranian president's office requesting permission to make a docudrama on President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, stated an Iranian producer who is regularly consulted by the president's art and cultural advisors. -MNA - 6/29/07

U.S. legislation would try to deny supply of gasoline to Iranian government
Striking at the Iranian government, the leaders of a bipartisan panel in the U.S. House of Representatives proposed legislation Thursday designed to reduce Iran's import of gasoline. -AP - 6/29/07

SEPAS: "A new organization providing help for those recovering from cancer"
Since I came to live in Iran, I have been very impressed by the high standards of health care, particularly in the private sector, but also in the state funded and voluntary sectors. But there are always gaps in the service that private individuals have seen, where more support is needed and funding is required. -Paul Sanford, Tehran - 6/28/07

MAGIC IN THE MAKING: Marjane Satrapi's Cinephilic Choice for Persepolis Cast
The announcment of the Prix du Jury aka Jury Prize at the 60th annual of the International Cannes Film Festival on the 27th of May, 2007 will probably remain in the heart and minds of Marjane Satrapi and her co-director Vincent Paronnaud for many years to come as the accomplishment of two years of hard and strenuous work. -Darius KADIVAR - 6/28/07

Iranian geologist discovers mud volcano phenomenon on Mars
Iranian geologist and university professor has successfully discovered mud volcano phenomenon on the planet Mars. The results of this discovery, which according to Dr. Abbas Kangi may be the first in their kind, have been published in an article in a journal related to the International Academy of Astronauticsin, Acta Astronautica. -ISNA - 6/28/07

Iran: Market Overview - May 2007
The recessionary environment of the Tehran Stock Exchange, triggered by massive IPOs that had exhausted the already weak market, continued in the month of May. The monthly trade volume for May has been one of the lowest ever recorded for this month at $520 million, almost one third of the volume of May 2004. - Turquoise Partners - 6/28/07

Intelligence Services, The Media and anti-Iran Propaganda
Paul Ingram is Senior Analyst at the British American Security Information Council. His subject areas include nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament (with a focus on Iran and the UK); defence economics, particularly subsidies of exports in the UK; and transatlantic security. Mehrnaz Shahabi is on the Editorial Board and CASMII UK Board member. She has interviewed Paul Ingram on the role of the intelligence services in the anti-Iran propaganda in the Western media. - 6/28/07

UNICEF calls for more awareness-raising to prevent spread of HIV in Iran
Everything possible must be done to prevent HIV and AIDS becoming a general epidemic in Iran, said Omar Abdi, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, during a two-day visit to Iran today. - 6/28/07

Iran: Majlis approves of government's gasoline rationing plan
Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said in Tehran on Wednesday that the decision to ration gasoline is a big step that will change old habits and help secure the national interests. -MNA - 6/28/07

Iranian girls plunge warily into kayaking in Colorado
"We have a river like this in Iran, but girls can't go there," says Kimia Vaezi, 16, a strong paddler who holds a national water polo title in Iran. "They think girls can't work hard or paddle hard. But I can paddle hard. When I get home I will show them that they maybe can't, but I can. I will show them." -Denver Post - 6/28/07

Human Rights Groups Hold Vigil for Detained Iranian-Americans
In New York Wednesday, Amnesty International and other human rights groups sponsored a vigil calling for the immediate release of detained Iranian-Americans by Tehran. In May, the government of Iran arrested four Iranian-Americans on accusations of harming national security. -VOA - 6/28/07

"Britain Examining Mistakes"?!
Two official enquiries into the circumstances of the detainment in March, of 15 British Royal Marines by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf and the subsequent handling of the crisis, by the military and the British Government, found no individual culpability or need for disciplinary proceedings, although concluded that the Royal Navy made key errors in relation to intelligence and decision making "leading up to the crisis". -Mehrnaz Shahabi, CASMII - 6/28/07

Tom Lantos, Warmonger: The pious old hypocrite wants to gin up a war with Iran
While the American people pine for peace, our leaders are intent on war: that's the anomaly of American "democracy," one that speaks ill of the effort to export our system at gunpoint. Adopt "democracy," and you, too, can be ruled by a warmongering oligarchy. -Antiwar.com - 6/28/07

Iran bans negative petrol stories
Iran's top security body has ordered local journalists not to report on problems caused by petrol rationing, a day after its surprise introduction. -BBC - 6/28/07

Global Unease With Major World Powers, Rising Environmental Concern in 47-Nation Survey
A 47-nation survey finds global public opinion increasingly wary of the world's dominant nations and disapproving of their leaders. Anti-Americanism is extensive, as it has been for the past five years. At the same time, the image of China has slipped significantly among the publics of other major nations. Opinion about Russia is mixed, but confidence in its president, Vladimir Putin, has declined sharply...Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez inspires little public confidence, even in Latin America, and huge majorities in most countries also say they have little or no confidence in Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to do the right thing regarding world affairs. -Pew - 6/28/07

Iran: Globalization in Jomhouri Islami Street
Unless one sees it with his own eyes, it is difficult to imagine the volume of foreign goods in Iran and the diversity of brands that are available such as Sony, Panasonic, Hitachi, Nokia, Philips, LG and Aqua. -Asharq Alawsat - 6/28/07

Speed, scale of urban growth will require 'revolution in thinking', warns UNFPA
Humanity will have to undergo a “revolution in thinking” in order to deal with the doubling of urban populations in Africa and Asia by 2030, warns UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. - 6/28/07

Iranian delegation in Iraq to enhance parliamentary ties
Iran's parliamentary friendship group is on a tour of Iraq at the invitation of Iraqi side and it has so far held constructive talks with the Iraqi Parliament deputy speaker and the Iraqi parliamentary friendship group, Riazi explained. -MNA - 6/28/07

Iranian FM welcomes Saudi nuclear consortium proposal
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday welcomed his Saudi counterpart Saud al-Faisal's proposal to form a nuclear consortium, comprising Iran and members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, and said Iran is ready to negotiate on it. -IRNA - 6/28/07

Iranian FM arrives in Qatar
Iran-Qatar-Mottaki Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrived in Doha, Qatar, on a day-long visit Thursday to discuss issues of mutual interest with Qatari senior officials. -IRNA - 6/28/07

Iran Fuel Rationing Sparks Anger, Protests
At least five gas stations were set on fire by angry motorists in the Iranian capital, Tehran, today in protest against a government decision to begin rationing fuel. Long lines of cars formed at gas stations last night as people attempted to fill their gas tanks ahead of the midnight imposition of the rationing plan. -RFE - 6/27/07

Iran ready to help Iraq establish security: Supreme Leader
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei told Iraqi President Jalal Talabani here on Tuesday that Iran is ready to provide any kind of assistance to the Iraqi government to help it establish security. "The Americans oppose the development of relations between Iran and Iraq and are trying to disrupt them," Ayatollah Khamenei added. -MNA - 6/27/07

French Islamologist Louis Massignon honored in Tehran
French Islamologist Louis Massignon (1883-1962), who greatly influenced the attitude of the West towards Islam, was honored on Monday evening at the Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia (CGIE) in Tehran. -MNA - 6/27/07

MAHASTI, The Acclaimed Iranian Singer, Dies at 60 in California
Mahasti, the renowned Iranian singer whose popular music was whispered and hymmed by the youth and the elders alike in the streets and orchards of yesteryears in Iran, died after a long battle with cancer in Santa Rosa California on June 25, 2007. - 6/27/07

Iran's Parliament holds unofficial session behind closed doors to discuss petrol rationing
The Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) here Wednesday held an unofficial session behind closed doors to discuss mechanisms for implementation of petrol rationing. -IRNA - 6/27/07

Amnesty International calls on Iran to end child executions
Amnesty International is calling on Iran's judicial and political authorities to order an immediate moratorium to prevent further executions of child offenders and to amend the laws so no children who commit crimes can be sentenced to death. In a new report, the organization said at least 71 child offenders were awaiting execution in Iran, where more child offenders have been executed than in any other country since 1990. - 6/27/07

Committee in US House Approves Iran Sanctions Measure
In another step aimed at increasing the economic cost to Iran of its controversial nuclear enrichment program, a key congressional panel has approved legislation to impose sanctions on Iran's energy sector. VOA's Dan Robinson reports from Capitol Hill. - 6/27/07

Detained reporter urges end to democracy campaign in Iran
A radio reporter being detained in Iran urged the Bush administration to end its vocal campaign for democracy there, saying it encouraged Iran's current regime to curtail its citizens' freedoms. -AP - 6/27/07

Iran Says It Backs Iraqi Government, Criticizes U.S.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has held talks in Tehran with senior Iranian leaders, with both sides pledging to improve relations. - 6/27/07

Hard Realities of Soft Power
As a senior adviser to the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, David Denehy is charged with overseeing the distribution of millions of dollars to advance the cause of a more democratic Iran. Affable, charming and approachable, he is bearlike in stature and manner. -New York Times - 6/27/07

Lavrov Warns NATO Against Compromising Russia's Security
Moscow is warning NATO not to adopt policies that increase European security at the expense of Russia. Senior Russian officials, however, say their country can cooperate with the Western alliance in areas of mutual concern such as international terrorism and drug trafficking. -VOA - 6/27/07

Iraq president says Iraq needs Iran-US dialogue
Iraqi president Jalal Talabani on Wednesday thanked Iran for acceptance of Iraqi bid for Iran-US dialogue saying it would help restore security in the war-torn country. Iranian FM said Iran would study with a positive view Iraq's request for holding the second round of talks with the US. -IRNA - 6/27/07

Iran, world's 3rd-biggest gas consumer in 2006
The Pars Special Economic Energy Zone Organization reported on Tuesday that Iran stood third in the world's gas consumption rankings and finished fourth in producing gas in 2006. -MNA - 6/27/07

Iran determined to pursue case of chemical weapons criminals: deputy FM
Iran will take its case to domestic and international courts to convict those involved in chemical attacks on the country, Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Mostafavi said in Tehran on Tuesday -MNA - 6/27/07

Bank Melli Iran opens first branch in Baghdad
Bank Melli Iran (BMI) inaugurated its first branch in the Iraqi capital Baghdad Monday. - 6/27/07

U.S. Conference of Mayors Takes a Stand: Out of Iraq!
The U.S. Conference of Mayors endorsed a resolution Monday calling for the Bush administration to begin planning for the swift withdrawal of troops from Iraq. A chaotic debate on the motion echoed political divisions across the country. -AP - 6/27/07

A touch of Tuscany 40 minutes away from Tehran
Once in a while one is more than grateful to have listened to a suggestion. Recently, right in middle of a very busy time for me when I had a lot of work on, my husband insisted that I take a day off and accept our friends' invitation to go to their villa near Tehran. So we met them and drove to their beautiful hiding place, a small village called Kalugan near Fasham on the north east side of Tehran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/26/07

Conversation with the author of Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran
Fatemeh Keshavarz, author of Jasmine and Stars: Reading More than "Lolita" in Tehran, on how literature can be used to create or destroy stereotypes. - 6/26/07

Persian Pirates of the Caribbean: Djalili, Manesh and Zahedian walk the Plank with Johnny Depp at Worlds End!
The Upcoming Summer Blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End" starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and the beautiful Keira Knightly will be setting for the last Adventure or so announced. It will certainly be of interest to know that they will be confronted to a number of fellow actors of .... Persian Heritage Once More! -Darius KADIVAR - 6/26/07

Iran: Reformists Discern Hostility With Less Than A Year To Elections
Some of Iran's leading reformists are discerning increasing hostility from conservatives ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2008. -RFE - 6/26/07

Iran calls UN to follow case of 5 diplomats kidnapped by American forces in Iraq
Iran's embassy spokesman in Iraq, Khalil Sadati said Iran had asked the UN representative in Iraq to consider the latest status of the five kidnapped Iranian diplomats. -ISNA - 6/26/07

New era for Iran's private sector
In one of the most closely watched elections in Iran in recent memory, on 12 June, the leadership of the country's influential Chamber of Commerce, Industry and the Mines (ICCIM) changed hands after 27 years of uninterrupted rule by bazaar-based traditional rightist forces. -ISN - 6/26/07

National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is hiring a Legislative Director
The Legislative Director will monitor legislative affairs, develop close working relationships with Congressional staffers (primarily focused on Congressional districts with large populations of Iranian Americans) and interest groups, and educate and advocate on behalf of our community. - 6/26/07

Museum Showcases the Blending of Islamic and Western Cultures
New York -- A new exhibition that examines the blending of Western and Islamic cultures through the art of Venice is drawing large crowds to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. -USINFO - 6/26/07

