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NIAC's Fassihian Discusses NBC Sitcom Whoopi with Omid Djalili
Djalili is Britain's only Iranian standup comedian and actor. His international appeal extends to having performed in over 12 countries. - 9/30/03

Iranian Foreign Minister: WMD have no place in Iran's strategy
Speaking at the Colombia University, Kharrazi said Iran strongly believes that possessing such weapons even with the purpose of beefing up security necessities will only lead to jeopardizing such necessities. - 9/30/03

Iran ranks third in Ukraine women's karate meet
With 20 WSKS players, Iran took the third title in terms of number of medals while Russia was crowned and Ukraine finished runner-up. - 9/30/03

Bush, Putin Urge Iran, North Korea To Give Up Nuclear Ambitions
U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin declared themselves strong allies in the war on terrorism on Saturday (27 September) and warned Iran and North Korea to abandon any ambitions to obtain nuclear weapons. - 9/30/03

IRAN: New Renault-designed car to replace ancient Paykan - report
Iran has said it will sign a joint-venture deal with French car maker Renault by the end of October to produce a low-priced passenger car to replace the [1960s English Hillman Hunter-based] Paykan, a top-selling but outdated local favourite, Reuters reported. - 9/30/03

Quake jolts city of Damavand in Iran
An earthquake, measuring 3.2 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale, shook the city of Damavand in Tehran province Tuesday morning - 9/30/03

International seminar on Caspian Sea opens in Baku
The International Seminar on 'Caspian Sea and Future Cooperation' opened in Baku on Tuesday morning - 9/30/03

On Edward Said Loss
I cry not only because he was a most wonderful person who believed in dialogue and true efforts in reaching lasting peace through understanding, besides his scholarly work, but also because he was a most gentle, kind man. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/30/03

World Bank Official M. Reza Amin Dies
Mohammad Reza Amin, 76, an Iranian-born industrialist and educator who settled in the Washington area in 1979 and spent 11 years as a World Bank executive, died Sept. 27 at Woodbine Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Alexandria. -Washington Post - 9/30/03

Businessman jailed for Iranian espionage
A 65-year-old businessman was jailed for two years and six months by a Berlin court Monday for spying in Germany for the Iranian secret service. -Expatica - 9/30/03

Iranian twins surgeon has no regrets
The surgeon in charge of the unsuccessful attempt to separate Iranian conjoined twins believes others will benefit from the lessons learned. -BBC - 9/30/03

Nuclear watchdog 'ignores Israel'
Israel, unlike Iran and North Korea, has not signed the NPT. The Jewish state has never confirmed being a nuclear power, but is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons. -BBC - 9/30/03

Iran stands second in Qatar women's volleyball tournament
The technical committee announced Iranian player Zeinab Givei "Player of the Solidarity Cup". - 9/30/03

Iran holding tenders for 8 Persian Gulf oil fields
The Persian-language newspaper 'Iran' reported that the development of oil fields namely Bushehr, Iran Mehr, Deir, Hamoun, Alvand, Forouz, Tosan and Lark are being put out to tender. - 9/29/03

Nine killed in landmine blast in town of Dehloran in Iran
Nine people were killed in landmine explosions in the border region of Dehloran in the western province of Ilam on Saturday - 9/29/03

Qatar beats Iran at Asian basketball quarterfinal
With nine foreign-turned-Qatari players, the Arab side managed to defeat Iran 72-64 in the quarterfinal. - 9/29/03

Beluga sturgeon stock overestimated
Beluga sturgeon, the world's most valuable fish, are on the verge of extinction after the international watchdog on endangered species overestimated remaining stocks, scientists have warned. -Guardian - 9/29/03

Marchers Worldwide Demand Iraq Pullout
Thousands of protesters demanding an end to the occupation of Iraq took to the streets Saturday in London, Athens, Paris and other cities around the world, chanting slogans against the United States and Britain. -Common Dreams - 9/29/03

Minister says al-Qaeda was active in Iran
Iran disclosed on Sunday that the extremist al-Qaeda network had set up operational cells inside the Islamic republic and that a dozen suspects, caught after a gun battle, would soon go on trial behind closed doors. -Financial Times - 9/29/03

Iran launches Paykan missile boat in Caspian waters
Iran on Monday announced that it had launched its "Paykan" missile boat in the waters of the Caspian Sea "to protect the interests of the Iranian nation" - 9/29/03

Iran stands second at World Taekwondo Championships
Iran finished runner-up to the undisputed champion South Korea at the 16th World Taekwondo Championships (WTC) ended in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany on Sunday - 9/29/03

IAEA inspectors to arrive in Tehran on Thursday
Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said in Tehran on Monday that negotiations on Iran's nuclear program will get underway on Thursday after the arrival of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors - 9/29/03

Iranians See Opportunity In Iraq's Need to Rebuild
With a nod from the U.S., Iranian businessmen are moving into Iraq, illustrating how the need to boost Iraq's economy is creating mutual interests between two countries whose governments remain antagonistic. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 9/29/03

The Iran Conspiracy (Review of "All the Shah's Men" book)
An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror -New York Review of Books - 9/29/03

Iran to sign deals over Azadegan, South Pars oil projects by March
Entekhab further wrote that Oil Ministry officials had refused to answer a question whether there had been any new developments in Iran's talks with Japan over developing Azadegan oil field, adding that the official had stressed that they would not comment on the issue. - 9/28/03

Iran press court bans Yas-e-Now daily for 10 days
It was not clear whether the jury was present in the court or not. - 9/28/03

Iran's Rostami wins world taekwondo gold
Morteza Rostami won the second gold of Iran and his teammate Mehdi Bibak was eliminated in the 16th World Taekwondo Championships (WTC) in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany - 9/28/03

Iran sticks by nuclear programme
Iran has ruled out giving up its uranium enrichment programme, ahead of this week's visit by nuclear inspectors. -BBC - 9/28/03

World Bank ready to provide credit for cultural heritage projects in Iran
A World Bank official heresaid in Kerman on Sunday that the bank is ready to fund Kerman cultural heritage projects - 9/28/03

3rd season of archaeological excavation gets underway in Iran's city of Takab
A 10-member group of Iranian archaeologists are in charge of the excavation at Takht-e Soleyman Complex, which has recently been listed as a global heritage - 9/28/03

Iranian FM spokesman: Israel had hand in Soleimanpour's case
Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi stressed in Tehran on Sunday that the Zionist regime had a hand in the case of Hadi Soleimanpour, Iran's former ambassador to Argentina - 9/28/03

20 killed, 11 wounded as bus plunges in river in Iran
At least 20 passengers were killed and 11 other injured when a bus plunged into a river on Sanandaj-Saqez road in the western Kurdestan province of Iran on Saturday night, IRNA reported from Sanandaj. - 9/28/03

Grandson of Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Calls for Seperation of Mosque and State
The grandson of the architect of Iran's Islamic Revolution was in Washington on Friday to talk about the need for reform in his homeland. His call for separation of mosque and state contradicts the philosophy of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini whose revolution toppled Shah Reza Pahlevi in 1979. - 9/27/03

RSF: Kazemi murder enquiry farce continues as court says only one person responsible
Reporters Without Borders on September 26 deplored the conclusion of a judge investigating the murder of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi that no state body was behind the killing and that it was simply the work of a single intelligence ministry agent who interrogated her. - 9/27/03

Iran Postpones Nuclear Regulatory Agency's Visit
The International Atomic Energy Agency said its planned visit to Iran next week has been postponed at the request of Tehran. Western diplomats say the delay raises questions about Tehran's credibility. - 9/27/03

Bush-Putin Talks Come As Moscow Appears To Be Drawing Closer To Washington On Key Issues
Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to hold a series of meetings with U.S. President George W. Bush at Camp David near Washington starting today. Iraq, Iran, the Mideast, and bilateral cooperation in the energy sector are likely to top the agenda. -RFE - 9/27/03

Iran beats Kazakhstan 92-85 in Asian basketball event
Iran defeated the basketball team of Kazakhstan in the second round of the 22nd Asian Nations Cup in Harbin, China on Saturday - 9/27/03

Weapon of mass democracy
Although the anti-war protests did not stop the invasion of Iraq, they shook the British political system to its core, says Carmel Brown. Tomorrow we will be back on the streets -Guardian - 9/27/03

US should curb fantasies against Iran, says UK minister
Leader of the House of Commons Peter Hain cautioned Prime Minister Tony Blair Friday not to support American neo-Conservatives in future pre-emptive wars against such countries as Iran - 9/27/03

US-Russia summit tackles Iran
US President George W Bush and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have begun a two-day summit, with divisions over Iran's nuclear programme looming large. -BBC - 9/27/03

Iranian crocodile kills boy
A 12-year-old Iranian boy has been killed in a rare attack by a marsh crocodile, reports say. -BBC - 9/27/03

Foreign investment in Iran up by 70 percent over past 5 months
The total amount of foreign investment made in Iran`s economy over a period of five months starting March 21 reached as much as 836 million dollars, showing a growth of 70 percent compared to the past 12 months - 9/27/03

Khomeini Comes to America, Blames Najaf Bombing and Hakim Murder on Iran
After recently leaving Iran and spending this past summer in Iraq, where he was forthright with his disapproval of the present Iranian regime, the grandson of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was welcomed to the nation’s capital. -NIAC - 9/27/03

Iran President: Universities not venues for violence, imitation
The president made the remark in a ceremony held in Tehran University Saturday morning to mark the first day of the new academic year in Iranian higher education center. - 9/27/03

Pirelli to Link Kuwait, Iran
Emirates Telecommunications & Marine Services FZE (e-marine) in the United Arab Emirates has awarded Pirelli the contract for supplying submarine and land fiber optic cables, terminal transmission equipment and accessories for a prestigious project which will link Kuwait City with Ganeveh in the Iran. The new cable system will enable the transmission of voice, data and multimedia broadband services. -Light Reading - 9/27/03

EU FMs to postpone decision on ties with Iran till October
The European Union council of foreign ministers on Monday is to discuss EU-Iran relations, but a decision to review a future trade and cooperation agreement between the two sides has been postponed until October, said EU sources - 9/27/03

Iran woman awaits execution
An Iranian woman is about to be executed for killing a police chief who allegedly tried to rape her, Amnesty International said yesterday. -Guardian - 9/27/03

Iran wins one gold, two silvers at world taekwondo meet
Iran has snatched one gold and two silver medals at the World Taekwondo Championships (WTC) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - 9/27/03

Jordan wins pulsating soccer match against Iran 3-2
Jordan won the pulsating second-leg Group D preliminary match of the Asian Nations Cup against Iran 3-2 in Amman on Friday - 9/27/03

Congressman Introduces Legislation to Expel Iranian Visitors and Students from the U.S.
Congressman Gresham Barrett (R-SC) has introduced a bill that would stop individuals from nations determined by the US State Department to be state sponsors of terrorism from entering the United States. Cuba, Libya, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria and Sudan have been designated as terrorist states. -Iranian American Political Action Committee - 9/27/03

Hostile in public, Iran seeks quiet discourse with US
But behind the scenes, analysts say that the US occupation of Iraq - and continued instability there - is prompting both Tehran and Washington to reappraise their archenemy status, and find a number of pragmatic reasons not to antagonize each other. -Christian Science Monitor - 9/26/03

Cyberdissent: The Internet in Revolutionary Iran
This paper argues that the internet, as an advancing new means of communication, has played an important role in the ongoing struggle for democracy in Iran. -Babak Rahimi - 9/26/03

Letter From Iran
The hard-line Islamic vigilantes circled us. Wearing their trademark beards, untucked long-sleeve shirts and green headbands, they chanted progovernment slogans, occasionally crying out "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) or "Death to the foreign mercenaries," as they circled and scowled. -Afshin Molavi, The Nation - 9/26/03

