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Trump Got Pretty Much Everything Wrong About The Iran Deal

- Last night, Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination. Then he delivered a rambling 75-minute speech promising law and order and painting a picture of a United States in chaos, besieged by crime and both foreign and domestic enemies. Much of it wasn't factually true, and fact checkers are having a field day pouring through the 27-page speech. -Eli Clifton 7/23/16

Photos: Rare crane hatches at Tehran's Birds Garden

- A grey crowned crane, a rare species which is on the verge of extinction, hatched on Wednesday at Tehran's Birds Garden, Tasnim news agency reported. A special birthday ceremony was held on this occasion at the garden with a number of environmentalists and officials in attendance. 7/23/16

More than 50 Iranian youth arrested in mixed gender party

- The head of the judiciary for Damavand municipality has announced that more than 50 young Iranian women and men have been arrested in raiding of a mixed-gender party in Ab-e Sard region. Damavand is a rural mountainous area northeast of the Iranian capital, Tehran, where Tehranians go to relax, hike or rent a cottage and party. 7/23/16

Bus accident kills 16, injures 13 in north Iran

- At least 16 people have been killed and 13 others injured after their bus smashed into a concrete electricity pylon and overturned in a mountainous road in northern Iran, a provincial police official says. 7/23/16

The Republicans' 'Principled' Case For Killing The Iran Deal

- As the nation takes stock of the bizarre fever dream that took place in Cleveland this past week, it's easy to forget that the GOP actually unveiled its platform that translates the rhetoric - from "lock her up" to "kill the deal" - into actual policy proposals. -Jamal Abdi, Huffington Post 7/23/16

Islamists at War in Turkey

- Last week witnessed what may be the last act of an unfolding struggle between two major Islamic movements in Turkey. Turkish president and leader of the AKP party Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused exiled Islamic leader Fethullah Gulen of plotting the failed coup against the government. Immediately thereafter Erdogan has unleashed massive Stalin-style purges and arrests across the country of anyone suspected of any connection with Gulen, or indeed of anyone of any ideology who opposes Erdogan. -Graham E. Fuller, LobeLog 7/23/16

Another Iranian-American Detained In Iran, Family Says

- The U.S. State Department said on July 21 that it is looking into reports that another Iranian-American has been detained in Iran. Family members said Iranian authorities took Robin Shahini, 46, of San Diego, California, into custody on July 11 while he was visiting his sick mother in Iran and he has not been heard from since. 7/22/16

French Carmaker Signs Deal To Build Citroens In Iran

- French carmaker Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) said it has signed a preliminary agreement with Iranian company SAIPA to produce and sell Citroen cars in the country. In a statement released on July 21, the Paris-based carmaker said PSA and SAIPA will invest more than $330 million over five years. 7/22/16

Iran's Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends

- Iran's anti-vice squads, also referred to as the morality police, are particularly busy in the hot summer months when Iranian women wear lighter clothes and are less observant of the mandatory hijab. But this year the squads are focusing on a new "threat:" women wearing clothes with large English words on them. 7/22/16

Iran busts terror cell near Pakistan border, detains 40: Interior Minister

- Iranian security forces have arrested 40 members of a terror cell that planned to carry out attacks in the eastern parts of the country, the interior minister says. Rahmani Fazli said the Iranian forces discovered and destroyed a 40-meter-long tunnel dug at a depth of 20 meters, which the terrorists had planned to use for their attacks. 7/22/16

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Congress Should Let the Boeing Deal Proceed - Before adjourning for the summer, lawmakers in Congress found time to pass several bills that could imperil one of the most significant global security achievements in many years: the year-old nuclear deal that President Obama struck with Iran. This is not the first time that hard-line Republicans and their well-funded lobby group allies have tried to sabotage the deal... -New York Times Editorial 7/22/16

From Iran to Nice, We Must Confront All Terrorism to End Terrorism - France has unfortunately been the epicenter for two terrorism-related events in recent weeks. The tragic truck attack in Nice, which received international attention, and a rally recently held in Paris by a notorious Iranian opposition group -- the "Mujahedin-e Khalq," or MEK, which for years has committed acts of terrorism against Iran. While it might not be immediately evident, there is a connection between the events -- the groups behind them have been accused of atrocities and have historical ties to Saudi Arabia. -Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Huffington Post 7/22/16