Where Is Iraq Heading? Lessons from Basra
The British experience in Basra, far from being a model to be replicated in the rest of Iraq, is an example of what to avoid. Where Is Iraq Heading? Lessons from Basra,* the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines the city's descent into chaos under British occupation, offering important lessons for Baghdad and the nation as a whole. - 6/26/07

Iran's oil production capacity stands above 4.2m bpd: Official
Iran's representative to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said on Monday that Iran has the capacity to produce over 4.2 million barrels of oil per day. -MNA - 6/26/07

UN drug agency reports "significant and positive changes" in world drugs markets. Countries urged to provide greater health care to drug addicts
Opium production in Afghanistan remains a major problem: cultivation increased dramatically in 2006, offsetting remarkable successes in eliminating other sources of opium supply, especially in South-East Asia. "In Afghanistan opium is a security issue, more than a drug issue," said the UN's drugs chief. - 6/26/07

Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant to generate 1,000MW power in October
Bushehr power plant in southern Iran will start generating 1,000MW electricity in October, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced in Tehran Monday. -MNA - 6/26/07

Wahhabi opponent killed in Iran
A Shia cleric known for his stance against Wahhabism, a strict version of Sunni Islam, has been killed in the south-western Iranian city of Ahwaz. -BBC - 6/26/07

Iranian company wins Iraq gas power plant tender
An official said on Monday that an Iranian company won the international tender on construction of a gas power plant in the Iraqi town of Sadr. -MNA - 6/26/07

3 wise men offer advice to America
When foreign-policy gurus Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft all start saying the same thing, it's time to pay attention. That happened this month in a joint appearance broadcast on "The Charlie Rose Show," and their comments ought to be required reading for presidential candidates in both parties -- not to mention the current occupant of the Oval Office. -IndyStar.com - 6/26/07

TRANSFORM/NATION: CONTEMPORARY ART OF IRAN AND ITS DIASPORA - Washington DC • Tehran • June 22-August 4, 2007
Join IAAB and 21 Iranian artists from around the world to explore Iranian identity, tradition and stereotypes. - 6/25/07

Ashraf Ghandehari's Devotion to the Disabled and Elderly
From just one patient and one room, to a 1,600-bed, 400,000-square meter, state-of-the-art center, Mrs. Ghandehari has been instrumental in transforming Kahrizak Charity Foundation, an Iranian non-governmental organization, into one of the most high-impact and entrepreneurial nonprofits in the world. - 6/25/07

Iran wins WAFF Championship
Iran was crowned for the third time in the 4th West Asian Football Federation Championship with a 2-1 victory over Iraq in Amman, the capital of Jordan, Sunday. -MNA - 6/25/07

Abyaneh Recognized for Being Inscribed by UNESCO
Following the visit of UNESCO experts from the historical village of Abyaneh, located between Qom and Isfahan, this village has been recognized appropriate for being inscribed in World Heritage List. -CHN - 6/25/07

Pena: Pakistan, not Iran, is the real proliferation challenge of today
“Washington may believe that it has numerous options in regards to Iran, but in reality, all strategies are likely to boil down to one out of two outcomes – comprehensive negotiations or comprehensive confrontation,” NIAC President, Trita Parsi, told an audience at the Independent Institute last week. -NIAC - 6/25/07

Tehran cartoon biennial to focus on money
The 8th edition of the Tehran International Cartoon Biennial will concentrate on the theme of money. In a press conference held at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on Monday, the secretary of the biennial, Masud Shojaii Tabatabaii, said that the main topic of this year's biennial will be money. -MNA - 6/25/07

Neo-cons Spinning Hearts and Minds
As the George W. Bush administration struggles through its last two years in office, it appears that the agenda of neoconservative ideologues has finally lost its appeal among strategic parts of the U.S. foreign policy apparatus. -IPS - 6/25/07

Ebadi criticises Iran's judiciary
The Nobel Peace prize-winning lawyer, Shirin Ebadi, has complained to Iran's judiciary that criminals are treated better than political prisoners. -BBC - 6/25/07

Iran: CHTHO mum as water co. resumes work at Ramhormoz ancient site
The Khuzestan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department (KCHTHD) has agreed to allow the Khuzestan Water and Electricity Company to resume its operations at the ancient site of Jubji in Ramhormoz, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday. -MNA - 6/25/07

Pakistan-Iran soccer teams to clash after 15 years
Pakistan-Iran clash will be recorded in November 2007 when the teams of the two nations will face each other after a lapse of 15 years, the Pakistan Football Federation said Sunday. -IRNA - 6/25/07

Iran Invites IAEA Team Over Contested Nuclear Plans
The United Nations' nuclear watchdog says Iran has invited it to send a team to Tehran to agree how to resolve questions about Iran's contested atomic program. - 6/25/07

A Congress Voters Can't Buy
On January 13, 2007, just days after the new Democrat-controlled Congress convened, President Bush took the opportunity provided by a joint press conference with the new German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to condemn both Iran and President Ahmadinejad. -Antiwar.com - 6/25/07

Haniyeh: Palestinians proud of ties with Iran, Islamic states
He rejected claims made by certain Palestinian Authority officials that Iran, Syria and Qatar were involved in recent tensions in Gaza Strip which led to dissolution of the Palestinian unity government by chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmud Abbas and declaration of state of emergency. -IRNA - 6/25/07

Leaders Of Black Sea States To Discuss Economic Ties
Leaders of 12 countries in the Black Sea region will gather on June 25 in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, to discuss projects aimed at boosting economic cooperation and trade. -RFE - 6/25/07

Iranian, Spanish FMs review latest Lebanese developments
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos in a telephone conversation on Sunday reviewed the latest developments in South Lebanon. -IRNA - 6/25/07

General Pace fired to clear way for "national emergency," Iran nuclear strike?
“It is the absolute responsibility of everybody in uniform to disobey an order that is either illegal or immoral.” --General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Press Club, February 17, 2006. -Global Research - 6/25/07

Relatives of Iranian pilgrims detained in Iraq call for their release
A large group of relatives of Iranian pilgrims currently detained in Iraq gathered in front of the Iraqi embassy in Tehran Sunday, calling for their immediate release. - 6/24/07

Solana says talks with Larijani "constructive"
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said in Lisbon Saturday night that his meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani was "very constructive". Solana made the statement after his four-hour meeting with Iran's secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC). -IRNA - 6/24/07

EU Talks With Iran On Nuclear Program Called 'Constructive'
European Union foreign-policy chief and Iran's top nuclear negotiator have described their latest talks as constructive and agreed to meet again in three weeks to further discuss Iran's contentious nuclear program. -RFE - 6/24/07

UNESCO plans to ask for explanation from Iran on Naqsh-e Rustam case
Reports say that UNESCO has decided to ask Iran to give an explanation about the construction of a railway route near the Achaemenid site of Naqsh-e Rustam in Fars Province, Parseh and Pasargadae Research Foundation (PPRF) director told the Persian service of CHN on Sunday. -MNA - 6/24/07

Tanavoli's "Kohl Box" published
"Kohl Box" by Parviz Tanavoli has been published by Bongah Publications. This connoisseur's book on Kohl Boxes by Parviz Tanavoli, the Iranian sculptor, has been compiled in Persian and English. It describes in detail the history and use of Kohl and Kohl boxes which are a part of Iran's ancient heritage. -MNA - 6/24/07

Tehran to host rug festival
The third Persian rug festival will be held here from June 26 to July 6. -MNA - 6/24/07

Kremlin Eyes Balkan Energy Routes
The battle to control Europe's energy markets and supply routes is moving to the Balkans. Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to arrive in Croatian capital, Zagreb, on June 24 to attend a summit on energy cooperation in southeastern Europe. The summit begins June 23. -RFE - 6/24/07

Iraqi Court Sentences 'Chemical Ali' To Death
An Iraqi court has issued a death sentence to the man who has been widely known as "Chemical Ali" for masterminding the mass slaughter of ethnic Kurds in the late 1980s. -RFE - 6/24/07

Iran, critical of US delay over consular access to diplomats
Iran is critical of US delay over consular access to Iranian diplomats in Iraq, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Sunday. -IRNA - 6/24/07

Quakes hit Iran's southern province of Shiraz
Two earthquakes measuring 4 on the Richter scale jolted the southern part of Shiraz, Fars province, on Sunday. -IRNA - 6/24/07

Khazaei to Replace Zarif as Iran's UN envoy
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini here Sunday said Iran's permanent representative to the UN Mohammad-Javad Zarif will be replaced by Mohammad Khazaei. -IRNA - 6/24/07

UNHCR World Refugee Day is marked in Tehran
Wednesday June 20th was World Refugee Day, and it was marked in Tehran by a meeting at the Niavaran Cultural Centre. It was addressed by Mr Sten Bronee, the UNHCR representative in Iran, who introduced a short film, produced by Ida Norheim Hagtun titled "The Unheard Voices of Refugee Children". -Paul Sanford, Tehran - 6/23/07

Iran - Filmmaker with French nationality asks "Why am I still being kept here?"
Reporters Without Borders has written twice to the French foreign ministry about the Iranian government's refusal to allow Mehrnoushe Solouki, a documentary filmmaker with French and Iranian dual nationality, to leave Iran. - 6/23/07

Iran: Detained Students at Risk of Torture
The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release eight student editors and activists arrested in recent weeks for allegedly defaming Islam in student publications, Human Rights Watch said today. - 6/23/07

Leading Iranian academics honored at National Library
Mahmud Javadipur from the Iranian Academy of Arts, Mohammad-Ali Movahhed from the Academy of Persian Language and Literature, Hassan Hekmat from the Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences, and Nasrollah Sefidbakht from the Academy of Sciences were presented with medals by the president. -MNA - 6/23/07

Europe: Experts Say Russia Dependable Energy Supplier, But Urge Caution
Europe needs reliable energy supplies for the future and Russia can fill the bill -- but the European Union would nevertheless be wise to seek alternatives. -RFE - 6/23/07

Iran's yearly oil revenue to exceed $52b
A National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) official said here on Friday that the country's oil revenue will amount to $52.13 billion in the current Iranian year (to end March 20, 2008). -MNA - 6/23/07

Darioush Khaledi's Persepolis-Inspired Winery
Famous for its idyllic vineyards dotted with French chateaus and Italian villas, Napa Valley is the last place one would expect to see a replica of Persepolis, the ancient and dazzling palace of the Persian Empire. Yet Darioush Khaledi has built just that, bursting into the winemaking scene with Darioush Winery, a homage to the winemaking legacy of Persia. - 6/22/07

Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran
In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present-day Iran provides a rare insight into this rich culture alive with artistic expression but virtually unknown to most Americans. - 6/22/07

US-IRAN: New Arms Claim Reveals Cheney-Military Rift
In a development that underlines the tensions between the anti-Iran agenda of the George W. Bush administration and the preoccupation of its military command in Afghanistan with militant Sunni activism, a State Department official publicly accused Iran for the first time of arming the Taliban forces last week, but the U.S. commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan rejected that charge for the second time in less than two weeks. -Gareth Porter, IPS - 6/22/07

Iran's international Graphic Biennial closes
The 9th edition of the international Graphic Biennial closed yesterday at Tehran's museum of Contemporary Arts. Iran's Graphic week ended with announcement of award winning artists from Iran and other countries. -ISNA - 6/22/07

Unusual Islamic Art Exhibition Opens in Australia
The biggest exhibition of Islamic art seen in Australia has opened in Sydney. It features 350 rare works from the renowned Khalili Collection. "The Arts Of Islam" features Korans and prayer rugs as well as secular objects, spanning millennia and a range of countries. -VOA - 6/22/07

Iranians Abroad
"As a responsible citizen of the United States, I oppose my country's brutal foreign policy." Haleh Niazmand's words, plastered large and ominous over giant fingerprints in the center room of the Ellipse Arts Center in Arlington, set the tone for "Transform /Nation," an ambitious exhibition of contemporary Iranian diasporic art opening tonight. -Washington Post - 6/22/07

Iran's Larijani in Vienna, insists no compromise is on agenda
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani arrived here on Friday to talk with the IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei's about Iran's peaceful nuclear activities. -IRNA - 6/22/07

Our Leaders, the Enemy
Forty years ago, when Israeli air and naval forces attacked and bombed the U.S. Navy intelligence ship Liberty, the thirty-four Americans who died while patriotically serving their country were buried in the cold graveyard of treachery dug by their leaders. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 6/22/07