Iran Has 'Last Chance' to Meet Nuclear Agreements, says White House
The White House says Iran has one last chance to meet its obligations under U.N. nuclear agreements, before the Security Council considers possible action. - 9/26/03

Khomeini Comes to America
Mr. Hossein Khomeini, grandson of the Ayatollah Roohollah Khomeini who ushered in Iran's current theocracy, will give a speech at American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC on Friday September 26. - 9/26/03

Iran's Foreign Minister Says Nuclear Program Strictly for Peaceful Purposes
Iran's foreign minister has again rejected accusations that his country is developing nuclear weapons. The denial came during a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Thursday, hours after international inspectors were reported to have found traces of weapons grade uranium in Iran. - 9/26/03

IAEA Sending Nuclear Experts to Iran
The International Atomic Energy Agency is sending expert teams to Iran for a month to inspect Tehran's nuclear facilities and try to find answers to some unresolved questions. - 9/26/03

Argentine judge faces witness payoff accusations
An allegation that Judge Juan Jose Galeano, who's investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of an Argentine Jewish center, arranged for a $400,000 payment to a key witness threatens to derail the country's probe of the gravest anti-Semitic attack since World War II. -Knight Ridder - 9/26/03

How to counter the Iranian threat
The US and Europe are united in their opposition to a nuclear-armed Iran and, unlike with Iraq, their strategies for ensuring Tehran does not succeed are slowly converging. -Financial Times - 9/26/03

Israel considers Iran nuke strike
Israel's defense forces are raising the prospect of an operation to destroy Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. -WorldNetDaily - 9/26/03

The Seventh Annual Iranian Cultural and Arts Festival in Cupertino, California
Payvand Cultural and Arts School and the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC) announce that Dr. Badi Badiozamani, an Iranian-American candidate for Governor of California, and Former California Assemblywoman Elaine Kontominas Alquist, a candidate for the California State Senate, will be attending the Seventh Annual Iranian Cultural and Arts Festival at the Cupertino Quinlan Community Center on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2003. - 9/26/03

Below the Beltway: Sifting Through the Rubble
A few months after George W. Bush declared victory, however, it is clear that the skeptics were right on every important count. Here is a balance sheet: -American Prospect - 9/26/03

Iraqis given constitution deadline
The United States is to set Iraq's Governing Council a six month deadline to come up with a constitution that would lead to elections and a new government next year. -BBC - 9/26/03

MP: Iran must let pair go free
Britain's policy of engagement with Iran 'does not appear to be working', according to the founder of a committee aiming to free Barnet refugees Abrahim Khodabandeh and Jamil Bassam, currently languishing in an Iranian jail. -Hendon Times, UK - 9/26/03

Experts: Israeli Military Stronger After American Victory In Iraq
Israel’s conventional military capability has increased sharply in wake of the U.S. defeat of Iraq. -Jewish Press - 9/26/03

New Survey Numbers Confirm Radio Sawa's Growth and Popularity in the Middle East
Radio Sawa, the U.S. Government-funded Arabic language station, is the leading international broadcaster in all Middle Eastern countries surveyed, according to an ACNielsen report released today. - 9/26/03

New Iran uranium find reinforces bomb fears
United Nations nuclear inspectors have found further traces of weapons-grade uranium in Iran, reinforcing suspicions that Tehran is trying to build a nuclear bomb, western diplomats disclosed yesterday. -Guardian - 9/26/03

Edward W. Said, Literary Critic and Advocate for Palestinian Independence, Dies at 67
Edward W. Said, a polymath scholar and literary critic at Columbia University who was the most prominent advocate in the United States of the cause of Palestinian independence, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 67. -New York Times - 9/26/03

Iran's Economy minister: Market determines hard currency rate
Addressing a gathering of 200 members of Iran`s commercial council in the Iranian club in Dubai, he reiterated that the market supply-and-demand is mainly responsible for the hard currency rate, adding that the government doesn't interfere in it. - 9/26/03

“To Sign or not to Sign”: Scholar discusses the complex nature of the WMD debate in Iran
Dr. Farideh Farhi lectured on the domestic and international implications of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear weapons program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on Tuesday. -NIAC - 9/26/03

Panel discussion in New York on Innovative Approaches to AIDS in Iran
Despite its strong attachment to religious values, Iran has shown remarkable openness to addressing HIV/AIDS and its relationship with drug use. Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei can be credited for much of this story. -Asia Society & AIC - 9/25/03

Iran Signals Readiness to Cooperate: Change in U.S. Approach Necessary, Official Says
Iran is prepared to work with the United States on a range of issues, especially Iraq and Iran's nuclear activities, if Bush administration officials "change their approach and bring in a new environment for cooperation," Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said. -Washington Post - 9/25/03

Recall Candidate Badi Badiozamani Asked to Assist in Afghanistan
Badi Badiozamani, an independent candidate and participant in the Candidates Coalition, has been honored by a request to put together a select team of Coalition members to travel to the very heart of Afghanistan and hold seminars on the democratic process. - 9/25/03

Just remember something: It’s the Iraqi Shiites, stupid
As the Shiites gather strength, the Bush administration must respond, and quickly, to the fury blowing in the streets of Najaf and Karbala. -Sanam Vakil, Daily Star - 9/25/03

Foreign Minister: Iran willing to cooperate if US changes attitude
"When it is decided to mend relations, we are serious about that," he said. - 9/25/03

Iraq has now become the crucible of global politics
Six months after the launch of the invasion, it has become ever clearer that the war was not only a crime of aggression, but a gigantic political blunder for those who ordered it and who are only now beginning to grasp the scale of the political price they may have to pay. -Guardian - 9/25/03

Israeli pilots refuse to fly assassination missions
A group of Israeli airforce pilots declared yesterday that they would refuse to fly missions which could endanger civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. -Guardian - 9/25/03

Iranian Foreign Minister confers with British foreign secretary
In a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on the sidelines of the 58th UN General Assembly, Kharrazi urged the British government to secure immediate freedom of Iranian diplomat Hadi Soleimanpour. - 9/25/03

Iran waltzes into Asian basketball quarterfinals
Iran advanced to the last eight as it defeated the Syrian side 82-67. - 9/25/03

Over 20,000 expected at Persian Harvest Festival in Orange County, California
The Persian Community of Orange County will be holding the 8th Annual Persian Harvest Festival of Autumn (Mehregan) on October 4 – 5, 2003 at the Orange County Fair& Exposition Center - 9/25/03

IEEE Under Fire for Withdrawing Iranian Members' Benefits
One of the world's largest scientific societies has barred researchers in certain countries from publishing in its journals and receiving member benefits. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers says it has taken these steps against scientists in Iran and four other so-called rogue nations subject to U.S. trade sanctions to ensure that IEEE staff stay on the right side of U.S. law. -Science Magazine - 9/24/03

Interview with Babak Payami, director of Silence Between Two Thoughts
The WSWS spoke to Babak Payami, director of Silence Between Two Thoughts, at the Toronto film festival. -World Socialist - 9/24/03

Charges in death of Canadian journalist rekindles Iranian power struggle
The power struggle between reformers and hardliners continued to play out Tuesday in the case of an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist who died in custody, with the reformist-controlled Intelligence Ministry criticizing a decision to charge one of its interrogators with murder. -CP - 9/24/03

Afghan official: Iran plays significant role in reconstruction of Afghanistan
Visiting Afghan First Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Monetary Mohammad Sharif said in Arak on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is playing very significant role in reconstruction of the war-shattered country - 9/24/03

Iranians Negotiate for 21 Square Miles
THE National Enterprise Corporation (NEC), the industrial arm of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), has offered 21 square miles of land at Kisozi Ranches to Iranian investors. -All Africa - 9/24/03

Seventh Annual Iranian Cultural and Arts Festival in Cupertiono, California
Payvand Organization (www.payvand.org) and the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC) announce and invite you to their Seventh Annual Cultural and Arts Festival at the Cupertino Quinlan Community Center on Sunday, September 28 - 9/24/03

Bush isolated as speech to UN falls flat
George Bush was increasingly isolated on the global stage yesterday as he defied intense criticism from a litany of world leaders at the United Nations over the war on Iraq. =Guardian - 9/24/03

U.S. forces in Iraq guarding members of Iranian terrorist group
Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division are providing security for several members of an Iranian paramilitary group that the U.S. State Department lists as a terrorist organization. -Knoxville News Sentinel - 9/24/03

CBI Governor: Persian Gulf states willing to invest in Iran
Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Ebrahim Sheibani said in Dubai on Tuesday that growing security has provided necessary incentives for foreign investment, motivating the Persian Gulf littoral states to transfer their capital to Iran - 9/24/03

17 percent rise in number of college students in Iran
there are 1,700,000 university students and 16.5 million pupils in Iran, showing a considerable growth compared to past years - 9/24/03

Iran wins Asian basketball clash against Taiwan
Iran at last defeated Taiwan in its opening basketball match in the 22nd Asian Nations Cup in Harbin, China on Tuesday - 9/24/03

Strength in Numbers: The Relative Concentration of Iranian Americans Across the United States
NIAC is proud to publish its IranCensus report, a study detailing the relative size of the Iranian-American community in each Congressional district vis-à-vis the size of other communities. This knowledge is pivotal for the community to be represented in political life. -NIAC - 9/24/03

Kharrazi: Iran entitled to peaceful use of nuclear energy
Iran's visiting Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in New York on Tuesday that Iran is entitled to acquiring nuclear technology and peaceful use of nuclear energy based on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) - 9/24/03

Khatami attends first day ceremony of new academic year in Iran
Some 16.29 million students are enrolled in schools all over the country in the current academic year. - 9/23/03

Embattled Statoil chief steps down
The chief executive of Norway's Statoil has resigned over a police probe into possible corruption in the state-owned oil firm's dealings with Iran. -BBC - 9/23/03

Put your issues on the US Presidential Campaign agenda!
The results of the coming 2004 Presidential election will have vast implications on the status of Iranian-Americans’ civic condition. That is why it is imperative that you contact the candidates, and let them know the issues that you, as an Iranian-American, find to be the most important for them to address in the forthcoming campaign. -NIAC - 9/23/03

IAEA To Send Experts to Iran Ahead Of Deadline
The United Nations nuclear watchdog is to send legal experts soon to Iran, which faces a 31 October deadline to prove it is not secretly making nuclear weapons. - 9/23/03

Iran's Meibod Steel Complex comes on stream in Yazd
The giant Meibod Steel Complex with an annual production capacity of 300,000 tons of cast iron came on stream in the central city of Yazd on Tuesday - 9/23/03

Iran's annual production of cars to exceed 750,000 by 2010
Iran's annual production of cars is currently at 500,000. - 9/23/03

Iran parades new missiles daubed with threats to wipe Israel off map
Iran yesterday defiantly showed off six of its new ballistic missiles daubed with anti-US and anti-Israel slogans in a move sure to reinforce international concern over the nature of its nuclear programme. -Guardian - 9/23/03

Germans rush to donate blood for Iranian girl with leukemia
Three year-old Dari whose father is Iranian, is hospitalized in the north German city of Hannover, as doctors are battling time to find a suitable bone marrow donor - 9/23/03

Annan Challenges U.S. Doctrine of Preventive Action
Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned President Bush that his doctrine of preemptive military intervention posed a fundamental challenge to the United Nations and could lead to a global free-for-all. -Common Dreams - 9/23/03

Vision of the neocons stays fixed on making hard choices
In interviews with the Guardian they expressed deep scepticism about President Bush's new overtures to the UN, accusing the White House of a lack of commitment - and, most surprising of all, rounding on their former hero Donald Rumsfeld. The distance between the president and the movement widely credited with persuading him to go to war in the first place has never seemed greater. - 9/23/03

