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American judge orders seizure of Persian artifacts
An American judge, who has held Iran legally responsible for the 1997 al-Qods bombing, ruled that the Persian artifacts in the US be seized and auctioned in favor of survivors of the incident. - 7/31/07

Iran-US talks in Iraq have become operational: FM deputy
Iran's foreign minister deputy said the second round of talks held between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the U.S. had become "operational". -ISNA - 7/31/07

Goodwill delegation returning from Iran greeted at Dulles Airport
Virginia Anti-War Network (VAWN) and the Richmond Defender newspaper organized a People's Peace Delegation to Iran in response to a suggestion by the Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII). - 7/31/07

US House of Representatives to Tighten Economic Sanctions on Iran
The House of Representatives is poised to take legislative steps to increase the economic costs to Iran of pursuing its uranium enrichment program. VOA's Dan Robinson reports from Capitol Hill. - 7/31/07

Basketball: Iran tower over Taipei
Utilizing their advantage in height, Iran came up with a strong performance under the post to beat Chinese Taipei 76-64 in Group I of the Quarterfinal round on Tuesday, reported FIBA. - 7/31/07

Iran: Amir Yaghoub-Ali, aged 20, arrested while campaigning for gender equality
Amir Yaghoub-Ali, an active member of the men's committee of the Campaign for Equality, was arrested on 11 July in Tehran. He had been collecting signatures in support of the Campaign, which aims to collect one million signatures from Iranians in support of an end to legalised discrimination against women. -Amnesty International - 7/31/07

Iranian interference in Iraq an "out of date" myth: Talabani
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has said the accusations that Iran supports Iraqi militias is out of date, probably part of the ancient history. -MNA - 7/31/07

Erratic U.S. Foreign Policy
The bi-lateral meetings of mid-May and last Tuesday in Baghdad between U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, and Iran’s ambassador to that country, Hassan Kazemi-Qumi, were the sole talks at the ambassadorial level in more than two decades. This could be viewed as a change of attitude, however temporary, in the Bush Administration. -Ardeshir Ommani - 7/31/07

Two Iran sanctions bills set to pass House without debate
The House of Representatives is set to pass two major Iran sanctions measures today, paving the way for passage of similar legislation in the Senate. -NIAC - 7/31/07

Nearly a third of Iraqis need immediate emergency help as conflict masks humanitarian crisis
The violence in Iraq is overshadowing a humanitarian crisis, with eight million Iraqis - nearly one in three - in need of emergency aid, says a report released today by international agency Oxfam and NCCI, a network of aid organisations working in Iraq. - 7/31/07

Arms for Arab Authoritarians, As U.S. Turns Back Clock
Just 25 months after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denounced 60 years of U.S. support for authoritarian governments in Arab world, she and Pentagon chief Robert Gates are on their way to the Middle East bearing arms and an uncannily familiar strategic vision to the same regimes. -IPS - 7/31/07

Rice Defends US Mideast Arms Sales Plans
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, heading for the Middle East for a joint diplomatic mission with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, has defended Bush administration plans for major new weapons sales in the region. -VOA - 7/31/07

Rorschach and Awe
As Opposition Grows Over the APA's Policy Allowing Psychologists to Take Part in Military Interrogations, Vanity Fair Exposes How Two Psychologists Shaped the CIA's Torture Methods -Democracy Now - 7/31/07

Women's bill 'unites' Iran and US
For more than 27 years, America and Iran have rarely seen eye-to-eye on anything. So, how is it that these archrivals have a similar position, albeit for very different reasons, on a key women's rights convention? -BBC - 7/31/07

Parliament approves Iran's accession to UN protocol on children rights
Majlis representatives on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill on Iran's accession to the United Nations' Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. -IRNA - 7/31/07

No more Iranian American “honor killing” in major Hollywood picture
Ongoing conversations between NIAC and the director and actors in the upcoming film, ‘Crossing Over,’ reached a positive conclusion last week. According to the film’s director, all elements of an honor killing in the script have been eliminated. -NIAC - 7/31/07

Prominent hard-line cleric dies in Iran
Ayatollah Meshkini led the group that chooses and monitors the nation's supreme leader. His successor may be a moderate. -Times - 7/31/07

Diplomatic Sensibilities Versus Public Sensitivities
Any hope for reform toward broader democracy and moderation in Iran can only be realized through diplomatic and economic opening with the West, particularly with the United States. Additional pressures and sanctions against Iran will, by nature, harden the conservative core and lead to greater anger and frustration of a nation that blames its ills on what it views as an aggressive, imperialistic West, rather than putting the blame, even partly, on the mismanagement by its own rulers. -Kam Zarrabi - 7/30/07

Iran Country & Economy Overview
There were some positive signals emerging from the new rounds of negotiations separately between the US and Iran and the European Union and Iran. -Turquoise - 7/30/07

Iran-U.S. talks on Iraq still being continued
An informed Iraqi official regarding the talks held between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the U.S. on Iraq stated that these negotiations were still being continued at an expert level. -ISNA - 7/30/07

Iran: IAEA inspectors visit Arak heavy water facilities
IAEA Inspectors inspected on Monday the 40 gawatts Nuclear Research Reactor in Arak facilities, an official said. Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said the inspection took about five hours. -IRNA - 7/30/07

Is Persian Gulf becoming U.S. arms bazaar?
The White House's decision to sell $20 billion worth of high-tech weaponry to Saudi Arabia will push the Middle East into a dangerous arms race. -Hassan Hanizadeh, Tehran Times - 7/30/07

Iran has no debt to Russia for Bushehr power plant: FM Spokesman
Iran has met all its commitments to Russia for the Bushehr nuclear power plant and has no debt to Moscow in this regard, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Monday. -IRNA - 7/30/07

Iran: Telecommunication Company predicts phone trade boom
TCI had 22.901 million fixed line customers during July, while its cellular subscribers stood at 17.789 million. The number of fixed line subscribers will be about 26.658 million in upcoming six months, while its cellular subscribers will stand at about 20.389 million. -Taliya News - 7/30/07

Reports: Iran to buy jets from Russia
Israel is looking into reports that Russia plans to sell 250 advanced long-range Sukhoi-30 fighter jets to Iran in an unprecedented billion-dollar deal. -Jerusalem Post - 7/30/07

Iran starts road reconstruction project in Lebanon
The official noted that out of 25 bridges Iran has pledged to rebuild, the Iranian headquarters has so far completed the reconstruction of 12. Iran has also promised to rebuild 63 villages, of which the reconstruction of 43 have been finished, he said, adding Iran has also ended rebuilding 149 schools and 50 mosques and other religious places. -IRNA - 7/30/07

Iran allots over $86m for completion of Tehran's new airport
The government allocated 800 billion rials ($86.2 million) for the completion of Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA). -MNA - 7/30/07

Inside Iran's nuclear nerve centre: halfway house to an atomic bomb
With global tensions rising over Iran's nuclear intentions, the doors of the Isfahan plant were opened last week to a small group of journalists from Europe and America in a rare bid for transparency by the embattled but determined government in Tehran. -Guardian - 7/30/07

Film: Bollywood stars Bachchan, Salman Khan to appear in Iran's "Cage"
Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan are to star in "The Cage", an Iranian film with a social theme. Director Ali Shah-Hatami left Tehran on Sunday for New Delhi to begin shooting the film in India. -MNA - 7/30/07

Artists depict religious characteristics of Imam Ali
The First Imam Ali International Painting Symposium commenced at Tehran's Imam Ali Religious Arts Museum on Friday. -MNA - 7/29/07

Iraqis Celebrate Asia Cup Victory
Iraqi authorities have stepped up security in an effort to prevent any violence as Iraqis celebrate their team's Asia Cup victory over Saudi Arabia in Jakarta. -VOA - 7/29/07

Iran to allot $500m to rail, air transportation
A Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) official said here on Sunday that $500 million will be allocated to rail and air transportation infrastructures. -MNA - 7/29/07

US Legislation Sends Messages to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan
The U.S. Congress has overwhelmingly approved legislation to implement most recommendations of the bipartisan September 11 Commission that investigated the 2001 al-Qaida terrorist attacks in the United States. -VOA - 7/29/07

Iraq not a base for anti-Iran operations: Iraqi president
No armed group is allowed to use the Iraqi territory to launch anti-Iran operations, President of Iraq Jalal Talabani said in Sulaymaniyah Saturday night. -IRNA - 7/29/07

Tehran's subway train stops due to technical failure
One of Tehran's subway trains stopped for a few minutes along its route Sunday morning due to "technical failure," Tehran Traffic Control Center said. Eyewitnesses said it was due to outbreak of fire. -IRNA - 7/29/07

Israel says U.S. aid to Saudi military is understandable
In a break from historic Israeli opposition to U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday his country understands Washington's plan to supply state-of-the-art weapons to Riyadh as a counterweight to Iranian influence. -AP - 7/29/07

Human Rights Watch: Jailed Iranian Students Abused to Obtain Forced Confessions
The Iranian government should immediately release 19 students and activists arrested in May and June on apparently politically motivated charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed concern that the authorities have been subjecting them to abuse to coerce confessions. -HRW - 7/28/07

US to Announce Huge Middle East Arms Deal
U.S. officials say the Bush administration is expected to ask Congress to approve a major arms sale package for Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf nations, partly to counter Iran's rising influence in the region. -VOA - 7/28/07

Larijani: We are ready to answer all the IAEA questions
Iran's supreme national security council secretary in a news conference regarding the probable sanction against Iran stated that those after this sanction were only adding to the fire of dispute between the two sides of Iran's nuclear issue. -ISNA - 7/28/07

Ex-CIA officer Slams US Allegations against Iran as Sham
In an alarming exposure of the acceleration and urgency of the American war party's push towards catastrophic war with Iran, Philip Giraldi, former CIA counter terrorism officer, in an interview [1] on 24th July with Anti War Radio debunked the NeoCons' repeated myth of Iran's support for AlQaeda as a pretext for war. -CASMII - 7/28/07

Iran-Indonesia to build oil refinery
Iran and Indonesia plan to construct a shared oil refinery next year. Tehran-Jakarta agreed on building a $5.6 billion oil refinery in Banten to produce 300 thousand barrels per day. -ISNA - 7/28/07

Iran needs foreign investments, markets
The head of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Mines (ICCIM) said here on Saturday that Iran is in a dire need of foreign investments and markets. -MNA - 7/28/07

Democrats Push New Iraq Measures to US House
A key congressional committee has approved and sent to the full House of Representatives legislation to require President Bush to develop and send Congress a specific strategy to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq. -VOA - 7/28/07

US forbids journalists to visit Iran
A group of top editors from the National Geography who were on their way to Tehran have been forced to return home by the US officials. -Press TV - 7/28/07

China-Iran Trade Surge Vexes U.S.
The growing dispute over China's burgeoning trade with Iran -- its exports to Iran in the first six months of this year surged 70% from 2006, to $3.2 billion -- comes at a sensitive time. -WSJ - 7/28/07

IAEA technical delegation to visit Iran soon
An informed source said a technical delegation from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit Iran on August 6, 2007. He added, "A delegation from IAEA will also arrive in Tehran on July 30 to visit Arak heavy water facilities." -IRNA - 7/28/07

Musharraf meets opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in Abu Dhabi: report
President General Pervez Musharraf Friday met exiled opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in Abu Dhabii, the capital of the United Arab Emirate, the BBC Urdu reported in its website. -IRNA - 7/28/07

Central Asia: Internet Influence Grows Despite Official Pressure
Every now and then, Central Asia's leaders break with official silence on the topic of the Internet to hint at its significance and pledge to improve public access to it. -RFE - 7/28/07

Indian officials hail nuclear accord with U.S.
After a year of negotiations, India and the United States announced completion of a civilian nuclear accord Friday that Indian officials hailed as preserving India's national security interests and as a testament to its emerging strategic importance to the United States. -IHT - 7/28/07

Russia’s Gorbachev Says US is Sowing World Disorder
Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev criticized the United States, and current President George W. Bush in particular, on Friday for sowing disorder across the world by seeking to build an empire. -Reuters - 7/28/07

Satirist Ehterami honored at Iranian Artists Forum
The Iranian literary bimonthly Bokhara paid tribute to the writer and satirist Manuchehr Ehterami at Tehran's Iranian Artists Forum on Tuesday night. -MNA - 7/27/07

Persian Gulf name "Transformed" in Hollywood's New Release
When on July 4th the aliens made Earth their final battleground in Hollywood's latest film "TRANSFORMERS", the first casualty of war between the dueling alien races of Autobots and the Deceptions was the name of Persian Gulf which has been callously replaced by a fictitious term during one scene. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 7/27/07

Iran Economy Report: July 2007
According to the figures published by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), the value of Iran's foreign assets grew by around 30% to over $62 billion during the past Iranian year (ended 20 March 2007). -Turquoise Partners - 7/27/07

Enduring Love and Friendship
Former First Ladies pay tribute to Iran's Mohamed Reza Shah Pahlavi and Egypt's Anwar El Sadat in Cairo -Darius KADIVAR - 7/27/07

Iran: Destruction of 70-million-years-old cave resumed
Once again today the activity of ICHHTO for creating a hole in Chal Nakhjir 70 million years cave was stopped by the Department of Environment of Markazi province. -CHN - 7/27/07

Iranian-Americans tackle domestic-violence secret
She was a 24-year-old Iranian woman with thick black eyelashes, milky skin and a terrible story. Imported to Los Angeles from Iran to marry a man she barely knew, she was isolated, ignored and abused. -Orange County Register - 7/27/07

Iran: Cell phones dominate the markets
As 20 million subscribers are using cell phones in Iran, the amount of penetration of cell phone is about 24 percent. Experts expect the market to expand to 27 million subscribers. -Taliya News - 7/27/07

Bush Line Distorts Iran’s Real Interest in Iraq
As U.S. and Iranian diplomats met in Baghdad Tuesday for a second round of talks on Iraq, the domestic U.S. political climate appears decidedly more supportive of an aggressive U.S. posture toward Iran than just a few months ago, reflecting the apparent triumph the George W. Bush administration’s narrative on Iran’s role in Iraq. -Gareth Porterm, IPS - 7/27/07

Major Iranian cleric says Turkish people want Islamic government
Tehran's substitute Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said the victory of the Islamist 'Justice and Development' Party in Turkish parliamentary elections shows that people in that country are for an Islamic government. -IRNA - 7/27/07

Obama Says Clinton Has foreign Policy Like Bush’s
Obama, an Illinois senator, fired back at New York Sen. Clinton for calling him “irresponsible and naive” for saying during a CNN/YouTube debate on Monday that he would be willing to meet without preconditions the leaders of Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela during his first year in office. -Reuters - 7/27/07

US Answers Iran's Nuclear Stand with Call for More UN Sanctions
The State Department says Iran's continued defiance over its nuclear program should be met with more sanctions resolutions in the U.N. Security Council. VOA's Stephanie Ho reports from Washington. -VOA - 7/27/07