Iran: President Ahmadinejad approves of banks interest rate cut
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday approved of the Money & Credit Council's decision to decrease the interest rate for private and public banking facilities, ordering its implementation. -IRNA - 6/22/07

Iran's Larijani To Meet With UN Nuclear Chief
The head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani, is expected to meet today with Muhammad el-Baradei, chief of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency. - 6/22/07

Australia Says Sailors Had Standoff With Iran In 2004
Australian defense officials say members of its navy were involved in a tense standoff with Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf in December 2004. - 6/22/07

Iranian Cleric Says Fatwa Against Rushdie 'Still Alive'
A prominent Iranian cleric says the death sentence issued by Iran's revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei against British author Salman Rushdie is "still alive." - 6/22/07

PARSA Community Foundation Announces 2007 Norooz Grantees!
A core element of PARSA's mission is to strengthen entrepreneurial individuals and nonprofits that serve the Persian community. To that end, PARSA just completed the first round of its two semi-annual grant cycles with $114,000 going to six powerful ideas. Youth leadership, preservation of Persian history, promotion of cultural understanding and civic integration are common themes. - 6/21/07

Ali Shakeri, a man of peace, behind bars in Tehran?
Nearly two months has passed since the arrest of our friend and colleague, Ali Shakeri (M, 59). Ali went to Iran to visit his ailing mother who passed away days after seeing him. -Mehdi Amini - 6/21/07

Lavrov: US Missile Shield in Europe threat for Russia, China
Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ruling out US claim on Iran threat as cause for plan to put up a missile defense shield in Czech and Poland republics, said, "It is a threat against Russia and China." Lavrov reiterated, "There is no threat posed by Iran at all." -IRNA - 6/21/07

Caspian Sea littoral states issue communique at end of confab in Tehran
Ministers of Foreign Affairs of littoral States of Caspian Sea issued a communique at the end of their Tehran Conference here Wednesday, at IRI Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political & International Studies. -IRNA - 6/21/07

Senate to Resume Immigration Debate & Iranian-Americans Are Heard
The Recent defeat of the CIRA (Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act) was a setback to all immigrant communities including Iranian-Americans. Although there was no apparent support for the bill by Iranians, my June 14 article in Payvand prompted some concerned Iranian-Americans to make a few calls to their respected representatives. -Jamshid S. Irani, Attorney at Law, New York - 6/21/07

Turkmenistan Pushing North-South 'Trade Corridor' With Iran
The issue of transport routes between Central Asia and Iran was the focus of talks between Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and Iranian leaders in Tehran on June 15-16. -RFE - 6/21/07

Iraq seeking to facilitate second US-Iran meeting - Zebari
Iraq is in talks with the US to facilitate a second meeting with Iran to help bring security to his country, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has revealed. -IRNA - 6/21/07

Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline agreement to be finalized next month: Indian Oil Minister
India expects to finalize an agreement on the tri-nation pipeline that will bring natural gas from Iran via Pakistan by the middle of next month, Petroleum Minister Murli Deora said today. -IRNA - 6/21/07

Nihilism and Neoconservatism: Brothers under the skin
The idea that we invaded and occupied Iraq and launched a bid to "transform" the Middle East because we wanted to install liberal, democratic societies in the region is just not believable on many levels, and certainly recent headlines about the Palestinian coup by Fatah against Hamas – and the president's endorsement of the Abbas putsch – underscore this point. -Antiwar.com - 6/21/07

No change in Iran oil exports for now: official
Director of international affairs department of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said here Wednesday Iran would hold oil exports steady at 2.4 million barrels per day (bpd) awaiting OPEC's decision. -MNA - 6/21/07

Human Rights Watch: Iran Leads the World in Executing Children
Iran should immediately suspend the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by children under age 18, Human Rights Watch said today. Iran is known to have executed at least 17 juvenile offenders since the beginning of 2004 – eight times more than any other country in the world. - 6/21/07

Iran's Foreign Ministry has made objection to signing sports contract with US
Iran's Foreign Ministry has made objection to signing of a sports contract between Iran's National Olympic Committee and the US, said head of the Committee Reza Gharekhanlu on Wednesday. -IRNA - 6/21/07

Libya keen on using Iranian industrial progress, prime minister
Libyan Prime Minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi said in Tehran Wednesday that Tripoli calls for expansion of economic and industrial exchanges with Tehran. The premier arrived in Tehran Tuesday night for a two-day visit. -IRNA - 6/21/07

Iran's Press TV to start global broadcasts on July
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Deputy Director for International Affairs Mohammad Sarafraz said here on Wednesday that the English-language satellite news network Press TV will officially start its global broadcasts on July 2. -MNA - 6/21/07

Any who dare to invade Iran will be destroyed: general
Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi said in Tehran on Wednesday that the Iranian Army will not allow any enemy soldier who enters Iranian territory with hostile intent to return home safely. -MNA - 6/21/07

Britain Defends Rushdie Honor, But Says 'Sorry'
British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has defended the knighthood given to author Salman Rushdie, but says Britain is "sorry" if the award has caused offense. - 6/21/07

Kuwait hails Iran's stance on diplomat attacked in Tehran
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah on Wednesday hailed Iran's stance on its probe into an attack on a Kuwaiti diplomat in Tehran. -IRNA - 6/21/07

Iran's fear of the 'little devil'
There has been furious comment in Iran this week over the decision to award a knighthood to Salman Rushdie. The honour comes at a time of growing anti-British feeling there, which is allied to a campaign encouraging Iranians to have nothing to do with foreigners. -BBC - 6/21/07

Caspian Sea meeting opens in Tehran
A day-long meeting of foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states opened in Tehran on Wednesday. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki addressed the inaugural ceremony of the meeting, being held at Foreign Ministry Institute for Political and International Studies. - 6/20/07

The Lounge at Niavaran in Tehran
We were recently talking to some friends about good restaurants in Tehran. They introduced us to a new place called The Lounge. Last week, our two godsons, Pouya and Nima had birthdays very close to each other and although we had a small party for them, they invited us to experience this restaurant. -Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran - 6/20/07

New Faces in French Politics of Persian Heritage: Arash Derambarsh and Forough Salami first generation Political Rivals
It should be noted that the newly elected President Nicholas Sarkozy is a first generation French citizen. Interestingly this generational renewal has also reached out to the Persian Community that represents a socially well off constituency and particularly integrated socially in France eversince the major immigration of Iranians in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. -Darius KADIVAR, Paris - 6/20/07

World Refugee Day: Challenges of the 21st Century
Today is World Refugee Day, a day when the UN refugee agency tries to focus worldwide attention on the plight of millions of refugees and displaced people around the world. The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that the number of refugees in the world has increased for the first time since 2002, largely as a result of the crisis in Iraq. - 6/20/07

Iran's Moradi and Samimi snatch Asian athletics golds
Sprinter Sajjad Moradi and discus thrower Abbas Samimi from Iran grabbed the gold medals at the Asian Grand Prix in the Thai capital Bangkok Tuesday. -MNA - 6/20/07

Free the Irbil Five
Over five months ago -- on January 11, 2007 -- five Iranian diplomats were abducted by the United States military in Irbil, Iraq. The abduction was not just a transgression of diplomatic rules. It was a blatant violation of international law and practice. -Chandra Muzaffar, Tehran Times - 6/20/07

Another quake jolts holy city of Qom in Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale hit the holy city of Qom and its vicinity in the central province of Qom Wednesday morning. -IRNA - 6/20/07

Iran ready to facilitate transfer of cheap oil, gas to Caspian states: FM
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Wednesday voiced Iran's readiness to help facilitate transfer of cheap oil and gas to the Caspian Sea littoral states. -IRNA - 6/20/07

Iran lists 21 oil companies for privatization
An official of the Iran Privatization Organization (IPO) said on Tuesday that the Ministry of Petroleum released the list of its 21 subsidiary companies for privatization. -MNA - 6/20/07

Detentions have Iranian-Americans afraid of travel to Tehran
The detention of four Iranian-Americans in Tehran on charges of spying has left many Iranian-Americans in the United States wondering whether visiting Iran this summer would be wise. -AP - 6/20/07

Iran's Nuclear Negotiator To Meet With Solana Saturday
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana will meet in Portugal on June 23, according to Iranian state TV and the Mehr news agency. - 6/20/07

Tehran Diary: A Message From the Bazaar
Washington’s drive toward regime change in Iran is only rallying the country around its radical president. -Newsweek - 6/20/07

Iran envoy protests against Rushdie award
The protest was delivered by Iranian Ambassador to London, Rasoul Movahedian at a meeting with Permanent Under-Secretary of the Foreign Office, Peter Ricketts, who is the head of Britain's Diplomatic Service. -IRNA - 6/20/07

Islam Scholar Rejects 'Clash Of Civilizations' Theory
Fikret Karcic is a professor of Comparative Legal History in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sarajevo and a professor of the History of Islamic Law at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Sarajevo. As a Bosnian Muslim scholar, he rejects notions that tensions between the Christian-rooted West and the Muslim East are inevitable. -RFE - 6/20/07

Concern rises about fate of Montreal filmmaker stuck in Iran
A Canadian-based filmmaker stuck in Iran risks becoming a pawn in a game of international politics as her legal situation remains unclear, say friends working for her release. -CP - 6/20/07

Russian FM: Caspian Sea states must avoid negativism over legal status
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that Caspian Sea countries should avoid negativism regarding the present circumstance since no new legal status has been issued concerning the Caspian Sea. -ISNA - 6/20/07

Blowback, Detainee-style: The Plight of American Prisoners in Iran
For Americans, it should be startling to see the word "detainee" suddenly appear in a different country, on a different continent, and referring not to alleged jihadi terrorists but to a group of Americans. After all, "detainee" is the word the Bush administration coined to deal with suspected terrorist captives who, they argued, should be subjected to extra-legal treatment as part of the Global War on Terrorism. -Karen J. Greenberg, ZNet - 6/20/07

Iran: Quake hits Qom and Tehran provinces, causes panick
The 5.9-Richter scale quake which hit Qom Province on Monday left no casualty, an advisor to interior minister said. The seismological base of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University said the quake struck Kahak District in Qom Province. The Monday quake also hit Tehran Province and its adjacent provinces. -IRNA - 6/19/07

Persians Found New Uses for Old Language
For the first time, a text has been found in Old Persian language that shows the written language in use for practical recording and not only for royal display. The text is inscribed on a damaged clay tablet from the Persepolis Fortification Archive, now at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. - 6/19/07

George Clooney's Great Escape
Star to produce "Escape from Tehran" based on Joshuah Bearman's True Hollywood Hoax -Darius KADIVAR - 6/19/07

Iran: Halt Mass Deportation of Afghans
Iran should immediately halt the mass deportations of Afghan nationals and investigate allegations that its authorities have abused numerous deportees, Human Rights Watch said today. - 6/19/07

Tehran Says It Has Kremlin Assurance It Won't Share Radar With U.S.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry says it has received assurances that Moscow willl not let the United States share a Russian radar facility in Azerbaijan as part of a missile shield against Iran -- despite an offer by President Vladimir Putin to U.S. President George W. Bush to do exactly that. -RFE - 6/19/07

Iran ambassador to Baku: U.S. can't easily bridge Azerbaijan for goals
Iran's ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan said that settlement of world powers in the region, particularly in Azerbaijan was not easily obtainable. -ISNA - 6/19/07

On the Streets of Tehran
Western knockoffs and Islamic bling: Debunking some popular stereotypes of life in Iran. -Newsweek - 6/19/07

U.S. experiencing worst situation in Middle East in 50 years: Iranian FM
In an interview with Arabic-language Al-Alam TV on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said that the United States is experiencing its worst situation in the Middle East over the past fifty years. -MNA - 6/19/07

Iran's MCC backs banks interest rates cut
Iran's Money and Credit Council (MCC) here Saturday voted for a drop in state and private banks' interest rates to 12% and 13% respectively. -MNA - 6/19/07

Northern Iraq’s Tangled Web
There are few areas in the world more entangled in historical deceit and betrayal than northern Iraq, where the British, the Ottomans, and the Americans have played a deadly game of political chess at the expense of the local Kurds. And now, because of a volatile brew of internal Iraqi and Turkish politics, coupled with the Bush administration’s clandestine war to destabilize and overthrow the Iranian government, the region threatens to explode into a full-scale regional war. -FPIF - 6/19/07

Panel Discussion in Berkeley on the Challenge Facing Iranian Human Rights Advocates in Diaspora
In recent decades individual and dispersed groups of Iranians living abroad have been active in protesting human rights violations in their homeland, but they have not been successful in creating a democratically constituted, inclusive and non-partisan advocacy organization. - 6/19/07