Two young Iranian men going to high school soon
Parents everywhere are very much concerned about their children's education. I know two very young men who will be going to high school this academic year. They are both most adorable youngsters that one could possibly come to know. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/23/03

Iran 'to cut nuclear co-operation'
Iran is to reduce its co-operation with the UN nuclear watchdog following a demand that it proves its nuclear aims are peaceful, according to an Iranian diplomat. -BBC - 9/23/03

Agent charged over journalist death
An Iranian judge has charged an intelligence ministry interrogator with the killing of a Canadian-Iranian journalist. -BBC - 9/23/03

"IEEE Under Fire for Withdrawing Iranian Members' Benefits"
We recommend that Iranian members of IEEE vote for Dr. Lightner for IEEE President-Elect and for Dr. Alphonse for IEEE-USA President-Elect. -Sharif University of Technology Association - 9/22/03

"Rally of a Decade: Paris-Persepolis-Paris"
Citroën 2CV Rally in 1971 -Darius Kadivar - 9/22/03

Eight people killed in landmine blast in Iran's town of Qasr-e Shirin
the victims intended to illegally cross the Iraqi border for a pilgrimage to religious sites in Iraq when the blasts occurred. - 9/22/03

Iran exports some $1.4B worth of industrial and mineral commodities
The director general in charge of exports at the Ministry of Industries and Mines said in Tehran on Monday that some 1.414 million dollars worth of industrial and mineral commodities were exported in the first five months of the current Iranian year of 1382 - 9/22/03

Bush Plans Unyielding Stance on Iraq War in Address to U.N.
President Bush will tell the United Nations on Tuesday that he was right to order the invasion of Iraq even without the organization's explicit approval, and he will urge a new focus on countering nuclear proliferation, arguing that it is the only way to avoid similar confrontations. -New York Times - 9/22/03

France lifts veto threat on Iraq
France will not veto a US-backed Security Council resolution on the future of Iraq, President Jacques Chirac has said. -BBC - 9/22/03

US approval for Bush falling
For the first time since the war in Iraq began, less than half of Americans say they approve of the way President George Bush is handling the situation, according to a poll published today. -Guardian - 9/22/03

Iran's Bomb
What is clear is that the world faces its own Iranian deadline. If work at the extensive nuclear facilities uncovered around the country during the past year is not frozen, the fundamentalist Islamic regime will soon have the capacity to manufacture the key elements of nuclear weapons. -Washington Post - 9/22/03

Mahdavikia selected for Bundesliga Team of the Week
Hamburger SV forward Mehdi Mahdavikia was nominated Monday for the Bundesliga Team of the Week following his superb performance in his squad's narrow 2-1 victory over Hansa Rostock - 9/22/03

Khatami: Iran against WMD proliferation
President Mohammad Khatami said in Tehran on Monday that Iran is against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, but stressed that the Islamic Republic will persist on its legitimate right to become strong based on science, technology and a capable economy - 9/22/03

Inflation in Iran up to 16.7%
Inflation in Iran continued its upward trend for the second consecutive year, rising to 16.7 percent in a year to 'Mordad,' the fifth month in Iranian calendar, with manufactured goods and foodstuff becoming costlier - 9/21/03

US using Iran's nuclear program to politicize Moscow conference
An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said in Moscow on Saturday that the US tried to politicize the Second International Conference on the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and divert its theme from defense-related issues to one of political adventure - 9/21/03

Who’ll flinch first: Iran … or the world?
A showdown with the UN’s nuclear agency over rapid access to Iran’s atomic sites is set to reveal just who exactly runs the country, and it could result in a tense global stand-off, reports Dan De Luce from Tehran -Sunday Herald - 9/21/03

What happened next?
Roger Cooper was taken hostage in Iran and spent more than five years in prison in Tehran. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after his release, but now runs a holiday business in Spain. -Guardian - 9/21/03

No U.S.-Europe split over Iran letter - Germany
Germany, France and Britain have cleared up ''misunderstandings'' with the United States over a letter they sent to Iran, offering inducements if it stops its disputed nuclear fuel enrichment programme, according to a German government source on Saturday. -Reuters - 9/21/03

Iranian governor: Pilgrims dying en route to Iraq
More than 190 Iranian pilgrims have died while making illegal crossings into Iraq during the past five months, the acting governor of an Iranian border province said Saturday. -CNN - 9/21/03

Iran sets clocks back one hour at midnight Sunday
Iranians will set their clocks back one hour from midnight Sunday, the presidential office announced Sunday - 9/21/03

Iraq seeks transportation ties with Iran
Iraq is ready to cooperate with Iran in establishment of railroad network between the two neighboring countries, Iraqi Minister of Transportation and Telecommunication Bahnam Ziya Bulis said in Baghdad on Sunday - 9/21/03

The war game
David Hirst's account of the Arab-Israeli conflict, The Gun and the Olive Branch, caused a storm 25 years ago. In this edited extract from his new and updated edition he offers a personal and highly controversial view of the current crisis in the Middle East -Guardian - 9/21/03

Waiting for Spielberg
Merhan Karimi (''Sir, Alfred'') Nasseri has lived in a Paris airport for 15 years, and now Hollywood is knocking. -New York Times - 9/21/03

Iran's exports of non-oil goods, services in 1381 at $11.5B
Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari has said that Iran's exports of services and non-oil commodities in the past Iranian calendar year of 1381 (ended March 20) reached as high as 11.5 billion dollars - 9/20/03

Japan's government in sticky spot over Iranian oil deal project
The government has been placed in a predicament by an Iranian government plan, revealed Thursday, to invite several major international oil companies to bid to develop the country's Azadegan oil field, while excluding a consortium of Japanese companies. -Yomiuri, Japan - 9/20/03

Iran's carpet, handicrafts exports ahead of set targets
Export of carpets and handicrafts in the first five months of the year (started on March 21) was 55 percent ahead of the target set in the Third Five-Year Economic Development Plan (2000-05) - 9/20/03

Japanese investors keen to invest in Kurdestan province of Iran
"Given the special conditions of Kurdestan province, some Japanese enterprises such as Marubeni are highly interested in gaining access to Iraqi market through the province and they had earlier called for it," - 9/20/03

Europeans fail to end Iranian nuclear crisis
Britain, France and Germany have made an unsuccessful attempt to encourage Iran to comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency rules and curb its nuclear ambitions by offering to share their nuclear technology. -Guardian - 9/20/03

US Administrator Says Iranian Agents Are Helping Iraqi Guerrillas
The top U.S. administrator in Iraq, in a newspaper interview, has accused Iranian agents of aiding groups carrying out attacks in Iraq and hampering reconstruction efforts. U.S. administrator Paul Bremer told a British newspaper that Iranian agents are aiding guerillas carrying out attacks against Iraqis and coalition military forces. -VOA - 9/20/03

Iran's agro exports up 43.5 percent for the year, to hit $1.1B by March
Minister of Agriculture Jihad Mahmoud Hojjati has indicated a growth of 43.5 percent in Iran's total exports of agricultural products in the last Iranian calendar year of 1381 (ended March 20) - 9/20/03

Argentina submits extradition evidence
A court in London has been told that the British Government has received some 2,500 pages of evidence from Argentina to back an extradition request lodged in London against a former Iranian diplomat. -BBC - 9/20/03

Azerbaijan: Planned British War Memorial Raises Hackles
Overlooking the Caspian Sea from the heights of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, there is a cemetery devoted to the memory of those men and women who died defending the sovereignty of their native land. -RFE - 9/20/03

Britain, France and Germany have made an unsuccessful attempt to encourage Iran to comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency rules and curb its nuclear ambitions by offering to share their nuclear technology.
It looked like another of dozens of raids since the war to capture senior Ba'athists. But the men who detained him early this month were not American soldiers or Iraqi police. Witnesses say they were the Badr Brigade, armed wing of Iraq's biggest Shia Muslim party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri). -Guardian - 9/20/03

Iran to present again WTO membership request by Nov. 21
"Given the US stance and current situation, it is very likely that Iran's WTO bid will be rejected again," - 9/20/03

Iran's withdrawal from IAEA board of governors due to expiry of term
Spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Saber Zaimian on Saturday denounced any link between Iran's withdrawal from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors and the recent resolution issued against Iran's nuclear program, as claimed by Western media - 9/20/03

IAEA: No Special Deal for Iran Nuclear Inspections
The United Nations nuclear agency says Iran should not be offered a special deal in exchange for allowing tougher inspections of its nuclear program. -VOA - 9/20/03

Growing recognition of role of Central Asia, Iran in supplying Europe with energy
An international seminar in Tashkent next week will focus on the challenges facing the Central Asian region in the energy sector and how inter-governmental cooperation can contribute to meeting those challenges - 9/20/03

UK urged to aid Iran dissidents
Human rights campaigners and British Labour MPs are calling on the UK to help secure the release of two London-based dissidents handed over to Iran's secret police during a family visit to Syria. -BBC - 9/20/03

The Pakistan Squeeze: Pressure from the US, India and Israel
Washington continues to insinuate that Pakistan has been sharing its nuclear secrets with Iran and North Korea. Washington also continues to express its fears about the stability of Pakistan's command and control structure and the possibility of their nukes falling in the hands of militant Muslims.-Counterpunch - 9/19/03

Iran visit crisis deepens
Ankara and Tehran are involved in a diplomatic spat leading to the cancellation of reciprocal visits to the two country’s capitals by the government leaders of Iran and Turkey. -MSNBC - 9/19/03

A push for candor on Iran nukes
As the deadline looms for Iran to prove that it has no secret plans to build an atomic bomb, Iranians are being forced to make a choice. -Christian Science Monitor - 9/19/03

Iran-American director's short film, Hossein Khandan's Chrysalis, at Oakland International Film Festival
The story of an Iranian American woman in cultural limbo, compelled to disguise her background at work, exiled from her family and unable to connect fully with her American friends. (Sep 22 in Oakland) - 9/19/03

Loving caviar to death: the view from Dagestan
A toxic mixture of dams, pollution, smuggling, greed and post-Soviet collapse is driving the sturgeon to extinction. The fate of caviar, finds Vanora Bennett, is written in the recent history of the Caspian region. -Open Democracy - 9/19/03

Lawyer of Iran`s former ambassador to Argentina says not provided with details of case
Ben Brandon told IRNA that he had contacted the Home Office, the British Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) several times over the past month to obtain further information on the case, but regretted that they had so far rejected his request. - 9/19/03

Iran oil field deal at risk
The Iranian government is planning to invite several major international oil companies to bid to develop the Azadegan oil field in Iran, a project a consortium of Japanese companies has been negotiating since 2000, sources said Thursday. -Yomiuri, Japan - 9/19/03

Russia-Iran nuclear deal 'far off'
Russia has said there is no immediate prospect of a deal to provide Iran with fuel to launch its first nuclear power plant. -BBC - 9/19/03

US Policy Toward Iran Should Promote Civil Society
US policy towards Iran must tread a fine line. The Bush administration is in danger of succumbing to wishful thinking by holding out hope that Iran’s conservative leaders can be toppled by popular protests. Instead, Washington should engage Tehran, offering support that encourages the democratization of Iranian society. -Mehdi Semati and Nasser Hadian - 9/18/03

Dissident Iran cleric's warning
In his first public speech for six years, Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri said most people were dissatisfied and that the issue should be put to a vote. -BBC - 9/18/03

Leaders, hopefuls, stragglers and also-rans in the nuclear arms race
Israel, India and Pakistan have the bomb. But many more are feared to be trying to join the club -Guardian - 9/18/03

Is Iran Next? History Says it Shouldn't Be
It is fair to say that the general Iranian population harbors no illusions when it comes to the current government, but the greater movement is toward reform within the existing theocratic structure, not democratic revolution. We have to realize that student protests are not a reliable indicator of the social unrest, because students in all societies tend to be more radical and socially active than the general population. -Common Dreams - 9/18/03

