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Smoke Is Still Rising From Tehran's Plasco Building Where Bodies Are Trapped

- Just three days after the collapse of one of the most iconic buildings in Tehran, Plasco, smoke is still rising from the building and filling the air in the downtown area of the city. Police forces have blocked off the area so that emergency crew carry on their job of removing the rubble and searching for people, mostly firemen who are trapped under the debris. 01/22/17

Netanyahu Plans To Discuss 'Cruel' Iran With Trump 'Soon'

- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he plans to meet with newly installed U.S. President Donald Trump soon to discuss what he sees as the dangers from Iran and its "cruel" government. Netanyahu regularly criticized the policies of former U.S. President Barrack Obama. A day after the United States abstained from a UN Security Council resolution calling on Israel to stop building settlements in the West Bank, the Israeli prime minister called the move a "shameful anti-Israel ambush." 01/22/17

Four Looming Flashpoints Facing Trump

- Looking at the world today, four areas appear to pose an especially high risk of sudden crisis and conflict: North Korea, the South China Sea, the Baltic Sea region, and the Middle East. Each of them has been the past site of recurring clashes, and all are primed to explode early in the Trump presidency. -Michael T. Klare, LobeLog 01/22/17

UK woman imprisoned in Iran has conviction upheld in appeals court

- A British-Iranian woman sentenced to five years in jail in Iran on unspecific charges relating to national security has had her conviction upheld in the appeals court, according to judiciary officials. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the news agency's charitable arm, appealed against her sentence earlier this month in what was her last legal opportunity to challenge it. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian 01/22/17

Iranian Civil Rights Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison at 10-Minute Mass Trial Released

- Civil rights advocate Aso Rostami-whose initial mass trial with three other activists lasted "barely 10 minutes"-was released from Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj on January 15, 2017 at the end of his two-year prison sentence for engaging in peaceful activism. He was initially sentenced to seven years, but the term was reduced upon appeal. 01/22/17

President Rouhani visits site of collapsed high-rise in downtown Tehran

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has visited the site of the collapsed Plasco high-rise in downtown Tehran to inspect the ongoing search and rescue operation there. Speaking to reporters on Saturday morning, Rouhani stressed that the search and rescue operation should continue until all those trapped under the rubble are saved. 01/21/17

Poll: Iranians Dissatisfied With Rouhani on High Priority Issues of Democracy and Civil Rights

- A survey of public opinion in Iran conducted in the last quarter of 2016 shows that even though a large majority of Iranians (75%) rated advancing democracy and protecting personal and civil rights among their highest priorities in 2015, 70% of Iranians said they were "dissatisfied" with their government's handling of these issues in 2016. 01/21/17

Fajr Music Festival ends in shock over Tehran building collapse

- The 32nd Fajr International Music Festival came to end on Friday night with a big shock over the collapse of the Plasco Building in Tehran after a fierce fire in the 17-storey commercial center on Thursday. All the festival's closing performances were dedicated to the victims of the incident. 01/21/17

Hardliners Pressuring Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

- The Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has called on President Hassan Rouhani to block access to Telegram, Iran's most widely used messaging application, ahead of the upcoming presidential election scheduled for May 19, 2017. 01/21/17

Can Europe Save The Iran Deal?

- It's no secret that many of President-elect Donald Trump's advisers favor killing the Iran nuclear deal. But to hear Europe tell it, they will not blindly follow suit. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini recently said Europe might line up with Russia against any efforts by the Trump administration to scuttle the deal -Reza Marashi, LobeLog 01/21/17

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Plasco High-Rise in Tehran Collapses After Fire

What US policymakers can learn about Iran from the life and death of Rafsanjani - On the eve of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's death, he was no longer a hardliner. But he wasn't a reformist either. Many Western newspapers described him as 'Iran's ex-president' in their elegies of him but his legacy dwarfs that characterisation. US policymakers should study both his life and the reaction to his death to understand the complexities of the Iranian nezam or system. -Adam Weinstein, London School of Economics 01/21/17