Turkey's Gul urges continued Iran-US talks on Iraq
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul on Monday expressed hope tripartite talks between Iran, US and Iraq would be continued. In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki, Gul said talks on Iraq have created a positive atmosphere. -IRNA - 6/19/07

Iran-U.S. dialogue has become a "national demand" in Iraq: Hakim
Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC), has expressed strong support for dialogue between Iran and the United States on Iraq. -MNA - 6/19/07

Debate swirls over fiscal pinch on N. Korea, Iran
Over the past three years, the Bush administration has greatly expanded its campaign against the financial networks of North Korea and Iran, using a little-known provision of the USA Patriot Act to punish foreign banks that handle North Korean and Iranian funds. -Boston Globe - 6/19/07

Speaker to explore Iran myths, realities
'The people of Iran want peace, and they want dialogue,' she says. For 20 years, Dr. Catherine Thomasson, an Oregon physician, has been an active member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, which allows her to work towards peace and social justice issues and against nuclear weapons and global warming. -Corvallis Gazette Times, OR - 6/19/07

Gambler loses, sues casino
A "PATHOLOGICAL gambler" who lost more than $600,000 playing roulette at Star City casino after he begged management to keep him away now wants his money back. Iranian refugee Behrouz Foroughi, 43, volunteered to go on an "exclusion list" of problem gamblers to bar him from the gaming floor. -Daily Telegraph, Australia - 6/19/07

Tehran's Famous Flower Market
One of my all time favorite films is My Fair Lady and my favorite scene is the flower market in the early morning hours. So a few days ago we booked a taxi for about 5 a.m. I had decided to make my long term wish come true and go to see one the two famous Tehran flower markets. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/18/07

Lieberman hides from CASMII
Around 35 of us opponents of war on Iran (mobilized on two days notice with help from CASMII) were told Thursday afternoon at Senator Lieberman's office in Washington that we couldn't actually meet with him. The appointment Code Pink activists had secured earlier in the week, a day after the Senator said on national TV that Iran should be attacked militarily if it "doesn't play by the rule," was thus scrapped unilaterally. - 6/18/07

Activist Arab-American & Iranian-American Comics Mine Stereotypes for Laughs
There’s nothing funny, we all know, about prejudice and stereotypes. Well, actually there is – at least when the Arab-American and Iranian-American members of "The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour" use them to make a point of their cultural pride, even while convulsing their audience with laughter. -USINFO - 6/18/07

"Miles for Peace" in London
"Miles for Peace" were here in London for a day and a half. I managed to meet with them in their hotel, near Paddington Station, in the early hours of the morning of Wednesday 13th June. This was a few hours before they left for New York on their journey around the world. -Mohammad Kamaali - 6/18/07

New Iran-EU Nuclear Talks To Be Held
Iran's Foreign Ministry announced today that a new round of talks between Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana will be held "within the next few days." - 6/18/07

Iran and northern neighbors to establish center for common heritage
Iran, in collaboration with neighboring republics in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the countries bordering the Caspian Sea, is to establish a center for the common heritage of the region. -MNA - 6/18/07

Pakistan Joins Iran In Condemning Rushdie Title
Pakistan's parliament has joined Iran in condemning Britain for awarding a knighthood to the author Salman Rushdie. -RFE - 6/18/07

Iranian students report crackdown
Iranian students and professors say an unprecedented number of disciplinary cases have been brought against students in the last month. -BBC - 6/18/07

Paintings inspired by Hafez to be exhibited in Tehran
Sixty paintings by Farah Osouli inspired by the poetry of Hafez will be displayed on October 12 commemorating Hafez Day in Iran. -MNA - 6/18/07

Praying For Our Dad: He Vanished - In Iran
LAST Christmas Eve, our dad sat by the tree proudly watching his family. Six months later, on Father's Day 2007, Robert Levinson is missing in Iran. -NY Post - 6/18/07

1700-Year-Old Weir of Mizan Damaged
Dredging operations in the Sassanian weir of Mizan in Sustar have resulted in damaging some parts of the canals of this 1700-year-old weir. -CHN - 6/18/07

Iranian Dissidents Gather To Discuss Regime Change
PARIS — Regime change for Iran may be a dead letter in the loftiest councils of world affairs, but as a prime goal, it is very much alive in the plans of some 200 exiled Iranian dissidents who gathered here in a basement conference hall these past three days to launch a movement they are calling "Solidarity Iran." -NY Post - 6/18/07

Bush Faces Crises from Palestine to Pakistan
Four years after the emergence of the first signs of a serious insurgency in Iraq, U.S. President George W. Bush finds himself beset with major crises stretching from Palestine to Pakistan. -IPS - 6/18/07

Muffled Voices: ElBaradei's Unheard Assessments
In recent weeks, Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has repeatedly condemned any plans for military action against Iran by the United States and Israel. However, not only has little attention been given to ElBaradei’s assessments by mainstream media sources, but traditionally well-reputed publications, including the Observer and Guardian, have reported distorted and unsubstantiated articles regarding Iran’s intentions. -Shirin Saeidi, CASMII - 6/17/07

Iran stands second at Europe disabled weightlifting meet
Iran finished runner-up in the European disabled weightlifting competitions in Greece Friday. -MNA - 6/17/07

The Day After We Strike Iran
Let us suppose that the Bush-Cheney administration answers the neocons’ prayer and does indeed bomb Iran sometime soon. The plan apparently involves more than the destruction of nuclear facilities, replicating Israel’s attack on Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981. It includes an all-out assault on the Iranian political and religious leadership. -Gary Leupp, CounterPunch - 6/17/07

Iran, Britain to build world biggest silo
Iran with contribution of British contractors broke ground to build the world's biggest grain silo with a capacity of 500 thousand tons. -MNA - 6/17/07

Rare academic outreach falls victim to poisoned U.S./Iran relations
The two-year-old master's degree program tries to teach American government, culture and society to some of Iran's top students, with minimum political judgment. It even planned to send some of its first graduates to the U.S. this summer for nine months of thesis research and teaching Persian to American students. -AP - 6/17/07

Iran's response to next resolution will worsen situation, Soltanieh warns
Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, said on Friday that Iran's response to the next UN resolution will make the "situation worse." -MNA - 6/17/07

Iran, Afghanistan trade set to increase
Trade exchanges between Iran and Afghanistan will increase following the resolution of problems pertaining to the border markets, deputy head of Iran's Trade Development Organization Ali Houshmandi-Manesh said on Sunday. -IRNA - 6/17/07

Iran says British knighthood for Rushdie, clear sign of Islamophobia
Iran on Sunday said knighting Indian-born author Salman Rushdie, one of the most disgusted persons in the Islamic societies, was a clear proof of Islamophobia among high-ranking British officials. -IRNA - 6/17/07

35 Killed In Kabul Police-Bus Bombing
A powerful bomb exploded on board a police bus in Kabul today, killing 35 police and civilians and injuring more than 50. The bus carrying police recruits and trainers exploded outside police headquarters, in a crowded part of the city. -RFE - 6/17/07

Gulf Arabs Won’t be Base for Attack on Iran: Saudi
Gulf Arab countries will not be used as a launch pad for any military attack on Iran, a powerful Saudi royal was quoted as saying on Sunday. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz said Iran had no interest in striking its oil-producing Arab neighbors if it comes under attack from the United States. -Reuters - 6/17/07

Iran condemns temporary arrest of Iranian diplomats by U.S.
On Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini condemned the arrest of three Iranian diplomats in Iraq on Thursday as a "violation of international conventions." -MNA - 6/16/07

A rift emerges over U.S. policy toward Iran
A year after President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced a new strategy toward Iran, a behind-the-scenes debate has broken out within the administration over whether the approach has any hope of reining in Tehran's nuclear program, according to senior administration officials. -IHT - 6/16/07

Iran, Cuba sign 29 MoUs on economic, commercial cooperation
The Islamic Republic of Iran and Cuba signed on Saturday 13 commercial pacts and 16 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to expand economic cooperation between the two countries. -IRNA - 6/16/07

Iran Curtails Freedom In Throwback to 1979
Iran is in the midst of a sweeping crackdown that both Iranians and U.S. analysts compare to a cultural revolution in its attempt to steer the oil-rich theocracy back to the rigid strictures of the 1979 revolution. -Washington Post - 6/16/07

40% of Iran's petrochemical industry to be privatized as "justice shares"
In line with the implementation of the policies outlined in Article 44 of the Constitution, Iran plans to sell 40 percent of the shares of the petrochemical industry as "justice shares", which are only made available to the underprivileged strata of Iran. -MNA - 6/16/07

U.S. Sanctions Iranians Linked To Nuclear Program
The U.S. Treasury Department says it will freeze the assets of two Iranians for their suspected involvement in the country's nuclear program. - 6/16/07

Turkmen president hails Tehran-Ashkhabad growing ties
Visiting President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedov praised Tehran-Ashkhabad growing ties Friday afternoon calling for construction of a railway linking the two countries. -IRNA - 6/16/07

Iranian women directors in La Rochelle festival
The 35th edition of the international La Rochelle film festival has dedicated a section to introducing contemporary Iranian women filmmakers this year in France. (Jun.29-Jul.09) -ISNA - 6/15/07

Iran complains to UN Secretary-General against US seizure of five diplomats
Iranian Representative to United Nations Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday lodged a complaint with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon against US violation of the Vienna Convention by continued seizure of five Iranian diplomats from Consulate General in Erbil, Iraq. -IRNA - 6/15/07

A Neo-Conservative International Targets Iran: More on That Meeting in Prague
A closer look at the participants list at the Prague Democracy and Security conference that was the subject of my last post discloses some intriguing associations that I had not noticed at first glance but which may warrant additional attention. -Jim Lobe, IPS - 6/15/07

Rafsanjani urges west to act wisely on Iran's nuclear issue
Tehran's substitute Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here the opponents to Iran's progress in its nuclear programs have not come to sense and resort to threats and intimidation instead of wisely resolving the problem. -IRNA - 6/15/07

IAEA Report on Iran: Much Ado about Nothing?
Unfair and unbalanced US media is on a mission to magnify Iranian nuclear dossier's flaws as much as possible, when an IAEA report is released, and completely ignore it when outstanding issues are resolved. -Nader Bagherzadeh, CASMII - 6/15/07

Students, Police Clash In Front Of U.K. Embassy In Tehran
Some 100 radical Iranian students clashed today with police in front of the British Embassy in Tehran. - 6/15/07

Tehran Symphony Orchestra conductor to be honored in Vienna
Tehran Symphony Orchestra conductor Nader Mashayekhi will be honored at this year's Modern Music festival, early August in Vienna. Mashayekhi will make presence in the event held at the Concert House and stage an "instillation" performance. -ISNA - 6/15/07

ICHHTO Opposed to Holding Concert in Iranian Historical Sites
Despite the large number of appeals which has been made so far by Iranian and foreign groups for holding concerts in Iranian historical sites, Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) has shown its opposition to holding any kind of concert in Iranian historical sites, due to possible damages they may cause. -CHN - 6/15/07

NATO Accepts US Missile Defense System
On Wednesday, Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister, Sergei Ivanov, told the Bloomberg News Service Russia would consider the Polish and Czech sites potential targets. He claimed the system will be aimed at Russia, not what he called a "mythical" missile threat from Iran or North Korea. -VOA - 6/15/07

Remembering Princess Leila Pahlavi
June 10th is a sad day for the Pahlavi Royal Family in exile. It is marked by a simple gathering in the Passy Cemetery in Paris ever since the demise of the youngest daughter of Shahbanou Farah, the former Empress of Iran, in 2001. -Darius KADIVAR - 6/15/07

Third day of "Third Day" underway in Tehran
The much acclaimed Iranian war film "The Third Day" premiered in Tehran movie theaters on Wednesday. The film starring Baran Kowsari and Puria Pursorkh tells the story of a brother and sister fighting against Iraqi forces in the early days of the occupation of Khorramshahr during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. -MNA - 6/15/07

Iran's first private refinery becomes operational
Iran's first private oil refinery complex became operational in Aras Free Trade Zone on Thursday. -IRNA - 6/15/07

Afghan Defense Minister Rejects US Claim That Tehran Arms Taleban Militants
Afghanistan's defense minister is disputing statements by U.S. officials who say there is evidence that Iran is supplying arms to Taleban militants in Afghanistan. -VOA - 6/15/07

