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Water Shortage Arrives In Tehran: Khamenei Authorizes Use of 10 Billion Dollars

- Following reports of heightened shortage of water in Iran in recent months, a newly released report indicates that in addition to the 13 large cities that now have a water crisis at their hands, two major dams, Lar and Latian to east of and close to Tehran, have dried up compounding the problem. 9/22/14

Pars Equality Centers's 1st Annual Los Angeles Autumn Gala Features Popular Persian Band The Black Cats

- On Saturday night, September 13, 2014, Pars Equality Center (PEC) a non-profit organization, and the first of its kind supporting the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States - celebrated its 1st Annual Autumn Gala at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Universal City. 9/22/14

Rohani Says Iran Will Help Defend Middle East Against 'Terrorists'

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani says Tehran will help people in the Middle East defend themselves against "terrorists." Speaking September 22 before leaving for New York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting this week, he said "the government and armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will help them everywhere." 9/22/14

Kerry Holds Rare Face-to-Face Talks with Iran's FM

- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held a rare face-to-face meeting with Iran's foreign minister Sunday, saying there is an opportunity for progress on nuclear talks. Kerry spoke with Mohammad Javad Zarif in a New York City hotel for more than an hour. 9/22/14

Iranian Americans Come Together to Celebrate and Support Cyrus Habib for Washington State Senate

- A number of PAAIA members and affiliated Iranian Americans gathered on Tuesday to celebrate and raise funds for Cyrus Habib, a member of Washington state's house who is running for state senate. 9/22/14

Iran's "Today" heading to Oscars

- Reza Mirkarimi's social drama "Today" was selected to be Iran's submission for the best foreign language film category at the 88th Academy Awards. The film is about a Tehran taxi driver, who becomes the impromptu protector of a desperate young pregnant woman after he rushes her to hospital. 9/22/14

Iranian Security Forces Injure, Arrest Protesting Dervishes

- A second day of protest by Gonabadi dervishes in front of the Tehran Prosecutor's office was met violently by security forces, who attacked and arrested a number of protesters. Majzooban-e Noor reported earlier that more than 800 dervishes were held overnight. 9/22/14

Iranian Judiciary Gives Deadline For Blocking Sites Like Whatapp

- The Iranian judiciary has given the administration one month to block mobile social networking sites such as Whatapp, Viber and Tango. The Rohani administration has not yet reacted to the judiciary's demand, but President Hassan Rohani has already expressed opposition to blocking mobile phone social networking sites such as Whatsapp. 9/22/14

Iran, China Prepare For Joint Naval Exercises

- Chinese warships have docked at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf as the two countries prepare to conduct joint naval exercises. 9/22/14

Ahead of UN Meeting, Iran Seeks Compromise on IS, Nuclear Programs

- UNITED NATIONS-- Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. -Reuters 9/22/14

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Column: Domestic Politics Limit Iran's Maneuverability on Nuclear Deal - Among the arguments Iranian officials are marshalling in the nuclear negotiations that resumed this week in New York is that domestic politics severely constrain their ability to compromise. This is the best we can do, they seem to be saying: Accept our position or you will face even more hardline interlocutors in the future. -Barbara Slavin, VOA 9/20/14

President Rohani's Message To The American People: "I Want To Reduce Tensions" - Rouhani also expressed optimism about Iran's warming relations with the United States. "The close relationship between the two nations can resolve many problems. A closer contact and relationship would also be beneficial for the American people, and they can open new ways for the American politicians. We have to look at future more than the past," he said. 9/20/14

Volleyball: Russia show winning spirit to claim fifth place with 3-0 win over Iran - Russia finished solidly to take the fifth place, after defeating Iran 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-18) in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship at the Atlas Arena on Saturday. 9/20/14

Asian Games open in South Korea - The 2014 Asian Games opened in Incheon, South Korea on September 19 with 14,000 athletes and officials participating from 45 countries. The Iranian caravan consists of 276 athletes competing in 22 disciplines. 9/20/14

Iran Nuclear Talks: The Price of Failure - Once upon a time, it seemed that the Obama Administration had held off opponents in Congress as well as pressure from Israel in order to press forward with negotiations with Iran. It seemed that President Barack Obama's penchant for diplomacy was finally bearing fruit and that the United States and Iran were coming to the table with a sense of determination and an understanding that a compromise needed to be reached over Iran's nuclear program. -Mitchell Plitnick, LobeLog 9/20/14