Israel condemned for nukes at UN
ARAB states turned the spotlight on Israel at a meeting yesterday of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency, saying it posed the biggest atomic weapons threat in the Middle East and attacking the Jewish state for not signing the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). -Australian - 9/18/03

Blix Attacks 'Spin and Hype' of Iraq Weapon Claims
Former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix on Thursday attacked the "spin and hype" behind U.S. and British allegations of banned Iraqi weapons used to justify war against Saddam Hussein. -Common Dreams - 9/18/03

Iranian power project generates tension
For the past decade, after western suppliers withdrew from the construction of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power station, MinAtom has taken up the slack. The deal, worth about $1bn, should lead to Bushehr's launch in 2005, but has triggered fears of its misuse. -Financial Times - 9/18/03

Britain, Iran and archaic fears
British visitors to Iran are amazed at the longevity of Iranian delusions about the so-called “perennial” nature of British power. Iranians of the older generation still cling to the idea that Britain virtually controls the world. These victims of a post-colonial inferiority complex put an interesting spin on the reality of contemporary American power. The US, they argue, is a smokescreen for British domination. -Mahan Abedin, Daily Star - 9/18/03

Azerbaijan succession is focus of oil conflict
Ongoing attempts to create a dynastic succession from President Heidar Aliyev to his son, Prime Minister Ilham Aliyev, threaten to destabilise the country and the surrounding region. -World Socialist - 9/18/03

New historical sites unearthed in Iran's Kerman province
Several historical sites dating back to 1,000 years ago have been identified and unearthed in Raviz village in the vicinity of Rafsanjan in Kerman province - 9/18/03

UNHCR helps 376,000 Afghans return from Iran, 300,000 from Pakistan
Since the start of the repatriation program, which followed the return of peace after the removal of the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, 376,178 Afghan refugees have returned from Iran. - 9/18/03

Iran: An Islamic experiment
Iran's Islamic Republic is unique not only in the world - where there are few enough other Islamic republics, and none at all where the Shia branch of Islam prevails - but also in Iran itself. -BBC - 9/18/03

UK denies divided policy on Iran
Foreign Office Minister Chris Mullin denied Wednesday that the Prime Minister`s office and Foreign Office were divided over the UK's foreign policy towards Iran - 9/18/03

Saudis consider nuclear bomb
Saudi Arabia, in response to the current upheaval in the Middle East, has embarked on a strategic review that includes acquiring nuclear weapons, the Guardian has learned. - 9/18/03

Dissident Iran Cleric Ayatollah Montazeri Publicly Criticizes Government
Montazeri also criticized the government's crackdown on writers and intellectuals. He also called for the independence of religious schools from government control. - 9/18/03

Iran rejects EU stance on linking cooperation to nuclear pact
Iran and EU have started their diplomatic and economic dialogue based on mutual respect, Asefi said adding "but, as Iran did not accept any precondition for these talks, it will not accept any preconditions for their continuation." - 9/18/03

Jordan's King Sees Hope for US-Iran Talks
Jordan's King Abdullah, who visited Iran earlier this month and is scheduled to meet with President Bush at Camp David today, said yesterday that "there is common grounds for dialogue" between the United States and Iran on the situation in Iraq and that Iranian leaders are eager to settle a fierce dispute over its nuclear program. -Washington Post - 9/18/03

Fears for Iran's political prisoners
Reformist leaders in Iran have been expressing renewed concern for the conditions of political prisoners in the country and especially for Abbas Abdi. -BBC - 9/17/03

Tracked like an enemy of the state, police chief who challenged Met's racist attitudes
Superintendent Ali Dizaei was once groomed to be a role model, a leading ethnic minority officer in a force struggling to recover from being branded institutionally racist. Instead he was investigated and prosecuted "like an enemy of the state", according to one senior police officer. -Guardian - 9/17/03

Chief of Norway Oil Company Holds Job but Faces Inquiry
Norway's leading business daily newspaper, Dagens Naeringsliv, quoted Mr. Fjell last week as saying he knew some of the money might go to Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, the influential son of the former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and an executive in a subsidiary of the National Iranian Oil Company. -New York Times - 9/17/03

Cheney Claims No Knowledge That White House Helped Evacuate 24 Members of the Bin Laden Family Days After 9/11
Retired chief White House aide Richard Clarke revealed that top White House officials approved the evacuation of 140 influential Saudis, including relatives of Osama Bin Laden, days after the Sept. 11 attacks at a time when all commercial and private flights were grounded. -Democracy Now - 9/17/03

Arab world condemns US Arafat veto
Arab diplomats have condemned Washington's decision to veto a UN Security Council draft resolution denouncing Israel's policy of "removing" Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. -BBC - 9/17/03

Cheney Link of Iraq, 9/11 Challenged
Vice President Dick Cheney, anxious to defend the White House foreign policy amid ongoing violence in Iraq, stunned intelligence analysts and even members of his own administration this week by failing to dismiss a widely discredited claim: that Saddam Hussein might have played a role in the Sept. 11 attacks. -Common Dreams - 9/17/03

Japan cool as Iran widens oil talks to counter US pressure
Japan reacted coolly yesterday to news that Iran had widened its negotiations over the giant Azadegan oil field to international energy companies based in other countries. -Financial Times - 9/17/03

Iran debates nuclear co-operation
The debate continues in Iran over how to react to last week's resolution from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) giving Tehran until the end of October to demonstrate that it is not pursuing nuclear weapons. -BBC - 9/17/03

Iranian cyclist pedals for peace, goodwill
Poupeh Mahdavinader proudly shows off her "flag," a white silk banner, longer than she is tall, filled with messages of peace and goodwill. -Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 9/17/03

Civil Liberties in Post 9/11 America: An Iranian Community Forum with NIAC in NY
NYU School of Law will host a forum on how Iranians in the United States have been affected by policies predating and enacted since 9/11 on September 20, 2003. - 9/17/03

Iranian naturalists welcome lower caviar quotas
Lower caviar export quotas for most of Iran's sturgeon have come as a relief to naturalists who say overfishing and pollution are ravaging stocks in the Caspian Sea, source of 90 percent of world supply of the salty delicacy. -Reuters - 9/17/03

Russia stresses continuation of nuclear cooperation with Iran
Russian Atomic Energy Ministry said in Moscow on Wednesday it would continue nuclear cooperation with Iran despite the negative propaganda of the West - 9/17/03

Iranian VP says Iran firm in continuing talks with IAEA
Vice-President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad-Ali Abtahi said in Tehran on Wednesday that Iran is serious in continuing talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - 9/17/03

Tehran: Up the mountains in Darakeh
Last Wednesday was a happy public holiday and since it was near school opening, Mehr 1 ( September 23rd), most people had taken Thursday off and gone mainly to Shomal to the Caspian. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/17/03

Liquorice risk to men's sex life
Researchers from Iran have found that liquorice - used in sweets, chewing gum, toothpastes and herbal remedies - can lower testosterone. -BBC - 9/17/03

An interview with Jafar Panahi, director of Crimson Gold
Jafar Panahi, Iranian director of Crimson Gold, was interviewed at the Toronto film festival by David Walsh. -World Socialist - 9/17/03

"Dismounting the Tiger": The Future of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo, scholar of political philosophy and head of the Department of Contemporary Studies Culture Research Bureau in Tehran discussed the prospects for political liberalization within the Islamic Republic at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Monday. - 9/16/03

Kinzer: "The CIA coup in Iran has shaped the modern Middle East"
On Saturday, Georgetown University hosted a lecture and book-signing event with Steven Kinzer, author of the recently released novel All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror -NIAC - 9/16/03

Iran MPs stage hunger strike
A large group of senior Iranian MPs and liberal activists have begun a hunger strike in Tehran in protest at what they describe as the harsh treatment of political prisoners in Iran. -BBC - 9/16/03

Nostalgia
Nostalgia, the universal feeling found among all races; the longing for a return to the past, the immemorial past. Return and Eternal return, with every word about the past, with every history book, with every old building with straw-clay covered walls, with every narrow tree-lined alley, with the terms Great, Empire... the heart is overwhelmed with the suffocating feeling of nostalgia. -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 9/16/03

Iranian Hercules Rezazadeh says it's officials' turn to fulfill promise
Iran was crowned and Rezazadeh set a new world +105 kg snatch record at the 35th Asian Weightlifting Championships which ended in China Sunday. - 9/16/03

Iran, Russia tie at third place in international judo tourney
Iran and Russia jointly took the third title at 2003 International Judo Tournament by Team of Nations ended in Osaka, Japan - 9/16/03

Iran President says supervising elections never means restricting people's choice
President Mohammad Khatami, speaking in Sepidan, Fars province on Tuesday, stressed the need for supervising elections but said such a supervision never implied robbing people from their freedom of choice - 9/16/03

IAEA Meeting Begins In Vienna Amid Disagreement On Iran
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) opened its annual general conference in Vienna today, following last week's meeting of its board of governors. While Iran dominated last week's discussions, key agenda items at the 135-nation meeting this week are also Iraq and North Korea. - 9/16/03

Hit Records
The 30th anniversary of the Chilean coup, now-declassified documents and the specter of U.S. culpability that won't go away -The American Prospect - 9/16/03

For Iraqi Family, A Torturous Search For Detained Kin
Overwhelmed U.S. Military Can't Track Everyone Arrested in Security Raids, Inciting Iraqis' Rage -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 9/16/03

Iran's nuclear bind
When Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, visited Iran in February he was said to have been dismayed by the scale and sophistication of its nuclear facilities, which Tehran insists are not designed for a weapons programme. -Financial Times - 9/16/03

No reasons for stopping nuclear cooperation with Iran: Russian Atomic Minister
He told Itar-Tass on Monday, "The construction of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr will be continued." Rumyantsev is taking part in the IAEA General Conference currently under way in Vienna. - 9/16/03

Scandal puts top Statoil jobs on the line
Board members of Norwegian oil company Statoil were still pondering the fate of their top management Monday afternoon, as they met in emergency session to deal with a corruption scandal involving Statoil's activities in Iran. Now it's reported that Statoil CEO Olav Fjell allegedly agreed to withhold information that the deal involved Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, son of the former Iranian prsident Ali Akbar Rafsanjani. -Aftenposten, Norway - 9/16/03

Iran's fears are real
In the rush to condemn Iran for secretly seeking to acquire a nuclear weapons capability, few have paused to wonder why, if that is indeed what they are doing, Tehran's rulers should feel it necessary to pursue such a course. -Guardian - 9/16/03

Iran stands third at world freestyle wrestling event
Iran finished third at the World Freestyle Wrestling Championships ended in Madison Square Garden, New York, Sunday - 9/15/03

Iran fully committed to its NPT responsibility - Official
Iran is fully committed to its NPT responsibilities, not because of its contractual obligation, but also because of its religious and ethical considerations, and it is to officially respond to the resolution in a matter of few days after its studying, said a senior Iranian official in Vienna on Monday - 9/15/03

Nuclear Iran urged to co-operate
The United Nations nuclear watchdog has again urged Iran to open its facilities for rigorous inspection, and prove that it is not seeking nuclear weapons. -BBC - 9/15/03

Iran finishes fourth at World Men's Judo Championships
Iran won one gold and a seventh title in the world event. Nippon stole the show with three golds and one bronze and South Korea finished runner-up, winning three gold medals. - 9/15/03

Officer Ali Dizaei cleared of dishonesty
A jury cleared the Iranian-born officer, from Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, in April of perverting the course of justice and misconduct concerning a report of vandalism to his car. -BBC - 9/15/03

Fresh shooting at UK Iran compound
Shots have been fired outside a British embassy compound in the Iranian capital, Tehran, the third such incident this month. -BBC - 9/15/03