A New General for God’s Army?
In recent appearances on two U.S. cable news networks, he was slinging and zinging — the well-rehearsed pitchman for the Biblical “End Times” was dead certain that “Iran is going to have to be attacked” before 2008. -IPS - 6/15/07

Haale to bring hypnotic, Persian-influenced music to Asheville
Her look is exotic and her music is sometimes otherworldly, but the story of New York City- born Haale, daughter of Iranian immigrants, is uniquely American. Pronounced like the first and second syllables in hallelujah (a hard HA and a rolling leh) this singer and trance bandleader is giving thanks for two new records and a blossoming career. -Asheville Citizen-Times - 6/15/07

NIAC President Speaks at World Economic Forum
NIAC President, Trita Parsi, spoke at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East in Amman, Jordan last month. The panel touched on a wide range of issues, including the stand-off over Iran's nuclear program, its involvement in Iraq, and its relations with the U.S., Israel, and the Persian Gulf states. - 6/15/07

Talk of attacking Iran escalates tensions
Statements by US and Israeli officials in recent days on the possibility of attacking Iran have been met with increased posturing on both sides, warnings of retaliation from Tehran, and worries by the head of the international nuclear watchdog of a "brewing confrontation." -CSM - 6/15/07

A NEW RAPPROCHEMENT OR MORE OF THE SAME? Part II: May Sanity Prove Victorious
Without doubt, the ball of diplomacy remains in the American court. Without the cooperation of the regional powerhouse, Iran, there would be no hope of reaching an acceptable degree of calm and stability in the Middle East. -Kam Zarrabi - 6/14/07

Why America Needs Immigrants and Why Iranians Should Care
On Thursday, June 7, 2007 in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) temporarily set aside the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, after the bill’s supporters failed to garner enough votes to end debate and proceed toward a vote on final passage. I dare state that no Iranian-American cared. -Jamshid S. Irani, Attorney at Law, New York - 6/14/07

Iran: Lawmakers Reject Nearby Missile-Shield Presence
Iranian politicians have responded disapprovingly to a Russian components that the United States deploy components of a proposed antiballistic-missile shield in Azerbaijan instead of Central Europe. -RFE - 6/14/07

IAEA chief Tells Iran To Stop Expanding Uranium Enrichment, Calls Attack On Iran "Madness"
Muhammad el-Baradei, the head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), today called on Iran to declare a moratorium on enriching uranium and resume negotiations on its nuclear program. But the IAEA chief also said any attack on Iran because of its nuclear program would be "madness." - 6/14/07

Iran consolidates position as world's 4th largest gas producer
According to BP's latest annual Statistical Review, Iran's gas production increased in 2006 by 4.1 per cent to a record 94.5 million tonnes oil equivalent (mtoes), while oil output grew by 1.2 per cent to 209.8 mtoes. -IRNA - 6/14/07

MKO expulsion a will of Iraqi nation
An Iranian anti-terrorism association has called on the Iraqi government to expel the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) from the country. A representative of the Habilian Association, Javad Hashemi, made the request during a meeting with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minster Barham Saleh on Wednesday. -IRNA - 6/14/07

Iran: An Orphan Abandoned!
Iran’s football has become an orphan that those who should care in building and nurturing it would or could not while those who get inspired by and seek national pride in it need to collect the broken pieces of their hearts. -Goal.com - 6/14/07

U.S. Warns Tehran Of Tough New Sanctions
A senior U.S. diplomat warned Iran that it is facing the prospects of tough new sanctions "in the next week or two" unless it comes to the negotiating table on its nuclear program. -RFE - 6/14/07

Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf heads Asian Film Academy
Celebrated Iranian director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf is appointed as the head of the Asian Film Academy (AFA). -ISNA - 6/14/07

Scholarships for Iranian American Students
As part of its greater effort to increase Iranian-American civic participation, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has compiled information on US scholarships available specifically to students of Iranian heritage, funded by Iranian-American donors - 6/14/07

US State Department Backs Off Claim Tehran Arming Taleban
The U.S. State Department says it does not have evidence the Iranian government is involved in sending arms to the Taleban in Afghanistan. -VOA - 6/14/07

By Lieberman's Logic, the US May Have to Bomb Itself
Mount Lieberman erupted again on Sunday, perhaps doing the bidding of the "war, not negotiation" faction of the Administration grouped around Vice President Cheney's office. -Huffington Post - 6/14/07

Iran censorship 'getting worse'
Iranian Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has said censorship in her country is getting much worse. -BBC - 6/14/07

The PKK, PJAK, and Iran: Implications for U.S.-Turkish Relations
On June 8, a day after reports that Turkish troops had crossed into northern Iraq to pursue members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Iranian aircraft bombed the camps of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), also in northern Iraq. PJAK, which operates in the mountains of northern Iraq and adjacent areas of Iran, has around 3,000 members. -Washington Institute - 6/14/07

Iran moves to execute porn stars
Iran's parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that could lead to the death penalty for persons convicted of working in the production of pornographic movies. -CNN - 6/14/07

First Iranian-made Renault hit the road
Iranian motorists on Wednesday began to take delivery of the first Renault Logan cars made in the country and sold under the brand name Tondar-90 -- "Thunder" in Farsi. -AFP - 6/14/07

Iran would utilize all potential to establish security in Iraq: Larijani
National Security Council Chairman Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that "new initiatives" needed to settle Iran's nuclear issue. -MNA - 6/13/07

Iran: Women's rights activists released
Amnesty International welcomes the news that Ehteram Shadfar and another woman, detained on 10 June, were released under personal guarantee on 11 June 2007. - 6/13/07

Resolution Condemning Discrimination and Bigotry Against Iranian Americans Re-Introduced in the House
At the urging of the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), Congressmen Marty Meehan (D-5th/MA) and Christopher Shays (R-4th/CT) have introduced a resolution condemning discrimination and bigotry against Iranian Americans into the House of Representatives. - 6/13/07

Lily Afshar's guitar sojourn in Iran
Every year, Afshar picks up her guitar, packs here bags, and leaves Memphis for her motherland to entertain her compatriots with some performances, to hold courses for classical guitarists, and finally, if possible, to call on her relatives. - 6/13/07

Transcending Nationalisms: International Conference and Concert UCLA
Can literature, music, art bridge the Middle East and the West? Writers/editors and musicians create a culture jam to blure the divide. A public conversation with Reza Aslan, Nathalie Handal and Sholeh Wolpé, moderated by Jordan Elgrably, followed by a reception and a concert with Niyaz at UCLA's Fowler Museum. - 6/13/07

Iran's choice is between Ignorant friends or intelligent enemies!
Case in point: Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). It is surrounded by plenty of ignorant friends who are managing to bring it down with no help from their intelligent enemies! Yet the regime sees the solution not in repelling the stupid friends, but in harassing its good enemies. -Ali Moayedian - 6/13/07

Message to Senator Joe Lieberman: Don't Bomb Iran!
Outraged by Senator Lieberman's comments on CBS on Sunday about wanting to bomb Iran, CODEPINK Women for Peace will hold a sit-in and hunger strike in the Senator's office to demand that he retract his call for a military attack on Iran. - 6/13/07

Iran: U.S. IAEA Envoy Says Time For Diplomacy Remains
Radio Farda's Fatemeh Aman spoke with the United States' permanent representative to Vienna, Gregory Schulte, ahead of meetings of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) governing board at which member states were expected to discuss Iran's disputed nuclear program. -RFE - 6/13/07

Human Trafficking Report Faults US Persian Gulf Allies, India
The State Department's annual report on human trafficking worldwide ranked several of the United States' Gulf allies, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, in the lowest category and subject to possible sanctions. In sheer volume of cases, India was said to have the world's worst trafficking problem. -VOA - 6/13/07

US-IRAN: New War Rhetoric Undercuts Iraq Talks
U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman's call for cross-border raids into Iran appears to be the culmination of a two-week long campaign by proponents of war to put the military option centre-stage in the U.S. debate over Iran once more. -IPS - 6/13/07

America's financial war on Iran
The United States is waging an undeclared financial war on Iran as part of efforts to persuade the Tehran government to abandon alleged plans to acquire nuclear weapons. -BBC - 6/13/07

Moscow's radar station gambit
U.S. plan to establish a missile defense system in Europe has met serious opposition from Russia, and it seems that the Kremlin's grandmasters are trying a gambit to trick U.S. officials into revealing their hand. -Hossein Amiri, Tehran Times - 6/13/07

Discovery of Parthian Fortress behind Gelabar Dam
Archeological excavations behind Gelabar Dam, in Iranian Zanjan Province, revealed that the existing fortress which was supposed to date back to Islamic period belongs to Parthian dynastic era. -CHN - 6/13/07

Two Islamic holy sites in Iraq attacked
Holy shrines of two Shiite Imams in the Iraqi city of Samarra were once again attacked Wednesday morning by terrorists. -IRNA - 6/13/07

CASMII calls for ethical journalism in response to Observer article on Iran
The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) is greatly alarmed by the publication in the Observer 10.06.07 of an article "MI6 probes UK link to nuclear trade with Iran", by Mark Townsend, which propagates unfounded allegations and distortions against Iran, similar to the reports in 2003 that paved the way to the bloodbath in Iraq; nearly all of which now discredited. - 6/13/07

Iran does not consider signing sports contract with US
For the time being Iran does not consider signing letter of understanding on sports with the US, Secretary General of Iranian National Olympic Committee Ali Kaffashian said on Wednesday. -IRNA - 6/13/07

Iraq's Hakim in Iran again for treatment
Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) head, Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim is currently in Iran, undergoing his treatment. -ISNA - 6/13/07

Secret UN report condemns US for Middle East failures
The highest ranking UN official in Israel has warned that American pressure has "pummelled into submission" the UN's role as an impartial Middle East negotiator in a damning confidential report. -Guardian - 6/13/07

Issue of kidnapped diplomats in Iraq on agenda in Iran-US talks
Iran's Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Kazemi Qomi said on Tuesday that the issue of five Iranian diplomats the US forces kidnapped in Iran will be included in the next round of Iran-US talks on Iraq security. -IRNA - 6/12/07

In letter to UNSC, Tehran condemns Israeli threats against Iran
The Islamic Republic of Iran on Monday wrote a letter to the UN Security Council condemning the insolent threats made against the Islamic Republic of Iran by the Israeli regime. -IRNA - 6/12/07

Iran: Authorities maintain pressure on women's rights activists as anniversary of demonstration approaches
Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally two women detained in connection with their peaceful activities to promote equal rights for women, to halt all trial proceedings that could result in the imprisonment of other prisoners of conscience and cease the harassment of those campaigning to uphold women’s rights in Iran. - 6/12/07

Iran Says Spying Probe Almost Complete
An Iranian judiciary spokesman says a judge will soon decide whether to indict or free three detained Iranian-Americans accused of spying. The spokesman says preliminary investigations should be completed in two or three days. - 6/12/07

Arizona's Iranian-Americans Condemn Lieberman's 'Warmongering Tactics', Ask Others to Join Them in Contacting Senators
Arizona Iranians for Peace strongly condemned comments made by Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT) when he spoke in favor of attacking Iran on CBS Face the Nation’s Sunday June 10th broadcast. - 6/12/07

High on Hate
While the poppy fields in Afghanistan are thriving in supplying the demands of millions, this White House and their neo-cons accomplices are cultivating their own fix - hate. But in order for them to get their high, their hate must be transferred into people's fear – A fear they plan to turn into another bloodbath. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich & Nader Bagherzadeh - 6/12/07

Beautification Organization to renovate Tehran's zurkhanehs
Tehran Municipality's Beautification Organization is to renovate the traditional sports clubs known as zurkhanehs. -MNA - 6/12/07

Filmmaker in detention drama
She is known by her Montreal roommates as a soft-spoken filmmaker, but now Mehrnoushe Solouki is an unlucky character in a tense geopolitical drama halfway across the world. -Montreal Gazette - 6/12/07

Journalism for Peace: Iranian online editor speaks out
“Iranian journalists live like guerrillas. They go into hiding and then resurface again,” explains the young editor of the online cultural news portal Journalism for Peace. Mazdak-Ali Nazari, 26, is one of a growing number of Iranian journalists utilizing the Internet. - 6/12/07

Iran To File Charges Against Radio Farda Journalist
Iranian government officials have informed lawyers for Radio Farda correspondent Parnaz Azima that they will not return her passport and that her case will have to be decided in court. - 6/12/07