10 films shortlisted for Iran's submission to 2015 Oscars - A team of experts is currently scrutinizing a shortlist of 10 films to select Iran's submission for the best foreign language film category at the 88th Academy Awards. 9/20/14

Iran, World Powers Seek Progress in Nuclear Talks - NEW YORK-Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, known as the P5 + 1, have started a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program. As the negotiations take place in New York, a U.S. envoy is questioning Iran's commitment to peaceful nuclear activity. -Pamela Dockins, VOA 9/20/14

Nuclear watchdog confirms Iran's continued compliance - As Iran and the 5+1 meet in New York for further nuclear talks, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed in its latest monthly report that Iran is meeting its commitment outlined in the Articles of Agreement reached last November in Geneva. 9/20/14

Iran's Jila Baniyaghoob on journalism, prison and Rouhani - Jila Baniyaghoob, a prominent Iranian journalist and women's rights activist, has a charisma that comes through even on an online chat. In fact, she seems untainted by the many hardships she and her husband, Bahman Ahmadi Amouei, also a journalist, have endured to practice their profession in Iran. -Guardian 9/20/14

Obama Not Scheduled, But Open To Meeting With Rohani - U.S. President Barack Obama is not scheduled to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rohani next week when both will be at the UN General Assembly, but a senior U.S. official said Obama remains open to such a meeting. 9/19/14

Volleyball: Iran to face Russia for fifth place after loss to France - France defeated Iran 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 19-25, 15-9) to capture first place in Pool G of the FIVB Men's World Championship at Spodek Arena on Thursday night. Iran will play Olympic champions and World No 2 Russia for the fifth position. 9/19/14

Iranians Will Accept a Nuclear Deal, But Not Just Any Deal: Poll - Iranians are open to a nuclear settlement along the lines of what their government has already proposed in ongoing negotiations with world powers, according to a survey of Iranian public opinion jointly conducted July 11-17 by the University of Tehran Center for Public Opinion Research (UTCPOR) and the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). -Derek Davison, LobeLog 9/19/14

Iranian Cabinet Appeals For Cut In Water Consumption - The Iranian cabinet has expressed concern regarding the country's water shortage and made a serious appeal to the public to reduce water consumption, especially in the capital of Tehran. While the water shortage has been an ongoing problem, a severe decline in precipitation this year has made things worse, with two major dams running dry. 9/19/14

Women's right to attend sports events at centre of Iran's culture wars - A British-Iranian woman imprisoned In Tehran for attempting to watch a men's volleyball match is at the centre of Iran's cultural wars that constitute the backdrop to efforts to resolve problems with Iran's nuclear program and a struggle between reformists and conservatives in advance of parliamentary elections 18 months from now. -James M. Dorsey 9/19/14

Iran, World Powers Meet in New York for Nuclear Talks - Negotiators for Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, known as the P5+1, have held a series of talks in New York on Iran's nuclear program this week, ahead of plenary negotiations on Friday. A senior U.S. administration official said it is clear that negotiators on both sides have come to the city to "go to work." -Pamela Dockins, VOA 9/19/14

Royce/Engel Iran Letter: The Devil Lies in the Detail - Opponents of a nuclear agreement with Iran are mobilising once more. A recent letter to colleagues from the chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sponsored by Ed Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) contains almost as many distortions of the truth as the annual address to the UN General Assembly of the current Prime Minister of Israel. -Peter Jenkins, LobeLog 9/19/14

EU court rescinds Iran central bank sanctions - A top European court has struck down restrictions imposed by the European Union against the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) on an alleged charge of circumventing US-led sanctions against the Islamic Republic. 9/19/14

Why Rouhani Could Walk Away - Six months ago, nuclear diplomacy with Iran almost seemed too big to fail. The dire consequences of diplomatic collapse - a return to a path towards war - were enough to get all parties involved to muster the political will to move toward a deal. But today, as talks resume in New York, even optimists recognize that the prospects are dimming for a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the West. -Trita Parsi, NIAC 9/19/14