PHOTOS: Rescue operations underway after high-rise collapse in Iran - Iranian rescue workers are digging tunnels to reach the underground stories of the ageing high-rise that collapsed in downtown Tehran amid ongoing search operations to retrieve those trapped. Plasco Building caught fire in early Thursday and came down only hours later, blockading 25 to 30 people under the detritus. 01/20/17

30 Firefighters Dead in Tehran's Commercial Building Fire, Collapse - Iranian rescue teams and dozens of trucks worked through the night searching the ruins trying to reach trapped firefighters and other victims a day after a historic high-rise building in the heart of Tehran caught fire and later collapsed, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring more than 80 people. -Michael Lipin, VOA 01/20/17

NIAC Concerned That U.S. Banks are Denying Financial Services to Iranians in the U.S. - Over the past few years, Iranian visa-holders resident in the United States have seen their bank accounts at U.S. financial institutions shuttered as a result of U.S. sanctions. The most recent case is that of Chase Bank, where NIAC has learned that Chase is closing the bank accounts of Iranian visa-holders. 01/20/17

Iran regards tourism a fountain of wealth - Iran regards tourism industry a source for generating wealth, and is seeking to make the best use of positive atmosphere created in the wake of the nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, signed in January 2016. 01/20/17

Iran: Award-Winning Kurdish Filmmaker Keyvan Karimi Denied Urgent Hospitalization by Evin Prison Authorities - The authorities of Evin Prison in Tehran are refusing to transfer imprisoned filmmaker Keyvan Karimi to a hospital outside the prison for urgent medical care, his lawyer, Amir Raeesian, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. 01/20/17

32 Telegram Users Arrested In Iran On Charges Of Publishing Profanity - Head of Hormozgan Province Department of Justice announced that 32 managers and users of the instant messaging service, Telegram in the province have been arrested on charges of publishing profanity. Telegram is one of the only social media services that is not blocked by the Iranian government; however, conservative factions have repeatedly called for tightening of state control over its usage by the public. 01/20/17

Iranian Political Prisoner Saeed Shirzad Ends Hunger Strike After Officials Pledge to End Rights Abuses at Rajaee Shahr Prison - An informed source close to imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad said Shirzad ended his hunger strike after 39 days when "Judiciary and Rajaee Shahr Prison officials met with him and gave assurances" about ending the abuse of prisoners-Shirzad's main demand. 01/20/17

BOOK: Orders, Decorations, and Medals of the Empire of Iran - The Pahlavi Era by O James Younessi - This book is an astonishing effort in categorization of the Pre-revolutionary Iranian awards. Museums, historians, auction houses, numismatists, collectors, and interest groups particularly in the hostile post-revolutionary milieu of the Islamic Republic were hampered by lack of solid information in this particular area of Iranian modern history... -Darius KADIVAR 01/20/17

Exhibition: Conflict, Resistance, Displacement - Maryam Ashrafi is based in Paris and has been covering Kurdish issues in Northern Iraq, Syria and Europe for the past three years. She is particularly interested in the experience of Kurdish women both in terms of their participation in the conflict and more general issues around emancipation struggles. -Guardian 01/20/17

PHOTOS: 30 Firefighters Die, Over 100 People Missing As Tehran High-Rise Collapses After Fire - A massive fire erupted on Thursday in a mega mall in downtown Tehran, the city's most populous area, bringing the whole the 17-story building down. Thirty firefighters have lost their lives, according to IRIB. Death toll is expected to rise. More than 100 people are estimated to have been trapped under rubble. 01/19/17

PHOTOS: Iran's president test-drives electric car on National Clean Air Day - On the sidelines of a cabinet session on Wednesday, Rouhani took a tour by some of his ministers to check the products of three knowledge-based companies manufacturing electric cars and motorcycles. The Iranian president was briefed on the capabilities and quality of the products, including the two-seat electric car Yooz, produced by the Islamic Azad University of Qazvin, as well as two electric motorcycles manufactured by two other research centers. 01/19/17

UN: Iran Nuclear Deal Working; Continued Commitment Required - A U.N. report says Iran has not received any unauthorized transfers of nuclear-related items since an international nuclear agreement was implemented a year ago, but Tehran may have violated some provisions on conventional arms transfers and travel restrictions. -Margaret Besheer, VOA 01/19/17