Iran is an example of coexistence among religious groups: Assyrian MP
Iran is a typical example of peaceful coexistence between members of different religions, MP Yonatan Bet Kolia, the representative of the Assyrian and Chaldean Christian communities in the Majlis, said in Tehran on Wednesday. -MNA - 7/27/07

Man fatally struck at Syosset LIRR station was surgeon
A man killed when he was struck by a train crossing tracks at the Syosset station was a thoracic surgeon from Iran living in Oyster Bay Cove, officials said Friday. Michael Mesbah, 74, was struck by an eastbound train as he crossed the tracks on foot at the Jackson Avenue grade crossing at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday. -Newsday - 7/27/07

US, Iraqi Troops Clash with Shi'ite Militia in Karbala, 17 Killed
The U.S. military in Iraq says about 17 Shi'ite militiamen have been killed in battles with U.S. and Iraqi troops in the southern city of Karbala. -VOA - 7/27/07

Ardabil to Host International Tourism Fair
Iran's second international fair of tourism industry and related fields will be held this year in city of Ardabil from 30th of July to 3rd of August 2007. -CHN - 7/27/07

Iran-US talks on Iraq have impacts on nuclear case
Iran-US talks on Iraq security have impacts on nuclear case, Leader's representative to Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani said on Thursday. Meanwhile, a leading British daily Thursday questioned US policy of making unsubstantiated claims against Iran at a time when Washington needs Tehran's help to stabilize Iraq. - 7/26/07

Families Of Detained Iranian Students Describe Abuse In Prison
Three students of the prestigious Tehran Polytechnic University, or Amir Kabir University, have spent the past 80 days in jail. Majid Tavakoli, Ahmad Ghasaban, and Ehsan Mansuri were among eight student editors and activists arrested on accusations that they defamed Islam in student publications. The other five students have been freed. -RFE - 7/26/07

Dlrs 100,000 cash prize for top Avecina researchers
Superior international researchers who study about scientific and philosophical personality of Avecina would receive a cash prize of dlrs 100,000. - 7/26/07

Rep. Udall Seeks to Curb Administration’s War Making Ability
"I think today that Congress, which has the constitutional responsibility to declare war, must play a more significant role in authorizing the use of our armed forces in what could become a full-scale war," Representative Mark Udall (D-CO) said of his bill that would prohibit President Bush from waging war on Iran without Congressional authorization. -NIAC - 7/26/07

Iran Says It Will Never Stop Nuclear Activities
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has said his country will never yield to international pressure to suspend its nuclear program. Appearing on state television, Ahmadinejad said any further UN resolutions would not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear technology. - 7/26/07

US Rejects Iranian Proposal for Higher-Level Talks on Iraq
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said he does not see talks between the U.S. and Iran at the level of deputy foreign minister at this time. McCormack said the two sides have already established a diplomatic channel between their ambassadors in Iraq. -VOA - 7/26/07

Tehran fashion police tighten up
Morality enforcers crack down again, warning that revealing or tight clothing means trouble -- even for stores. -Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Times - 7/26/07

Iran's UN envoy visits American artist's painting exhibition on Iran
Iran's Permanent Representative to UN, Mohammad Khazaie on Wednesday visited US artist, Ms. Laura Blume's painting exhibition at UN Building, titled "Shiraz, A City from Heaven". -IRNA - 7/26/07

Support Declines Among Muslims For Violent Defense Of Islam
A new study by the Pew Research Center in Washington has revealed that Muslims around the world are increasingly rejecting suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilian targets in the name of Islam. -RFE - 7/26/07

Persons connected to Esfandiari and Tajbakhsh arrested: Intelligence Minister
Intelligence Minister Mohsen Ejeii confirmed here on Wednesday that some individuals who were connected to the U.S.-based Iranians Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh have been arrested. -MNA - 7/26/07

House Committee “envisioning” more of the same on Iran
“If we don’t ratchet up the pressure - and very soon,” said former Ambassador Dennis Ross on US policy towards Iran, “we are going to find we have very few choices.” Ross was the sole witness at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday entitled, “Beyond Iraq: Envisioning a US policy in the Middle East.” -NAC - 7/26/07

Reflection on the current Middle East Fiasco
As a patriotic American with proud Iranian heritage, and while fully appreciating what is best for both nations, I have followed your various reports on IRAN with much apprehension, as I have noted how the Bush administration's antagonistic rhetoric is preparing the court of public opinion for waging yet another pre-emptive war of aggression in the Middle East in order to "redeploy" from Iraq and save face. -David N. Rahni, New York - 7/26/07

Pakistan successfully test fires cruise missile
Pakistan Thursday conducted a successful test fire of the indigenously developed Cruise Missile Babur (Hatf-VII), said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release. - 7/26/07

U.S. funds pressure oil companies over their Iran links
As American and European governments debate how to deal with Iran's nuclear program, some of the largest public pension funds in the United States are leaning on European and Asian oil companies to reconsider their investments in Iran. -IHT - 7/26/07

The Holocaust denier, the radical socialist, and their axis of unity
A billboard of Hugo Chávez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looms over a motorway in Venezuela, marking the entrance to a factory designed to produce three things: tractors, influence and angst. -Guardian - 7/26/07

One-sided Reporting: Tisdall does it again
The article in the Guardian by Simon Tisdall, "A Surge in Accusations", July 24 (1), appears on the same day the second round of Iran-US talks begins, and is the second article in just over two months by Simon Tisdall using unsubstantiated allegations ascribed to anonymous sources accusing Iranian government of complicity in the violence in Iraq. -Mehrnaz Shahabi - 7/26/07

UK widening contacts with Hamas
The British government is expanding its links with Hamas after temporarily suspending its political boycott earlier this year to seek help gaining the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston, it was reported Thursday. -IRNA - 7/26/07

Dealing with Iran: Finally, a stick
In the carrot-and-stick world of international diplomacy, Iran and its controversial nuclear program seem impervious to both. The theocrats of Tehran have dismissed every economic and trade carrot that Europe has dangled before them... -IHT - 7/26/07

Textile, clothing show opens in Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Arts
The first biennial exhibition of clothing and textile design has opened in Tehran with the aim of presenting and promoting Iranian-Islamic outfits. - 7/25/07

U.S., Iran To Form Panel On Stabilizing Iraq
The chief U.S. envoy at talks with Iranian officials in Baghdad today announced that Iran, Iraq, and the United States will set up a special panel to explore ways to stabilize Iraq. The announcement by Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, suggested a positive outcome to a meeting that began with accusations on both sides. -RFE - 7/25/07

Former members say terrorist MKO group is facing a standoff
Two former members of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation (MKO), Ebrahim Khodabandeh and Jamil Bassam, said that the organisation has reached the dead-end, and the countdown has started for its decline. Khodabandeh and Bassam, both 54, became members of the MKO in 1983 and quit the terrorist organisation four years ago. -IRNA - 7/25/07

Iran-Group 5+1 meeting to be held in near future: FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Wednesday Iranian officials would meet with representative of the Group 5+1 in the near future after fixing an exact date for the event. He also said Iran will consider the question of Iran-US talks on Iraq at the level of deputy foreign ministers, -IRNA - 7/25/07

Iranians Detained In Connection With Arrested U.S. Scholars
Iranian Intelligence Minister Gholamhussein Mohseni-Ejei says authorities in Tehran have detained several people for having ties with two Iranian-Americans arrested in May. The minister did not specify how many people have been detained. He also did not identify those detained or clarify whether they were dual nationals. - 7/25/07

Success in U.S.-Iran Security Talks Requires Balanced View
The United States and Iran met yesterday in Baghdad to discuss the security situation in Iraq, building on a groundbreaking initial meeting in May. This time, despite a more tense dialogue, a tangible gain has emerged. -NIAC - 7/25/07

Satrapi's Persepolis Soundtrack CD Released
One of the interesting aspects of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis movie is the soundtrack. What everyone noticed in the trailers has been a new take on one of motion picture's most famous music score's that of Sylvestor Stallone's third personification of Rocky Balboa. -Darius KADIVAR - 7/25/07

Russia Says Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Plant Delayed
A Russian nuclear subcontractor is quoted as saying Iran's first nuclear power plant in Bushehr will not be completed before autumn 2008, one year behind schedule. - 7/25/07

Film: "Santur Player" is victim of indecision: producer
The Santur Palyer" is a victim of Iran's cultural officials' indecision, the film's producer Faramarz Farazmand said on Monday. The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced on Sunday that the premiere of the film has been postponed for an indefinite time. However there has been no official explanation. - 7/25/07

Iran's growing presence in Iraq
At the second round of talks between Iranian and US diplomats here Tuesday, one message American Ambassador Ryan Crocker delivered was that the US wants Tehran to play a positive role in Iraq. But ask many Iraqi Shiites, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and they say their neighbors are doing just that. -CSM - 7/25/07

Candidates Hop Aboard the Iran Sanctions Bus
Obama recently introduced the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act, one of several bills making its way through Congress that calls for stiffer economic sanctions on Iran’s energy industry and countries that do business with Iran. -IPS - 7/25/07

Foreigners rush to buy Iranian companies
Talking to MNA, Esmaeil Gholami added that the foreign investors voiced their preparedness to buy the stakes of Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI), Iranian Aluminum Company (IRALCO), Mobarakeh Steel Company, Razi Petrochemical Company, and Khuzestan Steel Company. -MNA - 7/25/07

Merrill fined for firing an Iranian employee
NASD ordered Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. to pay a former Iranian employee $1.6 million, saying his boss at the firm set him up to be fired after discovering his ethnicity, published reports said. -Investment News - 7/25/07

US Imposes Financial Sanctions Against Iran's Martyrs Foundation
The U.S. Department of the Treasury today targeted Hizballah's support network by designating the Iran-based Martyrs Foundation, including its U.S. branch, and the finance firm Al-Qard al-Hassan (AQAH) under Executive Order 13224. Two individuals were also designated today for the role they play in Hizballah's support network. - 7/25/07

Turkey: After Election Euphoria, AK Party Faces Political Challenges
With the initial excitement dying down after Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) party won early parliamentary elections on July 22, the Islamic-oriented AK must now tackle a number of pressing challenges. -RFE - 7/25/07

A 'China opening' to Iran?
In July 1971, Henry Kissinger, acting as President Nixon's special representative, secretly traveled to Beijing. Kissinger's voyage provided the basis for a dramatic opening in relations between the United States and China - two nations estranged from one another for more than 20 years. -Boston Globe - 7/25/07

IRGC Commander Warns Iraq's Occupiers to Keep away from Iranian Waters
A senior IRGC commander on Tuesday warned occupiers of Iraq to stay away from Iran's territorial waters, and underlined that his troops would arrest every trespasser violating Iranian borders. -Fars - 7/25/07

How Supreme Is Iran's Supreme Leader?
Reports that Ayatollah Ali Meshkini has either died or is on the brink of death shed light on the nature of power in Iran. Meshkini is speaker of the Assembly of Experts -- a body that, despite its traditionally minor role in Iranian politics, is constitutionally empowered to not only elect a new Supreme Leader if the post becomes vacant, but also to dismiss a sitting leader. -Patrick Clawson and Mehdi Khalaji, Washington Institute - 7/25/07

US Won’t Rule Out Force in Pakistan
President Bush’s homeland security adviser said yesterday that the United States was prepared to take additional measures, including military force, to curb Al Qaeda’s operations in remote regions of Pakistan. -Boston Globe - 7/25/07

Iran's envoy: Iran-US talks aim to resolve Iraq's security problems
Iran's Ambassador to Baghdad and Head of Iranian negotiating team with the US delegation Hassan Kazemi Qomi said on Tuesday that the theme of the second round of Tehran-Washington talks is 'restoration of security to Iraq'. -IRNA - 7/24/07

Iran minister of transportation: U.S. has endangered Iran's civilian air fleet
Iran's minister of transportation stated that the U.S. trade embargo placed on aircraft parts had led to a poor safety standard in Iranian airliners. -ISNA - 7/24/07

Ahoo Hamedi - A gentle and firm young painter
The first time I came across Ahoo Hamedi’s work was when I was at a friend’s gallery and I saw some works had been wrapped up, and I was told that they were on their way to Europe. I found them interesting so when I heard that she had an exhibition at the Homa Gallery we made sure to go there. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/24/07

Iran's Forgotten Anti-Nuke Movement
Those in the Iranian socialist opposition arguing for a nuclear-free Iran have either been absent from the Western left's discourse or have been getting the short end of the stick from some in the U.S. left. This, in spite of the fact that the same left-leaning activists and writers have a strong tradition of anti-nuclear stance when it has come to the U.S. society. -Reza Fiyouzat - 7/24/07

Iran's Leaders Appear Pleased With Televised 'Confessions'
Western media or rights bodies might be disconcerted at the spectacle of three detainees purportedly "confessing" on Iranian state television to "subversive" activities against the Iranian government. But Iranian officials and government allies appear to regard the recent televised confessions of three middle-class Iranian-Americans as satisfactory evidence that the United States is using Iranians to gradually overthrow Iran's polity. -RFE - 7/24/07

Accident and Improvisation: Works on Wali Asr Street, Tehran
In 2006 I carved a collection of images on the stones pavement of Wali Asr Street, one of the longest avenues in Tehran. These works were inspired by Persian mythology and art images of Iran’s past: creation creatures, the first couple, various animals, and abstract patterns. -Ahmad Nadalian, Iran - 7/24/07

Proxy Battle To Counter Internet 'Filtering' in Iran
It is among the most familiar phrases to the roughly 8 million-11 million web surfers in Iran, the second-largest Internet user in the Middle East behind Israel. "You Are Not Authorized To View This Page!" -RFE - 7/24/07

Fountain Inn pilot enjoys lift from 'Freedom Flight'
Farhad Rostampour's flight around the world ended Wednesday when he and his co-pilot, Arshid Moti-Ghavanin of England, landed at Greenville's Donaldson Jet Center. They became the first Iranian-born pilots to fly around the world and the first to begin and end such a flight from a South Carolina airport. -Greenville News - 7/24/07

Pen International issues Iran resolution
Urges the government of Iran to: Release and drop all charges against all political prisoners targeted for the legal exercise of their right to free expression, association and assembly, including Siamak Pourzand and Ali Farahbakhsh; as well as all prisoners detained in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory;... - 7/24/07

CIVIC ACTIVISM: Exercise Your American Civil Rights!
Regardless of how one assesses our progress in Iraq, every indications point to an intensifying disaster for all sides concerned as the otherwise good intention of battling "terrorism" was misguided. -David Rahni, New York - 7/24/07

First Fabric and Costume Design Biennial to open at TMCA
The first Fabric and Costume Design Biennial is to open at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) on July 24 -MNA - 7/24/07

Iranian elites denounce Britain's fake ownership claim over Tehran's Qolhak Garden
A university professor and international laws expert, an MP, and a judiciary official here Monday denounced Britain's fake ownership claim over a vast, beautiful garden in northern Tehran, called Qolhak Garden. -IRNA - 7/24/07