A hollow laugh - To date, Iran is the only country in the region actually fighting against ISIS on both fronts, the one in Syria defending Bashar Assad's government, which Iran has supported since the beginning of the uprising in Syria, and the other front in Iraq opposing the Sunni ISIS. On the face of it, this suggests that a strategic alliance of Iran with the United States might benefit both. -William Pfaff, Chicago Tribune 9/19/14

Volleyball: Grozer's masterpiece carries Germany to victory against Iran - Germany bounced back from an awful first outing in Pool G of the FIVB Men's World Championship to score a dominant victory over Iran in straight sets (25-15, 25-21, 25-19) at Spodek Arena of Katowice on Wednesday. 9/18/14

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated - Ahead of President Rouhani's visit to New York next week, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, bringing into sharp focus the disconnect between Rouhani's rhetoric on domestic affairs and the reality on the ground. 9/18/14

Iran: Sentences for "Happy" video may not have to be served - The young Iranians who were arrested for making a music video for the Pharrel Williams song "Happy" have been sentenced to jail terms and lashes. The defence attorney told Iran Wire that he has finally received the sentences, adding that the sentences have been suspended for three years. 9/18/14

Iranian President Says Islamic State (IS) Wants To Kill 'Humanity' - Iran's president and foreign minister have criticized the United States' policy for fighting Islamic State (IS) militants. President Hassan Rohani gave an interview to U.S. television network NBC on September 17, and questioned whether air strikes alone would be enough to defeat to the militant group. 9/18/14

Yahoo! to Offer Iranians Email Services Again - One year after Yahoo! decided to exclude Iran from the list of countries that can access some of its services, the company has resumed providing access to Iranian users to open accounts and use the company's Yahoo Messenger services. 9/18/14

Coalition Of One: Iran Leads Own Fight Against Islamic State - The United States is putting together the first international coalition to try to roll back the Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria. But when the nearly 40-state-strong alliance starts operations, it will find that there is already another coalition on the ground whose presence could complicate the U.S.-led effort in unpredictable ways. -Charles Recknagel, RFE 9/18/14

Female Iranian cineastes attending New York conference - Four Iranian female cineastes arrived in New York on Wednesday to attend the Global Women's Cinema Conference, which kicks off today at the Humanities Institute of the Stony Brook University. 9/18/14

Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Zarif- Ashton hold talks for over 3 hours in New York - Talks between Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton lasted for over three hours in New York. The 7th round of nuclear talks between Iran and Group 5+1 resumed on Wednesday after a two month gap by Zarif hosting Ashton at a working lunch. 9/18/14

Iran Nuclear Deal Likely to Increase US Regional Leverage - A successful agreement on Iran's nuclear program could significantly enhance US leverage and influence throughout the greater Middle East, according to a new report signed by 31 former senior US officials and regional experts released here Wednesday. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog 9/18/14

Hardline Iranian cleric warns faster internet bad for youth - Mashhad's Friday Mass Imam, a hardline cleric, has slammed the government's efforts to improve internet access for Iranians, saying it goes against the directions of the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader and "promotes corruption." 9/18/14

Mossadegh: A Film By Roozbeh Dadvand - Iran. 1959. It is six years after the CIA orchestrated coup d'etat that overthrew democratic Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from power. Now living under house arrest and suffering from a severe illness, Mossadegh must decide whether or not to trust an American physician that is sent to treat him. 9/17/14

Photos: Fire Engulfs Ashuradeh, The Sole Iranian Island In Caspian Sea - Ashuradeh, the only Iranian island in Caspian Sea, has suffered great damage after it was engulfed by a devastating fire on Tuesday. About 100 hectares of grasslands and woods on the island were burned in the fire. 9/17/14

Iran's President Rouhani to travel to New York: Spokesman - Government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said here on Wednesday that President Hassan Rouhani is slated to travel to New York to take part in the 69th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly. 9/17/14

Iranian Interior Ministry objects to patrols enforcing hijab - Extremist groups such as Ansar-e Hezbollah and Basij forces have become more vocal and active about enforcing hijab in public. This appears to be a backlash against the more progressive policies of the Rohani administration and President Rohani's call for moderation. 9/17/14