Iran-Saudi cooperation possible if Riyadh sees realities on ground: Foreign Minister Zarif - Iran and Saudi Arabia can work together to help end regional conflicts, but Riyadh needs to see the realities on the ground before relations between the two countries could go back to normal, the Iranian foreign minister says. Meanwhile, Zarif warned US President-elect Donald Trump against trying to renegotiate Iran's nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action 01/19/17

Iranian Duo Make History in Women's Volleyball by Moving to Bulgaria - Iran's first two women volleyball players to compete outside the Islamic Republic joined Bulgarian club Shumen this month, a move which has taken years of negotiation with Iranian authorities and which could help break down some gender barriers at home. -Angel Krasimirov , Reuters 01/19/17

Iranian Fashion Startup Breaks the Online Shopping Mistrust Through Events - An Iranian online marketplace for fashion goods is organizing local events to showcase the works of Iranian designers and international brands. With these events, this startup aims to overcome the challenge with offline to online conversion and building trust and credibility for their customers. -Techrasa 01/19/17

Amnesty International Condemns Iran's 'Prolific' Use Of Corporal Punishment - Amnesty International has sharply criticized Iran over what it called the prolific use of "cruel and inhuman" corporal punishment including flogging, amputations, and forced blinding. In a recent case, a journalist was lashed 40 times after being convicted of inaccurate reporting, the London-based human rights group said. 01/19/17

Iranian bodybuilder jailed over 'nude' selfies - The Islamic Republic arrested and jailed a female bodybuilder after she published revealing photos of herself online, Iranian media reported Wednesday. "One of the female bodybuilders who recently published nude photographs on social networks has been arrested," the Mizanonline news agency reported. -news.com.au 01/19/17

President Rouhani: JCPOA belied allegations against Iran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the historic deal over Iran's nuclear program and its implementation belied claims about the country seeking weapons of mass destruction and demonstrated the honesty and sincerity of the Islamic Republic. Rouhani made the remarks in a press conference attended by some 200 Iranian and foreign reporters in Tehran on Tuesday on the first anniversary of the implementation of the country's nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 01/18/17

Why Coercion Is a Recipe for Failure with Iran - Opponents of the 2015 Iran nuclear accord have criticized the deal because it did not end uranium enrichment or limit missile development by Iran. With the Trump administration, some see an opportunity to undermine the agreement by imposing more non-nuclear sanctions on Iran. The assumption is that this could provoke Tehran to withdraw from the deal, snapping back the 'crippling' sanctions, which-according to common wisdom-brought the country to the negotiating table in 2013. -Tytti Erasto 01/18/17

Interview with Loris Tjeknavorian: A Country That's Got It All Is Still Poor without Art - Loris Tjeknavorian is one of the most prominent composers and conductors, one of the most celebrated cultural figures in Iran and Armenia. Born on 13 October, 1937 in Borujerd, Loris Tjeknovarian is also one of the leading conductors of his generation. He has led international orchestras throughout the world: in Austria, UK, US, Canada, Hungary, Copenhagen, Iran, Finland, Russia, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa and Denmark. 01/18/17

Khatami, Former Political Prisoners and Ailing Mother Convince Ali Shariati to End 75-Day Hunger Strike - Requests by prominent reformist leader Mohammad Khatami, political prisoners, and his ailing mother ultimately convinced imprisoned civil rights activist Ali Shariati to halt his hunger strike, after 75 days, on January 14, 2017. 01/18/17

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Arrest Former Reformist MP's Sister on Unspecified "Security Charges" - Fatemeh Haghighatjou, a former reformist member of Iran's Parliament currently living in the United States, is desperately seeking information about her sister, Leila Haghighatjou, who was arrested on December 19, 2016 in Tehran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and is being held without access to a lawyer. 01/18/17

Iran, Germany sign agreement on expanding transport co-op - Iran and Germany inked an agreement on the expansion of cooperation in rail, air and sea transportation. Based on the agreement, which was signed in Tehran at Monday night by Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi and the visiting German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt, the two sides agreed to set up a taskforce to develop mutual cooperation in different transportation areas. 01/18/17