Iran ranks 10th at international chemistry olympiad
Winning three gold, silver and bronze medals, Iran's chemistry team to the 39th international Chemistry Olympiad in Russia ranked 10th, it was reported Tuesday. -IRNA - 7/24/07

IAEA Expects To Visit Iran's Arak Reactor Next Week
The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said today it plans to send a team of inspectors to Iran's disputed Arak heavy-water nuclear reactor. The visit is expected to take place next week. - 7/24/07

Two Kurdish journalists sentenced to death in Iran
Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today on learning that journalists Adnan Hassanpour and Abdolvahed "Hiva" Botimar were sentenced to death by a revolutionary tribunal in Marivan, in Iran's Kurdish northwestern region, on 16 July. - 7/24/07

Iran to supply foreign tourists open market gasoline
The head of the Energy Committee of Majlis (Iran's parliament) said in Tehran on Monday that foreign tourists could use open market gasoline at 6,000 rials (64 cents) per liter with credit cards. -MNA - 7/24/07

Turkey: A Politician At The Top Of His Game
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose party swept to victory in the country's July 22 poll, is a charismatic and tenacious politician who rose from a poor Istanbul neighborhood and a jail term for Islamist sedition to lead the country. -RFE - 7/24/07

Iran, IAEA meet in Vienna, agree to continue talks in August
The Islamic Republic of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreed on Tuesday to continue the next round of talks on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities in the second half of August in Tehran, an official said in Vienna. -IRNA - 7/24/07

Iran to sell 40% of copper, aluminum, and steel companies' shares
The cabinet approved on Sunday the privatization of 40 percent of the National Iranian Copper Industries Company (NICICO), Mobarakeh Steel Company, and Iranian Aluminum Company (IRALCO). -MNA - 7/24/07

Republican Candidates Rattle Nuclear Tails Against Iran
Five of nine Republican presidential nominees - in a CNN televised debate on June 5 - underscored their readiness to authorize a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Iran if that's what it would take to prevent the Islamic Republic from having a nuclear bomb. -New America Media - 7/24/07

Quake hits Persian Gulf Island of Kish
light earthquake hit the Kish Island in Persian Gulf waters, southern Iran, on Tuesday. The tremble sent panic-stricken residents of the island to streets. - 7/24/07

Abdul-Aziz Hakim leaves Iran for Iraq
In answer to this question that whether Hakim would take part in the Tehran-Washington meeting, he said Hakim led the way to the opening of talks between Tehran-Washington, but the Iraqi government would be synchronizing the rest of the agenda from now on. -ISNA - 7/24/07

CASMII Statement on the detainment of Iranian-Americans: Threat of regime change makes everyone suspect
Detention and harassment of individuals, academics and NGO or political activists for expressing their ideas or promoting different cultural positions, are deplorable acts, regardless of the diverse contexts and vastly different dimensions in which they might take place, be it in the United States, Guantanamo Bay, Israel, the UK or any other place, including Iran. - 7/23/07

Film: Premiere of Mehrjuii's "Santur Player" postponed
While many of Tehran's billboards are displaying posters of "The Santur Player", the premiere of this controversial film has been postponed for an indefinite time, Iranian media reported on Sunday. -MNA - 7/23/07

Iraq Says U.S., Iranian Envoys To Meet Again July 24
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says Iran and the United States will hold a second round of talks on Iraq's security on July 24. Zebari said the ambassadors to Iraq from both countries will lead the talks in Baghdad. - 7/23/07

Challenge For A Peaceful Future
Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi joins other prominent historical figureheads at The CHALLENGE FUTURE CONFERENCE - Bochum June 30th, 2007 -Darius KADIVAR - 7/23/07

Tehran's cultural center honors Turan Mirhadi
Turan Mirhadi, veteran researcher and co-founder of the Children's Book Council, was honored during a ceremony at Tehran's Ibn Sina Cultural Center on July 21. -MNA - 7/23/07

Turkey: Governing Party Could Be Emboldened By New Mandate
Turkey's ruling Islamic-oriented Justice and Development party (AK) has emerged the clear winner from parliamentary elections, indicating the public is happy with the government's successful economic program and pro-European stance. -RFE - 7/23/07

Iran wins four medals at International biology olympiad
The Iranian team to the 18th International Biology Olympiad in Canada gained four silver medals. -IRNA - 7/23/07

Iranian American's chilling return to homeland
The man in the green uniform at the immigration control counter at Mehrabad airport stamped her passport. Journalist Parnaz Azima said she breathed a bottomless sigh of relief. It was here the intelligence officers often moved in, discreetly guiding visitors to the small office off to the side that every Iranian traveler knows and fears. -Borzou Daragahi, Times - 7/23/07

Oil prices expected to rise to over Dlrs 80 before end of year
Oil prices are expected to continue to set new record highs, rising to well over 80 dollars per barrel (dpb) before the end of the year, according to the latest monthly forecast by the Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES). - 7/23/07

Iran says Saudis can curb divisive religious statements
Iran announced on Sunday that the Saudi Arabian government has the ability to counter those deviant Salafi and Wahabbi clerics who have called for the demolition of Shia shrines. Some Saudi Wahabbi clerics have stated that the Shia shrines in Iraq are a manifestation of polytheism and should be destroyed. -MNA - 7/23/07

Afghanistan's Former King Mohammad Zahir Shah Dead At 92
Afghanistan has announced three days of official mourning over the death of the country's former king, 92-year-old Mohammad Zahir Shah. -Rfe - 7/23/07

Iran rejects report of arms deal with Syria as propaganda
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini made the statement while pointing to a claim made by an Israeli paper that Iran has lured Syria to sell one billion dollars worth of arsenals, if Damascus refuses to establish peace with Israel. - 7/23/07

BAR: Amnesty on Gay Iranians & My Pix from City Hall Vigil
Mirkarimi, an Iranian American, told the Bay Area Reporter that the execution of the young men was "prehistoric and unacceptable" and that they "should not go unnoticed." -Petrelis Files - 7/23/07

UK removes Iran airline's licence
The UK has suspended Iranian airline Mahan Air's operating permit on safety grounds, the Department for Transport (DfT) has said. -BBC - 7/23/07

Soccer: Iran exits Asian Cup after loss to South Korea
Keeper Lee Woon-Jae saved two penalty kicks to help South Korea beat three-time champion Iran in the shootouts 4-2 at the 14th Asian Cup quarterfinal in Bukit Jalil National Stadium in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur Sunday. -IRNA - 7/22/07

Success of Iran-U.S. dialogue depends on doves-hawks rivalry: Jim Lobe
In an interview with the Mehr News Agency on July 19, American journalist Jim Lobe said the success of talks is dependent on the competition between hardliners and moderates in the U.S. administration. - 7/22/07

Iran allots $2.2b for refining capacity expansion
The Economic Council gave the green light on Saturday to the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company's (NIORDC) investment valued at $2.2 billion for increasing the refineries' capacity. -MNA - 7/22/07

Iran takes seventh place in Physics Olympiad held in Isfahan
Iran ranked seventh in the 38th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) held this year in Isfahan and which drew to a close on July 21. -MNA - 7/22/07

MP believes Iran-U.S. talks will be more fruitful if diplomats freed
The Iranian parliament expects the United States to take practical steps for the release of the five Iranian diplomats because this can lead to more tangible results in the second round of talks between Iran and the U.S. on the security situation in Iraq, top legislator Alaeddin Borujerdi said in Tehran on Saturday. -MNA - 7/22/07

Iran seeking help to set up LNG transport company
The managing director of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) said here on Saturday that a new company in collaboration with foreign companies will be established for transporting the liquefied natural gas (LNG). -MNA - 7/22/07

Seventh "Harry Potter" book goes on sale in Tehran
The seventh and final book in the "Harry Potter" series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", went on sale in Tehran on July 21st simultaneously with the world sale. -MNA - 7/22/07

Iran, US to hold 2nd round of talks in Baghdad soon: FM Spokesman
Iran and the US have agreed to hold the second round of bilateral talks on Iraq in Baghdad but no exact date has been set yet, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Tehran Sunday. -IRNA - 7/22/07

Millions Of Turks Vote In Crucial Election
The ruling pro-reform, Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) is seen as likely to win a fresh mandate, but strong gains by nationalist and secularist opposition parties could slash its majority and result in slower reforms. -RFE - 7/22/07

Iran: Case Of Canadian Citizen's Prison Death Unlikely To Be Reopened
An Iranian judiciary official recently admitted to some procedural flaws with investigations into the 2003 death in custody of the Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi. But those comments and a recent Supreme Court hearing complaints from Kazemi family lawyers indicate that the case is unlikely to be reopened. -RFE - 7/22/07

Bush Still Doesn't Get It
Here's a bit of modern-day heresy: President Bush actually has some rather sound instincts about the Muslim world. He has visited mosques more often than any of his predecessors, and he frequently talks of winning Muslim hearts and minds. So why are those hearts and minds so estranged today? What went wrong? -Washington Post - 7/22/07

Iran Says 16 Hanged
Iran says 12 men convicted for various offences including rape and kidnapping were hanged today. - 7/22/07

Persian translation of 'Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows' due in Iran
A group of translators in Iran have been assigned with the task of translating 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' in a matter of few days as the latest and last copy of Harry Potter's series hit the UK markets early Saturday morning in Tehran time. -IRNA - 7/22/07

"Fireworks Wednesday" in Traverse film festival
)-"Chaharshanbeh Souri", better known as "Fireworks Wednesday", directed by Asqar Farhadi is to be put on the curtains of Traverse city film festival. This festival is held annually in the United States through the effort of eminent documentary director, Michael Moore. -ISNA - 7/22/07

Iran's Interior Minister asks parliament for 2-3 months to resolve petrol rationing problems
On Sunday, Interior Minister Mostafa Purmohammadi asked the parliament to give two to three months to the administration to resolve the problems arising from petrol rationing. -MNA - 7/22/07

Iran: Bill on punishment of arms holders, smugglers to be submitted to Majlis
Vice-President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Hojjatoleslam Ahmad Mousavi said on Saturday that a bill for unishment of smugglers and holders of unauthorized arms and ammunition will be submitted to Majlis. -IRNA - 7/22/07

Bush Bars CIA from Using Torture, but Details Remain Cloudy
President Bush signed an executive order Friday barring the CIA from using torture, acts of violence and degrading treatment in the interrogation and detention of terrorism suspects, but human rights experts questioned its scope. -McClatchy Newspapers - 7/22/07

Musharraf Rocked by Judge Ruling Amid Fresh Bloodshed
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, battling a wave of Islamist violence, suffered another blow Friday when the supreme court gave a victory to his political nemesis, the country’s top judge. -AFP - 7/22/07

Iran gives al-Maliki's government an aircraft as a gift
A government official said the plane, which local television reports said was an Airbus 300, would be set aside for the use of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other top officials in his government. -AP - 7/22/07

Iran: Detained Americans Shown Again On State Television
For the second night in a row, Iranian state television has shown a program featuring two detained Iranian-American scholars who authorities have accused of trying to undermine the regime. -RFE - 7/20/07

Amir Yagoub-Ali Spends 20th Birthday in Evin Prison
Amir Yaghoub-Ali was arrested on July 11 while collecting signatures in support of the One Million Signatures Campaign, and after five days in detention, he was transferred to Section 209 of Evin prison on Sunday July 15. -Change for Equality - 7/20/07

Turkey/Iran: Gas Deal Marks New Stage In Energy Cooperation
Turkey's agreement with Iran to transport some 30 billion cubic meters of Iranian and Turkmen natural gas westward to Europe has prompted criticism in the United States, where officials are seeking to isolate Iran over its disputed nuclear program. -RFE - 7/20/07

Iran's "Behind That Snow Covered Hill" wins best prize at Parnu Film Festival
The best documentary film prize in the 21st Parnu festival was granted to the Iranian film "Behind That Snow Covered Hill" by Ramtin Lavafi. This documentary is about the mysterious life of an old woman living in a deserted village. -ISNA - 7/20/07

Iran and U.S. need prolonged, quiet dialogue: strategic analyst
In an interview with the Mehr News Agency dated July 15, Ehsan Ahrari - an independent strategic analyst residing in Alexandria, U.S. - argued that Tehran and Washington need a prolonged and quiet dialogue it is possible that something "constructive will come out" if the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States continue talks. -MNA - 7/20/07

Iran: The broadcast of self-incriminating interviews made by detainees facing charges violate fair trial standards
Amnesty International condemns the broadcast by Iranian television of "interviews" with two dual, US-Iran nationals, Haleh Esfandiyari, 67 (f) and Kian Tajbakhsh, 45 (m), who have been detained in Tehran's Evin prison since 8 and 11 May, respectively. - 7/20/07

Pillar "Tense and Nervous" About Risk of US-Iran War
During a Congressional Lunch Briefing sponsored by NIAC and the Congressional Dialogue Caucus, Paul Pillar, a 28 year veteran of the United States intelligence community discussed Iran’s role in Iraq and what negotiations between the two countries can achieve. -NIAC - 7/20/07

Iran to unveil its first fighter jet
Brigadier General Mustafa Mohammad Najar while stating that the Islamic Republic of Iran was reaching self sufficiency in its military and defense industry noted that "Azarakhsh" would soon join Iran's air force. -ISNA - 7/20/07

Ahmadinejad, Assad Call for Unity Among Lebanese, Palestinians
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are calling for unity in both Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. -VOA - 7/20/07

Kurdish Journalist, Activist Sentenced To Death In Iran
Authorities in Iran's northwestern Kurdistan Province have condemned two ethnic Kurds to death for acting against the country's national security. Their lawyers told Radio Farda that they will appeal their death sentences. -RFE - 7/20/07

Perspective of negotiations with Solana very positive - Iranian FM
According to IRNA's dispatched reporter to Yerevan, Mottaki in his Friday talks with Armenian Republic Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, also referred to recent rounds of talks between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog, IAEA, evaluating them, too, as "Very constructive" in line with Iran's trust building efforts regarding its nuclear program. -IRNA - 7/20/07

Committee Hearing Underscores Differences on Iranian Role in Iraq
“There is considerable concern about the prospect that Iraq will fall fully under the sway of Iran once the United States withdraws,” stated Representative Tom Lantos (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. -NIAC - 7/20/07

Tonkin Gulf II and the Guns of August?
Is the United States provoking war with Iran, to begin while the Congress is conveniently on its August recess? One recalls that it was in August 1964, after the Republicans nominated Barry Goldwater, that the Tonkin Gulf incident occurred. -Patrick J. Buchanan, Antiwar - 7/20/07

European Parliament seeks support for terrorist MKO
The European Parliament passed a resolution on July 12 regarding the anti-Iranian organization known as Mujahedin Khalq and called on the Iraqi government to respect the rights of MKO members who have been residing in the Iraqi town of Ashraf as political refugees for the last 20 years. -Press TV - 7/20/07

Iran's Petropars eyes foreign oilfields
The managing director of the Petropars Company said here on Friday that the company is seeking a long-term concession or possession of the foreign countries' oilfields. -MNA - 7/20/07