Iranian Cinema: Abbas Kiarostami's long shadow - THE first time I met Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami he was captivated by a shadow. We were gathered at the Italian ambassador's historic residence in the tranquil Farmanieh district of north Tehran. The ambassador loved cinema, and often invited Iranian film-makers to screen their latest works outdoors in his lush garden, la "Cinema Paradiso". 7/22/16

Iranian American Candidate Campaigns for Minority Rights - First-generation Iranian American, Ahsha Safai is no stranger to fighting against discriminatory policies targeting marginalized minority communities. The candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 11 boasts a long track record of passionately advocating for underrepresented populations - not just the Iranian American community, but families from a wide range of ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, particularly in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. 7/21/16

Iranian Athletes' Message In Rio: "Peace, Friendship, Coexistence" - President Rouhani said that Iranian athletes' message in Olympics, Paralympics is "peace, friendship, coexistence". Rouhani attended a ceremony held for seeing off Iranian athletes departing for Rio Olympics and Paralympics and said that Iranian athletes' success in these games contribute to national pride, as well as hope and exhilaration in the society 7/21/16

Iran planning return to debt markets - Iran says it is planning a return to the international debt markets in an effort which could help it rebuild public finances that have been battered by a plunge in oil prices. 7/21/16

UN chief calls on world powers to make JCPOA beneficial for Iranians - "I urge JCPOA participants to uphold their respective commitments and Member States to support the full and effective implementation of this agreement," said Ban in a statement released on Wednesday, which coincides with the first anniversary of a UN Security Council resolution endorsing the nuclear deal. 7/21/16

Newly literate Iranians to be awarded $40 each - People who acquired literacy in the current school year (started September 23, 2015) will be awarded a total of 300 billion rials (nearly $8.5 million), Ali Baqerzadeh, director of the Literacy Movement Organization of Iran has said. 7/21/16

Iran's Aseman Airline to get Mitsubishi planes - Iran says one of its airlines is planning to buy over two dozen planes from Japan's industrial giant Mitsubishi thus confirming earlier reports that a deal to the same effect is in the pipeline. 7/21/16

Persian Heart, Northern Soul - Iran's father of rock is back (and banned). Joobin Bekhrad reflects on his 1974 classic, Gol-e Yakh -Reorient 7/21/16

Atena Farghadani: Iranian cartoonist opens up about her captivity - In her first interview to Western media since winning her release, Atena Farghadani talks about the horrific conditions behind bars in Iran and how she plans to continue producing political art, even if that means going to prison again -Independent 7/21/16

U.S. appeals court voids forfeiture of Iran-linked New York office tower - A federal appeals court said on Wednesday the U.S. government cannot seize a Midtown Manhattan office tower originally built by the Shah of Iran, whose owners it claimed were fronts for the Iranian government. -Reuters 7/21/16

US urged to facilitate Iran banking transactions - The US has been urged by fellow members of the P5+1 group of countries to facilitate banking ties with Tehran through the clarification of transaction channels with the Islamic Republic, a senior Iranian official says. 7/20/16

Republican Platform: Build Border Wall, Outlaw Gay Marriage - The Republican Party has crafted a new platform that both shows the direct influence of its 2016 presidential candidate, Donald Trump, as well as the traditionally conservative values upon which the party is built. -Chris Hannas, VOA 7/20/16

Iran threatens to re-open shuttered uranium enrichment facilities after UN report - Iran's parliament speaker urged the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) on Wednesday to prepare a plan for the re-opening of shuttered uranium enrichment facilities, reacting to the recent UN report on the implementation of the JCPOA. 7/20/16

Tots Caught: Tehran Kindergarten Shut Down Over Mixed-Gender Swimming Pool - An Iranian official says a kindergarten has been shut down in the capital over a mixed-gender swimming pool. Tasnim had reported disapprovingly that the pool belonged to a kindergarten on Africa Street in an affluent neighborhood of the capital that had allowed mixed swimming and "proudly" posted the pictures on its official website. 7/20/16

Former Iranian Banker Arrested On Corruption Charges - Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has arrested the former manager of one of Iran's major banks and his deputy over alleged corruption, IRGC affiliated news agencies Fars and Tasnim reported on July 20. 7/20/16