Future Uncertain After Collapse of Talks
The WTO ministerial conference in the Mexican resort of Cancun came to an abrupt end Sunday without an agreement, leaving a big question mark hanging over the future of the international trade talks. -Common Dreams - 9/15/03

Powell flies in to Iraqi anger at deaths
Colin Powell, the US secretary of state, flew into Baghdad yesterday to meet Iraqi politicians as another American soldier was killed and three others wounded in a roadside attack near Falluja, the town where 10 Iraqi police officers died in a "friendly fire" incident on Friday. -Guardian - 9/15/03

Price of Iran's caviar up 40 dollars per kilogram: report
The Persian-language newspaper `Abrar-e Eqtesadi` quoted the administration report as saying that the value of each kilogram of Iran's caviar stood at 536.5 dollars over a period of three months starting March 21. - 9/15/03

Iran Transport Minister says Iran to buy 25 planes by March 2004
Transport Minister Ahmad Khorram said in Tehran on Monday that his ministry is planning to add 25 planes to Iran's domestic aviation fleet by March 2004 - 9/15/03

Khatami urges youth to resolve identity crisis
Khatami, in a meeting with representatives of Iran`s Student Parliament, said the youth are currently facing the problem of identity, stressing that the parliament must adopt the required considerations to resolve this dilemma. - 9/15/03

Iran, Sept. 11 and the repercussions of ‘regime change’
In the case of Iran, I would argue that the US is neither willing nor able to bring about prompt regime change, for several reasons. First, the US is preoccupied with Afghanistan, Iraq and Wahhabism in the Arab world. Its commitments, human costs and military expenditures could drain US desire for a major military operation in Iran. -Abumohammad Asgarkhani, Tehran - 9/15/03

Countdown to catastrophe in the Middle East
Will hard-liners in Iran and the U.S. prevail, bringing Tehran into collision with a united front of the Western powers (including Russia), or will Powell head them off at the pass? -Antiwar.com - 9/15/03

A Conversation with Vartan Gregorian
Life on the front line of learning was the topic when NEH Chairman Bruce Cole spoke recently with Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York and former president of Brown University. - 9/15/03

Iranians get Garden welcome mat
"If Iranians leave, nobody is here," said Hassan Khoshroo, a rug dealer from Texas who had come to New York to watch these World Championships of Freestyle Wrestling. "We taught the world how to wrestle, 2,500 years ago. Iranians are most technical wrestlers in the world. We know 290 moves, the others only know 180." -New York Daily News - 9/14/03

Results of World Wrestling Championships in New York
Saturday's results from the World Freestyle Wrestling Championships at Madison Square Garden - 9/14/03

European think-tank : Iran a very important economic and political partner of EU
``Iran is a very important country for the EU. As the EU develops its own independent foreign and security policy, its relations with Iran will become more important,`` said John Palmer, political director of the Brussels-based European Policy Center, in an interview with IRNA. - 9/14/03

US renews French feud over Iraq
Row over ceding control to Iraqis threatens UN agreement to share military burden -Guardian - 9/14/03

Nuclear ultimatum angers Iran media
Iranian observers are unanimous in arguing that the UN watchdog is not acting in good faith, but responding to pressure from the West - in particular, the US. -BBC - 9/14/03

Iran's Commerce Ministry plans to import 400,000 tons of rice
Iran's Commerce Ministry plans to purchase 400,000 tons of rice from other countries, 90,000 tons of which has already been imported, said Deputy Commerce Minister Mojtaba Ansari - 9/14/03

Iran’s Flexible Deterrence Policy in Iraq Produces Benefits for Tehran
The realities of Iraq, including Iran’s growing influence in the country, are exerting pressure on the Bush administration to soften its confrontational rhetoric towards Tehran. The subtle shift in Washington’s diplomatic language marks a significant success for Iran’s policy of "flexible deterrence." -Eurasianet - 9/14/03

UN stops repatriation of Iraqi refugees from Iran
Based on decisions adopted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, repatriation of Iraqi nationals living in Iran will not be pursued, an Iranian official said Sunday - 9/14/03

Iran's Non-oil exports rise by 22 percent in March-August
Non-oil exports increased by 22 percent and 2.6 percent in terms of value and weight, respectively, in the first five months of the current Iranian year (started March 21) compared to the figures for the same period last year - 9/14/03

435-meter high Milad Communications Tower under construction in Tehran
The Communications Tower called `Milad Tower` named after birthday of the Lord of the Time Imam Mehdi will cover over 95 percent of Tehran for communications services. - 9/14/03

Splintered mujahedeen ready to harass US troops, Kurds and Tehran
Splinter elements within the People’s Mujahedeen have taken to the rugged mountains separating Iran and Iraq, and were preparing to wage attacks against US troops, ethnic Kurds and Tehran, local officials and military sources said. -AFP - 9/14/03

Iran wins Asian Weightlifting title, Rezazadeh breaks world snatch record
Iran was crowned and Hossein Rezazadeh set a new world +105 kg snatch record at the 35th Asian Weightlifting Championships which ended in China Sunday - 9/14/03

Iran reviews nuclear relations
Iran has said it is reviewing its relationship with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog after it set a deadline for Iran to prove it is not seeking nuclear weapons. -BBC - 9/14/03

Iran's medal hopefuls stunned in first bouts of World Wrestling in New York
Mohammad Talaei and Alireza Dabir, the two medal hopefuls of Iran, lost their first bouts in the 2003 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Madison Square Garden, New York, on Friday - 9/13/03

Iran's nuclear deadline
The worsening international crisis over Iran's suspected nuclear bomb programme escalated last night when the UN set Tehran a deadline of 45 days to come clean on its nuclear activities. -Guardian - 9/13/03

Iranian MPs and Expert advocate signing additional nuclear protocol
Member of Parliamentary Commission on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mrs Elaheh Koulaei said on Saturday that signing the additional protocol ahead of the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors meeting would have deprived the nuclear states of an opportunity to orchestrate anti-Iran propaganda. - 9/13/03

U.S. Warns Iran About Its Nuclear Activities
The United States said today that failure by Iran to comply with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) demands to fully account for its activities would constitute further evidence of Tehran's efforts to conceal its clandestine nuclear weapons program. - 9/13/03

Seventh Iranian Parliament elections due on February 20
At the proposal of the Interior Ministry and approval of the Guardians Council, nationwide elections to the seventh Majlis has been scheduled for February 20, 2004, it was announced in Tehran on Saturday - 9/13/03

Iran widens talks on development of Azedegan oilfield
The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has reportedly asked more international oil companies to consider bidding for the development of the Azadegan oilfield, in addition to a Japanese consortium which is already negotiating a sector - 9/13/03

Deported Iranian admits he lied
Since returning to Iran, activists assert, Ahani has disappeared. They are wrong. Ahani has not disappeared, nor has he been killed, nor is he imprisoned. He lives with his parents and siblings in a two-storey house in the Naziabad neighbourhood of southern Tehran, where he grew up. -National Post - 9/13/03

Iran ex-diplomat freed on bail
A High Court judge said there was no clear evidence Mr Soleimanpour was involved in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires. -BBC - 9/13/03

Caspian: States Sign Declaration At Inaugural Ecology Conference
A two-day conference -- Caspian Ecology 2003 -- was organized by Kazakhstan's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and was attended by officials from the Caspian's five littoral states (Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan) and representatives of international organizations and companies working in the region. - 9/13/03

Reporters Without Borders and other groups call for immediate action in the Kazemi case
Amnesty International Canada (Francophone Section), the Federation Professionnelle des Journalistes du Québec, the International Legal Resources Centre and Reporters Without Borders Canada are asking the Canadian government to undertake several legal actions at both national and international levels in the Zahra Kazemi case. - 9/13/03

Iranian draft dodgers with 10-year absence enjoy amnesty
Iranians living abroad whose stay there is less than six years can pay rls 50 million to obtain exemption card from military service. But, those staying abroad for more than six years, will not be given exemption card, but, they are granted the right to visit Iran every year for three months. - 9/13/03

Arash Miresmaili wins gold medal for Iran in world judo championships
Iranian judoist Arash Miresmaili defeated Olympic silver medalist Larbi Benboudaoud of France to win the men`s under 66kg first title at the world judo championships in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday - 9/13/03

IAEA anti-Iran resolution violates international regulations: Salehi
Iran on Friday said the resolution passed against Iran by the Governing Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was in violation of international regulations and against the nature of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), - 9/13/03

US gives Iran nuclear caution
The US has warned Iran that failure to co-operate with the UN's nuclear watchdog would constitute further proof of a secret nuclear weapons programme. -BBC - 9/13/03

Another Iranian journalist arrested
Reporters Without Borders denounced today (September 12) what it called the illegal arrest of Behzad Zarinpour, assistant editor of the Iranian newspaper Asia and former editor of Abrar Eqtesadi (Economic News), at his home on 7 September by armed civilians who searched it. His family has not heard from him since. - 9/13/03

UK releases Former Iranian Ambassador on bail after Argentina produces no evidence
Former Iranian Ambassador to Argentina Hade Soleimanpour was released on bail in the UK Friday after Argentina failed to produce any clear evidence of his alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires - 9/12/03

Iranian Envoy Blames U.S. for Nation's Reticence on Nuclear Plans
Iran's ranking diplomat in the United States, in an interview today, blamed the Americans for his country's reluctance to reveal details of its nuclear program. -New York Times - 9/12/03

Iranian circles the globe touting cause of peace
Iranian globetrotter Reza Baluchi completed his world peace tour Thursday in New York City, weeping as he carried an American flag to ground zero on the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. -Arizona Republic - 9/12/03

''Can Israel Maintain its Nuclear Superiority in the Middle East?''
In the Middle East, Israel is the only state that has developed and acquired nuclear weapons. Israel's nuclear program dates back to 1952 with the creation of the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC). -PINR - 9/12/03

Iran and Russia in dispute over N-waste
Iran has told Russia it will have to pay to retrieve the plutonium-laden spent fuel rods from the nuclear power plant being built in Bushehr. -Financial Times - 9/12/03

Michael Ledeen, 'Man Of Peace'
...Ledeen is back to pimping Iranian regime change, seemingly oblivious to the disastrous consequences of the Iraqi adventure. -Antiwar.com - 9/12/03

Britain: Iranian asylum seeker driven to suicide
The desperate plight facing asylum seekers in Britain under the Labour government was tragically underlined by the self-immolation of 30-year-old Iranian Israfil Shiri on September 3. -World Socialist - 9/12/03

China balks at US Iraq plan
China has said it will support proposals put forward by France, Germany and Russia to reduce the political role of the United States and Britain in Iraq. -BBC - 9/12/03

Israel wants India to rein in Iran nuclear plans
Israel wants India to play a key role in ensuring that Iran does not weaponise its nuclear programme and that it allows greater international scrutiny of its nuclear facilities. -Economic Times, India - 9/12/03

Quake jolts Iran's Fars province
A mild earthquake, measuring 4.4 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale, jolted the city of Jahrom in south of the southern Fars province on Friday - 9/12/03

Anonymizer Makes the Internet a Safer Place for Iranian Citizens
Anonymizer, Inc., a leading provider of anonymous Web surfing and online privacy protection, today announced new anti-censorship Web proxy services in Iran, enabling people to bypass government filtering and access information sources, including political and religious content. - 9/12/03

The 8th annual Mehregan event at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California
Mehregan attracts tens of thousands of people to Orange County, CA. It is the largest Iranian-American gathering in the United States with over 20,000 visitors. - 9/12/03

Iran: Our time will come, but we must be patient
At a meeting this week, I heard that at the First National Youth Organizations Congress, which was attended by several important dignitaries including the president, the participants managed to get into fistfights and breaking of windows on the second day. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/12/03

