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Iran: Rouhani's Silence on Brutal Prison Attack Unacceptable

- A week after a violent raid by prison officials at Iran's notorious Evin Prison led to the beating, injury, and solitary confinement of many political prisoners, Iranian Judiciary officials continue to deny any use of violence while vivid testimonies from the families of the prisoners indicate otherwise. 4/23/14

Families Of Iranian Political Prisoners Protest Alleged Prison Raid

- Families of political prisoners demonstrated outside the presidential office in Tehran on April 22 to protest what they say was a brutal raid at a notorious prison in the Iranian capital where their relatives are being held. The protesters say several of their loved ones were badly beaten by security forces in the April 17 operation at Evin prison and called on authorities to investigate the incident. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 4/23/14

Iran Seeks To Offset Advancement Of Women In Medicine

- "Parisa" is among the thousands of young women who have transformed the once male-dominated field of medicine in Iran. Whereas men made up 70 percent of the country's medical students and physicians about 20 years ago, women have reversed the situation to the point that women like Parisa now account for 70 percent of Iran's medical students. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 4/23/14

Lavrov: Caspian Foreign Ministers 'Coordinate' Principles

- Russia's foreign minister says the littoral states of the Caspian Sea are coordinating many "principles" aimed at establishing the basis of a treaty on the sea's legal status. Sergei Lavrov said, however, that the treaty will not be ready in time for a summit of Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan in the Russian city of Astrakhan in the fall. 4/23/14

Iranian medical official reveals steep rise in cancer rate

- Iran's Chief of Internal Medicine reports a rise of 20 to 30 percent in the number of cancer cases in the country, adding: "By next year, we will have 400,000 cancer patients in the country." 4/23/14

" Manuscripts Don't Burn" by Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof to screen at San Francisco Film Festival

- Writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof has rooted his remarkable career in an aesthetically wide-ranging critique of censorship and authoritarian rule in his native Iran, a project embracing everything from documentary (Head Wind, 2008) to surreal allegory (The White Meadows, SFIFF 2010) to hard-edged realism (Goodbye, SFIFF 2012). 4/23/14

Oman Fights Saudi Bid for Persian Gulf Hegemony With Iran Pipe Plan

- Oman's plan to build a $1 billion natural-gas pipeline from Iran is the latest sign that Saudi Arabia is failing to bind its smaller Persian Gulf neighbors into a tighter bloc united in hostility to the Islamic Republic. -Bloomberg 4/23/14

Emad Bahavar: "My Body Aches"

- Iranian political prisoner Emad Bahavar describes the severe beatings suffered by him and other prisoners at Tehran's Evin prison when the security personnel and plainclothes officers stormed Ward 350 of the prison on April 17th. -Kaleme (in Persian) 4/22/14

Caspian Sea Legal regime should meet demands of littoral states: Iranian FM

- Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that the Caspian Sea Legal regime must be drawn up in a way to meet demands and expectations of the present and future generations of the Sea littoral states. Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with the Caspian Sea foreign ministers in Moscow. 4/22/14

Iran Disputes Reports of Violent Crackdown in Prison's Political Detainee Block

- Iran's penal authorities sought on Monday to discredit reports of a violent clash last week inside the political detainee block in Tehran's Evin Prison, calling them fabrications fomented by enemies of the government. -NY Times 4/22/14

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Iran's Unemployment Statistics for 2013: Women's Unemployment Rate Rises Further - The latest figures published by the Iran Statistical Center indicate that the average rate of unemployment in 2013 for women had risen to be twice as high as those for men. This increase in the ratio between men and women took place while the overall rate of unemployment in the country fell by 1.7 percent in the same year. -Niusha Saremi 4/22/14

Iran, Russia FMs discuss bilateral, regional issues - Iranˈs Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed bilateral ties as well as regional issues with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday. The two ministers met on the sideline of the ongoing foreign ministerial meeting of the Caspian Sea littoral states which opened this morning. 4/22/14

Reformist Iranian activist arrested, taken to Evin Prison - Hossein Nouraninejad, an Iranian political activist and member of the reformist Islamic Iran Participation Front party, was arrested on Monday April21. ILNA reports that Parastoo Sarmadi, Nouraninejad's wife, has reported that officials entered their home with an arrest warrant and said that he would be taken to Ward Aleph of Evin Prison. 4/22/14

PAAIA Announces Change in Strategic Direction - Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) today announced a change in its strategic direction that will allow the organization to focus on facilitating greater understanding between the peoples of the United States and Iran, while continuing to build an influential voice for the Iranian American community and facilitating the path of success for the next generation of Iranian Americans. 4/22/14