The Saudis and 9/11: Is It Finally Over? - From the perspective of the Saudi Arabian government, no news was really good news. The long-withheld 28 pages of a 2002 congressional inquiry into the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, released on Friday, provided scant evidence, and no incontrovertible proof, of government responsibility or involvement. Saudi officials celebrated as if their country had just been acquitted of a crime, as in a sense it had. -Thomas Lippman 7/20/16

The Islamic State and Arab Muslim Regimes: Time for Another Look - The Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has claimed that the French-Tunisian truck driver who plowed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice killing nearly 100 people and injuring over 200 as one of their "soldiers." The West and the Arab Muslim states must now take a hard look at IS and the radical violent ideology that drives it. -Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog 7/20/16

Europeans keen to invest in Iran's renewable energy sector: EWEA Chief - Giles Dickson, the CEO of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), said that renowned European companies are keen to invest in Iran's renewable energy sector, especially in wind energy sphere. Dickson made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times on the sidelines of the 4th Iran Wind Energy Conference which was held in Tehran on Tuesday. 7/20/16

DNA from ancient skeletons suggests farming was invented multiple times in the Fertile Crescent - Scientists have discovered an ancient population of farmers from the eastern part of the Fertile Crescent, and their existence is a strong sign that agriculture was invented more than once, a new study says. -Los Angeles Times 7/20/16

Ban report based on incomplete info: Iranian FM - Iran says a report by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the implementation of a nuclear deal with the country is "based on incomplete information." "We have said before that the UN has had no role in writing the JCPOA, thus, as we have seen, what he (the UN chief) has done does not benefit the agreement," Zarif said. 7/19/16

Iran is 'toying with lives' of political prisoners by denying them medical care: Amnesty International - The Iranian authorities are callously toying with the lives of political prisoners by denying them adequate medical care - putting them at risk of irreversible damage to their health or even death - according to a new report by Amnesty International today. 7/19/16

Iran to send 63 athletes to Rio 2016 - The Iranian Olympic mission comprises 63 athletes representing 14 sports federations including the Athletics, Archery, Boxing, Cycling, Fencing, Judo, Rowing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling federations. 7/19/16

Persian Gazelle III solar car touring Iran - The Persian Gazelle III solar car manufactured by Iranian students at Uni. of Tehran is currently making a tour from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf to introduce environmentally friendly technologies to people across the country. 7/19/16

JCPOA commission to convene in Vienna for fourth meeting - The commission monitoring the implementation of a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers is to convene for a fourth meeting in Vienna. The Iranian delegation, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, arrived in the Austrian capital on Tuesday to attend the Joint Commission meeting, which is to convene later in the day. 7/19/16

Exploitation of prisoners' labour in Iranian jails - Prison work for inmates in Iran is a chance to briefly escape the inexorable walls that prescribe their daily lives for years on end or perhaps for the rest of their lives. However, prison workers have become slaves in ventures solely aimed at replenishing the pockets of prison officials. 7/19/16

Causes and Consequences of the Coup in Turkey - One of the major reasons for the coup was the unhappiness of elements of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) who were opposed to the directions that the war against the PKK/KCK has taken during recent years. There was also considerable dissatisfaction around the decision by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to support the Islamic State (IS) after the March 2011 outbreak of civil war in Syria. -Robert Olson, LobeLog 7/19/16

Iran's Lut Desert inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List - The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) registered Iran's Lut Desert on World Heritage List during 40th session of the World Heritage Committee on Sunday. 7/18/16

World team ahead of Iran at Chess Star Cup - World team chess players managed to keep the lead against Iran in the seventh round of Chess Stars Cup underway in the Iranian Caspian port city of Bandar Anzali. 7/18/16

Complex view of Islam found in poetry of Iran, Stanford researcher shows - In a study of Persian literature, Stanford religious studies scholar Ahoo Najafian describes the role of poetry in the context of modernity in Iran. Ironically, those by the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini spoke out against established, strict religion. -Stanford News 7/18/16