New report on Iran's failed promises on human rights - Titled "Unfulfilled Promises", and launched on Monday at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, the report discusses 34 specific pledges made by Iran in February 2010 at the UN Human Rights Council that in some way could address human rights violations faced by members of Iran's Baha'i community. 9/17/14

Officials warn millions of Iranians suffer from poor diet - The Ministry of Health has reported that 47 million Iranians do not have an adequate diet, which in turn has caused "widespread vitamin D deficiency in the past 10 years and a decrease in height." 9/17/14

Bridging the Uranium Enrichment Gap with Iran - With the Nov. 24 deadline looming, Iran and world powers will resume talks toward a final deal over Iran's nuclear program this week in New York, but the gap between the two sides over the future size and scope of Iran's uranium enrichment program seems as wide as ever. -Derek Davison, LobeLog 9/17/14

IRGC says Qods Forces aid troubled countries like Iraq - The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says its international arm, the Qods Forces, support "revolutionary and resistance movements of the dispossessed and the oppressed all around the world," adding that the nature of the IRGC's assistance is "advisory and educational." 9/17/14

Chinese vessel rescued by Iranian Navy - Iranian naval forces rescued a Chinese container vessel surrendered by pirates in the Gulf of Adan on Wednesday morning. The Chinese vessel was heading towards Indian Ocean from Singapore when it was attacked by armed pirates riding in five speedboats. 9/17/14

Carlos Queiroz Signs Four-Year Contract Extension with Iran Football Federation - Iran Football Federation (IFF) has extended the contract of Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz for four more years. On Tuesday, the Portuguese coach, who was supposed to quit his job in the Iranian football team, extended his contract until the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 9/16/14

As US Shuns Iran in Fight Against ISIS, History Repeats - Last week epitomized the highs and lows of hoping for an improvement in US-Iran relations. A BBC report on Sept. 5 that Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had approved Iranian cooperation with the US military in the fight against ISIS was met with near elation in many quarters. But after the ensuing Iranian denials that cooperation was in fact approved, the Americans went even further by denying even the possibility of formal cooperation. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj 9/16/14

Iran FM criticizes Norway's expulsion of Iranian students - "The expulsion of Iranian students has had adverse consequences on our public opinion and academic circles and this is detrimental to Norway," Zarif said in a Monday meeting with new Norwegian Ambassador to Tehran Aud Lise Norheim. 9/16/14

Iran rejected U.S. request for cooperation against ISIL: Supreme Leader - "We are proud that the U.S. was disappointed" that Iran was not part of an "erroneous" and "collective" coalition against ISIL, the Leader told reporters after being discharged from hospital. He stated that the U.S. officials' claims of campaign against ISIL are "empty" and "biased". 9/16/14

Iran: Plainclothes forces to patrol for hijab violations - The head of Ansar-e Hezbollah, the paramilitary group usually referred to as "plainclothes" forces by the Iranian public, has announced that it will put 4,000 of its forces on the street next week to confront violations of hijab, the Islamic public dress code. 9/16/14

Mojtahed Shabestari: Islam is in Crisis - Last Thursday, the famous Tohid Center in Tehran held its first gathering after a lull of five years and the occasion was to commemorate the moderate ayatollah Mahmoud Taleghani, a theologian and reformist senior cleric, who had died seven months after the collapse of the Pahlavi regime in 1979. -Fahimeh Abdollahi 9/16/14

Iran to scrap 400,000 cars to ease pollution - The Iranian government has announced plans to take up to 400,000 vehicles that don't meet emission standards off the roads by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, in a bid to reduce the country's air pollution problems. 9/16/14

Thinking Outside The Box - Why doesn't the United States take advantage of this enormous opportunity to engage Iran and openly welcome its cooperation in settling the troubling issues in the Middle East? What? You want to tell us that earth is not flat when, standing in the middle of the prairies in Kansas or Nebraska, we can clearly see that it is flat whichever way we look!? -Kam Zarrabi 9/15/14

US Open to Future Talks with Iran on Fighting Islamic State - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he has rejected Obama administration requests for help in fighting against Islamic State militants in Iraq. U.S. officials say there is no military coordination with Iran but Washington is open to future talks on fighting the Islamic State. -Scott Stearns, VOA 9/15/14

