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Iranian Women's Monthly Under Pressure From Hard-Liners

- A newly launched women's monthly run by a prominent female editor has irked Iranian hard-liners, who have accused her of promoting "obsolete" feminist views and ideas that are un-Islamic. Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported last week that Shahla Sherkat , editor of "Zanan-e Emruz," will be put on trial by Iran's Press Court on September 7. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 9/1/14

Basketball: Brazil Defeats Iran in FIBA World Cup

- Brazil basketball team beat Iran 79-50 in Group A of the 2014 FIBA World Cup on Sunday evening. In the match held at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Granada, Brazil's Alex Garcia scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting. 9/1/14

Iran Police Chief Stirs Controversy Over Women Working In Coffee Shops

- Islamic Republic Police Chief Khalil Helali told reporters on Sunday that women are prohibited from working in coffee shops and traditional cafes. Helali's statements are being challenged by legal experts, who maintain that there is no legislation banning women from employment in coffee shops. 9/1/14

Over 350,000 Iranians studying abroad: Education Minister

- Ali Asghar Faani, who was briefing a gathering of teachers set to be dispatched to Iran's official schools abroad, said that his organization is planning to restructure the system governing its foreign missions and "make them more compatible with the cultural changes." 9/1/14

Iranian activist lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh wins right to resume her law practice

- Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh says an order issued by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal gives her permission to resume practicing law. Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested in 2010 and sentenced to a 20-year ban from practicing law. 9/1/14

Is the lack of clarity about the Iran-Russia oil-for-goods deal intentional?

- Nader Habibi unpacks the possible motivations for the mixed signals from Moscow and Tehran regarding a proposed oil-for-goods deal between the two countries. Both countries, he argues, face domestic opposition to the deal but want to maintain the possibility of a deal as a hedge against tightening Western sanctions. -Iran Matters 9/1/14

Iran defeats Italy in FIVB Men's World Championship

- The 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship has started for the Iranian national team with a valuable 3-1 win against Italy in Pool D of the competitions being held in Krakow, Poland. 8/31/14

Who is failing Iran's forests, Environment Department or Parliament?

- This spring flames of fire soared higher than ever in the forests and rangeland of Iran. Golestan National Park caught fire a number of times burning down or severely damaging over 1000 hectares of the trees. The situation begs the question who is responsible for putting out and preventing these raging flames? 8/31/14

Minister of Economy touts Iran's economic turnaround

- The Iranian economy has faced serious decline due to changes in government subsidies, the rise in inflation and widespread international sanctions. Previous reports regarding inflation indicated that after reaching rates of 40 percent, the inflation rate is now in a downward trend and closer to 23.2 percent. 8/31/14

Saudi-Iran Meeting Could Boost Fight Against Islamic State

- The fact that the Iranians and Saudis are talking again does not guarantee a breakthrough against Islamic State fighters, but could make it easier to build a broad coalition against the group and facilitate efforts to form a more inclusive government in Iraq and potentially, Syria. -Barbara Slavin 8/31/14

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New U.S. sanctions run contrary to Joint Plan of Action: Iran - The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Saturday stating that the new U.S. sanctions run contrary to the Joint Plan of Action and the current process of nuclear talks. Iran rejects any "unacceptable and unilateral interpretation" of the Geneva nuclear deal and strongly believes that the sanctions violate the commitment of the United States made in the deal, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said stated. 8/31/14

Nuclear Talks: Crisis Group Points the Way - The talks to resolve concern about Iran's nuclear program will resume in early September. The negotiators will have had time to read and reflect on a well-informed and wise report that the International Crisis Group (ICG) published this week. Let us hope they will have done so. -Peter Jenkins, LobeLog 8/31/14

Elusive Deal With Iran Could Yield Foreign Policy Legacy for Obama - A 15-minute phone call made just under a year ago may be what historians say set the stage for a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran - if one is achieved by a November 24 deadline. The call between Presidents Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani marked the first direct contact between the United States and Iran since 1979. -Catherine Maddux, VOA 8/31/14