Iranian Voices - A small section in the middle of the lower ground floor of the British Museum has a beautiful red carpet laid out, and surrounding walls adorned with a selection of recent acquisitions of works on paper by Iranian artists from both inside and outside Iran. The works -- collages, drawings, artist books, and photographs -- fill three glass cases standing on both sides of the carpet. -Lizzy Vartanian Collier, Reorient 01/18/17

Iran Against U.S. Presence At Syria Peace Talks In Astana - Iran says it opposes the United States joining peace talks on Syria to be held in Kazakhstan next week. That goes against the position of the other two organizers of the talks, Russia and Turkey, which have said the new U.S. administration of Donald Trump should be represented at the Astana talks, which begin on January 23. 01/18/17

Russia gets multi-billion dollar Iran projects - Under an agreement signed between the two sides, the Russians will improve efficiency at the Ramin power plant in Khuzestan province to 50-55% from 36% now, Alireza Daemi told the Mehr news agency on Wednesday. Another Russian company will build a 1,400-megawatt power plant in the Iranian city of Bandar Abbas in Hormuzgan province, he added. 01/18/17

Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Status Report - One year since its "implementation day", 16 January 2016, the July 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (the P5+1) -- The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- is both a success and in jeopardy. -International Crisis Group 01/18/17

Detained British Iranian's Husband Appeals to Rouhani at London Vigil - British human rights activists have held a vigil outside the Iranian embassy in London to appeal to Iran's president to free a British Iranian woman detained for nine months on unspecified security charges. Richard Ratcliffe, husband of detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, spoke to VOA's Persian service from the scene of Monday's vigil, saying he wrote a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appealing for the release. -Michael Lipin & Hooman Bakhtiar 01/17/17

The Death of Rafsanjani in Iran - Based on my own observations over the years here are a few comments that seem worth adding to the flood of commentary. First, Rafsanjani was truly a pragmatist. He seemed to believe genuinely that Iran's revolutionary system would survive only if it engaged with the outside world. There was never any doubt about his devotion to the system that he had done so much to shape. But he was willing to go beyond stale dogma in pursuit of rescuing a system that he recognized was performing very badly. -Gary Sick 01/17/17

EU Diplomat Says Bloc Will Stand By Iran Nuclear Deal - The European Union head of foreign affairs says the EU will stand by the nuclear agreement with Iran, setting up a potential conflict with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has condemned the deal. Federica Mogherini on January 16 insisted that the accord serves Europe's security needs and is "proof that diplomacy works and delivers." 01/17/17

President Rohani Dismisses Trump's Criticism Of Nuclear Deal, Says Iran Won't Renegotiate - Iranian President Hassan Rohani has dismissed criticism from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump about Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, vowing that Iran will not renegotiate the agreement that came into effect a year ago. 01/17/17

Bahrain and "Iranian-Backed Terrorism" - In its just-published 2017 World Report, Human Rights Watch warned against the Bahrain regime's "accelerated repression" of peaceful activists and the continued detention and prosecution of human rights protesters. The report called on the government of Bahrain to "reinvigorate a stalled process of political reform by reversing the dissolution of al-Wifaq, releasing high-profile political detainees, and ending its harassment of activists." -Emile Nakhleh 01/17/17

Will Trump Shred the Iran Nuclear Deal? - Stack up the op-eds and essays on the disasters that await the world once Donald Trump moves into the White House and you'll have a long list of dismaying scenarios. One that makes the lineups of most pundits involves a crisis with Iran. -Rajan Menon, LobeLog 01/17/17

Grad student hopes to break misconceptions of Iran with travel memoir - Shawndeez Jadalizadeh embarked on a four-month solo journey through her home country, which she had never visted before, in the spring of 2015. "I was slightly terrified, but I put aside my fears and fantasies to enjoy the present, to enjoy Iran," wrote Shawndeez, a graduate student in gender studies, in a memoir about her travels. -Lauret Scott, Daily Bruin 01/17/17