Solmaz Sharif and the poetics of a new American generation - Step gently on words such as "home" or "citizen" or even "body" with a foot born elsewhere and they combust. Place names are even more incendiary. What happens when we read BEIRUT or TEHRAN or SAIGON while sitting at a cafe in Santa Monica? This is war's lexicon. It incorporates and redefines, especially by naming... -hn Freeman, Los Angeles Times 7/18/16

After the nuclear deal, the west should not disappoint Iranians for the third time - Looking back over the past half century, two catastrophic western mistakes killed off rare opportunities for positive change in Iran. In 1953 a CIA- and MI6-engineered coup reversed the first serious attempt at democracy, way ahead of the rest of the region; and in 2003 the west turned its back on the reformist president, Mohammad Khatami. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian 7/18/16

Iran court begins trials over Saudi embassy raids - A court in Iran has begun the trial of the individuals involved in raids earlier this year against vacant Saudi diplomatic perimeters in the country. The raids occurred on January 2, when demonstrations were held in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad - both of which were vacant at the time - over Saudi Arabia's move earlier to execute a prominent Saudi cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. 7/18/16

Turkey's Lose-Lose Coup Situation - The dismaying coup events in Turkey may take some time to be resolved. But one thing is already clear-this attempt at military intervention, however the final scenario plays itself out, is a disastrous lose-lose event for everyone in Turkey. -Graham E. Fuller, LobeLog 7/18/16

Democracy, only solution to regional woes: Iran President - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the solution to regional problems does not lie in the use of force but rather in respecting democracy, adding that the era of military coups has come to a close. 7/17/16

Serious signs indicating Iran opening - Iran says it has started talks with global engineering giants Siemens and Rolls-Royce over power projects - a development that experts say show the country is gradually opening up to investors after the removal of the sanctions. 7/17/16

Celebration of Iranian Cinema at University of California, Irvine - Join us for the Inagural CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA in Orange County at the University of California, Irvine August 5-6, 2016. In collaboration with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies. Special thanks to our co presenter: The UCLA Film & Televisions Archives. 7/17/16

First episode of doc series on Iranian entrepreneurs released - The first episode of "Karestan", a documentary series on Iranian entrepreneurs, was released on Saturday. Director Bahram Azimpur, project manager Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and producer Mojtaba Mirtahmasb attended a screening of the episode entitled "Cotton and Fire" at the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA). 7/17/16

Iran Plans First Tender to Draw $12 Billion Green Investment - Iran is planning its first tender for utility-scale renewable-energy projects by year end as it begins a green power build out that could draw $12 billion of investment by the time it's complete. -Bloomberg 7/17/16

Regional Implications of the JCPOA - What are the regional implications of the Iranian nuclear deal (the JCPOA)? A good place to start may be to ask what has not happened since the JCPOA was signed: (1) The regional states have not rushed to acquire independent nuclear capability. You may recall that this was widely predicted at the time... -Gary Sick 7/16/16

NIAC Capitol Hill Briefing Assesses JCPOA Implementation and Complications - "We should be pursuing another diplomatic win with the Iranians before the end of this administration," said New America's Suzanne DiMaggio, speaking at a National Iranian American Council (NIAC) briefing on Capitol Hill on July 14, marking the one year anniversary of the Iran nuclear agreement. 7/16/16

Iran and Chinese claims in the South China Sea - The international Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague (which has nothing to do with the ICJ or International Court of Justice), on 12 July 2016 voted unanimously (by five Judges) in a 497 page decision, that the Chinese claims for owning 85% of the South China Sea (one of the biggest and busiest maritime territories of the world and close to the size of entire India) was contrary to the international law of the sea. This was the response of court to a case filed by Philippines against China in 2013. 7/16/16

Firms say US Congress blocking Iran plans - In the wake of the recent anti-Iran bills adopted by the US Congress, global corporate leaders are already complaining that American lawmakers are undermining their plans to approach the vast Iranian market. 7/16/16

Effort to Kill the Iran Nuclear Agreement Continues - The one-year anniversary of the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is naturally an occasion for stock-taking, as such anniversaries commonly are. Much spinning is mixed in with the stock-taking, and it is worthwhile to take stock of the spinning as well as of the reality that is relevant to the agreement. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog 7/16/16