There's Good Reason to Fear US
Amid the aftershocks of recent suicide bombings in Baghdad and Najaf, and countless other horrors since Sept. 11, 2001, it is easy to understand why many believe that the world has entered a new and frightening "age of terror," the title of a recent collection of essays by Yale University scholars and others. -Noam Chomsky - 9/11/03

243 dams under construction or study in Iran, says deputy minister
Deputy Energy Minister Reza Amrollahi said at the ground breaking ceremony of Roudbar Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant on Wednesday that currently 243 dams are either being constructed in Iran or are undergoing feasibility studies - 9/11/03

UK "regrets" US disengagement with Iran
The UK government has expressed regret at the isolationist policy of the US towards Iran and says that it is trying to persuade Washington to adopt a dialogue with Tehran - 9/11/03

Kurds Under Scrutiny As Turkey, U.S. Negotiate Possible Troop Deployment in Iraq
Turkey is coming under increasing pressure to contribute troops in Iraq as the United States seeks international help to stabilize the country. Ankara, in return, is demanding that American forces take action against Kurdish separatist rebels based in northern Iraq. - 9/11/03

In meeting Iranian president's wife, Mandela lauds democratic movement in Iran
Former South African President Nelson Mandela said on Thursday that the Islamic Revolution and the reform program of President Mohammad Khatami played very significant role in neutralizing the anti-Iran propaganda campaign - 9/11/03

UN Nuclear Agency Putting Pressure On Iran
The 35 members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) may vote today on a draft resolution that would give Iran until 31 October to fully comply with its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. - 9/11/03

Iran's nuclear history
After years of searching for a supplier to complete its first nuclear power plant, Iran secured a contract with the Russian Ministry of Atomic energy (Minatom) to complete reactors at Bushehr under IAEA safeguards. -Telegraph, UK - 9/11/03

30 killed in road accident on Miyaneh-Zanjan road in Iran
At least 30 people lost their lives and one seriously injured in a fatal road accident in northwestern Iran on Thursday when a passenger bus collided with a truck on the Miyaneh-Zanjan road - 9/11/03

Bush's Conceptual Blunders: At the Gates of Hell
The American-British invasion and occupation of Iraq has put the clock back eighty years and inaugurated a hellish prospect for both baffled occupiers and benighted inhabitants. -CounterPunch - 9/11/03

MEGL: Worldwide gas, LNG projects set stage to surpass oil in energy-equivalent consumption
Iran plans to export LNG but so far lacks commitments from buyers. Mohammad Souri, chairman and managing director of National Iranian Tanker Co., said his country could be exporting 8 million tonnes/year of LNG by 2007 and 32 million tonnes/year by 2018 if sales agreements are secured. -Oil & Gas Journal - 9/11/03

Argentina Ripped For Coddling Iran In Bombing Case
After promising to throw its full weight behind the investigation of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center, Argentina's new government is now under fire from Jewish groups that say it appears unwilling to confront Iran, the country suspected of responsibility for the attack. -Forward - 9/11/03

Two Years After 9/11 Attacks, A Report Card
On the eve of the second anniversary of Sept. 11, a few things are clear. Terrorism is not only not licked, as the blasts in Bali, Casablanca and Jeddah show. It is thriving where it didn't before, namely in Iraq, as the assassinations of a top United Nations' diplomat, the top Shiite political leader and others testify. -Common Dreams - 9/11/03

UN Agency praises Iran`s effort to combat drug trafficking
A top UN official has paid tribute to Iran`s efforts to combat drug trafficking from Afghanistan and appealed for help to the Afghan government to fight the scourge - 9/11/03

US fingerprint security measure angers Iran wrestlers
Seven Iranian wrestlers are heading to New York for a three-day international competition. It was a trip that almost got cancelled after the United States wanted to fingerprint competitors from certain countries, including Iran, upon arrival. -Channel News Asia - 9/11/03

State Questions Military Tolerance of Iranian Dissidents
The State Department has expressed concern to the Pentagon that the U.S. military appears to have allowed an Iraq-based Iranian opposition group to continue its activities against the Iranian government, including crossing into Iran to conduct attacks, despite an order from President Bush that the group be disarmed, administration officials said yesterday. -Washington Post - 9/11/03

Secretary General of IIPF Mohammad Reza Khatami says there is no way but to continue Iran's reform drive
Speaking in the first session of the IIPF youth branch, he said the reformation drive has reached to the point of no-return and added that the process would continue for sure. - 9/10/03

Iran President addresses Experts Assembly, invites factions to unity
President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday stressed the need for officials to consider the lofty Islamic principles and called on them to use rational measures and practices to contribute to the progress and prosperity of the nation - 9/10/03

Iranian official criticizes states pressurizing Iran for nuke program
Iranian representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Akbar Salehi on Wednesday criticized those states which put pressure on Iran over its nuclear activities - 9/10/03

Volleyball: Iran dash India's medal hopes
Hosts China, South Korea, Iran and Australia entered the semi-finals and will vie for the title in matches to be played from Thursday. -Times of India - 9/10/03

Iran: No to Torture, No to Execution, Yes to Human Rights
Event on Sep. 13 in Toronto, Canada organized by Centre for Though, Dialogue and Human Rights in Iran. Speakers: Dr. Maurice Copithorne and Stephan Hachemi. - 9/10/03

A killing Iran might not be able to shake
The murder of Kazemi at the hands of the right-wing judiciary however, may very well turn into a “Kazemigate.” To begin with, the victim’s Canadian nationality ensures the investigation will not be compromised as a result of insider deals. -Ahmad Sadri, Daily Star - 9/10/03

Let's Not Forget About Iran's Students
Iranian students have essentially narrowed the focus of their cause into two requests: the need for government accountability and promotion of citizens' rights. -Digital Freedom Network - 9/10/03

Draft Resolutions Call on Iran to Comply With IAEA Demands
A resolution is circulating at the International Atomic Energy Agency meeting in Vienna calling for Iran to comply with all the agency's demands by the end of October. - 9/10/03

Iran angry over nuclear pressure
Iran has warned it may review co-operation with the UN's nuclear watchdog if "extremists" prevail in current deliberations and eliminate Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy. -BBC - 9/10/03

Quake jolts Nehbandan township in Iran's Khorassan province
A mild earthquake measuring 4.5 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the Nehbandan Township in south of Iran's northeaster Khorassan province on Wednesday morning - 9/10/03

Cars Seized After Iran's Revolt Find Home and Showroom
About 40 classic cars seized after the Islamic revolution 25 years ago that are now on permanent display at a modest museum on the outskirts of Tehran. -New York Times - 9/10/03

France and Germany Seek Full UN Control Over Iraq
France and Germany will back the new UN resolution on Iraq sought by President George Bush only if the proposal gives the UN full political rule over the country. The countries have also demanded a clear program for returning power to Iraqis. -Common Dreams - 9/10/03

Shah's son uses Stamford visit to push democracy for Iran
Last night, at the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus, Pahlavi spoke of his ultimate goal -- creation of a democracy in Iran. "Democracy has a universal message . . . can various people be subjected to it? The answer is yes," he said. -Stamford Advocate - 9/10/03

Iranian woman cycling alone around globe
Head scarf wrapped firmly around her raven hair, a young Iranian woman climbed onto her Peugeot bicycle in Tehran shortly before the U.S. invasion of Iraq and set off on a trek around the world - alone. -Knight Ridder Newspapers - 9/10/03

NIAC Interviews Iranian American Writer-Director Ramin Serry on His Debut Film Maryam
Maryam, a film about an Iranian-American family living in New Jersey during the 1979 Iranian revolution, has recently been released on DVD following the film’s initial appearance in theaters in 2002. - 9/10/03

Iran and Nuclear Energy: Adhesion to the Quick Inspections Protocol is not enough
The opponents of Iran’s nuclear programs keep emphasizing on the point that Iran as a major oil producing and exporting country, does not need such a program for its energy needs, and therefore this program is probably targeted at the military uses of the nuclear power. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 9/10/03

More shots at UK Iran embassy
British Embassy officials have protested to the Iranian Government over a further shooting incident outside their embassy in the Iranian capital of Tehran. -BBC - 9/9/03

Iranians puzzled as outsiders stay fretful
The prospect of an Iranian atomic bomb finds wide popular support, even among those who oppose the hardline clerics who control the levers of power. Driven by a sense of patriotism and proud of Iran's historical role as a regional power, Iranians say they are puzzled by the international community's anxiety. -Financial Times - 9/9/03

Iranian Wrestlers Heading to New York
Iranian freestyle national team Tuesday afternoon depart the Turkish capital for New York where the 2003 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships will be held on September 12-14 - 9/9/03

Argentina given ultimatum by British High Court to produce evidence against former Iranian ambassador
Argentina was given an ultimatum by London`s High Court on Tuesday to produce evidence against Hadi Soleimanpour within the next two days or otherwise the former Iranian ambassador to Buenos Aires would be released on bail - 9/9/03

Straw reiterates UK disagreement with US policy towards Iran
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has reiterated that the UK government still disagrees with the US hostile policy towards Iran despite its closeness with the Bush Administration - 9/9/03

Iranian-American Candidate for California Governor Badi Badiozamani to campaign in Berkeley and San Francisco September 9
Iranian-American Candidate for California Governor Dr. Badi Badiozamani has accepted the invitation by the Iranian Chamber of Commerce and will be in the Bay Area on Tuesday, September 9th. - 9/9/03

Quake jolts Khorassan province of Iran
A mild earthquake measuring 3.9 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the city of Esfarayen in north of the northeastern Khorassan province on Monday - 9/9/03

Weapons of Mass Destruction in Our Midst
America Can Be Its Own Worst Enemy -Common Dreams - 9/9/03

Gang leader hanged in Iran
THE head of a convicted gang of armed robbers has been hanged in the Iranian capital, the official Iran paper reported today, adding that 11 other members of the group would also soon be executed. -Herald Sun - 9/9/03

U.N. conservation body increases Caspian Sea caviar quota
Rising sturgeon stocks in the Caspian Sea has lead to the decision. -FoodIngredientsFirst - 9/9/03

Iran agriculture sector reserves over 17% share in GDP
Torbati told IRNA that in the past two years, agriculture sector reserved more than 20 percent share of non-oil exports and 25 percent of employment. - 9/9/03

Iran Foreign Minister Says Tehran, Damascus Coordinating On Iraq
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi says that Iran and Syria have entered what he called "a permanent coordination" to deal with the crisis in Iraq and to strengthen regional security. - 9/9/03

MPGC: Changing relationships, oversupply threat rock oil market's foundations
Changing relationships and the threat of oversupply are rocking the oil market's foundations. While the market's supply manager edges toward cooperation with the consuming world, its largest consumer has put the Muslim world on edge with its deepening military quagmire in Iraq. -Oil & Gas Journal - 9/9/03

Kurdish Parties, Rights Groups Concerned Over Fate Of Detained Asylum Seekers in Turkey
Reports say Turkey recently arrested a number of Iranian Kurdish asylum seekers who had fled to Eastern Anatolia from Iran or northern Iraq and that some may have been handed over to Tehran. - 9/9/03

US gives Iran 'last chance'
But Mr Brill, who serves as ambassador to the UN in Vienna, said Washington had consented to other board member states' desire "to give Iran a last chance to stop its evasions". -BBC - 9/9/03

Iran remains open to IAEA inspections
Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday that Iran remains open to IAEA inspections - 9/8/03

Heavyweight weightlifter of Iran Hossein Rezazadeh says unrivaled in Asia
Rezazadeh is to leave the country for China Tuesday. Iran's Hercules said Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and China are the archrivals of the country but Iran and China will have undoubtedly a close competition for the top title. - 9/8/03

Iran 'has nuclear bomb project'
UN inspectors have concluded that Iran has used nuclear materials to test uranium enrichment machinery despite Tehran's repeated declarations to the contrary and its obligations to report such practices to the UN. -Guardian - 9/8/03