Iran Didn't Create ISIS; We Did - The Baroness Turner of Camden recently argued in The Diplomat that Iran is the "major driving force" in Iraq's civil war, and furthermore, that Iran is "central to the broader conflict that has seemingly put the entire Middle East beyond hope of stability." -Ben Reynolds, The Diplomat 8/31/14

Iranian Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Criticizes West's Sanctions On Iran At Venice Film Festival - Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad criticized the U.S. and EU sanctions against Iran during a press conference for her latest film "Tales" at the 71st International Venice Film Festival on Thursday. She said that the embargos "actually penalized the people in the country," AP reported. 8/30/14

President Rohani Condemns 'Oppressive' New Sanctions Imposed by U.S. Against Iran - The United States has announced newly imposed sanctions against more than 25 Iranian entities and individuals that Washington accuses of a range of transgressions. Iranian President Hassan Rohani has condemned the latest round of Western sanctions against the Islamic republic. Rohani, in an address on August 30, called the sanctions an "oppression." 8/30/14

Iran calls on Russia to help end nuclear talks - Iran's foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator says Iran hopes to bring the nuclear negotiations to completion "with assistance from its Russian friends." Mohammad Javad Zarif held a joint conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday August 29 to point out Russia's cooperation in Iran's peaceful nuclear program, saying Russia is well aware of the "importance of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities." 8/30/14

Iran Bolsters Surveillance of Phones, Internet - One year after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani assumed the office of President, the regime in Tehran is apparently stepping up surveillance of its citizens' online and telephone activities, threatening some with punishment for "seditious" activities. -Doug Bernard, VOA 8/30/14

Football: Coach Queiroz leaves Iran without signing - The Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz whose visa was due to expire, flew to Dubai on Friday morning without signing an extension to his contract as the head coach of the Iranian national football team. Abbas Torabian the supervisor of Iran's national football team believes he will return to Iran to continue with the negotiations. 8/30/14

Iranian poacher selling leopard skin gets tough sentence - A poacher in Northern Khorasan, who was arrested while selling leopard skin, has been sentenced to three years in jail. IRNA reports that the leopard was hunted down last winter in a protected area. 8/30/14

Persian paranoia: America's fear of Iranian cyber power - Rather than large, singular groups of digital spies, Iran has quietly built up a secret, disparate army of "mercenaries", each separate from one another but with similar aims, according to the authors of the report, which will be published soon by Silicon Valley security company Norse. -Tom Brewster, Guardian 8/30/14

To Defeat Terror, We Need the World's Help - In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What's needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition... -John Kerry, NY Times 8/30/14

Iranian Culture Minister Next Target For Removal - The Shargh daily reported on Thursday August 28 that critics of the Culture Minister have raised the issues of film censorship and women singing in concerts, and the minister is now charged with submitting a report to Parliament. 8/29/14

US Grants Intelsat, Eutelsat New Waivers for Iran Channels - The U.S. government has authorized European satellite providers Intelsat and Eutelsat Communications an additional six-month waiver to broadcast Iranian programming after U.S. and European authorities had banned them from working with state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. -Mark Snowiss, VOA 8/29/14

Head Of Iranian Judiciary Warns President Rohani About "Seculars" - The head of the Iranian judiciary, Ayatollah Amoli Larijani, urged President Rohani in a public speech to refrain from appointing "seculars" to his administration and those who do not agree with the main tenets of the constitution. 8/29/14

'Her Voice is Undying': Farzaneh Milani Remembers 'Lioness of Iran' - Farzaneh Milani, professor of Persian literature and women's studies at the University of Virginia, helped translate the works of poet Simin Behbahani, the acclaimed "Lioness of Iran," from Persian into English, an endeavor for which Milani and collaborator Kaveh Safa won the 2008 Lois Roth Prize for Literary Translation from Persian. -University of Virginia 8/29/14