Iran's Amir Kabir University to develop stronger supercomputer - Researchers in Amir Kabir University of Technology work to improve the current supercomputer to higher processing capability, which may calculate almost 1000 times faster. 9/15/14

Programs target illiterate working children in Iran - Iran's ministry of education says 10 percent of the 116,000 people identified as illiterate in the last Tehran census are working children, adding that the actual number could be even higher. 9/15/14

Iranian Security Forces Investigate Texts Insulting Republic Founder - In recent weeks, a large number of jokes regarding Ayatollah Khomeini have hit social networking sites and cellphones in Iran, including on Viber. Some have suggested that this might be a prelude to the government's blocking of Viber. 9/15/14

Is Rouhani's Iran Tilting East? - Two simultaneous pieces of economic news in Iran inform us of a trend in the Rouhani administration's foreign policy. Firstly, Iranian and Russian press reported last week that Tehran and Moscow signed a trade agreement amounting to 70 billion euros on Sept. 9... -Shahir Shahidsaless, LobeLog 9/15/14

Iran ranks first in 2014 Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championship - Iran finished first in the 56th Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan after Qasem Rezaei gained a ronze medal in 98-kg weight category on Sunday. 9/14/14

Largest German university delegation visits Iran - The largest German university scientific delegation is visiting Iran to discuss mutual cooperation with Iranian universities, said Iranian Deputy Minister of Science for International Affairs Hossein Amoli. The delegation includes university presidents of Aachen, Giessen, Rhine-Waal, Darmstadt, Rostock universities and German University in Istanbul. 9/14/14

More Than Two Months in Solitary Confinement for Protesting Exclusion of Women in Stadium - A young woman's detention in solitary confinement continues after her June 30, 2014 arrest, following her earlier arrest and release outside a Tehran sports stadium when she tried to attend a volleyball game. Ghoncheh Ghavami's lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he is unaware of his client's charges despite the fact that Ghavami has been in solitary confinement at Evin Prison for more than two months and her "temporary detention" orders have been extended twice. 9/13/14

U.S. and Iran Engage in Volleyball Diplomacy - Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the Iranian and American people have been isolated from one another due to long-standing disputes between their governments. Routine interactions, like sporting events between national clubs, and other cultural exchanges have been few and far between. However, recently thousands of fans across Southern California were able to witness a rarity: the U.S. and Iranian national volleyball teams squaring off in friendly exhibition matches as part of a goodwill exchange between the two estranged nations. -Farshad Farahat 9/13/14

Iran, Russia call for promotion of bilateral relations - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, met Friday on the sidelines of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Tajik capital to discuss issues of mutual interest as well as regional and international developments. 9/13/14

China seeks expansion of strategic ties with Iran: Xi - In a Friday meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, Xi underscored the Islamic Republic's significant position in the region and the entire world, saying Beijing seeks to promote "strategic" ties with Tehran. 9/13/14

"Happy" Youths Go on Trial in Tehran - The Iranian youths who produced the dance video "Happy in Tehran" set to the Pharrell Williams hit song "Happy" were put on trial in Tehran on September 9, 2014, where they were charged with "participation in producing a vulgar video clip" and conducting "illicit relations" with one another, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. 9/12/14

Column: Coalition Against Islamic State Must Include Iran - President Barack Obama is right to focus on the responsibility of the Sunni Muslim world to attack and expunge the cancer that is the militant group calling itself the Islamic State (IS). But to succeed, the coalition must encompass the entire Muslim world and cannot exclude the most important Shiite nation, Iran. -Barbara Slavin 9/12/14

Russia Courts Allies at Eurasian Summit - As a Eurasian summit began in Tajikistan on Thursday, analysts say Moscow could use the multilateral meeting to bolster support. Russia will take the reins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) for the next year at the two-day summit of China, Russia, and four Central Asian countries in Dushanbe. -Bai Hua, VOA 9/12/14

Xerxes Speaks: A Graphic Novel on Greco-Persian Wars, from Persian point of view - "Xerxes Speaks" presents the battle of Thermopylae (the subject of the first "300" graphic novel and movie) from a Persian perspective; but it also delves deeper into Iran's first 200 years to analyze the causes and consequences of the empire's rapid expansion. It is well-researched, so I hope you find it educational as well as entertaining. -Ramin Abhari 9/11/14