Iran, Armenia sign MoU of 7th Joint Economic Commission
Iran and Armenia signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of their Seventh Joint Economic Commission in Yerevan on Friday. The MoU was signed by the two countries' heads of Commission, the Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and the Armenian Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan. -IRNA - 7/20/07

Iran: State Television Shows Detained Americans 'Confessing'
Against objections from human rights groups and the U.S. government, Iranian state television has broadcast a program featuring two Iranian-American scholars who have been detained and charged with crimes against Iran’s national security. -RFE - 7/19/07

A Meeting for a Dream House: The Iranian-American Cultural Society Center of Maryland
On Sunday July 1, 2007, the Iranian-American Cultural Society of Maryland (IACS) had its first public meeting for the Little Persia Project. "Little Persia" is a nickname selected by the IACS for the future IACS Center. The site of the meeting was the Louisiana Restaurant in Fell's Point, Baltimore. - 7/19/07

Iran self-sufficient in manufacturing drones - Defense Minister
IRNA Political Desk reporter quoted Brigadier General Mostafa Najjar as saying at a ceremony marking the final stage of a contest for designers and manufacturers of drones at Sharif Technical University, "Iran's advancement in the field of the new generation of intelligent digital equipment has been eye catching." - 7/19/07

CASMII calls on journalists and the public to challenge dangerous distortion of news on Iran
The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran has strongly criticised the Financial Times and launched a complaint with the Press Complaint Commission over the publication by the FT of a story [1] making incriminating and unfounded allegations about Iranian government's complicity with Al-Qaeda launching terrorist operations in Iraq, using Iranian territory. - 7/19/07

Iran and U.S. Governments Ready For New Direct Talks
Iran and the United States say they're hoping to hold a second round of direct talks on ways to stabilize Iraq. If a meeting can be arranged, it would be the first since the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad met with Iranian diplomats in the Iraqi capital nearly two months ago. -RFE - 7/19/07

Iran to start wheat exports
Deputy Roads & Transportation Minister and Managing Director of IRI Ports & Shipping Organization said in Ahvaz Wednesday Iran's wheat exports would begin in near future through Imam Khomeini Port, for the fist time in history. -IRNA - 7/19/07

PRESS TV launched in Tehran
Recently I was invited to attend the launch of PRESS-TV, the new English language TV channel in at the NIRT main ceremony hall in Tehran. PRESS TV is a TV channel that reaches its targeted audience inside and outside Iran through satellite. I learned that it is now accessible through all the main satellite channels. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/19/07

No Evidence of Iran's role in violence and instability in Iraq – confirms British Foreign Minister
David Milliband, British foreign secretary, confirmed in an interview (1) with the Financial times, 8th July, that there is no evidence of Iranian complicity in instability in Iraq or attacks on British troops -Mehrnaz Shahabi - 7/19/07

Freedom Rider: Nazis Attack Iran
The Americans think it is ridiculous and libelous to accuse them of acting like Nazis - and then they do. The planned attack on Iran, a people we know no better than we knew the Iraqis, will be a slaughter for which the world will hold the American people accountable. -Scoop - 7/19/07

Iranian President arrives in Damascus
The visit coincides with inauguration of the Syrian president's second term in office. Al-Assad took oath for the second term in office after his re-election to the post. -IRNA - 7/19/07

NIAC Welcomes Second Round of US-Iran Talks
NIAC welcomes the second round of US-Iran talks on the security situation in Iraq and calls for an expansion of the discussions to include issues of contention between the two countries. The talks should take place sooner rather than later in order to prevent the security situation in Iraq from deteriorating further. - 7/19/07

Women's Rights Activists Under Pressure In Iran
Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on UN rights chief Louise Arbour to investigate pressure against women's rights activists in Iran. - 7/19/07

Iran: The geo-strategy of oil
Even with its strength as one of the world's largest oil producers, Iran is dependent on foreign energy and is taking stiff measures to rectify the situation. -ISN - 7/19/07

Iran Delays Execution Of Child Offender
Authorities in Iran have delayed at the last minute the execution of a child offender, Sina Paymard, to allow his family to try and raise the compensation money demanded by the relatives of the man he stabbed to death. -RFE - 7/19/07

Widening Fissures: How the US Could "Lose" Saudi Arabia
"There are people out there calling for democracy. Now isn't that the silliest thing you ever heard." Saudi Arabia's King Faisal, 1922 -Counterpunch - 7/19/07

Iran's new UN envoy arrives in New York
Iran's new Ambassador to the United Nation Mohammad Khazaei arrived in New York Wednesday. Khazaei is succeeding Mohammad-Javad Zarif who served as Iran's permanent representative to the UN since 2002. -IRNA - 7/19/07

Iran's Claim on Bahrain Aimed at US
While an editorial in Iran's influential ‘Kayhan’ daily laying territorial claims on Bahrain has sparked considerable tension in the region, the real target may lie in competition with the United States for influence in the Persian Gulf. -IPS - 7/19/07

This flurry of Middle East activity is the product of a very real threat: Iran
The rise of Tehran has petrified Arab capitals - and intensified debate in the US and Israel about the use of force -Guardian - 7/19/07

Former Iranian prisoner warns against activism
While an editorial in Iran's influential ‘Kayhan’ daily laying territorial claims on Bahrain has sparked considerable tension in the region, the real target may lie in competition with the United States for influence in the Persian Gulf. -ABC - 7/19/07

Mine explosion kills 2, injures 4 in Dehloran, Iran
Mine explosion in provincial border city of Dehloran killed two and injured four others on Wednesday, said governor of the provincial city of Dehloran Nematollah Safari on Wednesday. -IRNA - 7/19/07

Profile: Sara Rahbar, Iranian-American human rights artist
Sara Rahbar addresses the personal, cultural, and political in her flags, paintings, journals and photographs - 7/18/07

Human Rights Watch: US Should End Indefinite Detention of Five Iranians in Iraq
The United States should transfer five Iranians held since January to the Iraqi justice system for prosecution or release them, Human Rights Watch said in a letter today to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates - 7/18/07

Iran: Cancel Televised 'Confessions'
The Iranian government should cancel the scheduled July 18 broadcast of the "confessions" of two detained Iranian-Americans, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed concern that Iranian authorities have used coercive means to compel Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh to make statements that may be later used to incriminate them in court. - 7/18/07

Asian Cup: Iran 2 Malaysia 0
Iran edged past Malaysia 2-0 in the 14th Asian Cup Group C match in Bukit Jalil National stadium in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday. - 7/18/07

To Iran and Back Again
Cryogenically frozen in Western culture, a nineteen year old college sophomore sets out to bask in the culture of Iran with the natural curiosity and inquiry, doubt and appreciation of a new-born. -Naveed Mansoori - 7/18/07

US Ready For Another Meeting With Iran
The State Department said Tuesday U.S. diplomats are ready for another meeting with Iranian officials to discuss the security situation in Iraq. A May 28 meeting between the two countries' ambassadors in Baghdad was the most high-profile contact between the two countries in nearly 30 years. -VOA - 7/18/07

Rights Expert Condemns Broadcast Of American-Iranians
Amnesty International's Drewery Dyke, the human-rights organization's international researcher on Iran, spoke with RFE/RL's Radio Farda correspondent Farin Assemi about the Iranian government's scheduled broadcast of a program on July 18 that includes alleged confessions by detained Iranian-Americans. - 7/18/07

The Devil's Genius
With censorship abound, we must dodge the bullet of stupor and learn to recognize that Dick Cheney, this Yale drop-out who wore the color of cowardice during the Vietnam War, was chosen to be the devil’s instrument in order to influence George Bush on his destructive path. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 7/18/07

Iran's Defence ministry to hold joint maneuvers with military
Defence minister said that Iranian-made Azarakhsh (thunder) fighter planes will be introduced in the exercise. -IRNA - 7/18/07

Amir Sharlogh Iron Age People Lie under Cross Layers
Archeological excavations behind Kalpush Dam in Semnan province led into discovery of a unique cemetery dating back to Iron Age (1350 to 550 BC) with earthen graves. -CHN - 7/18/07

Cheney Pushes Bush to Act on Iran
The balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military action before President George Bush leaves office in 18 months, the Guardian has learned. -Guardian - 7/18/07

Iran, US to hold talks at ambassadorial level: FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Tehran Wednesday Iran and the US would hold the second round of talks at an ambassadorial level in the near future. -IRNA - 7/18/07

Iran's symphonic orchestra leader takes part in Austria Festival
Nader Mashaiekhi will participate in the Austria Modern Music Festival, held at the Vienna's Concert House, through performing an installation. Nader Mashayekhi born 1958 in Tehran is a notable Iranian musician, composer and a conductor of Tehran Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. -ISNA - 7/18/07

Bush’s Big Iran Problem
The White House is foolish not to recognize that the only way out of the Iraq mess now includes serious negotiations with Iran. -Hooman Majd, Salon - 7/18/07

Iran, France sign MoU on blood transfusion medicine
The MoU was inked by Managing-Director of Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization Hassan Abolqassemi and his French counterpart Jacques Hardy in cooperation with universities of Tehran and Paris 12. -IRNA - 7/18/07

Persian Gulf, Oman Sea named "special marine areas"
Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), and International Maritime Organization (IMO) held their last assembly and named the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman as the "special marine areas". -MNA - 7/18/07

Iran-Afghan defense cooperation inevitable, Afghan minister
Iran's new military attache to Kabul, Asghar Belokian, on Tuesday submitted a message from Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar to Afghan minister of defense Abdulrahim Wardak. -IRNA - 7/18/07

Khoshbin: The Shomali (Northern) Restaurant in Tehran
Once in a while one comes across an experience that although not great certainly is interesting. I have been trying to find out regional restaurants in Tehran which is not an easy task. Recently I struck lucky and one of our taxi drivers knew of an authentic Rashti restaurant (Rasht is the capital city of Gilan province in northern Iran by the Caspian Sea) and kindly found their phone number for me. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/17/07

Iran: Over 1,000 Equal Rights Defenders Protest the Recent Arrest of Student Activists
A statement of protest which was issued by women involved in the women’s movement and supported by men who identify themselves as equal rights defenders, strongly objected to the arrest and violent crackdowns against student leaders. This statement which was signed by over 1,000 persons, recounted the most recent wave of arrests which began with the arrest of 6 members of the Central Council of the Office to Foster Unity, the most active student group. -Change for Equality - 7/17/07

AN INDEPENDENT EYE: French Based Film Producer/Distributor Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams
Hengameh Panahi has built a reputation as one of the shrewdest women in independent international film sales with her company, Celluloid Dreams. The Paris-based company has enjoyed a great success over the years, selling major festival hits to U.S. distributors -Darius KADIVAR - 7/17/07

Iranian TV Shows Two Detained Iranian-Americans
Iranian state television aired footage today of two Iranian-American scholars detained in Tehran on charges of acting against national security. They are the first public images of Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh to have appeared since their detentions in May. -RFE - 7/17/07

As Cheney Pushes Bush to Attack Iran, U.S. and Iranian Activists Call for Peace
CodePink member Leslie Angeline recently staged a 24-day hunger strike to protest a possible U.S. attack on Iran. We speak to her and Ali Nasri, a representative of "Miles for Peace," a group of Iranian peace activists who are cycling around Europe and the United States to oppose a war on Iran. They both met Senator Lieberman last week to discuss his stance on Iran. -Democracy Now - 7/17/07

Woodrow Wilson Center Responds to Iran's Announcement That it Will Broadcast Apparent Confessions by Haleh Esfandiari
The Woodrow Wilson Center announced today that any “confessions” by Haleh Esfandiari which Iranian state-run television says it will air on Wednesday and Thursday have no legitimacy. Esfandiari, director of the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, has been held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison since May 8th on charges of acting against Iran’s national security. - 7/17/07

FM: Iran, US may hold 2nd round of talks in near future
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that the second round of talks between Iran and the US on Iraq's security might be held in the near future. -IRNA - 7/17/07

Iran: Government Steps Up Crackdown On Opposition
Iran has recently intensified its harassment of critics and people it deems threatening to the government. The current crackdown in Iran is harsher than it has been for many years. -RFE - 7/17/07

First Israel, Now Bahrain: Irrational provocations in Iran's Foreign Policy
In light of the mounting U.S. hostilities and the ongoing danger of a U.S. military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, one would expect Iran to avoid any unnecessary provocation in its relations with the international community. Yet, on several occasions in recent years, Iranian officials and state-controlled media have made highly provocative statements, which cannot be justified as being beneficial to Iran's foreign policy objectives. -Nader Habibi - 7/17/07

Iraq - One-Sided Focus on Iran’s Role Counterproductive
Too often overlooked in the U.S.-Iran policy debate is the reality that for either the U.S. or Iran to achieve their objectives in Iraq, the other must be relatively successful as well. It is this complexity and interdependence that underscores the danger of painting U.S.-Iran relations in Iraq as a zero-sum game. -Bahram Rajaee, NIAC - 7/17/07

Joe Lieberman and an Acquiescent Congress
There has been several reports in the past few days by multiple media sources quoting official U.S. military figures that ൵% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia; 15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% from North Africa" and that "nearly half of all foreigners in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are Saudis". -Daniel M Pourkesali - 7/17/07

Statement on the arrest of Dr Kian Tajbakhsh: Imperial alumnus held without charge in Iran
Respected academic Dr Kian Tajbakhsh, an Imperial College alumnus, was arrested in Iran in May 2007 and has been held without charge ever since. Imperial joins the international community in calling on the Iranian government to allow Dr Tajbakhsh legal representation and to provide evidence of the accusations against him. - 7/17/07

Congressman Lantos Tells VOA He Hopes U.S. and Iran Will Have 'Positive and Normal Relations'
In an exclusive interview with the Voice of America's Persian News Network, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos (D-CA) said that he wished for better relations with Iran, a dialogue between the American government and Iranian government and Iran's right to peaceful, civilian nuclear power. He also expressed his readiness to travel to Iran. - 7/17/07

Rafsanjani says Iran's Outlook Plan Falling Behind Schedule
"In the past two years, we not only made no progress but we lagged behind in implementing the (outlook) plan," Rafsanjani told a national digital job creation congress. -MNA - 7/17/07

Iran oil industry faces no money shortage: Oil Minister
Asked about talks with Turkey on transfer of Iran's gas to Europe, he added, "In a recent meeting with the Turkish energy minister, the sides reached agreements on a permission to transit Iran's gas to Europe and another one on transit of Turkmenistan's gas to Turkey." -IRNA - 7/17/07

A voyage to find my father in Iran
Given up for adoption at birth, Katharine Rayner spent two decades tracing her Persian roots before travelling to Teheran on an emotional journey -Telegraph, UK - 7/17/07

Iraq's Sadr Bloc Ends Boycott of Parliament
The Iraqi bloc loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr says it has ended a boycott of parliament. The group Tuesday said its 30 lawmakers are returning because parliament has accepted demands to better protect Muslim shrines. Bloc members began a boycott last month to protest a second bombing of a revered Shi'ite mosque in Samarra. -VOA - 7/17/07