Cheney's Iran-Arms-to-Taliban Gambit Rebuffed
A media campaign portraying Iran as supplying arms to the Taliban guerrillas fighting U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, orchestrated by advocates of a more confrontational stance toward Iran in the George W. Bush administration, appears to have backfired last week when Defence Secretary Robert Gates and the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Dan McNeil, issued unusually strong denials. -IPS - 6/12/07

Cheney's Iran-Arms-to-Taliban Gambit Rebuffed
A media campaign portraying Iran as supplying arms to the Taliban guerrillas fighting U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, orchestrated by advocates of a more confrontational stance toward Iran in the George W. Bush administration, appears to have backfired last week when Defence Secretary Robert Gates and the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Dan McNeil, issued unusually strong denials. -IPS - 6/12/07

Iran: Poker-Faced Amid Allegations Of Interference In Afghanistan
As Iran and the United States return -- after a break of nearly three decades -- to direct and formal diplomatic discussion through dialogue over Iraq, it is Tehran that appears to be raising the stakes by demanding an exclusive agenda and blindly pursuing its own advantage. -RFE - 6/12/07

Lieberman's Demands for War in Iran are Cowardly
He is a danger to our country. If his rantings were to come to fruition and he edges his nation into yet another conflict, he will not be the one to do this dirty work, it will be your sons and mine. -Salem News - 6/12/07

Iran to pipe gas to Armenia in winter
Under the first stage of the project, Iran will annually export some 400m cubic meters of gas, which will be increased up to 3.2 billion cubic meters when the 141km link is completed. -MNA - 6/12/07

Sunny Side of the Iran-America Relationship?
Here's a twist. Instead of Iran the troublemaker and sponsor of terrorism, it could be Iran the peacenik. Clearly, American doesn't trust Iran and Iran don't trust America, but after a break in diplomatic relations 27 years ago, the countries are officially talking again. -New York Sun - 6/12/07

Iranian influence in Afghanistan
In the electricity sub-station just outside of Herat, western Afghanistan, there's the loud hum of power - Iranian power. More electricity reaches Herat than the city can use... -BBC - 6/12/07

Iran Expresses Interest in Continuing Talks With US on Iraq
Iran has expressed interest in continuing talks with the United States on Iraq, begun last month in Baghdad. Iranian media quote Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as saying Tehran will view a continuation of the talks positively, if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other Iraqi officials call for them to take place. -VOA - 6/11/07

Sofia Mahmoudi - a lyrical and passionate minimalist writer
Sofia Mahmoudi is a lady who writes for fun, yet her writing is anything but fun. Her short stories definitely have a very strong feminine sense and speak of women’s suffering and pain -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/11/07

Iran, 2nd ranking OPEC oil producer: Oil Minister
Addressing the 12th Annual Asia Oil and Gas Conference (AOGC) 2007, he stressed that with 136 billion barrels of oil reserves, and 28/2 TCMs of natural gas, Iran is the second ranking OPEC oil producer, the world's second ranking owner of oil and natural gas reserves, and is capable of playing a very vital role in the world's energy equations. -IRNA - 6/11/07

Iranian scientists produce new cancer medicine
Iranian scientists have made the world's first drug for the treatment of cancers of the digestive system. The herbal medicine, called Spinal-Z, has been successfully tested on 700 patients. -MNA - 6/11/07

Guarded views on Putin proposal for Azerbaijan missile shield
Iranian MP Kazem Jalali called on the Foreign Ministry on Sunday to strongly respond to a Russian proposal on the placement in Azerbaijan of a key component in a joint U.S.-Russian antimissile radar system. -MNA - 6/11/07

Iran-Nicaragua spirit of struggle intertwined: Ortega
In a speech at a ceremony on international resistance, held with the aim of forging unity with the combatant Nicaraguan government and nation, at Tehran University, the visiting president added that the two nations are united in their bid to become greater and invincible. -IRNA - 6/11/07

Zanjan's sixth salt man not to leave his resting place
Based on expert decisions, the sixth salt man of Chehr Abad mine will rest under the huge stone just like what happened to him some 1800 years ago. -CHN - 6/11/07

Central Asia: A Search For New Integration Models
Ever since the breakup of the Soviet Union, various suggestions have been made to draw the newly independent states of Central Asia closer together. Some have materialized; others have not. -RFE - 6/11/07

Iran has no information about FBI agent: FM spokesman
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said on Sunday that Iran has no information about a former FBI agent, Robert Levinson, who Washington says went missing while visiting Kish island of Iran. -IRNA - 6/11/07

Iran after floating price for free-market petrol: official
The cabinet is seeking a floating price for free-market gasoline set every month, said Mohammadreza Ne'matzadeh, the managing director of National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) in Tehran Sunday. -MNA - 6/11/07

Iran issues wheat exports permit
Iran's agricultural jihad minister said on Sunday that the economic council has issued the wheat exports permit. -MNA - 6/11/07

Iran's Dialect Atlas to be Completed in Two Years
The mega project for compiling Iran's dialect atlas which has been started since six years ago is due to be completed by 2009. -CHN - 6/11/07

Former defense minister: Iran's policy calls for sustainable regional peace
Iran's former defense minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani stated that Iran's fundamental policy was based on generating regional peace, security and sustainable stability. -ISNA - 6/11/07

Tensions Grow in Northern Iraq Over Turkish Military Buildup
Iraqi Kurds living near the Turkish border continue to report regular shelling in remote areas in recent days. Turkish generals have threatened strikes inside Iraq to eliminate support networks for Kurdish separatist fighters who operate in Turkey. -VOA - 6/11/07

Iran: Past the Paranoia
At once theocratic, secular, hostile, and modern, Iran is not America’s natural enemy. -American Conservative - 6/11/07

Washington Assails Tehran Over Detainees
The U.S. State Department has expressed dismay over the detention or perceived harassment of U.S.-Iranian citizens over what it regards as "groundless charges." -RFE - 6/10/07

Russian proposal of U.S. using radar base in Azerbaijan could upset region
What would the impact be on that volatile region -- a crossroads for the competing interests of Russia, the United States, and Iran -- if Washington accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to jointly use a Russian-leased radar base in Azerbaijan as part of an antimissile shield? In a word: profound. -RFE - 6/10/07

Nicaraguan president arrives in Tehran
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega arrived in Tehran Sunday morning at the head of a high-ranking delegation for an official two-day visit. Ortega was officially welcomed at Tehran Mehrabad International Airport by his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 6/10/07

Iran lodges protest with UN against US engineered sabotage
Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations on Saturday lodged protest with the UN against United States for engineering sabotage and creating spy networks in Iran. -IRNA - 6/10/07

Israel Says Military Action Against Iran Possible
A senior Israeli official says his country has not ruled out military action against Iran's nuclear facilities though it prefers diplomacy for now. The official also says Israel has informed Syria that it is interested in resuming peace talks. Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz says all options are on the table when it comes to dealing with Iran's nuclear program. -VOA - 6/10/07

Sinaii's "Portraitist of the Blood Age" to turn into movie
Veteran Iranian director Khosro Sinaii is currently adapting his latest screenplay "Portraitist of the Blood Age" to make it appropriate for filming. -MNA - 6/10/07

US Says Iran's Response on Missing Former FBI Agent Case Not Credible
The U.S. State Department said Friday Iran's latest denial of knowledge in the case of missing former FBI agent Robert Levinson lacks credibility. Levinson disappeared after arriving at an Iranian beach resort in March. -VOA - 6/10/07

Iran's FM says UK supporting terrorists in Afghanistan
Pointing to the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's repeated claim against the Islamic Republic on alleged link between Iran and Taliban group, Mottaki added that reiterating such baseless accusations is in line with the UK policy of putting blames on other nations. -IRNA - 6/10/07

US admitted Iran had nothing to do with al-Khobar blast, FM Spokesman
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Sunday that US admitted that Iran had nothing to do with al-Khobar blast in Saudi Arabia. -IRNA - 6/10/07

Iran exported 2m tons of steel products in '06
National Iranian Steel Company (NISC) Managing Director Mohammad-Rahim Rasti here Saturday said about two million tons of steel products were exported in the previous Iranian year (ended March 20, 2007). -MNA - 6/10/07

Solana warns against any irrational move toward Iran: report
EU Foreign Policy and Security chief Javier Solana has warned against any irrational move against Iran for its nuclear program, the Spanish official news agency EFE said in a report posted on its website on Friday. -MNA - 6/10/07

Scholar Varjavand dies at 73
The celebrated scholar and professor of archeology and sociology Parviz Varjavand died of heart failure on the morning of June 10. -MNA - 6/10/07

Shah's exiled son: Don't attack Iran
Reza Pahlavi, the exiled son of the last shah of Iran, suggests taking Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's threat to annihilate Israel very seriously. However, he suggests refraining from military action against his country. -Haaretz, Israel - 6/10/07

Cargo ship sinks at Bandar Abbas pier in Persian Gulf
Following devastating tropical storm, Cyclone Gonu, which hit Persian Gulf region a cargo ship sank in the coastal waters of Haghani jetty in Bandar Abbas on Wednesday, it was announced on Saturday. -IRNA - 6/10/07

Britain: Iranian Tycoon 'Blair's Main Financial Backer'
Iranian born multi-millionaire Mahmoud Khayami, a prominent Muslim who donated one million pounds to the Labour Party is reportedly one of its chief financial supporters. Khayami, is the former owner of Iran's main automobile company, Iran Khodro, which was nationalised after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. -AKI - 6/10/07

A new rapprochement or more of the same?
Rather than create an environment of security, an extended American military presence anywhere in the region further legitimizes the claims by Iran’s hardliners that the Sword of Damocles might drop at any moment and impending doom awaits the nation should they lose control. -Kam Zarrabi - 6/8/07

Tehran Investigates Fourth Iranian-American
Reports from Tehran say the public prosecutor has launched the investigation of peace activist Ali Shakeri. -RFE - 6/8/07

Iranian pop band Arian to perform in Europe and North America
The Iranian pop music band Arian and leading pop singer Benyamin Bahadori will take Iran's pop melodies to Europe and North America for a joint summer performance. -ISNA - 6/8/07

ElBaradei speaks against more sanctions and pressure on Iran
In a revealing, but largely unreported interview with the BBC, Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, has reaffirmed Iran's right to enrichment, accused the nuclear powers of dangerous double standards on non-proliferation and made it clear that Iran presents no danger to the West. -CASMII - 6/8/07

Off the Record: U.S. Responsibility for Enforced Disappearances in the "War on Terror"
This 21-page briefing paper, published by six leading human rights organizations, includes the names and details of 39 people who are believed to have been held in secret US custody and whose current whereabouts remain unknown. - 6/8/07

Iran: Politicians Concerned About New Election Date
Many Iranian politicians are unhappy with the date recently set for Iran's next parliamentary elections, saying they are being planned at a time that would lower voter turnout and make it difficult to complain about the process or challenge the vote-counting procedures. -RFE - 6/8/07

Experts Say Iranian Missile Program Poses Little Threat to US and Europe
The U.S. says its proposal to base ballistic missile defense systems in eastern Europe is designed to deter what U.S. officials label as "rogue states," particularly Iran. As VOA correspondent Gary Thomas reports, Western analysts believe Iran's missile program is still far from posing any threat to Europe or the United States. - 6/8/07

Blaming Iran give US a scapegoat for Iraq failures: BASIC
Accusations made by US and UK authorities of alleged Iranian involvement in Iraq could be made for "more strategic motives," according to a new report by an independent transatlantic research organization. -IRNA - 6/8/07

Civil Rights group warns of new random screening list
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has created an inventory of names of internationally dispersed individuals who are thought to be a threat to the United States government, the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) reports. -NIAC - 6/8/07

'Missile Defense Shield' and other imperial misnomers
American President George W. Bush used his platform at the G8 summit to continue spreading the paranoia of fearing states like Iran and North Korea as they are bent on bringing death and destruction to the world and pose a grave threat to international security. -Daniel M Pourkesali - 6/8/07

Expelled from Iran - refugee misery
Ninety thousand people have so far been forcibly returned to Afghanistan from Iran since 21 April, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. -BBC - 6/8/07

IAEA, Italian Officials Call for Strengthened Non-Proliferation Treaty
The chief of the U.N. nuclear agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, and the Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema are stressing the need for the international community to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation treaty to avoid nuclear stand-offs such as the one with Iran. -VOA - 6/8/07

208 billion kwh power to be produced this year in Iran - Minister
Iran's minister of energy said on Thursday that the total electricity output of the country is expected to reach 208 billion kwh this year, compared to the last year's figure of 192 billion kwh. -IRNA - 6/8/07