New action film "Undying Dreams" is a dramatic story of the fight for democracy in the Middle East - "Undying Dreams" is the gripping story of Mike, an Iranian-American man whose American wife Christine is kidnapped in war-torn Iraq where she is volunteering as a pediatric nurse. Instead of heeding the advice of his Iraqi contacts to go back home, Mike embarks on a dangerous mission to find Christine. 4/22/14

Time to Foster Iran-Saudi Relations - Several developments and incidents in the past three decades have led to a deep rift between Tehran and Riyadh. This rivalry has mounted into antagonism. Today, the possible breakthrough in the decade-long dispute over Iran's nuclear program has caused anxiety in the Saudi kingdom. -Adnan Tabatabai 4/22/14

"Executed" Iranian border guard may be alive after all - Baqer Hosseiny, a member of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, says it has evidence that Jamshid Danaifar, the border officer who was kidnapped in February, is still alive. 4/22/14

Iran's annual car output falls over 20%: Report - Car manufacturing in Iran dropped 20.2 percent in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, ISNA reported on Monday, citing official statistics. Iran manufactured 737,060 cars in the last Iranian year, while the figure was 924,051 in its preceding year. 4/22/14

Iranian Political Prisoners Call For Investigation Of Beatings At Evin Prison - As controversy over the alleged attack on political prisoners in Ward 350 of Evin Prison deepens, 74 prisoners have written a letter of complaint urging the Tehran Prosecutor to investigate the matter. The Kaleme opposition website, which first reported on the alleged attack, has now published the prisoners' letter of complaint along with the names of the wounded and details of the incident. 4/21/14

Iran: President Rohani speaks up for equality in Women's Day speech - One day after Iran's Supreme Leader denounced gender equality as a Western cliche, Iranian President Hassan Rohani stressed the need for gender equality in all strata of the country, adding "the fear of women's presence and their excellence" should not be attributed to Islam and religion. 4/21/14

Iran's dust problem: potential causes and strategies - Iranian officials have expressed hope that residents of the country's western provinces will have fewer problems with dust particles this year due to the heavy precipitation anticipated in Iraq. The observed environmental changes in Iran and neighbouring countries reduce the possibility of such optimism and appear to indicate that in the coming year and for at least a number of years to come, this unpleasant phenomenon will remain a part of people's lives in many regions of Iran. 4/21/14

Iran Says it Has Diluted Highly Enriched Uranium - Iran says it has completed diluting its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium, based on an interim deal struck with world powers last year on its controversial nuclear program. Iran's atomic chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, told Arabic-language Al Alam television that Iran diluted 103 kilograms of uranium on April 12, converting it from 20 percent enriched uranium to 5 percent. 4/21/14

Iran Says Next Expert-Level Nuclear Talks To Be Held In New York - Iran says the next round of international expert-level talks on the Iranian nuclear program will be held next month in New York City. The official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi as saying the talks will be held on the sidelines of a May meeting about the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at the United Nations. 4/21/14

"Unemployment has reached a critical level in Iran": Vice President - The unemployment rate in Iran has reached a critical level, Iranian First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri said. The Statistical Center of Iran has announced that the average unemployment rate for the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2014, hit 10.4 percent. 4/21/14

American prisoner in Iran writes to Iranian Foreign Minister - Amir Mirazai Hekmati, an American citizen of Iranian background who is in prison in Iran accused of spying, has written to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to insist that he is innocent and to urge the minister to save his case from falling prey to the historic diplomatic differences between Iran and the U.S. 4/21/14

Tehran Slams U.S. Court Ruling Confiscating Manhattan Property - Iran has condemned a ruling by a U.S. court that approves plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran in the United States. The office tower in Manhattan belongs to the Iranian-linked Alavi Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes Islamic culture and the Persian language. 4/21/14

Mark Kirk: First I was for the State Department, Now I Prefer Israel - Well, I guess now-Sen. Mark Kirk's faith in the State Department has been diminished somehow, but one wonders why. What happened in the 12 years between the time when he considered the institution and its diplomatic skills as his "best friend" and now when it seems he thinks of its leaders as a bunch of partisan, glory-seeking, uninformed, Israeli intelligence-deniers? -Jim Lobe 4/21/14

Iran UN Nominee a Non-Issue - Even the most serious issues can have lighter - not to say ludicrous - moments. Such is the case of Ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi, the man whom the Iranian government designated as its Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. -Robert E. Hunter 4/19/14