Iran needs at least $75b of investment annually: official
The director of the Privatization Organization of Iran (POI) said here on Monday that the country is in need of 75 to 80 billion dollars of investment per year. -MNA - 7/17/07

Iranian designers seek Islamic chic
WHILE not exactly trying to put the chic into chador, Iranian fashion designer Haniyeh Abedi believes the strict Islamic dress code requiring women to be covered from head to toe does not mean they cannot look good. -Reuters - 7/17/07

Lebanon's 14 feuding factions 'break the ice' in talks outside Paris
The informal talks Saturday and Sunday at a chateau in La Celle Saint Cloud west of Paris, organized by France with U.S. and Iranian approval, had not been expected to bring any breakthrough in the deadlock between the Western-backed prime minister and the Hezbollah-led opposition. -AP - 7/17/07

Iran's New Game: `Rescue Nuke Scientist'
The "Rescue the Nuke Scientist" video game, designed by the Union of Students Islamic Association, was described by its creators as a response to a U.S.-based company's "Assault on Iran" game, which depicts an American attack on an Iranian nuclear facility. -AP - 7/17/07

Apply for a PARSA Community Foundation Grant!
PARSA Community Foundation is inviting nonprofits and student organizations to submit grant proposals to its site by August 15. PARSA CF is keen on identifying and supporting innovative change makers with effective business plans in the following areas - 7/16/07

The March to War: Détente in the Middle East or "Calm before the Storm?"
Despite the discussions of détente in the Middle East, the peril of war is still a real menace that threatens to proliferate globally. The dialogue taking place between the U.S., the E.U., Russia, Syria, and Iran seems to be merely a transient point in the timeline of the Middle East and Central Asia. -Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya - 7/16/07

Iran's valleyball team takes third place in Junior World tournament
Iranian young volleyball players stood at third place after winning over the powerful Italian team in the 2007 Men's Junior World Championship in Morocco on Sunday. -IRNA - 7/16/07

OUT OF IRAN
Five extraordinary Iranian Americans love both countries but loathe their leaders' war talk -San Francisco Chronicle - 7/16/07

Iran: Amir Yaghoub-Ali Transfered to Section 209 of Evin Prison
After 5 days in detention, reports indicate that Amir Yaghoub-Ali has been transferred to the 209th Section of Evin Prison, which is administered by agents of the Ministry of Information and Security. Amir Yaghoub-Ali was arrested on July 11, 2007, while collecting signatures in support of the One Million Signatures Campaign, in Andisheh Park in Tehran. - 7/16/07

Iran's South Pars phase 9 to become operational by winter: Official
Phases 9 and 10 of South Pars gas field are to produce 25 million cu.m. per day gas, 1,500 tons per day butane and propane (LPG 40), 1,000 barrels per day gas condensate, 1,350 tons per day ethane and 200 tons per day sulfur. - 7/16/07

Two Days in Tehran in 1979
As I recall in mid morning on January 16th, 1979, my new driver Hossein, who the company had hired for me, with his orange taxi with a fringe of dingo balls around the tops of the windows and a clear blue acrylic sun visor on top of the windshield, and I were trying to get across town. -Brian H. Appleton - 7/16/07

More NeoCrazy Media Sycophancy
According to Washington Post Staff Writer Joby Warrick, "intelligence agencies" and "nuclear experts" are "all asking the same question: Is Iran attempting to thwart future military strikes against its nuclear facility by placing key parts of it in underground bunkers? -Antiwar.com - 7/16/07

Iran, Winner of 16th World Grass-Skiing Championships
With gaining three silver and four bronze medals and achieving 520 scores, Iran ranked first in 16th grass- skiing world champions which was held with participation of Iran and four foreign teams in Dizin international ski resort championships. -CHN - 7/16/07

Iraq: Kurdish Region Feels Threat Of Turkish Invasion
In recent weeks, Turkey has massed tens of thousands of soldiers on its border with Iraq and repeatedly threatened to launch a cross-border operation to pursue Kurdish militants. -RFE - 7/16/07

Saudis' role in Iraq insurgency outlined
Sunni extremists from Saudi Arabia make up half the foreign fighters in Iraq, many suicide bombers, a U.S. official says. -Times - 7/16/07

Inside Track: Rudy’s New Foreign Policy Posse
The naming of leading neoconservative Norman Podhoretz as one of Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani’s senior foreign policy advisers is disconcerting to those Americans who have hoped that the current disagreements with Iran might be resolved short of war. -National Interest - 7/16/07

Iran President to to visit Syria Thursday
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to pay a day-long visit to Syria on Thursday to congratulate President Bashar al-Assad on the beginning of his second seven-year term in office as Syria's president. -IRNA - 7/16/07

Asian Cup: Iran, China draw 2-2 in Group C qualifying matches
Javad Nekounam headed home in the 73rd minute as Iran recovered from a two-goal deficit to hold China to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining AFC Asian Cup Group C encounter at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Sunday evening, the Asian Federation Confederation (AFC) said a commentary report on Sunday. - 7/15/07

Winners of National Women's Theater Festival announced
The 6th National Women's Theater Festival announced its winners on July 14 during the closing ceremony held at the main hall of the City Theater in Tehran. - 7/15/07

Volleyball: Iran to play for Bronze in FIVB Men's World Championship
Iran, defeated by Russia 3-1 in Morocco Saturday, failed to book itself a spot in Sunday's final of the FIVB junior Men's World Championship. -IRNA - 7/15/07

ElBaradei offer on Iran-US direct talks can be considered: FM spokesman
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini here Sunday said a suggestion by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei on direct talks between Iran and the US on nuclear issues can be considered. -IRNA - 7/15/07

International Physics Olympiads president dies in Isfahan
President of the International Physics Olympiads, Waldemar Gorzkowski died of heart attack in Isfahan, Iran. -ISNA - 7/15/07

Iran enjoys wonderful tourist attractions
Foreign ambassadors and staff of 33 embassies in Tehran described Iranian tourist attractions as very 'wonderful and interesting'. -IRNA - 7/15/07

Iran-Bahrain emphasize on mutual sovereignty
Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki met and discussed mutual interests with his Bahraini foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa. In this meeting Mottaki emphasized on Iran's will to expand ties with regional and especially Persian Gulf countries. -ISNA - 7/15/07

Iran ranks third in Asia-Pacific women's sitting volleyball meet
Iran finished third at the first Asia-Pacific women's sitting volleyball competitions in Shanghai, a seaport in eastern China, Saturday. -MNA - 7/15/07

Taleban attack on Iran's consulate invalidates UK, U.S. claims: official
An Iranian Foreign Ministry official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, condemned bomb attack on Iranian consulate in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and blamed the Taleban for the terrorist act. -MNA - 7/15/07

Bombing victims of Kirkuk transferred to Tehran
Some of last week's Kirkuk, Iraq bombing victims have been transferred to Tehran's hospitals. These victims are the second group who has been transferred to Tehran. -ISNA - 7/15/07

38th International Physics Olympiad kicks off in Isfahan
The 38th round of the International Physics Olympiad officially started its work in this ancient city, central Iran, on Saturday. - 7/14/07

14-year-old German-Iranian wonderkid to study medicine
A 14 year-old German-Iranian wonderkid made press headlines on Thursday after scoring the perfect grade on her high school diploma. Minu Dietlinde Tizabi managed to earn the magic grade 1 on her German 'Abitur' (diploma) in her high school in the southern city of Pforzheim, making her the youngest high school graduate in the history of Germany. - 7/14/07

Campaign for Jailed Iranian Labor Leader Continues
Since our July 11 press release, the global labor movement has learned that Iranian union leader Mansour Osanloo, who was beaten and abducted on July 10, is being secretly detained in Evin prison. His family, friends, and attorneys believe authorities are holding him without charges. He has not been allowed visits or telephone calls. -Solidarity Center - 7/14/07

Iran, Turkey take "great step" in energy cooperation: Oil Minister
Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh on Saturday referred to talks with his Turkish counterpart, Hilmi Guler, as a "great step" towards expansion of bilateral cooperation in the field of oil and gas. -IRNA - 7/14/07

Amnesty International: Violations of human rights continue unabated in Iran
Amnesty International is greatly concerned by continuing human rights violations in Iran, including new arrests of human rights defenders and the high rate of executions, including the first execution by stoning confirmed by the authorities since a moratorium on stonings was announced in 2002 - 7/14/07

Iranian Economists Criticize Ahmadinejad Policies
More than 50 Iranian economists have met with President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to personally express their criticism of his government's economic policies. -RFE - 7/14/07

Iran: Stoning Of Convicted Man Draws Strong Reactions
Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who is a prominent Iranian source of emulation, said in a written statement faxed in response to an inquiry by Radio Farda that adultery is very difficult to prove under Islamic laws. He says adultery can be proven only if it is witnessed by four people who had seen the act with their own eyes, adding that such a thing is almost impossible. -RFE - 7/14/07

Tehran Symphony Orchestra to hire new conductor
The music and poetry office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance plans to employ a new conductor for the Tehran Symphony Orchestra within the next two weeks, director general of the office Mohammad-Hossein Ahmadi said on Friday. -MNA - 7/14/07

Russia Suspends Participation In Key Arms Treaty
President Vladimir Putin has suspended Russian participation in the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, a Cold War-era pact that is considered to be a vital pillar of European security and stability. -RFE - 7/14/07

UN hails Iran nuclear agreement
The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency says it has reached a deal with Iran to allow new inspections and safeguards at key nuclear facilities. -BBC - 7/14/07

Sheehan: Distinct Chance Of Staged Attack, Martial Law
Sheehan slammed Pelosi as a warmongering elitist who lives in a mansion on a hill and is completely out of touch with her electorate, as well as a major supporter of AIPAC, a group which has expressed its explicit support for an attack on Iran. "You can't have allegiance to two countries when you're a lawmaker in one of those countries," said Sheehan, adding that many politicians put America's best interests second behind Israel. -Infowars.com - 7/14/07

Foreign bodies to buy Iranian bank shares
The Organization for Investment, Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran (OIETAI) Saturday issued the permit for the selling of a bank's stocks to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and three other financial institutes of Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. -MNA - 7/14/07

Iran: Economy Ministry to give written reply to dissenting economists
President Mahmud Ahmadinejad directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance to prepare a written reply to the recent letter of 57 dissenting economists on Thursday. -MNA - 7/14/07

Politics aside, a warm welcome for Americans in Iran
I recently returned from an extraordinary visit to Iran coordinated through the US-Iran Working Group on Health Science Cooperation, which I co-chair. This network was founded to exchange information, promote collaborative research and build trust and understanding among health scientists in the United States and Iran. -Paula Gutlove, Cambridge, Massachusetts - 7/13/07

Bastani: Web holds some promise for Iranian journalism
Rooz is a daily news site first published in May 2005 by Iranian journalists working in France. The online portal provides news, analysis, and firsthand reports on Iran, in Persian and English. IJNet recently spoke with Hossein Bastani, a member of the site's editorial board, about issues facing Iranian journalists and the future of the press in Iran. Translated from Persian. - 7/13/07

Is War With Iran Inevitable? Yes.
We didn’t just invade Iraq – when we launched "Operation Iraqi Freedom" the American people not only signed on to an occupation that resembles, in many respects, Israel’s occupation of Palestine, we also bought into a serial war strategy, the first of which was Gulf War I. Gulf War II landed us in our present predicament. Gulf War III – involving, at a minimum, Iran, Syria, and Lebanon – is about to break out, and no one seems willing to stand against it. -Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com - 7/13/07

IAEA Says Iran Lifts Ban On Nuclear-Site Visits
The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says Iran has lifted its ban on visits to a nuclear facility by UN experts. - 7/13/07

Iran: Vexed Government Lashes Out At Media 'Poison'
The government of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is increasingly impatient with what it sees as a front of unjustified criticism in the media. It has impugned critics as motivated by either domestic political grudges or the discreet machinations of foreign powers. -RFE - 7/13/07

Czeck, Italian skiers win gold medals in grasski tournament in Tehran
In the women's group Iranian grass skier Mitra Kalhor bagged silver medal and Fatemeh Mahdavian stood in the third place with a bronze medal in Super G contests. -IRNA - 7/13/07

A Talk in Berkeley by Fariba Davoodi Mohajer - Journalist, Women's Rights Activist, Visiting from Iran
Topic: “The Iranian Women’s Movement Challenges and Prospects” - Sunday, July 15 at 4pm - 7/13/07

Iran, IAEA make breakthrough on drawing up benchmark: Official
Iranian and the IAEA officials made a breakthrough on drawing up a benchmark to settle the technical dispute, Under-Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Javad Vaeedi said on Thursday. -IRNA - 7/13/07

EVENT: Conference on Human Rights in Iran and Us Foreign Policy Options
Thursday, 26 July 2007, 12:00noon - 2:30pm - B369 Rayburn House Office Building, US House of Representatives - 7/13/07

US Officials say Chinese Supplies to Iran Challenge UN Sanctions
A U.S. official says China is failing to do all it should to stop militarily significant supplies from reaching Iran, even though it voted for U.N. sanctions aimed at preventing Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. -VOA - 7/13/07

Iran: Radio Farda Journalist Covers Economic Stories That Tehran Tries To Suppress
An Iranian journalist who joined Radio Farda in Prague 18 months ago says he has more freedom to cover stories about Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's economic policies than journalists who remain in Iran. -RFE - 7/13/07

Under fire from US, Iran reacts by cracking down at home
The government has put restrictions on the media, targeted academics, and detained 150,000 – including four Iranian-Americans. -CSM - 7/13/07

Iranian Military, Kurdish Rebels Clash Along Iran-Iraq Border
Iraqi Kurdish officials say the Iranian military has shelled an area inside northern Iraq during fighting between Iranian forces and Kurdish rebels. -VOA - 7/13/07

Iran's Energy Riches Lure European Firms
When Austria-based energy company OMV AG saw a chance to develop a lucrative Iranian gas field in April, it jumped at the $18 billion deal despite strong opposition from the U.S. -WSJ - 7/13/07

No Second Marriages in Iran
In politics as with love, second marriages show the triumph of hope over experience. The Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an Iranian terrorist organization that has murdered Americans, is once again trying to launder its past ... -Kenneth R. Timmerman, FP - 7/13/07

Iran bans political campaigning
Candidates in next year's Iranian parliamentary elections will be banned from displaying posters and banners, raising concerns over whether the poll will be free and fair. -Guardian - 7/13/07

Role of a Lifetime
From growing up in a household that valued health advocacy to committing his energies to ending the global aids pandemic, commander in chief’s Anthony Azizi brings a wealth of compassion and substance to television’s latest hiv-positive character -A&U - 7/13/07

PERSIAN BELLA RAGAZZA: Italian Rising Star Maya Sansa Set to Conquer European Cinema
Maya Sansa was born in 1975 in Rome, to an Iranian and an Italian. She studied dramatic Arts in school and later English Literature and Art at Cambridge and for three years she attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. -Darius KADIVAR - 7/12/07