Five Thousand Iranian Mine Workers Strike in Protest against Arrest of Strikers - In an increasingly tense and prolonged stand-off between striking miners, the Bafgh Iron Ore Mines, and judicial officials, which originally began in May 2014 over plans to privatize the mine, a new round of strikes at the mines began on August 19 over the arrests of some of the strikers, reportedly involving some 5000 miners... 8/29/14

Friends of Israel - The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence? -Connie Bruck, New Yorker 8/29/14

Yemen's President Blames Iran for Inciting Conflict - Yemen's President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi is blaming Iran for inciting the conflict. He claimed in a statement that Iran was trying to "trade Sana'a for the Syrian capital, Damascus," a reference to Iranian support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war. -Edward Yeranian, VOA 8/29/14

Is nonprofit "United Against Nuclear Iran" a Mossad front? - On July 19, 2013 Greek shipping magnate Victor Restis sued the U.S. based nonprofit American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran Inc. which is more popularly known as United Against Nuclear Iran. -Grant F. Smith, IRMEP 8/29/14

Indonesia Massacre, Iran Sanctions Infuse Venice Film Offerings - VENICE -- Films about a 1960s massacre in Indonesia and the harsh conditions in Iran under present-day international sanctions and how they affect ordinary people struck somber notes at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday. -Reuters 8/29/14

Families of striking Iranian miners angered by bail - While the court has issued bail for workers detained during the labour protests in Bafgh, their families protest that the accused "have not committed any crime and should not be required to put up bail for their release." 8/28/14

Senior Iranian Ayatollah Says High-Speed Mobile Internet Is Un-Islamic - "un-Islamic" and violate "human and moral norms". Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi said Iranian authorities should introduce measures that would prevent access to the "negative features" of high-speed mobile Internet and 3G services before making them widely available. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 8/28/14

Caspian Summit will not solve the issue of Caspian Legal regime - The 4th Summit meeting of the Caspian littoral states (Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan Republic and Turkmenistan) is going to be held in September 2014 in Russia. The main subject in the agenda of this meeting is review of the latest draft treaty on the legal regime of the Caspian Sea. However, it seems the summit will not solve the issue of Caspian Legal regime and it will be dominated by other issues. -Bahman Aghai Diba 8/28/14

Iran Claims Israeli Drone Was Launched From Ex-Soviet Republic - An Iranian military official says that an alleged Israeli drone shot down close to the Natanz nuclear facility was launched from a former Soviet republic to the north of Iran. In Baku, officials have denied a report alleging that the drone was launched from Azerbaijan's territory. 8/28/14

Tehran police renew satellite crackdown - Tehran police have once again started a campaign of confiscating satellite dishes from people's homes. The Etemad daily reported on Thursday that some people have described officers arriving at residential buildings with warrants to enter and confiscate satellite dishes. 8/28/14

First-ever European luxury train to set off Iran journey - The first European private train to enter Iran will make a two-week journey from Budapest to Tehran in October. The first "Golden Eagle-Danube Express" train, which comprises 13 lavishly-decorated wood-paneled 1950s carriages and berths for about 70 guests, will set off from Budapest on October 15. 8/27/14

The Middle East's Unfinished Wars - The predictions of doom in the Middle East that are dominating thinking in the foreign policy commentariat of Washington and other capitals over the spread of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could use a little perspective. -James A. Russell 8/27/14

Iran Says Modifying Arak Reactor To Ease Western Concerns - Iranian media say Tehran has started to modify its Arak heavy water reactor and limit plutonium output to allay Western concerns that the Islamic republic could be seeking nuclear weapons capability. 8/27/14

Tehran mayor distances himself from gender segregation plan - Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, who has stirred controversy with his plan to segregate male and female public servants, declared on Tuesday that he is in essence against gender segregation. 8/27/14