Iran ratifies Paris climate deal, bringing it closer to enter into force - The Iranian cabinet of ministers, headed by President Hassan Rouhani, ratified the Paris climate deal on Wednesday and brought the deal closer to enter into force. The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degree Centigrade by cutting back on the greenhouse gas emission. The agreement is due to enter into force in 2020. 7/16/16

Italy's ANAS to build key highway link in Iran - ANAS, Italy's state-owned national roads and highway construction company, says it has signed a major deal with Iran to construct what could be a strategic highway connecting one of the country's key ports on the shores of the Persian Gulf to the border point with Turkey. 7/16/16

Why America Needs an Interests Section in Iran - The one-year anniversary of the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) provides us with an opportunity to debate what the final six months of the Obama Administration should bring to Iran policy. This next period is of deep import, as it will create a new baseline for the incoming President. -Morad Ghorban, National Interest 7/16/16

US Is Delaying Iran's Return to Global Economic Community - It is a year on Thursday since Iran and the West struck their historic nuclear deal. It is in deep trouble - and the fault lies with the United States. Iran promised to cut back its peaceful nuclear program. In return Washington undertook to relax its sanctions against Iran and open the way for its return to the global economic community. This agreement, reached in Vienna on 14 July 2015, appeared to bring an end to nearly 40 years of cold war between Iran and the West stretching back to the 1979 Islamic revolution. -Peter Jenkins and Peter Oborne 7/15/16

One Year On: Why Iran Has Yet To Cash In On Nuclear Deal - A year ago, the inking of a historic nuclear deal with world powers led some euphoric Iranians to dream of an economic boom and the end of international isolation. Despite the lifting of crippling sanctions that freed billions in assets and removed many obstacles to trade, there are few signs that Iranians have reaped the economic benefits that they had expected from the July 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. -Frud Bezhan and Hannah Kaviani, RFE 7/15/16

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran - Iran's Parliament has ratified an amended law that reduces the working hours of female employees with certain family obligations by eight hours per week. Although the law requires employers to pay these women full-time wages, rights advocates say the law will harm the employment prospects of women entering the job market and reduce the job security of those already employed, as employers balk at the costs the legislation will incur upon them. 7/15/16

"Assholism" goes on stage in Tehran to awaken people's conscience on social issues - Director Ali Hosseini has said that he intends to awaken the conscience of people in Tehran on some social issues by staging a play based on Xavier Crement's "Assholism" at Tehran's 3-Noqteh Amphitheater. Hosseini has written the play by a Persian translation of the book by Mahmud Farjami. 7/15/16

NIAC Action Welcomes EU Decision Not to Reciprocate on American Travelers - NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi released the following statement after the European Commission indicated it would intensify efforts to achieve visa waiver reciprocity, foregoing a potential suspension of the Visa Waiver Program in reaction to restrictions on European travelers: 7/15/16

Newt Gingrich Pals Around With Terrorists Saddam Hussein Once Armed - NEWT GINGRICH, who is being vetted to be Donald Trump's running mate and appeared with the candidate in Cincinnati on Wednesday, left the campaign trail this weekend for an unusual reason. The former speaker of the House had to fly to Paris to appear at a gala celebration for the Mojahedin-e Khalq, or People's Mujahedin, an Iranian exile group that wants Washington's backing for regime change in Iran. -Robert Mackey, Intercept 7/15/16

U.S. House Approves New Sanctions On Iran Over Missiles, Terrorism - The U.S. House passed two bills imposing new sanctions on Iran for continuing to develop ballistic missiles and denying the Iranian government and banks access to the U.S. financial system and dollars. But Democrats called the GOP bills cynical attempts to score points with grass roots conservative constituents in an election year. 7/15/16

Iran introduces 12 sectors to foreign investors - KPMG, the giant global company that provides audit, tax and advisory services, has been quoted by the media as indicating in a report that the target sectors include oil, natural gas, mining and electronics. The KPMG report has estimated the value of potential investments in the 12 sectors at $250 billion. 7/15/16

Iran extends visa on arrival to 3 months - Iran has increased its visa on arrival extension from 1 month to 3 months, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicraft Organization Director Masoud Soltanifar announced. For the time being, citizens of 190 countries can obtain visa on arrival at the country's airports with one-month validation, he added. 7/15/16