"Targeting Iran" -- Iraq Redux?
The editor of Editor & Publisher, Greg Mitchell, is charging that Michael R. Gordon -- "the same [New York] Times reporter who, on his own, or with [Judith] Miller, wrote some of the key yet badly misleading or downright inaccurate articles about Iraqi WMDs in the run-up to the 2003 invasion" -- is "now writing scare stories that offer ammunition for the growing chorus of neo-cons calling for a U.S. strike against Iran." - 7/12/07

Iran: Regime accused of staging "creeping coup" against the press
Reporters Without Borders today deplored the arbitrary and repressive methods of a regime whose culture minister recently accused the media of promoting a “creeping coup” against the government. Judicial officials have in the past 10 days ordered the suspension of the daily Ham Mihan and the permanent closure of the daily Moshareket, while the new agency ILNA’s future seems uncertain after government pressure forced its director, Masoud Heydari, to resign. - 7/12/07

US Says 'No Basis' for Iranian Charges Against Detained Americans
The United States Wednesday dismissed Iranian claims that it has uncovered new evidence against two jailed U.S. citizens accused of anti-state activity. The State Department says charges against the two Iranian-Americans have no basis in fact. -VOA - 7/12/07

Interview: Waiting for an Iranian Chernobyl
Earlier this year an Iranian nuclear scientist at the uranium conversion facility at Isfahan died from poisoning with uranium hexafluoride gas. Accidents like this keep Najmedin Meshkati awake at night. A leading expert in nuclear safety at the University of Southern California, the Iranian-born engineer worries that the Russian technology and human error that led to the Chernobyl disaster may cause a similar tragedy at Iran's nuclear facilities in Bushehr and elsewhere. -New Scientist - 7/12/07

Iranian Artists Bridge Cultures
Diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran have remained frozen for nearly 30 years, but the ice is thawing a bit this summer in Arlington and Tehran with two exhibits of work by Iranian artists -- from inside and outside Iran -- seeking to bridge the divide. -Washington Post - 7/12/07

Union Leader's Abduction Highlights Iran's Crackdown On Labor Protests
There is growing concern about the fate of Mansur Osanlu, a prominent Iranian union leader who was recently abducted in Tehran. Mansur Osanlu was pulled from a bus in Tehran two days ago by unidentified men who yelled at the passengers to stay away and called him a "thug." They then forced him into a car and drove away. -RFE - 7/12/07

NIAC Makes Progress in Defamation Case with VOA Persian
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has taken legal action against proponents of US-Iran war who have waged a defamation campaign against NIAC. As a first sign of success, Voice of America’s Persian Service agreed to halt providing these activists a platform to spread false rumors about NIAC. - 7/12/07

Iran: Prevent Stoning of Condemned Mother
Iran's top Judiciary official must act immediately to prevent the execution by stoning of Mokarrameh Ebrahimi, a 43-year-old mother of three, Human Rights Watch said today. -Human Rights Watch - 7/12/07

Iran's Oil Minister: Open market gasoline supply to raise inflation, consumption
Inflation and gasoline consumption would rise if the energy carrier were offered in free market, said minister of petroleum here Tuesday. Seyyed Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh added, "The rationed quota for personal cars is not to change." -MNA - 7/12/07

US City Expected to Block Money to Firms Linked to Iran, Sudan
The U.S. city of Miami Beach is to vote on whether to block public pension funds from investing in firms linked to the governments of Iran and Sudan. -VOA - 7/12/07

Iran, IAEA conclude second round of talks in Tehran
A five-member delegation of technical, legal and political experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), led by its Safeguard chief Olli Heinonen, arrived in Tehran Wednesday on a three-day visit to hold talks with senior Iranian nuclear officials. -IRNA - 7/12/07

Iran to privatize 5 banks
Iran is tipped to private 5 state-run banks by ceding 100 percent of stakes, Managing Director of the Iranian Privatization Organization (IPO) Gholamreza Heidari Kord-Zanganeh announced here Wednesday. -MNA - 7/12/07

On Cue, "al-Qaeda" Threatens Iran
For the neocons, “al-Qaeda” is a dream come true. For instance, the current arch nemesis of the clash of civilizations gang, Iran—or rather, the latest target, as the previous target, Iraq, is mired in engineered “sectarian violence,” and other targets, such as Syria, await their turn -kurt nimmo - 7/12/07

Iranian Automaker Pushes Duel-Fuel Cars
Fuel rationing has forced Iran's largest car maker to scale down the manufacture of gasoline powered engines and increase production of dual-fuel cars that can also run on natural gas, the company's manager said Tuesday. -AP - 7/12/07

Soccer: Iran fights back to beat Uzbekistan 2-1 in Asian Cup
Iran came from one goal down to edge past Uzbekistan 2-1 in their 14th Asian Cup opener in Bukit Jalil National Stadium in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur Wednesday. - 7/11/07

Iranian cyclists for peace make final U.S. stop at the National Cathedral
Fourteen bicyclists from Iran who are criss-crossing the United States with a message of peace will make their final U.S. stop at the Cathedral on Wednesday, July 11th. - 7/11/07

Iran: Official Word Of Stoning Heightens Concern Over Condemned Mother
Iran's judiciary today confirmed that a man convicted of adultery has been stoned to death in a northern province west of the capital, Tehran. -RFE - 7/11/07

Iran edges past Japan in world volleyball meet
Iran disposed of Japan with a 3-1 victory at the FIVB Men's Junior Championship in Casablanca, a seaport in northwestern Morocco, Tuesday. -MNA - 7/11/07

Lessons From the U.S. Stance Towards Iran
Prior to the military invasion of Iraq in 2003, the government and media, for whatever various motives, had engaged in a propaganda campaign that effectively deceived the American people on a massive scale. The propaganda continues to this day, such as the implausible denial that there ever was such a campaign and the fabricated myth that there was an “intelligence failure” leading up to the war. -Dissident Voice - 7/11/07

The first round of talks between IAEA and Iran starts in Tehran
The first round of talks between the International Atomic Energy Agency deputy director, Olli Heinonen and Iranian officials started. -ISNA - 7/11/07

Young Iranian Peace Activists Bike to DC for Peace
Bikers Will Meet With Members of Congress & Attend Event at Iraqi/Iranian Owned Venue In DC - 7/11/07

The Power of a Cliche: Representing Iranian Women
Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) and ArteEast are proud to present an afternoon of spoken word performance with Haleh Anvari, photographer/writer from Iran. Haleh's performance will look at the ways in which Iranian women are represented both in the West and in Iran, focusing on the icon of the chador. -July 21 at Bowery Poetry Club in New York. - 7/11/07

The Observer under investigation for breach of accurate reporting on Iran
The Press Complaint Commission in the UK have launched an investigation into the complaint brought against the Observer newspaper by Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII), for the Observer's breach of the journalistic codes of Accuracy and Opportunity to Reply in its reporting on Iran. - 7/11/07

Iran ambassador: US and Iraq welcome second round of talks
Iran's ambassador to Iraq, Kazemi Ghomi, stated that U.S. and Iraqi officials welcomed the second round of talks between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the U.S. on Iraq. -ISNA - 7/11/07

Strong quake hits province of Ardebil in northwestern Iran
relatively strong earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted vast parts of the northwestern province of Ardebil Wednesday morning. -IRNA - 7/11/07

Four years after Zahra Kazemi's death in custody, her lawyers try to get a new probe
Reporters Without Borders today said it hoped Iran’s supreme court will rule in favour of a new investigation into the death of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi from a beating while in custody four years ago. - 7/11/07

World's first tracheal stenosis operation performed in Iran
The first surgical operation of its kind in the world to save the life of a patient with tracheal stenosis was performed in Iran. The patient -- a 27-year-old female -- was the only survivor of a car accident in northern Iran near the Caspian Sea. -MNA - 7/11/07

Iranian Jews will not trade their identity for money
The Society of Iranian Jews issued a statement on Tuesday dismissing reports that Iranian Jews have been offered money to immigrate to Israel. The statement said Iranian Jews would not "exchange their Iranian identity for any sum of money." -MNA - 7/11/07

Representative of ICOMOS to Visit Qara Kelisa
Representative of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) will come to Iran this September to make a visit to Qara Kelisa. Qara Kelisa otherwise known as St. Thaddeus Church, has been nominated for being inscribed as Iran's 9th world heritage site in list of UNESCO's World Heritage sites in by the World Heritage Committee during their 32nd session which will be held in 2008. -CHN - 7/11/07

Iran ready for sports cooperation with US, if athletes not fingerprinted
Vice-President and Head of the Physical Education Organization Mohammad Aliabadi said here Wednesday Iran is ready to have sports cooperation with the US, if its athletes are not fingerprinted upon arrival in the US. -IRNA - 7/11/07

New Iranian computer game to hit the market: Conflict with U.S. goes to cyberspace
A new Iranian computer game produced by the Education Ministry will be unveiled on July 16. In the game, two nuclear physicists, Saeid Kusha and his wife Maryam, are detained by U.S. troops during their journey to Karbala, Iraq. -MNA - 7/11/07

U.S. Support for the Iranian Opposition
Directly reaching the Iranian people can be achieved in two ways: (1) supporting political opposition groups that explicitly advocate regime change, and (2) empowering human rights and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that do not directly engage in political action but support issues such as women and children's rights, labor rights, and religious freedom. -Mehdi Khalaji, Washington Institute - 7/11/07

Iran Claims Spy Networks Disrupted
Iran Claims Spy Networks Disrupted - 7/11/07

20 criminals sentenced to death: Iran's Judiciary spokesman
Judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi announced here on Tuesday that 20 individuals convicted of rape and other serious crimes have been sentenced to death and will be executed soon. -MNA - 7/11/07

Iran: Student Activists Detained On Anniversary Of Unrest
A number of students from Iran's main reformist student group have been detained in Iran, including six young Iranians from the Office to Foster Unity (Daftare Tahkim Vahdat) who were staging a picket today to protest the imprisonment of fellow students. -RFE - 7/10/07

Course of Love Runs Smooth in Film about Muslim-Jewish Relations
Jay Jonroy is the writer, director, and producer of a new film, David & Layla, which draws upon the theme of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet in which young people defy the opposition of their families and marry. - 7/10/07

Iranian-Canadian boy wins gold medal in Tae Kwon Do Championships
Erwin Paydar is a12-year-old Iranian-Canadian boy, who won the Canadian Championships in Tae Kwon Do (Feather: 48 to 52kg). The competitions took place in St-John, New Brunswick, on June 29th and 30th. - 7/10/07

Iran's Shensa wins World Cup-style futsal title
Iran's Shensa beat the Portuguese side Sporting 10-7 in the final of a World Cup-style tournament in Portugal Sunday. -MNA - 7/10/07

EXHIBITION: "Abbas Kiarostami: Image Maker" in Berkeley
Abbas Kiarostami (b. 1940) is world renowned for his award-winning films, but he is also a poet, photographer, painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. To complement the film series being screened at PFA this summer, BAM is hosting an exhibition of Kiarostami's photographs. - 7/10/07

US sabotaging Iranian purchase of passenger planes
The US is sabotaging the process of purchasing 22 Boeing passenger airplanes for Iranian airlines, Director General of public relations department of Iran Air Tour airlines company said. -IRNA - 7/10/07

Iraq FM invites Iran, US for talks on Iraq security
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Monday invited Iranian and the US officials to resume second round of talks on Iraq security. He extended the invitation in a press conference in the aftermath of consular meeting with five Iranian diplomats being kept in Baghdad. - 7/10/07

Between Two Rivers: Shohreh Aghdashloo cast as Saddam's wife in HBO-BBC mini tv series
According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO Films and the BBC are co-producing a four-hour miniseries that recounts the 24-year reign of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. -Darius KADIVAR - 7/10/07

Iran's gasoline consumption down 20 million liters per day with rationing: Oil Minister
Iran's Oil Minister said on Monday average decrease in gasoline consumption has been 20 million liters per day since rationing took effect. -IRNA - 7/10/07

Volleyball: Iran defeats Italy in World Championship
Iran came from two-set down to beat heavyweight Italy 3-2 at the FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Morocco Sunday. -MNA - 7/10/07

Iranian reformist women seek 30% of Parliament seats: former MP
Now, almost 30 years after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, women's current social condition does not suite them, stated Rakeii. Rakeii is currently the secretary general of the Neo-Thinking Muslim Women Party. -MNA - 7/10/07

42mn land and mobile phone line subscribers in Iran - TCI
Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) announced on Monday number of subscribers of land and wireless phone lines in Iran has now reached 42 million. -IRNA - 7/10/07

Journalists Face Increasing Government Pressure in Afghanistan
An Afghan reporter who was critical of the government has been released after four days of detention on undisclosed charges. But a second journalist -- who reportedly reprinted extracts of an essay critical of President Hamid Karzai -- remains in custody. -RFE - 7/10/07

Dutch university students to embark on Iran tour
A group of architecture students from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands plans to tour Iran's cities from July 8 to 29. They hope to familiarize themselves with Iran's deep culture, ancient civilization, Islamic art, architecture, tourist centers, and natural attractions. -MNA - 7/10/07

Israeli hasbara to say it in Persian
While American and Israeli leaders vow that all options remain on the table in dealing with Iran's race to acquire nuclear weapons, it seems that all options are being kept open on the desktop as well. -Jerusalem Post - 7/10/07

Iran confirms man stoned to death for adultery
In a rare confirmation, Iran on Tuesday said a man convicted of adultery was stoned to death last week in a village in the northern part of the country, Iran's judiciary spokesman said. -AP - 7/10/07

Parasitic Imperialism
How recent U.S. wars of choice, driven largely by war profiteering, are plundering not only defenseless peoples and their resources abroad, but also the overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens and their resources at home. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 7/9/07

Iran: Reformists Sound Alarm About Forthcoming Elections
Tehran-based journalist Mohammad Sadeq Javadihesar told Radio Farda recently that Iranian reformist and centrist political forces are concerned about the country's upcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for March 2008. -RFE - 7/9/07

Iran needs nuclear energy for its economic survival
Professor Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh (CASMII UK) delivered this speech in the meeting of the European Parliament in Brussels on 4th July entitled, "IRAN: Alternative to Escalation". The conference was convened by “The Greens/European Free Alliance”. - 7/9/07

Two countries, close and far away: Interview with two Israeli-Iranians
While visiting the beautiful city of Istanbul a few weeks ago, I had the fascinating experience of encountering two young Israeli men of Iranian descent. I met Daniel and Yaron at a workshop on minorities in the early modern Middle East held at the German Oriental Institute -Fariba Amini - 7/9/07

Iranian Ambassador: Kidnapped diplomats to meet their families
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini on Saturday confirmed the first consular meeting with kidnapped Iranian diplomats in Iraq. Hosseini said the five diplomats detained by the US forces have complained about their kidnapping, the US attitude and non-observance of international regulations. -IRNA - 7/9/07

Asian Crown for Iranian Wrestlers
Iran stood top at the Asian Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Manila, the Philippines, Sunday. -IRNA - 7/9/07