What Else Can Iranian Americans Learn From Successful Minorities? - In a 2012 article titled Iranian Americans, Take a Lesson, Trita Parsi invited the Iranian American Community to learn three lessons from the Jewish American community. I believe there are many other lessons that we can learn from successful minorities such as Jewish Americans and in here I like to discuss two of them -Nader Habibi 8/27/14

Extremist Iranian group can't patrol without permits - Iran's interior minister says that Hezbollah motorcycle patrols must attain legal permits before they can carry out any patrolling duties. Khabaronline reports that Minister Rahmani Fazli told a press conference on Tuesday August 26 that the activities of Ansar-e Hezbollah, including their motorcycle patrols, cannot be allowed without the appropriate legal permits. 8/27/14

US Coast Guard Craft Fires Warning Shot at Iranian Dhow - A U.S. Coast Guard vessel operating in international waters in the Persian Gulf fired today on an Iranian dhow in what U.S. military officials described as a defensive move after the crew of the Iranian vessel turned a machine gun on the Americans with hostile intent. -U.S. Department of Defense 8/27/14

Iran Speaks More Softly But Keeps Building Bigger Sticks - "Iran's military strategy is defensive" and designed to "deter an attack, survive an initial strike, retaliate against an aggressor and force a diplomatic solution" while avoiding major concessions, says the unclassified executive summary of a congressionally mandated Pentagon report submitted to lawmakers on July 7. -Tony Capaccio, Bloomberg 8/27/14

Iranian Minister: Saudi Talks 'Constructive' - Iran's deputy foreign minister said he held "positive and constructive" talks with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Tuesday where Islamist militancy in Iraq -- which both countries view as a threat -- was one of the topics discussed. -Reuters 8/27/14

Iran 'Provided' Weapons To Iraqi Kurdish Forces To Fight IS - The Iraqi Kurdish leader says Iran has provided weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces to fight Islamic State (IS) militants. Masud Barzani, the president of the semiautonomous Kurdish region, made the comment during a joint news conference with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on August 26. 8/26/14

Iranian Scientist Wins UNESCO Biology Award - An Iranian researcher and scientist of the country's Royan Institute won the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for the first time in the history. Professor Hossein Baharavand from the Stem Cell Research Center of Royan Institute was qualified to win the 2014-2015 UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize. 8/26/14

Israel's "Qualitative Military Edge": Blank Checks, No Balance? - This month the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration had slowed the shipment of Hellfire missiles to Israel after it bombed a UN school in Gaza on Aug. 3 with the US-made weapon. The White House has insisted that weapons transfers to Israel have not been suspended or halted, and that the administration is only "taking extra care to look at these shipments." -Marsha B. Cohen 8/26/14

Will Rouhani's Iran economic stimulus package work? - In mid-July, nearly a year after President Hassan Rouhani took office, his administration introduced a package of economic reforms with the objective of moving the economy out of stagflation. The so-called stimulus package has tried to address key challenges in the Iranian economy... -Bijan Khajehpour, Al-Monitor 8/26/14

Drone downed in Iran was not launched from Israel - One day after the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps announced that it had downed an Israeli drone, the IRGC reported that the operation range of the drone indicates that it did not come from Israel but rather was launched from one of the countries in the region. 8/26/14

Iran: Students must repay illegally granted bursaries - Iran's Minister of Justice has announced that students who received bursaries illegally will have to pay for the costs of their studies. IRNA reports that Mostafa PourMohammadi was addressing the controversial issue of bursaries that were illegally granted to ineligible students under the former administration when he said: "A committee has been established to handle the irregularities." 8/26/14

Another rare deer killed under protection in Lorestan, Iran - An unknown assailant has shot and killed a rare yellow deer being kept in the Khoramabad Zoo. The head of Iran's Environment and Wildlife Watch reported on August 24 that the deer died from a shot to its shoulder despite efforts by zoo officials to save it. 8/26/14