Nuking Iran: The Republican Agenda?
At the Republican debate last night, almost all the candidates said that they would not rule out a nuclear attack on Iran as a means to prevent it from getting its own nuclear weapons. Only one of these knuckleheads would say that attacking Iran -- indeed even threatening to nuke Iran -- is not the right strategy. -Washington Post - 6/8/07

Blair seeks to sign controversial arms deal before resigning - report
Prime Minister Tony Blair was reported Friday to be hoping to finally sign a new arms deal with Saudi Arabia for the supply of Eurofighter Typhoon planes before he leaves office on June 27. -IRNA - 6/8/07

Radio Farda Correspondent Describes Ordeal From Tehran
Radio Farda broadcaster Parnaz Azima has been prevented from leaving Iran for the past five months. Azima -- an Iranian-American -- had traveled to Tehran in January to visit her sick mother when authorities confiscated her Iranian passport and charged her with working for Radio Farda and spreading propaganda against the state. -RFE - 6/7/07

Mazeh in Paris
France and Persia have had a long history of mutual love and admiration for one another. The country of such authors as Montesquieu and Voltaire who gained fame for their philosophical and politically subversive tales respectively of The Persian Letters and Zadig, has always been fascinated by the Exotic Land of Persia ever since the flamboyant visit of the Persian Ambassador of Shah Abbas the Great to the court of the Sun King Louis XIV of France. -Darius KADIVAR, Paris - 6/7/07

Mahroo Asghari - An inspiring and promising young artist
Mahroo Asghari's recent exhibition at the Elahe gallery was a delight to go to as, unlike some of the exhibitions one comes across these days in Tehran, it was most inspiring. Mahroo Asghari's paintings were most striking and forceful, even if not enchanting, they were very bold and strong. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/7/07

Gonu Cyclone keeps lashing southern Iranian islands, cities
Strongest tropical storm to hit Persian Gulf region in decades, Cyclone Gonu, that originated over Sea of Oman, lashed that country, including its capital, hit Iran's islands and southern coast cities as of Wednesday afternoon. -IRNA - 6/7/07

CASMII condemns Republican candidates for refusing to rule out using nukes against Iran
The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) condemns in the strongest possible terms the declared policies of four US Republican presidential hopefuls who have refused to rule out a pre-emptive military attack against Iran including the use of nuclear weapons against that country. - 6/7/07

Perspectives on the Arrest of Iranian-Americans in Tehran
The current arrest of five Iranian-Americans in Tehran on charges of promoting “velvet revolution” has once again raised the issues of Iranians in Diaspora to the forefront of headline news. What has been considered a lingering dilemma between the two governments for nearly thirty years has now spilled over to impact the ordinary citizens of both nations at a much-heightened level. -Voice of Iranian-Americans - 6/7/07

Did the U.S. Incite Iran's Crackdown?
Tehran's jailing of Haleh Esfandiari, a 67-year old grandmother who holds dual Iranian-American citizenship, as well as the interrogation of others with similar papers, is evidence that Washington's latest attempt to foist change on Iran is backfiring — as Iranian democracy advocates had warned. -TIME - 6/7/07

US Cool to Israeli Dialogue With Syria
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz discussed Syria, and the Iranian nuclear program, in a meeting Wednesday that opened an annual bilateral strategic dialogue. U.S. officials are making clear their misgivings about an early resumption of Israeli-Syrian talks. -VOA - 6/7/07

US House of Representatives Approves Five Year Assistance Plan for Afghanistan
The measure contains funds for economic reconstruction and military assistance to the government of President Hamid Karzai, authorizing $5.8 billion over five years beginning in 2008. -VOA - 6/7/07

Iran: Mazandaran province welcomes Italian investors
The governor general of northern Mazandaran province speaking in a meeting with a group of Italian businessmen and investors said ground has been paved for activities of all investors within the frameworks of the country's laws and international regulations. -IRNA - 6/7/07

Iran and US: The diplomatic dance
The first direct talks in 27 years between US and Iranian diplomats lead nowhere, but some question who holds more cards. -ISN - 6/7/07

Iran invites Israeli tourists
Just days after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that the “countdown to the destruction of Israel has begun,” Iranian government officials cordially invited Israelis to visit their country. -Israel Today - 6/7/07

Shiites Rising: Sect leaders craft message for masses
The leaders of a new 'axis of resistance' mix populism and Shiite theology to win broad support in a fight against America and its allies. -CSM - 6/7/07

American Detained in Iran Appeals for State Dept. Help
Parnaz Azima, one of several Americans detained in Iran, said yesterday that her lawyers and Iranian officials have warned that her case could take years to resolve and appealed to the State Department to keep pressure on Tehran over the fate of the imprisoned or detained Americans. -Washington Post - 6/7/07

Iran's big brother for bloggers
Respectful comments on the president's blog are in sharp contrast to the censorship of ordinary web users in the Islamic republic, reports Saeed Kamali Dehghan from Tehran -Guardian - 6/7/07

Iran divestment bill passes
California lawmakers took a step closer Tuesday toward ordering the state's two giant public pension funds to unload more than $2 billion in retirement money invested in foreign companies doing business in Iran. -Sacramento Bee - 6/7/07

Iran Repeats Charges Against Detained Iranian-American Scholars
Iran has reiterated espionage charges against two detained U.S.-Iranian scholars. The Iran Students News Agency today quoted Hassan Hadad, Tehran's deputy prosecutor, as saying Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh have admitted carrying out activities, but they said their intention was helping Iran. -RFE - 6/6/07

British Water, Iranian Fish: Environmental Works by Ahmad Nadalian in UK
Iranian artist Ahmad Nadalian has created a series of environmental art works in UK: Works in London (River Thames), Chalford (Golden Valley) Stroud River, SVA Art Center, Bristol Canal, and University of West England. - 6/6/07

Detained Iranian journalist very ill, denied treatment by Evin prison authorities
Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today about the conditions in which journalist Ali Farahbakhsh is being held after learning that he is seriously ill and is being refused proper treatment by the prison authorities. The organisation reiterated its condemnation of his arbitrary arrest and called for his immediate release. - 6/6/07

U.S. House Approves Iran, Darfur Resolutions
The House of Representatives has approved resolutions on Iran and the situation in Darfur. One calls on the government in Tehran to release dual Iranian-American citizens it is holding, the other urges China to do more to pressure the government of Sudan to end violence in Darfur. -VOA - 6/6/07

Powerful cyclone pounds Mideast oil region
Oman evacuated tens of thousands of people Wednesday and closed the major port of Sohar as a weakening Cyclone Gonu roared toward the Strait of Hormuz -- the world's major transport artery for Persian Gulf oil. -AP - 6/6/07

Oil Rich Iran Faces Gas Rationing
Iran just raised its subsidized prices on gasoline and is introducing gas rationing. It may initially strike one as an odd move for a petroleum rich country like Iran. But, as VOA Correspondent Gary Thomas reports, just because a country has a lot of oil does not mean it also has a lot of gasoline. - 6/6/07

Tehran museum to honor photographer Asghar Bichareh
Tehran's Imam Ali Religious Arts Museum is to pay tribute to Asghar Bichareh, the veteran cinema photographer in a ceremony on June 8. -MNA - 6/6/07

UNHCR: Number of Iraqi displaced tops 4.2 million; shanty towns mushroom
The situation in Iraq continues to worsen, with more than 2 million Iraqis now believed to be displaced inside the country and another 2.2 million sheltering in neighbouring states. - 6/6/07

China Criticizes US Plan for Missile Shield in Eastern Europe
China has voiced its opposition to a proposed U.S. missile defense system in Eastern Europe. From Hong Kong, Joseph Popiolkowski reports that the controversial plan is also drawing fire from Russian president Vladimir Putin, who will meet President Bush at this week's G8 summit in Germany. - 6/6/07

Tell Senate to Support Family Reunification Provisions
Starting today, the Senate will reconvene to continue debate on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1348). Several amendments concerning family reunification provisions important to the Iranian American community are expected to be put forward. -NIAC - 6/6/07

Iran's Larijani: "Precise steps" can prevent new UN resolution
Iran's top nuclear negotiator here Tuesday night urged the sides in nuclear case to take "precise steps" to prevent adoption of a new resolution. -IRNA - 6/6/07

Democracy And Security Conference Opens In Prague
Has the democratization process reached an impasse? Do the problems of Iraq and the Palestinian Authority show there are places where democracy is an unnatural form of government? -RFE - 6/6/07

London police chief apologizes for 'witch hunt' against Iran-born officer
Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Ian Blair has issued an apology for the "considerable damage' caused between the force and its ethnic minority officers by carrying out a virtual racist witch hunt against an Iranian born superintendent. -IRNA - 6/6/07

Magnetic train project to boost Iran-Germany trade ties: Larijani
He added, "We will be happy if the project is implemented because Germany has a good technology. "This is a potential which both sides can use." -IRNA - 6/6/07

Karzai calls Iran a 'very close friend'
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan gave Iran his full embrace yesterday, saying it has been his country's "very close friend," even as US officials meeting with him here repeated their accusation that Iranian-made weapons were flowing to Taliban fighters. -Boston Globe - 6/6/07

Iran Detains Three Finnish Nationals
Iran has detained three Finnish nationals who allegedly strayed into its territorial waters during a fishing trip in the Persian Gulf. - 6/6/07

Facing G8 Summit Failure, Germany Braces Itself
Facing the probability that this year’s G8 summit will be a failure — mainly due to U.S. opposition to an international consensus on environmental, financial, and African cooperation issues — the German government, host of the event, is scaling down the expectations that it helped to stir in the first place. -AFP - 6/6/07

Tehran Diplomatic Ladies Bazaar
Last month on a very hot Friday morning, we went to the annual bazaar in Tehran organized by the Diplomatic Ladies Group in the massive garden of the Turkish ambassador's lovely residence on the north east corner of Elayieh near Pul-e Roumie. They had sold nearly 3000 tickets, the proceeds of which went to charities and good causes in Iran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/5/07

Azeri sculptor calls Ferdowsi statue his best work
A huge bronze statue of the celebrated Persian epic poet Ferdowsi was unveiled at Iran's National Library on June 2. The statue, which is eight meters tall and weighs ten tons, was made by the Azerbaijani sculptor Nasim Issaev -MNA - 6/5/07

Iran, Germany Discuss Tehran's Nuclear Program
The German Foreign Ministry says Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani is meeting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin today to discuss Tehran's disputed nuclear program. - 6/5/07

Anniversary of Khomeini's Death
The political scene/atmosphere from Iran is not shown (or felt) in the West. I visited Iran for the first time since 1977 and could feel this atmosphere from within. It is quite different from the Western perspective. As a starter, Monday June 4th is the anniversary of the death (Rehlat) of Emam Khomeini; the founder of Islamic Republic of Iran. -Javad Fakharzadeh - 6/5/07

US Department of State provides Update on Iran Democracy Promotion Funding
In FY 2006, Congress appropriated no less than $6.55 million (PL 109-102) for Iran and Syria from Democracy Funds (DF) and requested that at least $10 million be spent by the Department on democracy and human rights programs in Iran overall. - 6/5/07

Gary Sick Lays Out Probabilities in US-Iran Arena
I have just come by a lucid, excellent analysis of the recent "formal negotiations" between Iran and the U.S. which took place in Baghdad written by Iran expert and Columbia University/School of International and Public Affairs scholar Gary Sick. -TPM Cafe - 6/5/07

Iranian American Bar Association Scholarship
The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) issues one or more scholarships each year to law students in good standing enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States. - 6/5/07

Iran President: Era of bombardment and war is over
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that the era of resolving international issues through bombardment and war is over. -IRNA - 6/5/07

Podhoretz is a Punk (How Neocons helped Iran get Nuke Secrets)
Podhoretz is a Punk. That's something a (rather knowledgeable) child might say of the crackpot neocon who was afforded a full page op-ed calling for 'preemptive strikes' on Iran in one of America's (formerly) most respected papers -- and quite appropriately considering Norman's thought processes seem to mirror a child's impulsive actions, reflexive bullying, and irrational logic. -Political Cortex - 6/5/07

‘Crossing Over’ Director Says No More ‘Honor Killing,’ NIAC Looks to Confirm Changes
Ongoing talks over the depiction of Iranian-Americans in the upcoming film, ‘Crossing Over,’ produced a tentative resolution last week. In response to the objections of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) about the portrayal of Iranian-Americans committing an ‘honor killing,’ director Wayne Kramer has rewritten key elements of the script. - 6/5/07