PROFILES: Iranian woman motorcycle racer Baran Hadizadeh - Up at the crack of dawn Baran Hadizadeh starts her day of motocross practice, a routine she goes for three times a week. Motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits. Taking her heavyweight motorbike in tow, she drives to the racing track in Hashtgerd, outskirt of Tehran, to live her dream, one day at a time. -Marjan Golpira 01/16/17

Iranian Air Defense Forces fire at drone in central Tehran - "This afternoon, a quadcopter that was approaching the no-fly zone in Tehran from the Valiasr Square district was identified," an official with Iran's Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base told Tasnim news agency on Monday. He added that it was as of yet unclear who owned the drone. "But, because the drone had approached the no-fly zone region, it was shot at with the timely vigilance of the Army's Air Defense Base," the official said. 01/16/17

Iranian President Scrambles To Sell Nuclear Deal As A Win For Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rohani was riding a wave of optimism one year ago. The long-negotiated nuclear deal with world powers he had sold to Iranians as an end to their economic woes was finally being implemented. But as the first anniversary of implementation day approaches on January 16, Rohani has been saddled by the high expectations he set, as Iran's economy continues to struggle and the great boost in foreign investment and other benefits he envisioned has so far failed to materialize. -Frud Bezhan 01/16/17

Local Bay Area Attorney Wins District Delegate Seat By Two Votes - The recent Presidential election was a wake-up call for Nima Rahimi, a deputy district attorney and San Francisco resident. He saw plainly the consequences of political disengagement. So he decided to take matters into his own hands. -Pouya Parsian, NIAC Action 01/16/17

Women to take center stage at Iran's 35th Fajr Film Festival - Iran is getting ready to host the 35th edition of its most prestigious cultural event in February, this time showcasing works by women filmmakers and films on women's issues more than ever before. One reason for this new trend may be that cineastes have become more sensitive toward women's issues in the society and it remains to be seen if the films will be successful in reaching their objective, which is to leave a positive impact on various levels of society and find solutions to the current problems that women are facing. 01/16/17

Trump Pivots From Muslim Registry but Targeting of All Iranian Visitors Remains on the Table - Donald Trump's picks to head Homeland Security and the Justice Department attempted this week to put a more tolerant face on the President-elect's discriminatory campaign proposals to ban or track Muslims. But their alternative - to target visitors to the U.S. based on their country of origin - would mean that Iranians would almost certainly be subject to enhanced questioning and tracking ... -NIAC 01/16/17

IAEA confirms Iran's removal of excess centrifuges from Fordo nuclear facility - The UN nuclear agency confirms that Iran has removed "excess centrifuges and infrastructure" from the Fordo enrichment facility in line with its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement. "Iran has carried out these steps within the timeframe stipulated under the JCPOA," the IAEA chief said. 01/16/17

Iran Says Nuclear Deal Will Not Be Renegotiated - The landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers "will not be renegotiated," Iran's deputy foreign minister said on January 15, ahead of the first anniversary of the agreement's implementation. Abbas Araghchi told reporters in Tehran that "the new U.S. administration cannot abandon the deal," saying international laws required Washington to implement the agreement. 01/16/17

Iranian Women Arrested for Riding Motorcycle; Video Fuels Backlash - Iranian police have arrested two women for riding a motorcycle in a western city - an incident that went viral when images appeared online and sparked a social-media backlash against the country's political and religious authorities. -Michael Lipin, VOA 01/14/17

PHOTOS: The 1st Tehran Jewelry Exhibition of Contemporary Art - The 1st Tehran jewelry Exhibition of Contemporary Art opened in Aria gallery on January 6 and will run until January 24. 01/14/17

Tehran Prosecutor Goes on the Defensive Over Hunger-Striking Political Prisoners - In an apparent response to growing pressure to resolve the issue, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has criticized media coverage of a wave of hunger strikes in Iran by political prisoners, as well as the request by a conservative member of Parliament for the Judiciary to review the case of Ali Shariati. 01/14/17