Why UNESCO recognition eludes Iran's Mount Damavand - Iranian nature lovers must delay their hopes of having Mount Damavand, one of the country's most distinctive features, recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The head of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization says the registration of Mount Damavand on the Natural and Cultural World Heritage list will not be possible unless several government bodies collaborate on the project. 8/25/14

Iran releases pictures of downed Israeli 'Hermes' drone - The Israeli spy drone shot down by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is an Israeli-made Hermes drone, says an Iranian commander. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can operate within a radius of 800 kilometers and is capable of flying 1,600 kilometers without refueling, said Commander of the IRGC's Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh on Monday. 8/25/14

Obama Mulling Broader Strikes Against ISIS? - This week's video-taped beheading of a U.S. journalist by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has spurred renewed calls for President Barack Obama to broaden Washington's military efforts to strike the terrorist group, including in Syria. -Jim Lobe 8/25/14

Ali Karimi takes on Ice Bucket Challenge - Former Iranian international and Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi took on the Ice Bucket Challenge and posted the video on his Instagram on Friday. The challenge, which was born in Massachusetts, comes from the former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates. Frates was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2012. 8/25/14

Iran holds conference on ancient philosopher Avicenna - Iran has hosted a conference on the philosophy of the Islamic physician and philosopher Avicenna in the country's midwest city of Hamedan. Organized by the Avicenna Cultural and Scientific Foundation, the one-day conference was held to commemorate the ancient scientist Avicenna (Ibn Sinna) on Iran's National Physicians' Day, August 23. 8/25/14

Iranian FM visits Baghdad, says Iran fully backs new Iraqi PM - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reiterated Tehran's position that Iran fully supports new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. In a meeting with al-Abadi in Baghdad on Sunday, Zarif also said Iran attaches great value to the Iraqi people's choice of prime minister. 8/25/14

Political Prisoners at Evin Transferred into Quarantine without Explanation - Twenty-seven political prisoners have been transferred from Evin Prison's Ward 350 to quarantine, where they are now being held in conditions tantamount to clear and serious ill treatment. 8/23/14

Iran Politics: Central Contradiction Remains - A vote in Iran's parliament on Wednesday resulted in the dismissal of President Rouhani's minister of science. The vote was a shock but also an important message: the main contradiction in Iran remains between the hardliners and supporters of democracy. -Morteza Kazemian 8/23/14

Learn about the role of UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran - Dr. Ahmed Shaheed is the current Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. How do UN human rights mechanisms encourage all countries, including Iran, to uphold human rights? 8/23/14

A Ministerial Impeachment in Tehran - After a year of relative political calm, initiated by the presidential election of Hassan Rouhani, and their seeming marginalization, the hard-line MPs close to the Steadfastness Front, estimated at no more than 50, were able to break the ranks of conservatives and draw enough support from the caucus that supported Ali Larijani's speakership to remove Faraji-Dana, the minister deemed closest to the reformists and largely supported by the university students and faculty. -Farideh Farhi 8/22/14

Female Iranian-American photojournalist freed on bail - The Washington Post reports that its female photojournalist who was detained by Iranian authorities a month ago has now been released on bail. The daily has refrained from releasing the name of the photojournalist upon the request of her family; however, it has indicated that she holds dual Iranian-U.S. citizenship. 8/22/14

Iranian quake victims demand help from visiting minister - Victims of the recent earthquake in the Mormori region of Ilam Province protested during the visit of the Minister of Roads and Urban Development and demanded the provision of aid and resources needed to overcome their ordeal. 8/21/14

Report details century of fatal air accidents in Iran - Iran's Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development reported on Wednesday August 20 that the average age of the Iranian air fleet exceeds 20 years, and in the past 100 years to date, two thousand Iranian have died in air accidents. 8/21/14

Moderate Iranian Science Minister Ousted By Parliament - Iranian lawmakers have dismissed the Islamic republic's science minister in a blow to moderate President Hassan Rohani. Conservative legislators targeted Science, Research and Technology Minister Reza Faraji Dana over his support for teachers who are seen as pro-Western or protested after Iran's disputed 2009 presidential election. 8/21/14