Iran: Defense Expert Discusses Iran's Missile Capabilities
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, has called the U.S. missile-defense initiative in Europe the "joke of the year." Larijani says Tehran's current missile arsenal cannot reach Europe and adds that it would be illogical for Tehran to attack Europe, which is Iran's most important commercial partner. -RFE - 6/5/07

Bush Says Missile-Defense Plan Aimed At 'True Threats,' Not Russia
U.S. President George W. Bush said today in Prague that the "Cold War is over" and that Russia has nothing to fear from a missile-defense system that Washington wants to set up in the Czech Republic and Poland. -RFE - 6/5/07

Iranian chemical victims to launch new lawsuits in European courts
The Iranian chemical victims of the 8 year imposed war are to file a new lawsuit in European courts against the individuals and companies who provided the Baath regime with chemical weapons. -ISNA - 6/5/07

CIA running black propaganda operation against Iran, Syria and Lebanon, officials say
The Central Intelligence Agency has received approval at least twice in the last several years to conduct an “information war” against several countries in the Middle East, including Iran, Lebanon and Syria, according to current and former intelligence officials. -Raw Story - 6/5/07

100 coffee nets have work permits in Tehran – Syndicate
Head of the Business, Office, Informatics & Computing Machines Syndicate said in Tehran Saturday there are a hundred coffeenets in Tehran with work permits. -Taliya News - 6/5/07

Internet Bank accounts for students in Iran
The secretary of Iranian IT Council said in Tehran on Saturday that internet bank account will launch for high school and university students. -Taliya News - 6/5/07

At the shrine of Iran's revolutionary leader, the hard-line base mourns and rallies
The chant for the dead echoed off the massive shrine and rolled across a sea of asphalt, mixing with the roar of diesel buses disgorging loads of pilgrims from across Iran. -AP - 6/5/07

Iran's Quiet Epidemic
A small slim, small man stands up, his dark eyes bright with emotion, a full moustache filling up his face. 'My name is Shahram and I am an addict,' he says gently. He is greeted by an enthusiastic response from the other men sitting around the room, the standard opening of a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. -Kamin Mohammadi - 6/4/07

Fatemeh Emdadian - A passionate and outstanding artist and a great sculptor
Fatemeh Emdadian is to me one of Iran’s best sculptors, and it was a great pleasure to learn about and go to see her recent exhibition at the Hoor Art Gallery. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/4/07

300 Antidote: Persian Shiva Rose in US Release of David & Layla!
The topical, modern Romeo & Juliet romantic comedy David & Layla opens July 20th in dozens of cinemas: Beverly Hills, Pasadena & West Hills in LA, Irvine/Orange County, Washington DC, Detroit, Nashville, Florida - 6/4/07

Putin: Russia Will Retaliate if US Puts Rocket Base in Europe
Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will aim its rockets at European targets if the United States goes ahead with plans to build a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. -VOA - 6/4/07

Iran: Chahar-Nimeh Dam Removed to Save Dahaneh Gholaman
In an attempt to save the Achaemenid city of Dahaneh Gholaman, Chahar-Nimeh Dam (literally means four halves dam) has been removed 250 meters from its origin place. -CHN - 6/4/07

Committee to review 45 candidates for inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List
The World Heritage Committee will consider requests for the inscription of 45 new sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List when it meets for its 31st session in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 23 June to 2 July. - 6/4/07

Iran talks up temporary marriages
Iran's Interior Minister, Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, has started promoting temporary marriage as a solution to the country's social problems. -BBC - 6/4/07

Making Iran our friend
Abandoning our stated goal of regime change could bring about the reforms in Tehran the U.S. has always wanted. -Reza Aslan, Times - 6/4/07

FM: Iran-Syria ready to aid U.S. establish stability in Iraq
Iran and Syria are ready to aid the U.S. if that country was truly after creating peace and stability in Iraq, announced Iran's foreign minister along side his Syrian counterpart. -ISNA - 6/4/07

NIAC Memo: U.S.-Iran Convergence in Iraq?
U.S. and Iranian officials met this week in face-to-face discussions regarding the security situation in Iraq. The talks were described by the U.S. representative Ryan Crocker as "businesslike," by Iranian representative Hassan Kazemi Qomi as "frank and transparent," and by both parties as "positive." -Bahram Rajaee - 6/4/07

Larijani Defends Detentions Of Iranian-Americans
The head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani, has defended his country's detention and investigation of several Iranian-Americans. - 6/4/07

Answering Prayers
Is there anything worse than a President launching a War of Aggression to "remove" what he knows to be a non-existent threat to Americans? Well, how about a President launching a war of aggression to "remove" what he knows to be a non-existent threat to non-Americans? -Gordon Prather, Antiwar - 6/4/07

Technical problems put brake on Megane production in Iran
Iran would start Megane production after removing all executive and technical problems, an Industries and Mines Ministry official said in Tehran on Saturday. - 6/4/07

Iran's Larijani: US claim on missile shield project 'joke of the year'
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said Sunday the US claim that their missile shield project in Europe is intended to safeguard Europe against Iranian missiles should be called the "Joke of the year" since Iranian missiles cannot reach Europe. -IRNA - 6/4/07

Iran to privatize 17 petrochemical companies by March 20
Iran's National Petrochemical Company (NPC) will privatize 17 companies in line with the enforcement of Article 44 of the Constitution in the current Iranian year (to end March 20, 2008), said an official in Tehran on Saturday. -MNA - 6/4/07

US-India nuclear deal talks fail
The US and India have failed to resolve differences over a proposed landmark deal on nuclear co-operation after three days of negotiations in Delhi. -BBC - 6/4/07

Supporters Urge Release of Imprisoned Iranian-American Scholar
The arrest in Tehran, Iran, of Haleh Esfandiari, an Iranian-American scholar who serves as director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Middle East program, is “an affront to the rule of law and common decency,” says former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton. -USINFO - 6/2/07

Bush Condemns Iran's Detention of Four Iranian-Americans
President Bush has strongly condemned Iran's detention of four Iranian-Americans, and called for them to be freed "immediately and unconditionally." -VOA - 6/2/07

Larijani: Iran ready to solve its nuclear stand off right away
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani declared on Saturday that Iran is not after buying time for its nuclear dossier and is fully determined to solve its nuclear standoff right away. -IRNA - 6/2/07

Special committee established to follow up Leader's recommendations: Rezaii
The more systematic the implementation of Expediency Council ratifications, the better the management of the country, EC Secretary Mohsen Rezaii said in Tehran on Friday. -MNA - 6/2/07

Defense Chief: US Looking to Long-Term Military Presence in Iraq
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States is looking to a long-term military presence in Iraq similar to its arrangement with South Korea. -VOA - 6/2/07

Nuclear Watchdog’s Attack Warning
The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog has given one of his sternest warnings against using military action to halt Iran’s uranium enrichment program. Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, described those wanting to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities as "new crazies". -BBC - 6/2/07

Pipeline would extend Iran's reach
Pakistan, India, and Iran came one step closer this week to realizing a $7 billion natural-gas pipeline, a project that is likely to irk US policymakers trying to contain Tehran's nuclear ambitions. -CSM - 6/2/07

Is South Caucasus 'Region' An Artificial Construct?
Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia are commonly grouped together under a common label -- the "South Caucasus." But evidence of such unity is hard to find on the streets of the nations' capitals. -RFE - 6/2/07

Cheney Backs Diplomacy on Iran Program, Rice Affirms
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted Friday that Vice President Cheney fully supports a diplomatic course in the dispute with Iran over its nuclear program, denying claims of divisions among President Bush's foreign policy advisers. -Washington Post - 6/2/07

Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim returns to Iraq after treatment in Iran
After a period of treatment in Iran, Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) Chairman Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim returned to Iraq on Friday. A source in the office of Hakim's son said the Shia leader had returned to his office in the Iraqi city of Najaf and would stay there for a long time. -MNA - 6/2/07

Iran: End Harassment of Dual-Nationals
The Iranian government should immediately release two Iranian-Americans from detention and clarify the case of a third who may have "disappeared," a group of leading human rights organizations said today. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights, Reporters Without Borders and the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi also urged Iran to lift travel bans on two journalists with dual nationality whom Iran has barred from traveling back to their home countries. - 6/1/07

US Says Fourth Iranian-American Held by Tehran
The U.S. State Department has confirmed that Iran has jailed a third Iranian-American and is preventing a fourth from leaving the country. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department. - 6/1/07

In Zarathushtra's Shadow: A book by Kam Zarrabi
Human intellect would break down without some answers, however self-deluding, to the perennial questions of ‘Who am I, where did I come from, where am I going, what is this all about and, perhaps most importantly, why?’ - 6/1/07

Arizona's Iranian-Americans speak out
Just days after the highest level official talks between US and Iranian officials in almost three decades, a Tucson group called Arizona Iranians for Peace spoke out today in support of continued dialogue and an expansion of bilateral negotiations. - 6/1/07

Camden Stop the War Coalition and Campaign Iran present: Rageh Inside Iran
In this BBC film Rageh Omaar embarks on a unique journey inside what he describes as one of the most misunderstood countries in the world, looking at the country through the eyes of people rarely heard - ordinary Iranians. (7pm, Thursday 14th June in London) - 6/1/07

Open Society Institute Responds to Charges Against Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh
The Open Society Institute is dismayed by the charges announced today in Iran against Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh, an internationally respected scholar who is an American citizen. - 6/1/07

U.S. Warns Americans Against Traveling to Iran
The U.S. State Department has warned Americans against traveling to Iran, accusing Tehran of a "disturbing pattern" of harassing Iranian-Americans. - 6/1/07

Iran's Larijani, EU's Solana say they made progress in their nuclear talks
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said they had made progress in their Thursday evening negotiations in Mardrid on nuclear issue. -IRNA - 6/1/07

Interview with Caroline Nellemann, Danish Researcher of Iranian Blogs
Danish researcher Caroline Nellemann has done her Master’s thesis on Iranian blogs and was involved for three months with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society in Harvard. In order to meet Iranian bloggers and to be more in touch with Iran she took a trip to Iran recently. -Global Voices - 6/1/07

Nazanin starts tour at Border's stores across the country in support of new album
International music sensation and Bodog Music artist Nazanin is preparing to hit the road on tour in support of her debut album Someday that was released nationwide on April 24th. - 6/1/07

Protestors, visa delays disrupt Mennonite-Muslim dialogue
'Shi'ah Muslim - Mennonite Christian Dialogue III' was scheduled for May 27 - 30 at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario, co-sponsored by the college and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). -CanadianChristianity - 6/1/07

Iranian American Bar Association's event in Washington DC: Two Insightful Discussions
Please join the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) for a reception and two insightful discussions presented by Mr. Houman Shadab and Ms. Shahin Hajian - 6/1/07

Putin Blames Washington for New 'Arms Race'
Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned Thursday what he called U.S. "imperialism" in world affairs. The comments came during an increasingly tense period in U.S.-Russian relations. Bill Gasperini has more for VOA from Moscow. - 6/1/07

Iran and the US: A new Cold War?
Even as they struggle to find common ground on Iraq, are America and Iran locked in the escalating tensions of a new Cold War? -BBC - 6/1/07

Iran former FM: We are ready to solve Iraq crisis if U.S. cooperates
Iran's foreign strategic council chief stated that if the U.S. was honest and truly wanted to solve problems in Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran was ready to continue its negotiations with that country. -ISNA - 6/1/07

UK may seek Iranian help in finding Iraq hostages
Britain is considering a direct approach to Iran for help in discovering the whereabouts of four British security guards and a financial consultant abducted in Iraq and who was responsible for seizing them. -Guardian - 6/1/07

The hardliners lose a round
A shadowy Bush administration group focused on Iran policy has been shut down by the state department. But will Cheney fight back? -Guardian - 6/1/07

Using pencils to make a point; Artist Sam Shahsahabi's Being There is not your normal art exhibit
The pencil is political. It can be when many are pointing at each other in a circle, threatening one another or whoever is in the centre like the missiles of nations engaged in peace talks. -Sudbury Star, Canada - 6/1/07

Representatives Moran and Van Hollen Call for Release of Esfandiari
Representatives James Moran (D-VA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) have taken the lead in Congress in calling for the release of prominent Iranian American scholar Dr. Haleh Esfandiari. -NIAC - 6/1/07

Iran, Turkey to jointly generate electricity
Visiting Iranian Energy Minister Parviz Fattah conferred on Thursday with his Turkish counterpart Hilmi Guler on expansion of mutual cooperation in the electricity and water sectors. -IRNA - 6/1/07
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