Rohani: Iran Seeks Peace But Ready To Deter Attacks - Iran's President Hassan Rohani says Tehran has no intention of committing acts of aggression but is also ready to defend itself. Rohani was speaking at a parade to mark Army Day on April 18. Unlike his hard-line predecessor Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Rohani did not use his Army Day speech to denounce the United States and Israel. 4/19/14

Obama Signs Law Blocking Iran's UN Envoy - U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a law that bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy to the United Nations. The legislation is aimed at blocking Hamid Abutalebi, whom the U.S. alleges was involved in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. 4/19/14

Iranian official confirms execution for bank fraud to proceed - Iran's Chief Auditor Nasser Seraj announced that there is no truth to rumours that a death sentence issued in the so-called $3-billion fraud case will be withdrawn. Seraj, who acted as judge in the trial of Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, said: "A sentence that is issued and approved will no doubt be carried out." 4/19/14

After A Deal With Iran - The Iran experts at the Rand Corporation, including Alireza Nader, who has written for LobeLog, are always worth reading. That's why Iran-watchers like me can willfully spend part of a slow-news Friday reading a Rand report on what regional responses to a final deal with Iran over its nuclear program might look like. - Jasmin Ramsey 4/19/14

Security Forces Storm Tehran's Evin Prison - Dozens of Iranian security forces have stormed a section of Tehran's Evin prison where political prisoners are held, injuring a number of the detainees. Some 30 prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement following the raid on April 17. 4/18/14

Tehran's Amir Kabir University To Discipline Students After Protests, Chants - Following protests against the presence of Saeed Jalili, a conservative member of the Expediency Council, at Amir Kabir University, at least nine students have been summoned by the university's disciplinary committee. 4/18/14

US Scholar's Planned Iranian Burial in Limbo - The burial of a prominent American scholar who wanted to be laid to rest in the central Iranian city of Isfahan remains in limbo amid a backlash from a small but influential group of hard-liners. Richard Frye, a Harvard professor who dedicated his career to studying Iran's ancient culture and language, died last month in Boston at 94 and his body is waiting to be transferred to the land he loved. 4/18/14

Judiciary Spokesman Announces Trial in Absentia of Iranians Abroad - While until a few months ago the deputy foreign minister of Iran, Hassan Ghashghai, and the minister of intelligence Mahmoud Alavi made positive public remarks about the possibility of the return of Iranian immigrants, the spokesman of the judiciary branch announced the prosecution of some of them, in absentia. -Hossein Mohammadi, Rooz 4/18/14

Iran: Hunger strike aims to support families of political prisoners - Arash Mohammadi and Ayat Mehralibeglo two Iranian political prisoners, have been on hunger strike in Tabriz Central Prison since Tuesday April 15 to protest the mistreatment of prisoners' families by prison authorities. 4/18/14

First Iranian stock brokerage center opens in London - The first Iranian stock brokerage center in London has been inaugurated, ISNA reported on Wednesday. Mehrafarin Brokerage Company has opened a branch in London as the first ever brokerage center in the UK. 4/18/14

Iranian Students Crash Nuclear Party - Former Iranian presidential candidate and nuclear negotiator Said Jalili surfaced this week at a Tehran technical university to lecture students on the benefits of nuclear power. But video of the event shows that the hard-liner's message was drowned out by opposition-minded students. 4/17/14

"The Soul Of War": Shokoufeh Malekkiani International Iranian Photographer Exhibition at the Agora Gallery New York City - Shokoufeh Malekkiani blends her extraordinary artistic vision with a dedication to philanthropic causes as she continues to make a difference in this world. According to Malekkiani, "the power of art is limitless," and it is her greatest hope that she is able to leverage that artistic power to shed light on some of humanity's most devastating realities. 4/17/14

H.E. Ambassador Farhad Sepahbody, Iranian Diplomat, dies at 85 in Sedona, Arizona. - H.E. Ambassador Farhad Sepahbody, a distinguished career diplomat during the reign of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, died in exile at his home in Sedona, Arizona, on Sunday, 6 April 2014. Born on 20 August 1929 in Geneva he was the son of another diplomat, Anushiravan Sepahbody, a descendant of Prince Abbas Mirza, a Qajar warrior and son of Fath Ali Shah Qajar. -Cyrus Kadivar 4/17/14