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Quits after Years of State Harassment and Threats - Constant pressure and harassment by Iran's Judiciary and security establishment have forced a human rights lawyer to leave her profession. Giti Pourfazel-who spent nearly 10 years representing political prisoners and their families, usually for free-has submitted her resignation to Iran's Bar Association. 7/15/16

Saudi Supports Anti-Iran Fanatics - If Saudi Arabia is on a quest to paint itself as a responsible actor in the region, the kingdom took a big step backward over the weekend. That's when a former top official-who remains an influential figure-declared support not only for regime change in Iran but for one of the strangest would-be agents of overthrowing the Islamic Republic. -Ali Gharib 7/14/16

Death of a Director: Medical Team Blamed For Death of Abbas Kiarostami - Dariush Mehrjui, the director of the acclaimed drama "The Cow", has said that top Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami died because of his Iranian medical team's negligence. "The murderers are among us," noted Mehrjui who was weeping bitterly and asked the country's judicial authority to bring them to trial. 7/14/16

One Year After Iran Nuclear Deal, Sides Remain Compliant but Wary - One year ago, exhausted diplomats from Iran and a group of six world powers emerged from a meeting at a luxury hotel in Vienna, Austria with what they had been seeking for nearly two years: a comprehensive agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting harsh economic sanctions. -Chris Hannas, VOA 7/14/16

Health Official Says Sexual Transmission Of HIV Rising In Iran - A senior official in Iran's Health Ministry says sexual transmission of HIV is on the rise in the country, in part, because of taboos about discussing sex. Deputy Health Minister Ali Akbar Sayari said the share of HIV transmission through sexual intercourse had doubled during the past decade from 15 percent to 30 percent of all cases. 7/14/16

Poll: Iranian Public Souring on Nuclear Deal, Rouhani - A brand-new public opinion poll conducted by IranPoll.com on behalf of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland finds that Iranians have not experienced the economic benefits they expected following the successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Consequently, opinion is beginning to turn on the nuclear deal and on its chief Iranian architect, President Hassan Rouhani, who is expected to stand for reelection next year. -Derek Davison 7/13/16

Commentary: Iran's Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows - There is a crackdown underway in Iran. But it is no longer just a crackdown on dissent. Rather it is an attempt to crush views or expressions that depart from the insular and rigid worldview of an increasingly small band of hard-liners. 7/13/16

US figures urge more Iran engagement - More than 75 high-profile current and former US political and military personalities have written to US President Barack Obama, advising that he pursue deeper engagement with Iran. Politico reported the development on Monday, saying the letter was penned by bipartisan signatories. "Given the stakes, the US will need more, not less, engagement with Iran," they wrote. 7/12/16

Iranian musician composing opera on Nezami for Germany - Iranian musician Nader Mashayekhi has been commissioned by the Berlin State Opera to compose an opera on Nezami Ganjavi (c. 1141-1209 CE), the greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature who brought a colloquial and realistic style to the Persian epic. 7/12/16

Thousands Attend Funeral For Iranian Film Director Abbas Kiarostami - Thousands of Iranians, including artists, intellectuals, and others have attended the funeral ceremony in Tehran of the country's top filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, who died last week at the age of 76. Some at the memorial service held posters that said "First Welcome, Last Farewell" -- a reference to the lack of official attention he received in the Islamic republic. 7/11/16

Saudi bids to revitalize MKO doomed to failure: IRGC - A commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says efforts by Saudi Arabia and foreign media to pump new blood into the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group are doomed to failure. 7/11/16

One Year On: The Iran Deal Has Fulfilled Its Promise - The annual Herzliya Conference made headlines a few weeks back simply due to the fact that former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and former Prime Minister Ehud Barak pulled out a no holds barred attack on Benjamin Netanyahu. It was interesting to hear that Ya'lon told the crowd that "at this point in time and in the near future, Israel does not face any existential threats." Ya'alon tied his remarks to theIran nuclear deal, and in doing so fell in line with IDF assessments, which were laid out by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot in January 2016 during the INSS Conference. -Shemuel Meir, LobeLog 7/11/16