President Obama Renews Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran For One Year - In an executive order late January 13, Obama renewed the non-nuclear sanctions but affirmed the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions that occurred a year ago, saying Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers has been successful. 01/14/17

Iran to receive 130 tons of uranium: Atomic Energy Organization Official - The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country is soon to receive as much as 130 tons of uranium from abroad. The Joint Commission monitoring the implementation of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries approved the purchase on the part of the Islamic Republic during a meeting in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Wednesday. 01/14/17

Supporter of Persecuted Spiritual Leader Arrested at Tehran International Airport - Masoumeh (Pegah) Zia, a follower of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, was arrested on January 6, 2017 at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport by an unknown security agency after returning to Iran from a trip to Turkey. She is currently being held in Evin Prison, but her family has been struggling to confirm who abducted her and what she has been charged with. 01/14/17

Iran sees Pompeo, Mattis wiser than most American politicians: Expediency Council Secretary - The secretary of Iran's Expediency Council has said Iran is not concerned about Donald Trump's picks to lead the Pentagon and CIA, as they are "wiser than most American politicians." "Mike Pompeo and James Mattis, the famous American generals who are going to lead the CIA and Defense Department respectively, are two of the most important and sensitive faces among Trump's cabinet picks," said Mohsen Rezaei in an Instagram post on Friday. 01/14/17

PHOTOS: 'Historic Day' as Iran's first Airbus jet lands in Tehran - The first of 100 planes that Iran is expected to receive through a landmark deal with the European aviation giant Airbus has landed in the country's capital Tehran. The arrival of the plane - Iran's first new aircraft in about four decades - was marked by a special ceremony to celebrate what is seen as a historic day in the country's aviation industry. 01/13/17

IMVBox: A whole new world of Iranian movies at your fingertips - IMVBox.com is the world's leading online distributor of high-quality Iranian cinema. Its Video On Demand service houses the largest legally-assembled library of Iranian feature films, documentaries, TV shows and short films. Thousands of hours of content all easily accessible across multiple devices, all offering a high-quality playback experience. The platform uses a subscription-based model that requires members to pay either a monthly or annual fee. One month of premimum subscription free of charge for payvand.com visitors! 01/13/17

Iranian-Swedish Disaster Medicine Expert Held in Iran Jail for Nine Months, on Hunger Strike Since December 25 - In yet another case of a foreign resident or dual national from a western country grabbed and imprisoned in Iran without access to a lawyer or any other aspect of due process, Iranian-born Swedish resident and expert in emergency disaster medicine Ahmadreza Jalali has been held in Evin Prison for almost nine months. He is now approaching three weeks on hunger strike in protest against his detainment. 01/13/17

As Trump guns for Iran Deal, can its Reformists survive death of Hashemi-Rafsanjani? - Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani's death on Sunday January 8 in Tehran at the age of 82 marks the end of an era in Iran's post-revolutionary history. After the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, in 1989, Hashemi-Rafsanjani's death will have the most significant impact on Iranian politics. -Farhang Jahanpour 01/12/17

IRAN: Wife of Imprisoned Activist Arash Sadeghi Resists Order to Return to Prison - Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, who was released on January 3, 2017 after her imprisoned husband Arash Sadeghi's 71-day hunger strike resulted in a promised case review for his wife, is refusing to obey an order to return to Evin Prison. 01/12/17

Iran Officials Vow To Look Into Public's 'Jamming' Fears - Officials in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz have pledged to look into suggestions of a link between public health risks and the jamming of communications in the area, after residents took to the streets to complain of ailments that could stem from technology used to block foreign broadcasts. 01/12/17

Two Iranian Graphic Designers Win Awards At New York Contest - Two Iranian graphic designers have won awards at a graphic competition in New York. Mehdi Mahdian's poster titles 'Scope Of Meaning' and Touraj Saberivand's poster titled 'Freedom of Language' received awards in the poster section of "Graphis 2017," held in New York. 01/12/17

Will Iran's Alliance With Russia Last? - At Tuesday's funeral in Tehran of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later pushed for reconciliation with the West, reformist mourners not only chanted for the release of hunger-striking rights activists held in Iranian jails but also called for an end to their country's burgeoning alliance with Moscow. -Jamie Dettmer, VOA 01/12/17