Iranian bird poacher's sentence is to study environment - The head of the Fars Province Department of Environmental Protection reports that an illegal hunter who was caught hunting birds in the Parishan Wetlands of Kazeroon was ordered to prepare a research study about the environment of the region instead of being sent to jail. 4/17/14

Late American scholar's executor seeks opinion on burial - The Chairman of the Great Islamic Encyclopedia, Kazem Mousavi Boroujerdi, has written to Iran's Supreme Leader to ask his opinion on the controversy that has brewed over American Iran scholar Richard Nelson Frye and his last wish to be buried in Isfahan. 4/17/14

Nina Hajian: Behind the Music - Once upon a time, I thought I was going to be a pop star." For anyone who knows Nina Hajian, the bubbly outgoing radio personality for NOW 100.5 FM radio's Todd and Nina Morning Show, the declaration is not surprising... -herlifemagazine.com 4/17/14

What Was the War About? - The understandably favorable press coverage of the Afghan elections in some ways diverts our attention from the more troubling and largely unexamined aspects of America's decade-plus of war in Iraq and Afghanistan that cost more than a trillion dollars, led to over a million refugees, and thousands dead and maimed civilians and soldiers. -James A. Russell 4/17/14

The Politics of the EU Resolution on Iran - On April 3 the European Parliament (EP) passed a resolution on EU Strategy towards Iran. It proposes the opening of a EU delegation in Tehran; cooperation in a number of areas such as the fight against narcotic drugs, environmental protection, and exchanges of students and academics; engaging with Iran on ending the Syrian civil war; stabilising Afghanistan; and outlining the prospect of lifting nuclear-related sanctions against Iran once there is a final agreement on the nuclear issue. -Farideh Farhi 4/16/14

Unfair sanctions will be lifted: President Rouhani - Iran does not seek to develop nuclear weapons and unfair sanctions, which are against human rights, will be lifted gradually, President Hassan Rouhani told a gathering of well-wishers in Zahedan, the capital of Sistan and Baluchestan province, on Tuesday. 4/16/14

Environmental Awareness: Iranian students to draw the Asiatic cheetah - Avicenna cultural center, Tehran Municipality, Ministry of Education local office Tehran and some NGOs will take part in the painting festival entitled "Asiatic cheetah, God's painting" and all elementary school students of Tehran will participate. 4/16/14

UN rapporteur concerned over Reyhaneh Jabbari's death sentence - Jabbari was arrested seven year ago for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a physician and former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry. Jabbari stabbed Sarbandi at his office after suspecting that he intended to sexually assault her and fled the scene. 4/16/14

The Egyptian-Saudi Coalition in Defense of Autocracy - The pro-autocracy partnership between the Egyptian military junta and the Saudi ruling family goes beyond their opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood and the perceived threat of terrorism. It emanates from the autocrats' visceral opposition to democracy and human rights, including minority and women's rights. -Emile Nakhleh 4/16/14

No country can attack Iran via Azerbaijan's soil: Defense Minister - "According to the Azerbaijan's Constitution, Azerbaijan will never host the military bases of any third country, (and Baku) will never permit any power to use (Azerbaijan's) soil to launch attacks against its neighboring countries," said Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov, who is in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials, during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Dehqan. 4/16/14

Denying Involvement, Iran Vows to Investigate Jamming of Foreign Media - Earlier this week, Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology Reza Taghipour denied his department's involvement in jamming satellite signals, and said the ministry was "seriously" pursuing the case. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 4/16/14

Iranian institute organizes puppet show project to promote world peace - Simorgh, a major Iranian company for theatrical productions, has organized a puppet show project, which plans to promote peace in the world. A group composed of Iranian, British, U.S., Canadian and Turkish thespians and puppeteers is scheduled to travel across the world to perform an antiwar play entitled "The Last Leaf" 4/15/14

Iran ready to supply natural gas to Europe: Minister - Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh says his country plans to play a significant role on the world gas market. 4/15/14

Foreign companies delay selling plane parts to Iran: Aviation Chief - Alireza Jahangirian, the head of Iran Civil Aviation Organization, has complained about a delay by foreign companies to sell civilian plane spare parts to Iran. Under the Geneva nuclear agreement, which eases sanctions against Iran, Tehran is allowed to purchase plane parts. 4/15/14

Iranian Cleric Says Unhealthy Satellite Jamming Un-Islamic - Even if satellite jamming is a useful tool in protecting Islamic values, it is not permissible under Islamic law if it poses a health threat. That's according to an Iranian grand ayatollah who recently made a ruling on the issue following an inquiry by a Shi'ite news agency. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 4/15/14