Afghanistan: Nation building, redoubled
The US is deepening its efforts to move the country beyond 23 years of war. But renewed violence is slowing much-needed reconstruction of roads and buildings - and many Afghans question whether the US will stay the course. -Christian Science Monitor - 9/8/03

California Assemblywoman Elaine Alquist seeks Iranian American support
Former California Assemblywoman Elaine Alquist is running for California State Senate (SD 13) and is seeking the support of the Iranian-American community in California. -NIAC - 9/8/03

Iran press weigh nuclear stance
Iran's press greets the prospect of a scrutiny of the country's nuclear programme by the International Atomic Energy Agency with varying degrees of defiance. -BBC - 9/8/03

Afghanistan seeks further investment by Iranians
Afghanistan intends to create more opportunities for Iranian tradesmen to make investment in Afghanistan, Afghan Trade Minister Mostafa Kazemi said in Chabahar, Sistan and Baluchestan province on Monday - 9/8/03

South Korea defeats Iran in Asia-Pacific Men's volleyball quarterfinals
Iran lost to South Korea in its first match in the second round of the 12th Asia-Pacific Men's volleyball Championships in Tianjin, China on Monday - 9/8/03

NYU Roundtable Examines Women's Art In Exile September 25
Featuring Acclaimed Visual Artists Shirin Neshat and Emily Jacir - 9/8/03

Iran calls for five-sided agreement on Caspian Sea
Iran`s Special Envoy for Caspian Sea Affairs Mehdi Safari made the remark during the inaugural ceremony of the 11th meeting of the Caspian Sea working group. - 9/8/03

Iraq proposes to buy electricity from Iran, Syria
The US-appointed Iraqi interim government said late last month in a little-noticed statement that it would buy electricity from Syria and Iran, a deal that would probably enrich with US funds two countries that top the White House list of states that support terrorism. -Boston Globe - 9/8/03

IMF: Iranian economy performs well despite decline in oil output
The Iranian economy has performed well over the last three years of its as real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 5.8 percent on average, despite declines in oil output during the past two years. -MENA - 9/7/03

Iran FM Spokesman: Close negotiations currently going on between Iran, IAEA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said in Tehran on Sunday that close negotiations are being held between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stressing that Iran`s acceptance of negotiations is a major, positive and constructive step taken by the Islamic Republic in that regard - 9/7/03

Bush Seeks an Exit Strategy as War Threatens His Career
The President will make a dramatic U-turn on Iraq in a TV broadcast tonight to try to salvage his hopes of re-election amid Americans' growing hostility to the casualties and chaos -Common Dreams - 9/7/03

Shiites Humiliate Bush
The remarkable funeral oration by Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, brother of Iraq's most prominent Shiite cleric and political figure, the slain Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim, might just prove the death-knell of the occupation and even the neocons' whole world-changing project. -CounterPunch - 9/7/03

World Bank to finance women related research project at Tehran University
The World Bank has agreed to finance a research project on women at Tehran University to the tune of dlrs 341,000 - 9/7/03

Iran Commerce Ministry to launch e-data website
Minister of Commerce Mohammad Shariatmadari said in Tehran on Sunday that an e-data website, designed by his ministry for traders and businessmen, will go on tentative operation in the next one month - 9/7/03

Dozens of Iranian scientists already working on nuclear bomb: report
Up to 90 scientists are working secretly on the construction of a nuclear bomb in Iran under the supervision of the ministry of defense, the weekly Tagesspiegel am Sonntag said in its Sunday edition -AFP - 9/7/03

Renowned Iranian mountaineer Mohammad Oraz dies in Pakistan
Mohammad Oraz, 32, was among a group of 4 Iranian mountaineers, who were trying to conquer one of the six highest peaks in the Pakistani northern area of Skardo, bordering China. - 9/7/03

Iran ranks 68th in tourism revenues worldwide
The latest statistics indicate that the number of tourists visiting Iran has declined by 9.5 percent in the current Iranian year (started March 21) compared to the same period last year. - 9/7/03

Iran's ambassador to Britain to return to London Sunday
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said in Tehran Sunday that Iran`s Ambassador to Britain Morteza Sarmadi is to return to London on Sunday - 9/7/03

Iranian Youths Seeking to Escape
Bleak Prospects Lead Some Toward Border, Others to Drugs -Afshin Molavi, Washington Post - 9/7/03

Iran soccer team defeats Jordan 4-1 in Asian Nations Cup
Resurgent Iran found finishing touch to humble Jordan 4-1 in a preliminary match of the Asian Nations Cup in Azadi Stadium, western Tehran, Friday - 9/6/03

Iran and Russia Fail To Agree On Return Of Nuclear Fuel
Talks between Russia and Iran have still failed to resolve the question of the return of spent fuel to Russia from Iran's nuclear power plant at Bushehr. - 9/6/03

Iran Foreign Minister says hopes IAEA would not be swayed by US over Iran
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Friday expressed hope that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would not be swayed by US pressure in its upcoming debates over Iran`s nuclear energy programs - 9/6/03

Non-Aligned Movement countries reject forwarding Iran's nuclear case to Security Council
Ambassadors from member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) rejected here Friday the idea of submitting a report to the United Nations Security Council on Iran`s nuclear programs - 9/6/03

Iraq: U.S. Occupation May Shift Sunni-Shi'a Balance Of Power In Middle East
The U.S. occupation of Iraq did more than remove Saddam Hussein from power. It has also, for the first time, given the Shi'a Muslim majority the opportunity to rule the country. Iraq may become the first major Shi'a-led Arab country in the predominantly Sunni-governed Middle East -- a change whose potential consequences are still unclear. - 9/6/03

Iran Commerce Minister: New trade law in drafting stage
Shariatmadari told a group of trade officials that the law dealing with both the public and private sectors, is to forge healthy competition, while opposing any kind of monopoly. - 9/6/03

Israel's Prime Minister To Visit India To Boost Military Ties
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is due to visit India next week, the first trip to New Delhi by an Israeli premier since the two countries established full diplomatic relations 11 years ago. - 9/6/03

Iran rejects Rumsfeld`s remarks
Iran on Saturday rejected recent remarks made by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that it allowed terrorists to enter the Iraqi territory via its borders - 9/6/03

This war on terrorism is bogus
The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination -Guardian - 9/6/03

EU to start human rights dialogue with Iran mid-September
The next round-table on human rights dialogue between the EU and Iran will take place on September 15 and 16, an EU official said in Brussels on Thursday - 9/5/03

European Parliament says views human rights talks with Iran a positive development
The European Parliament said it considers Iran`s readiness to enter into a human rights dialogue with no preconditions is a positive development with a view to the normalization of relations between the EU and Iran - 9/5/03

Former Iran envoy's arrest sparks international row
Argentine Judge Juan José Galeano's nine-year investigation into the bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) has rekindled in the past year, thanks in part to a July 2002 report in The New York Times which alleged that Iran paid then-President Carlos Menem $10 million to help cover up Iran's involvement in the AMIA attack...."Another court in Argentina is investigating Judge Galeano over [charges] that he burned important witness testimony tapes" -Christian Science Monitor - 9/5/03

Senior Iranian cleric says US responsible for Hakim's assassination
Senior cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani, speaking in Tehran on here on Friday blamed the US for the last week assassination of Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim, stressing that Washington should be held accountable for the crime - 9/5/03

Europe-US gulf widens
European resentment of American global leadership has escalated sharply since the US-led invasion of Iraq, polarising opinions on opposite sides of the Atlantic about the role of the United Nations. -Guardian - 9/5/03

Rumsfeld in Iraq, Says Unhappy with Iran, Syria
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Baghdad on Thursday, saying neighboring Syria and Iran were not doing enough to stop an influx of anti-American fighters into Iraq. -Reuters - 9/5/03

Ex-Envoy Criticizes Bush's Postwar Policy
A former U.S. commander for the Middle East who still consults for the State Department yesterday blasted the Bush administration's handling of postwar Iraq, saying it lacked a coherent strategy, a serious plan and sufficient resources. -Common Dreams - 9/5/03

Put Chemical Ali on trial in Halabja
The arrest of Ali Hassan al-Majid, one of the old Iraqi regime’s most feared and hated figures, is an opportunity for his Kurdish victims to find belated justice. -Open Democracy - 9/5/03

Bringing up baby bilingual
As the world grows smaller, many parents want their children to learn a second language or to retain the family's ancestral tongue. -Christian Science Monitor - 9/5/03

Women in Iran's poorest province start businesses with UNDP loan
Jamileh Dahmardeh, a young resident of Sistan-Baluchestan, Iran, returned from the local Friday bazaar having sold all the traditional dresses she had made at home. With the money she earned, she could buy the school notebooks she had promised to her eight-year old child. -Mena Report - 9/5/03

Middle East to dominate ministers meeting
EU foreign ministers will meet tomorrow on the shores of lake Garda, in Italy, for an informal ministerial meeting to discuss the situation in Iraq, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Iran's nuclear capabilities. -EU Observer - 9/5/03

Asylum 16 tell of torture fears
BRUSSELS – Sixteen Iranian asylum seekers have barricaded themselves into a room at the Petit Chateau asylum centre since Monday morning in protest at their failure to receive refugee status. -Expatica - 9/5/03

UK embassy staff can leave Iran
The Foreign Office is to allow non-essential staff and their families to leave the British embassy in Tehran, Iran, following a gun attack on the building. -BBC - 9/5/03

US steps up push to condemn Iran's nuke programme
Washington has drafted a resolution accusing Iran of violating its U.N. nuclear obligations ahead of next week's key meeting of the U.N. atomic energy watchdog's governing board, diplomats said on Thursday. -Reuters - 9/5/03

Iran: The Long Wait for Change
“The only difference between Khatami and his opponents is that he smiles more,” says Azita, an engineering student at the University of Tehran. “We need more than smiles.” -World Press Review - 9/5/03

Another dangerous collision course
The prime minister's U-turn over relations with Iran may be in Washington's interests, but it is certainly not in Britain's -Guardian - 9/5/03

Tony Blair blamed for UK`s deteriorating relations with Iran
"Blair is single-handed and one might say, unilaterally pre-emptive transformation of British policy on Iran seems to have been sealed during a private Downing Street dinner with Israel`s Ariel Sharon in July," Assistant Guardian editor Simon Tisdall suggested. - 9/5/03

Persian Center bridges "From Iran To Argentina" with the Iranian guitar duo
Event at SF’s Herbst Theatre on Sept. 14, dedicated to the victims of Sept. 11, 2001 - 9/4/03

Analysis: Iran's UK dilemma
Britain is also a key European player and there is a strong likelihood that the expulsion of its ambassador would lead to the withdrawal of all the European Union envoys, as happened with Iran's diplomatic crisis with Germany in the 1990s. -BBC - 9/4/03

Iran Energy minister in Turkmenistan to discuss cooperation
Bitaraf is to explore avenues for expansion of Tehran-Ashkhabad cooperation and sign an agreement for cooperation in the field of electricity energy with Turkmen energy ministry officials. - 9/4/03

Iraq move points to US limit
Many analysts and diplomats say that short of destroying Iraq's Ba'ath regime, Bush has accomplished few of his Middle East policy objectives as promoted by administration hawks, whose credibility has been strained by the widening gulf between the strategic assumptions that preceded the war in Iraq and the reality of its aftermath. -Boston Globe - 9/4/03

Iran: Jordan's King Could Act As Mediator Between Tehran, Washington
Julian Lindley-French, a regional expert at the Geneva Center for Security Policy in Switzerland, told RFE/RL Iran is concerned about the security and humanitarian situation in Iraq and about future U.S. plans for the region, including Iran. But Lindley-French said Tehran needs mediators to facilitate talks with the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. - 9/4/03