World Bank Forecasts 5.2 Percent GDP Growth For Iran In 2017 - The World Bank, in its recent report titled Global Economic Prospects, forecasted a 5.2 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth for Iran in 2017. The report put the country's GDP growth at 4.6 percent in 2016, while it predicted 4.8 percent and 4.5 percent growth for the country in 2018 and 2019, respectively. 01/12/17

The Legacy Of Iran's Rafsanjani - Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the man known as the "order's pillar" (sotun-e nezam), died from a sudden heart attack on Sunday. He leaves behind a legacy as complicated and multifaceted as the order (and associated institutions) that he more than anyone else was responsible in erecting. Rafsanjani shaped most of the new institutions established by the Islamic Republic in 1979, from the office of the Leader to the Islamic Revolution's Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Expediency Council (which he chaired almost from its inception until he died). -Farideh Farhi 01/11/17

Iran's Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers - In the latest attempt by Iran's security and intelligence establishments to censor and control internet usage in Iran, administrators of popular Iranian-owned channels on the widely used Telegram application are now being required to register with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance or face prosecution. 01/11/17

PHOTOS: Iran's Rafsanjani Laid To Rest In Tehran - The funeral of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is being held in Tehran. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians jammed streets around Tehran University, where Rafsanjani was laying in state on January 10. A national holiday has been declared. 01/10/17

Rafsanjani: The Death of the Ayatollah Machiavelli - In October 2013, I was part of a delegation of the Social-Democratic Group of the European Parliament (EP) to Iran. Among the Iranian officials that the delegation, led by the then-Social-Democratic-Group President Hannes Swoboda, met with in Tehran was the Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani... On a personal level, in a marked contrast to some decidedly dour characters representing the Islamic Republic, he came across as a gregarious man clearly at ease with a European delegation that comprised several female MPs. -Eldar Mamedov 01/10/17

VIDEO: Iranians Protest Transmitter Jamming In Shiraz - A large crowd gathered in the Iranian city of Shiraz to protest against the government's use of broadcast jamming equipment. On January 9, demonstrators stood outside the provincial governor's headquarters complaining about the health effects of using electromagnetic pulses for disrupting broadcasts. Some chants called the jamming a "betrayal" of the nation. 01/10/17

30 Iranian Fools Outside Trump Tower Begging For A Regime Change Handout - 30 Iranians "liberals and activist" have sought refuge at the Trump Tower begging the President-elect to tear up the Iran nuclear agreement, institute even tougher sanctions on their homeland, and to bring about regime change there. -Ali Moayedian 01/9/17

DEEP OATH: Painting exhibition by Narenj Kazemi - If it is bread that you seek, you will have bread \ If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul \ If you understand this secret, \ you know you are that which you seek 01/9/17

Iranian Political Prisoners Suffer through Hunger Strikes for Minimum Rights - Iranian political prisoner Arash Sadeghi ended his 72-days hunger strike after his wife Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was given furlough from prison on $150,000 bail. Ali Shariati, Saeed Shirzad and several other prisoners still remain on hunger strike. 01/8/17

PHOTOS: Iranian teenage girl pulls 3 cars with her teeth - Iranian 16-year-old girl, Faezeh Sarlak, has pulled three cars with her teeth 4.06 meters to register her name in the World Federation as the first female Iranian athlete in the field. She is the first Iranian female athlete who has been able to drag three cars with teeth, but her record still needs to be recognized by the Guinness World Records. 01/8/17

PHOTOS: Iranian-Armenian Contemporary Art Exhibition "Solidarity" opens in Tehran - An Exhibition of Armenian Pioneer artists titled Meeting (Didar) opened on January 6, 2017 at Maryam Art Gallery in Tehran. The exhibition, held with the cooperation of Ardak Manoukian Museum, is to honor the influence of Armenian artists on Iranian contemporary art. 01/7/17