Metabolic diseases in Iran five times global average - According to IRNA, Shahla Farshidi has said that the number of affected children in Iran is five times more than that worldwide, calling consanguinity marriage - marriage of the same blood - the main reason behind rise of metabolic disease in Iran. 7/11/16

Iran Explores Joining Project To Harness Energy From Nuclear Fusion - Laban Coblentz, spokesman for the ITER project, told AP that a high-level Iranian delegation led by nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari visited St. Paul Lez Durance in southern France on June 30-July 1, where a fusion-harnessing device is being built. 7/9/16

U.S. House Passes Legislation To Block Sale Of Boeing Airliners To Iran - The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation aimed at blocking the sale of Boeing airliners to Iran, a deal that was authorized under Tehran's year-old nuclear deal with world powers. The Obama administration has said it will veto any legislation that undermines the nuclear agreement with Iran. 7/8/16

Iranian Women Sports Spectators: In or Out? - Images of spectators participating in the third week of the world volleyball championships in Tehran revealed a number of women inside the stadium. In the past years Islamic Republic official have barred Iranian women from entering stadiums to watch sports events. 7/8/16

In Support Of The Imprisoned Iranian-American Father And Son, Baquer And Siamak Namazi - Iranian-American organizations NIAC Action and PAAIA have issued press releases in support of a resolution introduced in the U.S. Congress demanding that Iran release two imprisoned Iranian-Americans, father and son Baquer and Siamak Namazi. No charges have been filed against either Siamak, held since October 2015, or his father, held since February 2016. 7/7/16

Persian Family Day 2016 in Toronto, Canada - This annual event will be celebrated on 23rd of July 2016. The Fifth "Persian Family Day" will be held on Saturday July 23, 2016 at Mel Lastman Square - a renowned venue for festivals and family gatherings at the heart of Toronto. 7/7/16

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's new documentary promotes charity for poor child patients - Director of acclaimed social drama "Tales" Rakhshan Bani-Etemad in her new documentary is promoting charity for child patients whose parents are unable to cover the cost of medical treatment for their illnesses. 7/6/16

"Salesman" Awarded Best Film at Munich Festival - Asghar Farhadi's acclaimed drama "The Salesman" won the ARRI/Osram Award, which is presented to the best film in CineMasters -- the international competition -- at the Munich International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Saturday. 7/3/16

Saudi Arabia: When Anger Substitutes for Diplomacy - When the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini meets with her counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at an EU-GCC ministerial meeting on July 20 in Brussels, the mood will be far from jubilant... At the root of these disagreements are conflicting policies toward Saudi Arabia's great nemesis, Iran. -Eldar Mamedov, LobeLog 7/3/16

Iran's Zarif meets French President in Paris - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Boosting bilateral ties following Iran's historic nuclear deal, economic and business affairs, and the Middle East security issues, especially the conflict in Syria, were discussed during the Wednesday meeting, Zarif said. 6/23/16

Iran defeats Russia, repeats title win at Wrestling World Cup - Iran's national wrestling team has won the title of the 2016 Freestyle World Cup after defeating Russia's outfit. Defending champion Iran defeated Russia 5-3 in Inglewood in the US city of Los Angeles late on Sunday 6/13/16

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U.S. Calls On Iran To Release Father, Son Jailed Without Charges

General

World Bank forecasts 5.8% GDP growth for Iran in 2016

Iranian-American

Does the US Really Want Iran to Moderate Its Policies?

Politics

Brookings: JCPOA "Unlikely" to Cause Regional Arms Race

Economy

Hardliners: The Real Barrier to Iran's Economic Revival

Culture

Going their own way

Sports

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami sets two world record

Art

Look up Tehran! There is an art gallery above you!

Literature

The Past, the Present, and the Bridge: Ali Dehbashi's Bukhara Magazine

Travel

New Adventure Film KARUN released 16th November Worldwide Aims to Change the Way We Think about Iran

Environment

Man-made Issues Exacerbate Iran's Water Crisis

Entertainment

Asghar Farhadi, Shahab Hosseini awarded at Cannes Film Festival

Music

A New Life For Iran's Orchestras?

Book

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

Event

Craft & Folk Art Museum and Farhang Foundation Announce Call For Submissions For Juried Exhibition Of Contemporary Photography And Video

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