Rohani Helps Launch Iranian-Funded Power Plant In Tajikistan - Iranian President Hassan Rohani has helped inaugurate a power generating unit at an Iranian-funded hydroelectric plant in Tajikistan. Rohani and Rahmon also held talks in the Central Asian nation's capital, Dushanbe, and presided over the signing of agreements cooperation on security, anti-drug effots, education and other issues. 9/11/14

Iran-Russia trade could jump tenfold in 2 years: Iranian Oil Minister - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says Iran and Russia can increase bilateral trade by tenfold over the next two years. On Tuesday, Zanganeh and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak signed an agreement in Tehran to expand cooperation in the areas of industry, mining, trade, agriculture, tourism, modern technology, and energy. 9/11/14

John Simpson: Iran is the most charming country on Earth - For John Simpson, Iran's incredible monuments, dazzling landscapes and hospitable people make it a holiday destination beyond compare -Telegraph, UK 9/10/14

Launch Party for B'ta'arof, Iran: RPM and Omid Walizadeh at Levantine Cultural Center in Los Angeles - We invite you to participate in an evening of Iranian literary and artistic culture on behalf of B|ta'arof magazine and the London-based collective, Magic of Persia. This is a night to celebrate fiercely independent and creative Iranian writers and artists with a launch party for Iran: RPM Vol. 2 from Magic of Persia and the latest issue of B|ta'arof, as well as Omid Walizadeh's LP, Modern Persian Speech Sounds. 9/8/14

Iranian Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Wins Best Screenplay Award at Venice Film Festival - Leading Iranian female filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad has garnered award at the 71st International Venice Film Festival in Italy. Bani-Etemad received the Best Screenplay award for her film Tales during the awards ceremony on the closing day of the festival on September 6, 2014 at Venice Lido. 9/7/14

Gender Segregation Gains Momentum in Iran: Women Prohibited from More Jobs - Shargh Daily reported on September 2, 2014, that women are now banned from appearing on stage at musical performances in 13 provinces across the country. Only bands without any female members will be granted the required performance license, according to the report. 9/7/14

Iran's Nuclear Future - Sir Richard Dalton, British ambassador to Iran from 2002-06, and I have co-authored a paper for the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) on Iran's Nuclear Future. Below is an edited transcript of the remarks with which I introduced the paper at a meeting in London on Sept. 4 -Peter Jenkins, LobeLog 9/6/14

The Islamic Caliphate &The "Root Causes" - The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, warned his nation during a televised address the other day of the severe danger of terrorism by the advocates of the rising monster, the Islamic State or Caliphate. He pointed to the "root causes" of this evil plague that was spreading rapidly throughout the Islamic world from the Middle East to Africa. The "root causes" were, in short, an archaic poisonous ideology and violent extremism. -Kam Zarrabi 9/5/14

Gender Segregation Violates the Rights of Women in Iran - The recent sharp exchange during a press conference between Morteza Talai, Deputy Chairperson of the Tehran City Council, and a female journalist from Sharq newspapers over Talai's support of a recent gender-segregation initiative in the Municipality of Tehran, reflects the intensifying struggle between hardliners intent on controlling the domestic sphere and more moderate elements of Iranian society who resist relinquishing their basic rights. -Leila Mouri 9/5/14

EU's Mogherini Could Usher in Better Relations with Iran - Just as the nuclear-focused talks between Iran and world powers are set to resume, the European Union has named Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini its new foreign policy chief. While current High Representative Catherine Ashton will remain in her post as the key mediator in the negotiations until the Nov. 24 deadline, Mogherini's appointment has already got people asking: How will she deal with Iran? -Eldar Mamedov 9/4/14

Iran starts building Mideast largest oncology center in Rasht - Iran started construction of the Middle East's largest oncology research center in a ceremony attended by a distinguished Iranian neurosurgeon and medical scientist professor Majid Samii in Rasht City, northern Iran. 9/4/14

All-female pop band to perform in Tehran - Setareye Qotbi (Polaris), an all-female Iranian pop band, will appear again to perform concerts at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on September 4 and 5. The band, which is composed of five singers and 12 musicians, will perform a repertoire of Persian, English, French, Arabic, and Hindi songs during the performances. 9/3/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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