CONCERT: Songs of My Homeland - "Diaspora Arts Connection" and "Gilgamesh Art & Culture Foundation" Are pleased to present a very unique combination of World Music of Shirazi, Assyrian, Ghoochani, Armenian, Kurdish, Jewish, Gorgani, Azeri and Persian cultures, under the baton of Honiball Joseph. The concert will feature talented solo singers, "Iranian Choir of America" and "Gilgamesh Philharmonic Orchestra". 01/6/17

Iranian Startups: Maman Paz delivers 200,000 orders of "mom-made" food in Tehran - Shanbe magazine talks to Tabassom Latifi who has employed housewives and launched Maman Paz, a startup that delivers home foods to people (in Tehran, Iran) who are not at home most of the time or don't want to cook. 01/5/17

Meet An Entrepreneur Iranian Woman: Carpet Weaving Expert Nahid Hosseini - Nahid Hosseini, 49, is a carpet weaving instructor who exports hand-woven carpets made by her trainees to European countries. Hosseini learned carpet weaving in her childhood from her father, Seifoddin Hosseini, who himself was an exemplary carpet producer and a top carpet weaving instructor. -Mojtaba Heidari 01/4/17

37 Top U.S. Scientists Urge Trump To Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal - Dozens of top U.S. scientists have called on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to uphold the nuclear deal reached with Iran, calling it "a strong bulwark against an Iranian nuclear-weapons program." The letter was organized by physicist Richard L. Garwin, known for helping design the world's first hydrogen bomb. The 37 signatories of the letter include a Nobel laureate, former White House science advisers, and prominent academics. 01/3/17

Photos: Sculptor Qodratollah Aqeli's new exhibit criticizes social behavior - "The Peculiarity of Creatures", an exhibition of sculptures by Qodratollah Aqeli, has criticized the daily social behavior of people. The exhibit, which opened in Tehran's Sareban Gallery on Friday, showcases a collection of about twenty busts and sculptures. 01/2/17

PHOTOS: Mehrastan Castle in Sistan and Baluchistan, Iran - Mehrastan Historic Castle located in Sistan and Baluchistan province dates back to more than 400 years ago. The castle is on the verge of destruction and needs special attention of officials to allocate budget for repair. 01/1/17

PHOTOS: Homeless Iranians seek shelter in empty graves - A series of dramatic photographs showing homeless people sheltering from the winter cold in a graveyard near Tehran is stirring emotions in Iran. According to one local newspaper, over 50 people are living among empty graves in a cemetery located in Shahriar suburb, near the capital. 12/27/16

PHOTOS: Foreign Tourists Visiting Historical Houses In Kashan, Iran - Since the signing of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers in July 2015, there has been a big jump in travel by foreign tourists to Iran. One of the favorite destinations for the tourists is Kashan in central Iran where they can visit numerous historical houses from the 18th and 19th centuries that illustrate the finest examples of architecture from the Qajar era. 12/26/16

Iran Tourism: Myth vs. Fact - The stigma that Iran is a dangerous place where Western tourists - and particularly Americans - are neither welcomed, nor permitted to visit the country, could not be farther from the truth. Where does this stigma come from? For one thing, when Americans picture Iran, they tend to envision scenes from the 1979 hostage crisis or the stereotypical cries of "Death to America" that they have seen in the U.S. media. However, these perceptions do not reflect the reality on the ground. -Gabriella Butler, AIC 12/23/16

PHOTOS: Shahzadeh Garden, A Jewel In The Desert - The historical Shazdeh (Prince) Garden is located in the Kerman desert near Mahan. The Garden is a fine example of Persian gardens that take advantage of suitable natural climate. This magnificent garden known as "a corner in heaven" has been registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List as one of the masterpieces of traditional gardens. 12/13/16

PHOTOS: The Saint Stepanos Monastery In The Mountains Of Northwest Iran - The St. Stepanos Monastery or Monastery of St. Stephen the Protomartyr is an Armenian monastery about 15 km northwest of Jolfa city, East Azarbaijan Province in northwest Iran. It is situated in a deep canyon along the Arax river on the Iranian side of the border between Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Iran. It was built in the 9th century and rebuilt in the Safavid era (1501-1736) after several earthquakes damaged it. 12/11/16

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