Reading Najaf: What the Shia reaction to the bombing means
In conversations before and after the memorial, Saudis and Wahhabis were most often mentioned as responsible for the crime. One thing is for sure: No sane Shia, no matter how twisted by politics or hate, could have set off a bomb at the Imam Ali shrine. This includes Iranian Shias. -Weekly Standard - 9/4/03

Iran Seeks to Expand Influence among Iraqi Shi’a Community
Since US forces toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime, Iran has quietly worked to expand its influence in Shi’a-dominated areas of Iraq. Tehran views the strengthening of cultural and religious ties among adherents of the Shi’a branch of Islam as a vital national interest. -Eurasianet - 9/4/03

Destitute Iranian dies after suicide protest at refugee charity
Yet another asylum seeker has taken his own life after suffering misery at the hands of the British asylum system. -Institute of Race Relations - 9/4/03

US aims to put pressure on Iran via IAEA
The US is pressing the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency to adopt a resolution on Iran next week declaring the Islamic state is not meeting its nuclear obligations, according to western diplomats. -Financial Times - 9/4/03

Iran: Time for Europe to Lead
While there is debate between Europe and the United States about the nature of Iran's leadership and its brutal repression of its own people, there is no debate about the fact that Iran is embarked on a path toward obtaining nuclear weapons. -Washington Post - 9/4/03

Russia May Supply Air Defense Systems to Iran
What does Washington think about it? Russia may start supplies of modern anti-missile defense systems to Iran. -Pravda - 9/4/03

PM taps Mossad chief to lead anti-nuclear efforts on Iran
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans to hand over -Ha'aretz, Israel - 9/4/03

Iranian American Ken Hamidi Seeks the Governor’s Office in California
NIAC’s Jahon Jamali was able to sit down for an interview with Ken Hamidi, an Iranian American gubernatorial candidate in California, to discuss his stance on the recall and on the issues facing Californians today. -NIAC - 9/4/03

Israel Lobby Campaigns for Americans to Attack Iran
When he addressed the National Press Club on Dec. 12, 2002, Reza Pahlavi, son of Iran's late Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, spoke up for human rights and democracy. Now, according to the Financial Times article, he and Feith are working closely together on Iran-Israel. Israel-Firster Michael Ledeen was quoted as saying that young Pahlavi was "widely admired" and would be a suitable leader to bring Iran from dictatorship to democracy. -WRMEA - 9/4/03

Concern grows for Iranian web journalist
Amnesty International is appeaing for help in the campaign to release Mohsen Sazegara, an Iranian web journalist who is now seriously ill in Evin prison, Tehran. -Journalism, UK - 9/4/03

50 Years After the CIA’s First Overthrow of a Democratically Elected Foreign Government
After nationalizing the oil industry Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the CIA and British intelligence. We speak with Stephen Kinzer author of All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup And The Roots of Middle East Terror and Baruch College professor Ervand Abrahamian. -Democracy Now - 9/4/03

Iran President Rejects Compromise Offered By Hard-Liners On Reform Bills
Iranian Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi today said that President Mohammad Khatami (pictured) has rejected a compromise with his hard-line opponents over two key reform bills that seek to curb the conservatives' power. - 9/3/03

Shots close UK Iran mission
The UK embassy in the Iranian capital, Tehran, has been closed after a number of shots were fired at the building from a nearby street. -BBC - 9/3/03

Interview: For the First Time in America a Persian American Running to be Governor
Sitting at Starbucks café in El Segundo, I am interviewing a rather “exceptional” candidate running for California governor position. Why exceptional? Let me explain. -Katyoon Hadizadeh - 9/3/03

Iran seeking scapegoat in Kazemi case: lawyer
Tehran's chief prosecutor is looking for a new scapegoat to blame for Zahra Kazemi's murder after charges against two female security agents triggered an unexpected backlash from certain segments of the Iranian government, according to a Canadian lawyer who met with the prosecutor this week. -National Post - 9/3/03

Iran, 10th country to produce embryonic human stem cell
Iran is the 10th country to produce, culture and freeze the embryonic human stem cells in the world - 9/3/03

Iran Parliament starts closed-door debate over controversial NPT protocol
The Iranian Majlis (parliament) on Wednesday started a closed-door debate on Iran`s joining the additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) - 9/3/03

Iran, Jordan hail establishment of Iraqi Governing Council
The statement, that was released at the end of the Tehran visit of the Jordanian King Abdullah II, also highlighted the need to retrieve the rights of the Palestinian nation, and called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Bait-ul-Moqaddas as its capital. - 9/3/03

Iran asked to investigate shooting incident at British embassy
The incident came after Britain denied that there were any plans to recall its ambassador to Tehran following Iranian Ambassador Morteza Sarmadi returning for "consultations" over the arrest of former Iranian ambassador to Argentina Hadi Soleimanpour. - 9/3/03

Bush's Doomed Occupational Fantasies: A Nation On the Brink of Civil War
In Iraq, they go for the jugular: two weeks ago, the UN's top man, last week one of the most influential Shia Muslim clerics. As they used to say in the Lebanese war, if enough people want you dead, you'll die. -Robert Fisk, CounterPunch - 9/3/03

Iran's non-oil export revenues up by 25.7 percent in first 5 months
Non-oil export revenues in the first five months of the Iranian year 1382 (started on March 21) rose by 25.7 percent to dlrs 2.313 billion - 9/3/03

The importance of nudging Iran to nuclear disclosure
Though attention last week was focused on North Korea and its nuclear threat, the coming week will bring us front and center with Iran, another of George Bush's "axis of evil" concerns. -Christian Science Monitor - 9/3/03

The blind prophet
Before the war, President Bush told us Iraq was a throbbing hub of terror. It wasn't, of course. But it is now -Guardian - 9/3/03

Picking Up the Pieces
Imagine for a minute that, instead of being Saudis (as they in fact were), 15 of the 19 hijackers had been Iranian. Imagine, too, that the Taliban got its diplomatic and economic support not from the House of Saud but from the regime in Tehran, and that bin Laden enjoyed the backing of Iranian clerics, charities, and businesses rather than their Saudi counterparts... -Foreign Affairs Magazine - 9/3/03

Iran, Italy start offshore, onshore pipeline projects
Managing Director of South Pars oil and gas field Assadollah Salehiforuz told IRNA here on Wednesday that the offshore and onshore pipeline project is expected to get completed in about four months at a cost of dlrs 69.5 million. - 9/3/03

Deported Iranian missing: Amnesty
Amnesty International is trying to find an Iranian man who was forcibly returned home under a deal between the Australian Government and Iran. - 9/3/03

Public enemy
Jafar Panahi's film about a psychotic pizza delivery man won praise worldwide - and got him arrested. He talks to Xan Brooks -Guardian - 9/2/03

Political blow to Iranian president
Iran's reformist president, Mohammed Khatami, has received a setback in the country's parliament after his nominee for higher education minister was rejected. -BBC - 9/2/03

Iran drops charges in Kazemi's death
Questionable charges against two female Iranian medical workers in the beating death of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi have been dropped, according to Tehran's prosecutions office. -National Post - 9/2/03

Iraqi Shiites Split On Political Role
Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Shiite leaders have struggled with the question that will define their role in Iraq: whether the Hawza, or religious community, should maintain a passive role in politics -- as senior Iraqi clerics traditionally have done -- or take an active role in the new government, mixing politics with a large dose of religion, as in neighboring Iran. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 9/2/03

Tehran's criminal court head orders further inquiry into Kazemi's file
Head of Tehran's Criminal Court Jafar Reshadati on Monday returned the file of the deceased Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi to Bench One`s inspector for further investigations. - 9/2/03

Police find bodies of 6 Iranian pilgrims
According to Iranian local officials, the bodies of 205 illegal pilgrims who died of heatstroke and thirst or got killed as a result of mine explosion have been discovered so far. - 9/2/03

Flawed Approaches on Iran
For the better part of a decade, U.S. officials pressured Russia to stop its support for the Bushehr nuclear reactor project in Iran. The United States argued that the power plant was a front for Iran to acquire weapons-related technology, a charge that Russian rejected. It now appears that both sides may have been wrong. -Jon B. Wolfsthal, Moscow Times - 9/2/03

Iran government active in the case of filmmakers arrested by US forces in Iraq
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed Jamei said on Monday that the government is actively following up the case of two Iranian documentary filmmakers arrested in Iraq by US forces - 9/2/03

Israeli Panel Cites Anti-Arab Bias
A high-level commission that investigated the police killing of 13 Arabs at the beginning of the current, three-year armed struggle between Palestinians and Israelis ruled yesterday that the root cause of the deaths was systematic discrimination by Israel against its Arab population. -Common Dreams - 9/2/03

Iran bans travel by 40 senior officials, generals
Iran has banned travel abroad by 40 senior officials and military commanders out of concern that they could be arrested on charges of being involved in Islamic insurgency attacks sponsored by the Teheran regime. -MENL - 9/2/03

Number of Wounded in Action on Rise
U.S. battlefield casualties in Iraq are increasing dramatically in the face of continued attacks by remnants of Saddam Hussein's military and other forces, with almost 10 American troops a day now being officially declared "wounded in action." -Common Dreams - 9/2/03

New 'Whoopi' Takes on Race, Terror and Bush
The show also co-stars British-born Iranian comic Omid Djalili as Goldberg's sidekick Nasim, a hotel handyman from Iran who immediately takes offense whenever anyone mistakes him for an Arab. -Reuters - 9/2/03

Iraq: Latest Bombing Further Complicates U.S. Occupation
Ali Ansari, an Iran expert at Britain's Durham University, told Reuters, "There is a very serious chance that what we are entering here is a Shi'ite civil war akin to what happened in Iran in 1979-80 with rival factions jockeying for power." - 9/2/03

Students immediate freedom expected
President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday expressed hope that the students who have been arrested during the June unrest would be released soon, stressing that the students must not be misused for factional infighting. -Irib - 9/2/03

Iran: Relatives of political prisoners protest to Parliament
Relatives of political prisoners on Monday protested to the heads of three parliamentary commissions over fate of their family members, MP Jamileh Kadivar, rapporteur of Article 90 Commission said - 9/1/03

The Ayatollah: Iraq's archduke?
The killing of an Iraqi Shia leader could be the event that ignites the country's tensions and causes a regional conflagration -Guardian - 9/1/03

Iran FM: US has made mistake in drawing up Iraq strategy
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Kuwait City on Monday that the United States has made mistake in drawing up its strategy on Iraq - 9/1/03

Iran's Minister of Science candidate to seek Parliament's vote of confidence
President Mohammad Khatami's proposed minister of sciences, research and technology, Reza Faraji Dana, is to appear before Majlis on Tuesday to seek vote of confidence for a two-year ministerial term - 9/1/03

Iran loses ally in Iraq's Hakim, hard to replace
Ayatollah Mohammed Baqer al-Hakim may not have espoused an Iranian-style revolution in Iraq, but Iran lost a sympathetic ear that will be difficult to replace when the Iraqi Shi'ite leader was killed last week. -MSNBC - 9/1/03

US troops die in week-long fight with Taliban
Two American soldiers died in a gun battle in eastern Afghanistan yesterday as hundreds of Taliban fighters poured into the southern mountains to join a week-long battle against Afghan and US forces. -Guardian - 9/1/03

Censors cast shadow over Venice
Iranian officials confiscated the master reel of Babak Payami's film The Silence Between Two Thoughts to stop the story of a Taliban assassin ordered to rape a female prisoner so she will not get to paradise being shown at the festival. -Guardian - 9/1/03

Iranian film-makers move boldly into unexplored terrain
Cinematic creations display greater political explicitness – even if they aren’t authorized to be screened at home -Daily Star - 9/1/03

Iran attacks nuclear 'pressure'
The UN nuclear watchdog should not let other countries pressure Tehran over signing up to tougher nuclear inspections, an Iranian official has said. -BBC - 9/1/03
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