Immigration Consequences of Sideline Observers
The recent increase in raids by immigration officers and other law enforcement agents have augmented the urgency for comprehensive immigration reform. The almost daily occurrence of "sweeps" and "roundups" has made clear the underlying problem that America's current immigration system is severely broken. -Jamshid S. Irani - 7/9/07

Largest Anti-War Coalition Welcomes CASMII
CASMII was the principal Iran-oriented organization participating in the recent Third National Assembly of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ). Convening in Chicago from June 22 to 24, UFPJ delegates represented over 1300 national and local groups working on peace, anti-imperialism, and racial, economic and gender equity. - 7/9/07

Ghobadi's Niwemang to be shown all around the globe
Iranian director, Bahman Ghobadi's "Niwemang" will be publicly shown all around the glob. Germany and France are among the first countries which requested to show this film publicly. -ISNA - 7/9/07

Courtesy Around the Campfire
Iranian American Youths Gather for Fellowship, Sharing -- and Politeness. The campers had played dodge ball, sung along with the guitar, horsed around. Now it was time for a hot-blooded battle of ta'arof, the Persian art of hyper politeness. -Washington Post - 7/9/07

A Great Man Passed Away: General Fatollah Minbashian (1915-2007)
I received a phone call on the eve of the 4th of July while we had gathered with family to barbeque, as most in the US do, on Independence day. The call was from my cousin in Paris, giving me the news that my uncle, Fatollah Minbashian had passed away half an hour before his call. -Sepehr Haddad - 7/9/07

Iranian TV series "Under the Balde" wins Rome festival's top awards
Iranian TV series "Under the Balde" has won two prizes in the RomaFictionFest, which was held from July 2 to 7. The organizers gave the Maximo Award for best director to Mohammadreza Honarmand for his IRIB production. -MNA - 7/9/07

Tunneling Near Iranian Nuclear Site Stirs Worry
The sudden flurry of digging seen in recent satellite photos of a mountainside in central Iran might have passed for ordinary road tunneling. -Washington Post - 7/9/07

Amnesty International is concerned about trade union activist imprisoned in Iran
Trade union activist Mahmoud Salehi, who has been imprisoned since 9 April, is seriously ill and is allegedly not receiving the specialist medical treatment that he requires. - 7/9/07

Interview with Hamid Dabashi
To understand a bit more of the place of Iran in the world, Ramona Koval is joined from New York by Professor Hamid Dabashi, the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. -ABC - 7/9/07

Iran, Iraq to establish first joint power plant
Iran and Iraq officially signed an agreement on Sunday to set up the first joint power plant in Baghdad, Iraq. -IRNA - 7/9/07

Al-Qaeda In Iraq Threatens 'War' With Iran
The leader of an umbrella group of Iraqi insurgents linked to Al-Qaeda has threatened to wage war against Iran unless it stops supporting Shi'a in Iraq. - 7/9/07

Iran and Venezuela to jointly build 11 industrial townships
Tehran and Caracas will cooperate on designing 11 industrial townships as per an agreement signed beforehand, deputy Minister of Industries and Mines said on Sunday. -IRNA - 7/9/07

Iranians make debut in Asian Women's Championship Kuala
After a long period of 30 years, the Iranian women's volleyball team are going to participate in the Nakhon Ratchasima-hosted Asian Championship, their debut international tournament, a Thai daily wrote on Saturday. - 7/7/07

Documentary produced on Persian traditional puppet show "Kheimeh Shab-Bazi"
Kheimeh Shab-Bazi is a Persian traditional puppet show which is performed in a small chamber by a musical performer and a person called a morshed. The dialogue takes place between the morshed and the puppets. The methods used in staging the performance distinguish it from other types of puppetry. -MNA - 7/7/07

IRNA expresses outrage at keeping Iranian reporter, three diplomats in Israeli jails
IRNA news agency on Saturday expressed outrage at detention of reporter and three Iranian diplomats, accompanying him, for 25 years in Israeli jails and called for the international organizations to help secure their freedom. - 7/7/07

Iran bags silver medal in Sabre fencing competition
Iran took the silver medal in Sabre fencing competition at the Asian Youth Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday night. -IRNA - 7/7/07

Planned Iran-IAEA talks a proof of Tehran's goodwill: Official
A delegation from the IAEA, led by its deputy director Olli Heinonen, will arrive in Tehran next week to resolve the remaining issues between Iran and the agency. The talks will start on Wednesday, July 11. -MNA - 7/7/07

4th session of Iran-Japan Human Rights Committee held
During the session, the two sides discussed avenues for bolstering bilateral and international cooperation on human rights. -IRNA - 7/7/07

Much of US Favors Bush/Cheney Impeachment: Poll
Nearly half of the US public wants President George W. Bush to face impeachment, and even more favor that fate for Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a poll out Friday. -AFP - 7/7/07

Errant Afghan Civilian Deaths Surge
U.S. and NATO troops killed more noncombatants in the last six months than did Taliban insurgents, several tallies indicate. -Los Angeles Times - 7/7/07

Farewell to a changed, subtle Iran
Frances Harrison is moving on after three years as the BBC correspondent in Tehran. It has been a period of change, she writes, but generally not for the better, particularly for women. - 7/7/07

Iranian women musicians honored
The winners of the two-day women's music festival "The Sound of Kindness" were honored during a ceremony on July 5 at the Vahdat Hall in Tehran. - 7/6/07

Iran's fastest animation hopes to break world record
The Animation "Installing Hajar-ul-Aswad at the House of God" has been produced in Iran in an attempt to break the world fastest animation record. Hajar-ul-Aswad is the black stone on the wall of Kaaba which pilgrims kiss at Mecca. - 7/6/07

Iran: Third 3500-Years-Old Site Discovered Behind Galabar Dam
With discovery of the third 3500-year-old historic site belonging to Iron Age, behind Galabar Dam in Iranian western province of Zanjan, archeological excavations in this area has entered a new stage. Nine graves, all dating back to the Iron Age have been discovered so far in this historic site. -CHN - 7/6/07

Moin changed old teaching method of Persian texts: littérateur
A ceremony commemorating the death anniversary of Professor Mohammad Moin was held at the Iranian Artists Forum on Thursday night. Moin was one of the most prominent scholars of Persian literature and Iranology. -MNA - 7/6/07

US Calls Russian Missile Threat 'Unfortunate'
The United States Thursday termed "unfortunate" a threat by a senior Russian official to counter a U.S. missile defense system in Europe with new offensive deployments. But the State Department says the Bush administration is otherwise having a constructive dialogue with Moscow on the issue. -VOA - 7/6/07

Iran Leader Signals Flexibility on Women
Iran's supreme leader has signaled a willingness to reinterpret Islamic law more favorably to women's rights - but not by following Western conventions, state media and his official Web site reported Thursday. -AP - 7/6/07

IUCN regional director: Iran can exert positive ecosystem initiatives
Regional director of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) stated that many countries following the U.S. were inattentive to the Kyoto protocol. -ISNA - 7/6/07

If Iran Were America (And We Were Iran): A Timeline
This is for anyone interested in understanding what American foreign policy has done to people in Iran. (For simplicity's sake, I have combined the roles of the USA and the UK, as the USA was assuming control of the former British Empire at this time.) -LewRockwell.com - 7/6/07

Iranian banks feel the heat
It has been a long time coming, but unmistakable cracks are beginning to appear in the edifice of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's autocratic regime. -Telegraph, UK - 7/6/07

Iran's Oil Industry: A House of Cards?
At first glance, Iran looks like an energy superpower. It is the second largest oil producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). It owns 11 percent of the world's conventional oil reserves, second only to Saudi Arabia. It also sits on 16 percent of the world's gas reserves, the largest reserve after Russia. -Energy Security - 7/6/07

Iran-Saudi Arabia discuss Lebanon and Palestine
Iran's foreign minister in a phone conversation with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Saud al Faisal discussed and talked about conditions in Lebanon, Palestine and bilateral ties. -ISNA - 7/6/07

Iraq: Turkey Ratchets Up Pressure For Action Against PKK
Recent figures by Turkish military sources indicate that attacks by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels have surged this year. Turkish officials charge that many of the weapons and much of the training and logistical support for the rebels originates from PKK-run bases in northern Iraq, at which up to 3,800 rebels are thought to operate. -RFE - 7/6/07

Mullahs Gone Wild
I want to briefly look at a development in the oil markets, which I find intriguing. Dr. Woody Brock, in a recent paper on oil prices, wrote a rather interesting sentence, to wit, that Iran would not have net oil to export in 2014. -Forbes - 7/6/07

Michael Moore skips Iranian trip
Michael Moore may have few qualms about visiting Cuba, but Iran has proved a step too far. Helmer has turned down an invitation to visit the Iran Intl. Documentary Festival, which unspools Oct. 15-19 in Tehran. -Variety - 7/6/07

The path to war with Iran is paved by the hands of our enemies within
Should we not wake up to the realities behind the scene, we are doomed to repeat and expand our mistake in invading Iraq by attacking Iran. No doubt Iran will be the big loser by sinking into total economic collapse after its vital infrastructure is devastated. Just as in Iraq, the United States will also be a loser in the eyes of the world. The war America is fighting against terror will also be lost, while terrorism will gain an even stronger position to expand and proliferate with greater zeal. -Kam Zarrabi - 7/5/07

Six Expert Groups to Protect Persepolis agaisnt Poisonous Smokes
The Governorship of Marvdasht is determined to prohibit farmers from setting fire to wastages in agricultural lands in vicinity of Persepolis World Heritage site, located in Iranian Fars province, through organizing an expert group consisted of experts of Iran's Agriculture-Jihad Ministry, Iran's Environment Organization, Forest and Pasture Organization, Municipality, and Governor Office. -CHN - 7/5/07

Iran says US call to use terrorist MKO "giant leap in wrong direction"
Iran's mission to the UN on Wednesday said a call made by two US representatives to take more political advantage of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization against Iran was a "giant leap in wrong direction". -IRNA - 7/5/07

Iran: Moderating Discourse In Tehran Complements Nuclear Talks
Iranian officials maintain that Iran has a right pursuant to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) to enrich uranium and make nuclear fuel for what it describes as a wholly peaceful energy program. Iran's response to international fears about potential military applications -- and the ensuing UN sanctions to discourage enrichment -- has been to tout enrichment work as its right and a "red line." -RFE - 7/5/07

Iran: First Trial for Sivand Dam's Inundation Held
For the first time a session was held in number ninth branch of Tehran’s public court to study the file of Sivand Dam’s complainants. -CHN - 7/5/07

Gaz de France buys Iranian hydrocarbon blocks tender documents
Gaz de France purchased the documents of four hydrocarbon blocks offered to tender for exploration and development, announced the representative of Tehran-based office of the French company on Wednesday. -IRNA - 7/5/07

Iran can get concessions from West through "time-out" plan: expert
Political expert Sadeq Ziba-Kalam says the "time-out" proposal seems to be a good solution to Iran's nuclear issue and Iran can get concession from the West and by accepting it. -MNA - 7/5/07

Consider the Source: ‘NYT’ Reporter Targets Iran
As if he hadn’t done enough damage already, helping to promote the American invasion of Iraq with deeply flawed articles in The New York Times, Michael R. Gordon is now writing scare stories that offer ammunition for the growing chorus of neo-cons calling for a U.S. strike against Iran - his most recent effort appearing just this morning. -Editor & Publisher - 7/5/07

Iran and America’s Tug of War
As the Bush administration boosts its military presence in the Middle East and issues frequent, pointed barbs at Tehran, which in turn quickens the pace of its nuclear enrichment program, two new books examine the object of the administration’s hostility. -In These Times - 7/5/07

How the Pentagon Papers Came to be Published by the Beacon Press
So my message, Amy, over the last two years has been to officials in that position, of whom there are hundreds, not only in 2001 and 2002, hundreds right now who could prevent a war with Iran that is on the tracks right now, that they know, and that they know would be disastrous. -Democracy Now - 7/5/07

EEOC: Merrill Lynch Hired Iranian for His Brains, Fired Him for His Nationality
Merrill Lynch & Co., the world's third-largest securities firm by market value, was sued by the U.S. government on accusations of discrimination against an Iranian employee. -NIAC - 7/5/07

A gauge of Iran's hand in Iraq
Iran on Wednesday denounced as "false and ridiculous claims" new US accusations that a Lebanese Hizbullah special operations chief arrested in Iraq was working against US troops on behalf of Iran's elite Qods Force. -CSM - 7/5/07

Iraq's PM Maliki to visit Iran
Iraq's prime minister at the head of a high delegation will visit Iran. Nori Maliki at the head of a high ranking delegation consisting of ministers related to joint venture projects with Iran is to visit Tehran soon. -ISNA - 7/5/07

Belarusian President Meets Iranian Defense Minister In Minsk
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says cooperation with Iran has been developing effectively in all sectors, and in accordance with international law. - 7/5/07

Cartoon villains
Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels are practically a love song to Iran. Why then, has the Iranian government attempted to stifle the film version? -Guardian - 7/5/07

Indian Protests, Hypocrisy at US Nuclear Carrier’s Port Call
The carrier arrived in India’s territorial waters from the Persian Gulf region, where it had been despatched two months ago as part of a 50-ship armada: “The function of that mobilisation was to threaten and intimidate Iran over its nuclear programme,” says N.D. Jayaprakash, a CNDP activist and National Coordination Committee member. -IPS - 7/5/07

On tour with Chavez and Ahmadinejad
these two are not ordinary presidents. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez are self-declared "revolutionaries", united both by their contempt for the United States and by their concern, they insist, for the ordinary people of their own countries. -BBC - 7/5/07

Iran: Unexpected Sentence for Delaram Ali, Women's Rights Defender
Delaram Ali, woman’s rights defender, appeared in the 15th District of the Revolutionary Courts, in Tehran on Monday July 2, 2007, following a summons to court. In court, Delaram was handed a sentence for her participation in the peaceful gathering of women’s rights defenders in June 2006, in Hafte Tir Square, which ended with police violence and brutality and the arrest of 70 protesters. -Change For Equality - 7/4/07

U.S. Sues Merrill Lynch Over Treatment of Iranian
On June 26, 2007, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Merrill Lynch & Co. over its treatment of an Iranian employee. -IAPAC - 7/4/07

Nader Mashayekhi: I am still conductor of Tehran Symphony Orchestra
Nader Mashayekhi still deems himself conductor of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra despite the recent decision of the music and poetry office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. -MNA - 7/4/07

CASMII Statement on the Latest Allegations by the US Against Iran
On Monday, July 2nd, a US military briefing in Iraq alleged serious Iranian complicity in anti-US insurgency in Iraq. Brigadier General, Kevin Bergner, an army spokesman, made specific allegations that the Iranian Quds Force had colluded in an assault on American servicemen in Karbala in January during which 5 Americans were killed. - 7/4/07