France Wants Arabs, Iran, UN Security Council to Tackle Islamic State - France said on Wednesday it wanted the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and regional countries, including Arab states and Iran, to coordinate action against the militant group Islamic State, the insurgents who control parts of Iraq and Syria. -VOA 8/21/14

Iranian woman scientist selected member of COMEST - Azam Iraji Zad, faulty member of Sharif University of Technology Physics Department was selected as member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). According to Public Relations Department of National Elites Foundation, she is the first Iranian scientist admitted to the commission. 8/21/14

OMID Foundations 10th Anniversary Celebrations in San Francisco Bay Area - The OMID Bay Area Committee is excited to invite you to our 1st Annual Banquet at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Sunday, September 28th at 6:30pm. Marjaneh Halati, the founder and president of Omid Foundations will be present, along with live music, dancing, light dinner, live/silent auction and drinks. 8/20/14

Famed Iranian Poet Simin Behbahani Dies At 87 - Simin Behbahani, one of Iran's most prominent literary figures and a vocal human rights defender who was targeted with censorship and smear campaigns by Iranian authorities, has died in Tehran. She was 87. 8/20/14

Public Offers Support for Obama's Iraq Intervention - Despite rising criticism of his foreign policy - even from his former secretary of state - President Barack Obama's decision last week to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq enjoys relatively strong public support, at least so far. -Jim Lobe 8/20/14

Fifi Howls from Happiness: A Documentary on Iranian Artist Bahman Mohassess - Mitra Farahani's lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland-revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime. 8/19/14

Maliki is Gone: Now What? - Nouri al-Maliki is no longer Iraq's prime minister, but his departure does not mean that Iraq's problems will be resolved easily or soon. A basic change must first occur in Iraq's domestic politics, the power struggles within its different ethnic and sectarian components, and the behavior of regional and international actors towards Iraq. -Shireen T. Hunter 8/19/14

Iran: Dozens Unlawfully Held in City's Prisons - Several dozen prisoners in a northern city are serving prison terms for exercising their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Iranian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners, Human Rights Watch said. 8/19/14

Final deal possible only if 5+1 lifts UN sanctions: Iran - The Iranian foreign minister has said that a comprehensive nuclear deal can be reached only if the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) annuls the sanctions resolutions imposed against Iran by the UN Security Council. 8/19/14

Strong Quake Hits Western Iran, 250 Injured - The number of people wounded in the 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Abdanan, in this western province, Monday morning has risen to 250, latest reports said. The strong tremor hit three western and southwestern provinces of Ilam, Lorestan and Khuzestan at 07:02 hours local time (0232 GMT) and was also felt in the neighboring provinces. 8/18/14

Iran volleyball team loses to U.S. in four-match series - Iran volleyball team lost its last match against the U.S. in the USAV Cup four-match series on Sunday. The U.S. beat Iran in straight sets (25-18, 25-22, 25-19) before a crowd of 3,610 at the Bren Center at UC Irvine. 8/18/14

Honoring a young woman who gave life to others in her death - A tragic plane crash in Tehran on Sunday August 10 that took the life of 37 people onboard. But unknown to many is how this crash also claimed the life of a young Iranian woman on the ground as well. Moments before the crash, Hadiseh Ghasemi, 21, a Tehran University student, was riding a taxi in the area. This is when the driver heard the sound of the plane and noticed it is coming down and could possibly hit his taxi. 8/17/14

Iranian Math Genius's Photos Too Racy For Media Back Home - "No hair, no ears, no neck." That's how one journalist described a front-page portrait of Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani that an Iranian newspaper digitally doctored to obscure her hair and skin to placate censors in the Islamic republic. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 8/16/14

Profiting From Iranophobia? - Eli has a new blog post on The Nation's website today that provides additional details about the curious - one is tempted to say incestuous - relationship between the staff of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) and the corporate interests of billionaire gold and silver investor, Thomas Kaplan. -Jim Lobe 8/16/14

SUMMON THE EXORCIST - So far over two-thousand dead and perhaps ten-thousand or more injured and half a million made homeless, all non-combatants or bystanders save a couple of hundred actual Hamas fighters. This was in Gaza, the world's largest and most densely populated concentration camp, cut off from the rest of the world and under attack during the past three weeks by Israel's Zio-Nazi Likud regime. -Kam Zarrabi 8/14/14

Iran and the U.S. sign MOU to boost Volleyball standards - Iran's Volleyball Federation President, Mohammad Reza Davarzani and his U.S counterpart signed memorandum of understanding in Los Angeles on Monday in order to expand cooperations. Iran's men national volleyball team is in California for a four-game tour against the U.S. 8/13/14

Washington's Sketchy Pro-Israel/Anti-Iran Camp - My colleague Eli Clifton has a new piece up at Salon about the pro-sanctions group United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI) and its somewhat murky links to a billionaire precious-metals investor named Thomas Kaplan. I suggest everyone check it out -Ali Gharib 8/13/14

Bridge 2014 High Tech Entrepreneurship in Iran: Opportunities and Challenges - Berkeley, CA - For the first time, seasoned entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Iran will convene to explore the opportunities and challenges of high tech entrepreneurship in Iran and its impact on the country's ongoing economic development. Bridge 2014 will raise awareness about the critical need to build educational bridges and promote the culture of "Entrepreneurs without Borders". 8/12/14

An Experience: Photos of Iranian Women With And Without Veils - Photographer Marziyeh Heydarzadeh has captured snapshots of Iranian women posing at a holly site with and without veils. A short paragraph published with "this experience" states that "hijab, in addition to being a cultural and religious value, indicates differences between those who want to preserve their dignity and those who easily overlook this." The story does not mention how the women felt after this experience, and if they left the site with or without the veil... 8/6/14

Congressional Backlash on Iran is a Problem for Europe, Too - In recent weeks, hard-line members of the US Congress have stepped up their game of obstructing diplomacy with Iran. Resolving the Iranian nuclear conflict has been used as a chip in domestic politics rather than a foreign policy issue pursued through a multilateral track.-Ellie Geranmayeh 8/1/14

Jailing of returning Iranian journalists called part of anti-Rohani plan - Hossein Mirdamadi, the father of jailed journalist Serajeddin Mirdamai, says the judge in his son's case has said that he will be made an example so that other journalists will not think of returning to Iran. 8/1/14

Jason Rezaian's Mother Pleads for Her Son's Release - Mary Rezaian, the mother of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was detained in Iran last week with his wife Yeganeh Salehi without charge or access to a lawyer, makes a heartfelt plea to Iranian authorities in this video to release her two loved ones. -Jasmin Ramsey 7/31/14

Column: Free Jason Rezaian, Other Iranian American Detainees - All Iranian Americans who travel to Iran know they face a certain amount of risk. Obliged to use Iranian passports instead of obtaining visas like other Americans, Iranian Americans can easily be barred from leaving the country and become pawns in the three-decade-old U.S.-Iran confrontation as well as in Iran's complicated domestic political battles. The latest such pawn appears to be Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. -Barbara Slavin 7/30/14

Iran Is World's Leading Jailer Of Female Journalists And Netizens - The arrest on 22 July of two journalists and a photographer, including the Tehran correspondent of the Washington Post and his Iranian wife, brings to 65 the number of news providers behind bars in Iran. They include 10 women, of whom three are foreign nationals, making Iran the world's leading jailer of female journalists and netizens. 7/29/14

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The Biggest Mideast Crisis You Probably Don't Know Enough About

Entertainment

2014 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Winners Announced

Music

A New Life For Iran's Orchestras?

Book

A book by Meghan Nuttall Sayres: "Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran"

Event

OMID Foundations 10th Anniversary Celebrations in San Francisco Bay Area

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