The Iranian Impasse
During a visit to Tehran in the spring of 2005, we were impressed by the degree of intellectual freedom Iranians had carved out within the Islamic Republic. The numerous bookstores on Enqelab Avenue across from Tehran University carried an array of newly translated books by Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault, among others. -Janet Afary & Kevin B. Anderson, Nation - 7/4/07

Red Cross to visit detained Iranian diplomats in Iraq
Representatives from the International Committee of Red Cross will soon meet Iranian diplomats detained in Iraq, said Katayun Hosseinnejad, the ICRC public relations officer in Tehran on Wednesday. However she declined to say when the visit will actually take place. -MNA - 7/4/07

Iraq: Latest U.S. Charges On Iran Raise Tensions
The U.S. military announced on July 2 that it had arrested a senior Hizbollah operative in the southern city of Al-Basrah on March 20 and that he had admitted to working with the Quds Force, a secret military wing linked to Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC). -RFE - 7/4/07

Iran to export 2m tons of wheat in 2007
Iran will become one of the world's wheat exporting countries by exporting two million tons of the product in the current Iranian year (started March 21), predicted the deputy commerce minister here on Wednesday. - 7/4/07

EU against escalation of sanctions on Iran
A top European Union diplomat said Wednesday that the 27-member European bloc wants a political solution to Iran's nuclear issue and that the EU wants to prevent escalation of sanctions on Tehran. -IRNA - 7/4/07

Iran: Behind Closed Doors
Seema insists she isn't an activist, but I think she's engaged in a quiet battle for the soul of her nation. She'd like to see a secular government in power here, and she knows she has a long struggle ahead of her. She doesn't think change can come quickly. "What we need is time," she said. "Step by step is much better than an overnight change. It can't happen overnight." -PBS Frontline - 7/4/07

Iran, IAEA to draw up a Modality Plan to put an end to nuclear stalemate: Vaeedi
Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) for International Affairs Javad Vaeedi said on Wednesday that Tehran and IAEA are to draw up a Modality Plan to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff within 60 days. -IRNA - 7/4/07

Sinister Time for the Press
On Monday 2nd July 2007 reports from Britain say at least one doctor is among five people who have been arrested, as police hunt for accomplices of suspected militants who rammed a burning Jeep into a Scottish airport and tried to detonate two car bombs in central London. -Jubin Motamed, CASMII - 7/4/07

Iran: Reports Of Death Sentence Spark Concern Over Ayatollah's Fate
Iranian and international rights groups have expressed concern over reports suggesting that a possible death sentence was handed down against a controversial Iranian cleric and some of his followers despite subsequent denials among semiofficial media. -RFE - 7/4/07

Russia to Respond if US Rejects Kremlin's Missile-Defense Plan
Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov says the term "Cold War" will be forgotten if the United States accepts his country's missile-defense plan for Europe. But Ivanov is also threatening to deploy Russian missiles near Poland if Washington rejects the Kremlin offer. -VOA - 7/4/07

Quake hits Iran's central province of Yazd
Another earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale jolted the city of Behabad in the central province of Yazd on Wednesday. -IRNA - 7/4/07

Russia: Summit Deemed Sunny, But Low On Substance
One news item dominated the front pages of Russia's newspapers today -- the camaraderie between George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin at their meeting at the Bush family home in Kennebunkport, Maine, on the Atlantic coast. -RFE - 7/4/07

Rostam Strikes Back!
Firmly re-introduced as a Comic Book Hero, Rostam makes a spectacular comeback in a second adventure. -Darius KADIVAR - 7/3/07

Arman Yaghoubpour: A promising painter
Arman Yaghoubpour is a young artist who is heading towards the path of becoming quite a minimalist artist. Recently he had an exhibition at the Banafshe gallery which is managed by Mrs Elahe Raeesdana, herself a very good painter. This gallery has always supported many known and unknown artists to stage their work. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/3/07

An Interview with Behnaz Sarafpour
Flick through any glossy fashion magazine and you are bound to see a starlet or a model wearing a Behnaz Sarafpour dress. Claire Danes and Cate Blanchet are among those who love Sarafpour's designs known for their simple, lean and elegant look. The young Iranian-born American designer who has been running her own business for five years is considered among New York's new guard and a name to watch over the next decade. -Taghi Amirani - 7/3/07

Iran to test Bushehr nuclear power plant within 2 months
Iran's atomic energy organization safety chief announced that the Bushehr nuclear plant would be ready for initial tests within two months. -ISNA - 7/3/07

Iran hammers underdog Jamaica in warm-up
The Asian powerhouse Iran thrashed Jamaica 8-1 in a football friendly in Tehran on Monday. The goal spree started 40 seconds after the kickoff and ended seconds from the stoppage time. -MNA - 7/3/07

Three more Iranian journalists imprisoned
Reporters Without Borders has learned of the arrests of three more Iranian journalists, one of them two days ago. They bring the number of journalists detained in Iran to six. - 7/3/07

US Official: Government Mismanagement Responsible for Iranian Fuel Rationing
The Iranian government’s decision to ration fuel for private vehicles is a result of its mismanagement of Iran’s economy, a senior State Department official said July 2. Spokesman Sean McCormack said the Iranian government “doesn't really have the expertise to properly manage the Iranian economy.” -USINFO - 7/3/07

Iran, Venezuela to establish joint oil company
Visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Monday that Iran and Venezuela have agreed to establish a joint oil company. - 7/3/07

Iran says EU move against MKO terrorist group a "right but insufficient" decision
Retention of Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) in the list of terrorist organizations by the European Union was a "right but insufficient" action, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in Tehran on Monday. -MNA - 7/3/07

Long Talks, But No Agreements, At Bush-Putin Meeting
The chilly relations between Moscow and Washington seemed to have thawed somewhat in the July sunshine during U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin's two-day "lobster summit" at Bush's family home in Kennebunkport, Maine. -RFE - 7/3/07

Iranian FM urges regional states to provide Persian Gulf with security
Speaking to reporters and asked about relations between Iran and the littoral states of the Persian Gulf region, Mottaki said the ties have always been friendly and in the current situation they enjoy progressive and suitable cooperation. -IRNA - 7/3/07

Caught Red-Handed: Media Backtracks on Iran's 'Threat'
For close to two years, the media has stubbornly clung to a long discredited story about the Iranian president's alleged threat to "destroy Israel" with nuclear weapons Iran doesn't have and denies any intent to acquire. "Wiped off the map, wiped off the map," they bleat incessantly... -Arash Norouzi, Antiwar - 7/3/07

Britain, U.S. support Jondollah terrorist group: Iranian police chief
British and U.S. spy networks support Jondollah terrorist group to do sabotage acts in Iran from its bases in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Police Chief Esmaeil Ahmadi-Moqaddam said in Tehran on Monday -MNA - 7/3/07

Freedom Flight: Iranians on high flying mission to break the world record
This June, Farhad Rostampour, a US based pilot and his UK based co-pilot, Arshid Moti-Ghavanin, went on a record-breaking around the world flight with a single engine F33TC Bonanza. They will be the first Iranians to ever attempt to circle the globe with their aircraft. - 7/2/07

Persian Visions at Pacific Asia Museum: Contemporary Photography from Iran
On Friday, June 22, 2007, Pacific Asia Museum will open Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran, an exhibition that provides a rare, revealing view of Iranian life with more than 60 photographs by renowned Iranian photographers. Subjects include public life as well as the intimate – such as family life and celebrations. This will be the only West Coast venue for this exhibition. - 7/2/07

Iran to start hybrid cars production late July
Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) is to start making hybrid cars from late July aimed at fuel consumption optimization, said the managing director in Tehran Sunday. -MNA - 7/2/07

Iran: Supreme Leader recieves Venezuelan president
Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday evening met and conferred with the visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. -IRNA - 7/2/07

Iranian film gala may host Michael Moore
The Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) plans to invite enfant terrible of the U.S. cinema, Michael Moore, to Iran to take part in the Reality Cinema, an Iranian festival for documentary films. -MNA - 7/2/07

Iran ready to continue nuclear talks within 3 weeks: FM
Speaking in a televised interview with the Arab-language news channel Al-Jazeera broadcast Sunday evening, the minister said the best way out of the nuclear standoff was to "return Iran nuclear case from the United Nations Security Council to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)." -IRNA - 7/2/07

Iran Probes Photojournalist's Death
Iran's Supreme Court is reviewing for a second day the case of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, who died while in Iranian custody in 2003, Radio Farda reported. - 7/2/07

Iran's first English TV channel goes on air
With the slogan of "News from another view", Iran will launch a new satellite English television channel "PRESS TV" on July 2nd. -ISNA - 7/2/07

One Laptop per Child: A Grand Vision
The One Laptop Per Child initiative, announced by Nicholas Negroponte of the MIT Media Lab at the World Economic Forum in January 2005, aims to one day deliver inexpensive laptop computers to the world's children. -Medhi Gazor, Forsat - 7/2/07

US Says Iran Using Hezbollah as Proxy in Iraq
The American military says it has evidence Iran is using the Lebanese Shiite militia group Hezbollah as a proxy to arm Shiite militants in Iraq. Officials also say Iran's elite Quds Force was aware of and helped plan a militant attack on U.S. forces in Iraq that killed five American soldiers. -VOA - 7/2/07

Indian rail link from Southeast Asia to Europe via Iran soon
Within the next few years, travelers from India will have the option of going to places like Singapore, Bangkok, Yangon, Tehran and even cities in Turkey by train, giving airlines a run for their money. -IRNA - 7/2/07

Cheney, Master of Stealth, Readies Himself For The Final Act of ‘Imperial’ Vice-Presidency
Operating in the shadows, where he can best achieve his deeply conservative aims, Dick Cheney enjoys the total confidence of President George Bush and is sometimes described as the “Imperial” Vice-President. -Independent - 7/2/07

Tehran Symphony Orchestra no longer has permanent conductor
It has been decided that from now on the Tehran Symphony Orchestra is to be led by guest conductors, Mohammad-Hossein Ahmadi, director general of the music and poetry office at Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, said on Sunday. -MNA - 7/2/07

Ahmadinejad's advisor rebuffs Stone's request calling him "part of the Great Satan"
President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's media advisor has rejected Oliver Stone's request for making a biopic on the president at the same time calling him a part of the Great Satan. -MNA - 7/2/07

Iranian cargo ship sinks in Bay of Bengal
An Iranian cargo ship sank in the Bay of Bengal after its engine broke down in the deep sea, 60 nautical miles from Bangladesh's southwestern sea port Mongla. -IRNA - 7/2/07

Pakistan approves Iran power import plan
Pakistan has formally approved a plan to import electricity from Iran for areas in southwestern Baluchistan province, officials have said. -IRNA - 7/2/07

Big Powers Skirt Anti-Nuke Terrorism Treaty
A long-awaited international convention against nuclear terrorism will come into force next week, nine years after it was originally proposed by Russia and 10 months after it was adopted by the 192-member General Assembly. -IPS - 7/2/07

TMCA to host Iran's first costume design biennial
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) is to host the first biennial exhibition of Iran's costume design in late July. The exhibit will showcase designs based on Iranian traditional costumes and national cultural concepts. -MNA - 7/1/07

Iran's Ahmadinejad officially welcomes Venezuela's Chavez
Chavez, who arrived in Tehran late Saturday at the head of a high-ranking politico-economic delegation on an official three-day visit, is to meet with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and Ahmadinejad. -IRNA - 7/1/07

Iran stands second at South Korea judo tourney
Iran snatched two gold and three bronze medals while South Korea stole the show with three golds and the third title went to Mongolia with one gold medal. -MNA - 7/1/07

Iranian Defence Minister denies military intervention in Iraq
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohamad-Najjar on Sunday dismissed as "sheer lie" recent US' allegations that Iran has military intervention in Iraq and supports terrorist groups in the country and said such charges are aimed at fomenting the US-led psychological war. -IRNA - 7/1/07

Artists from Germany make Iranian installations
The painter and photographer, Leila Pazuki invited 17 German-based artists to Iran to create installation artworks inspired by the atmosphere and environment of the country for the completion of her MA thesis. -MNA - 7/1/07

Iranian President says fuel consumption reduction important for economic reforms
The president said, "By executing fuel rationing, the daily consumption has decreased from 80 million liters to 70 million liters, and we plan to reduce the figure to less than 60 million liters. -IRNA - 7/1/07

No green light yet for Stone's Ahmadinejad biopic
A positive response from President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's office for Oliver Stone to make a documentary about him depends on a positive response on the part of President George Bush's office allowing an Iranian director to make a documentary about President Bush, Javad Shamaqdari, Ahmadinejad's art advisor, said on Saturday. -MNA - 7/1/07

Bush, Putin To Meet Today To Try Ease Tensions
U.S. President George W. Bush and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, are due to gather today for a two-day summit at the Bush family compound in the northeastern state of Maine. -RFE - 7/1/07

'Islamic bicycle' can't slow Iranian women
The Islamic Republic of Iran has devised an "Islamic bicycle." This new vehicle comes fully equipped with a cabin to conceal parts of a female cyclist's body. The new technology is less about the bike and more about suppressing women. -Farzaneh Milani, USA Today - 7/1/07

Oil price to skyrocket to $100 without Iran exports: official
Iran's oil exports stoppage could trigger a price shock up to $100, the country's permanent envoy to OPEC said in Tehran Saturday. -MNA - 7/1/07

Atomstroiexport head starts talks with Iran on Bushehr power plant
Head of the Russian state-owned Atomstroiexport company, the nuclear contractor of Iran's Bushehr power plant, Sergei Shmatko started talks with Iranian nuclear officials. -IRNA - 7/1/07

Oman signs agreement on gas import from Iran
Oman signed an agreement on import of one billion cubic feet natural gas from Iran. - 7/1/07

Iran welcomes Brown's premiership, criticizes Tony Blair's appointment
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in Tehran Sunday Iran welcomes premiership of Britain's Gordon Brown. Hosseini criticized Tony Blair's appointment as Middle East peace envoy, saying, "He did not have a good background and a good reputation in the region. -IRNA - 7/1/07

L.A. Persian Jews and Muslims oppose bombing Iran
In recent weeks, calls for possible strikes against Iran by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and other government officials have caused alarm among some local Iranian Jews and Muslims familiar with the Tehran regime. -Jewish Journal of greater L.A - 7/1/07

Iranian trade delegation concludes Iraq visit
Members of an Iranian trade delegation comprising exporters, industry owners and representatives of some governmental organizations wound up their four-day visit to Iraq Saturday. -IRNA - 7/1/07

First Airbus 340 joins Iran fleet
The first Airbus 340-200 joined the Airlines of Islamic Republic of Iran (HOMA), said its managing director here Sunday. -MNA - 7/1/07

Tehran Conference Fails Again to Demarcate the Caspian Sea
Foreign Ministers of the five Caspian littoral states -- Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan -- gathered in Tehran June 20-22 for talks aimed at overcoming their differences. -Eurasianet - 7/1/07

Iranian group in Iraq 'threat to security'
An agreement has been reached by Iraq and Iran to raise the issue of an Iranian opposition group based in Iraq in the next round of talks between the United States and Iran. -Gulf News - 7/1/07
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