Iran says ready to help Azerbaijan meet its defense needs - Iran and neighboring Azerbaijan have similar views toward major regional and international issues, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said in a meeting with his visiting Azeri counterpart Zakir Hasanov on Monday. Colonel-General Hasanov arrived in Tehran for bilateral talks with senior Iranian officials at the invitation of Dehqan. 4/15/14

The Details Behind Israel's Purchase of Lockheed's "Samson" Airlifter - Considering that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu budgeted $2.89 billion for an Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities for 2013 and again for 2014, that doesn't go very far, even when assuming that the Samson is being purchased with an eye toward war with Iran. -Marsha B. Cohen 4/15/14

The Tomb of Persian Poet Attar in Neyshabur - Happy Attar Day!: April 14 is National Attar Day in Iran. Abu Ḥamid bin Abu Bakr Ibrahim (c. 1145 - c. 1221), better known by his pen-names Farid ud-Din and Aṭṭar ("the perfumer"), was a Persian Muslim poet, theoretician of Sufism, and hagiographer from Neyshabur who had an immense and lasting influence on Persian poetry and Sufism. 4/14/14

Israel possesses at least 300 nuclear warheads: Jimmy Carter - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says that Israel has at least 300 nuclear warheads which is far more dangerous than estimates that are being hypothetically made about Iran's potential access to nuclear weapons. 4/14/14

Imprisoned Student Activist Maryam Shafipour Refused Medical Treatment - A source close to the family of imprisoned student activist Maryam Shafipour told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that judicial authorities have refused the family's repeated requests for her transfer to a hospital to seek treatment for heart, stomach, and dental problems that she developed in prison. 4/14/14

Welcome to the body parts shop... would you like to place an order? - Professor Alexander Seifalian (UCL Centre for Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine) and his team are aiming to make organ donation a thing of the past, combining nano-composite materials with stem cell technologies for the growth of replacement organs. 4/14/14

Water shortages threaten Tehran, other cities - Iran's Ministry of Power reports that Tehran is on the verge of a water shortage, saying: "Arak, Isfahan, Shiraz, Qazvin, Qom, Karaj, Kerman, Mashhad, Hamedan and Yazd are other cities that are now water-stressed." 4/13/14

Complaints by Iranian MPs lead to action on "starred" students - A spokesman for Iran's Article 90 Commission says following complaints from three MPs about the minister of science, the commission has finally managed to obtain the files of "starred" students. "Starred" students are university students who have been marked by the authorities for reasons such as political or social activism and, therefore, prevented from pursuing their studies. 4/13/14

Siamand Rahman sets new record at IPC Powerlifting Worlds - Iran's Siamand Rahman claimed a gold medal in +107kg of the IPC Powerlifting World Championship on Friday. On the final day of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE, Rahman, gold medallist at the 2012 London Paralympics Games, claimed a gold medal and set a new world record of 285.5kg. 4/12/14

Football: Foolad Crowned Champion Of Iran Professional League - Foolad of Khuzestan football team defeated Gostaresh Foolad of Tabriz and won the title of 13th edition of the Iran Professional League (IPL) on Friday. Foolad defeated its host 1-0 thanks to a goal from Mehrdad Jama'ati in the 37th minute. The team won the IPL title for the second time. The Ahvaz-based team had claimed the title in the 2004-05 Season for first time. 4/12/14

Iran Will Deal With UN After U.S. Snub Of Envoy - Tehran has dismissed a U.S. decision to deny a visa to Iran's proposed new UN envoy, Hamid Abutalebi, saying it would take up the case directly with the United Nations. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told Iranian media on April 12 that Tehran plans to resolve the issue through the UN "legal mechanisms." Araqchi said "we are not considering an alternative pick" to Abutalebi. 4/12/14

Poachers caught, punished for killing rare deer - Five deer in the Dasht-e Qanat region of Bordsir in Kerman province were killed by poachers this spring. ISNA reports that a spokesman for the city's Department of the Environment said their rangers pursued the poachers and arrested one of them, who identified the other two, allowing their capture as well. 4/12/14

Iran to increase oil output to 5.7 million bpd by 2018 - Iranian Oil Ministry has a planned to increase oil output to 5.7 million bpd by 2018, Deputy head of the Majlis Energy Commission Ali Marvi said on Saturday citing the plannings presented by Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh. 4/12/14

Land mine explosions injure three in Marivon, Iran - Three separate land mines were detonated in Marivon, injuring three people. The Kordpress website reports that Faeq Ahmadzadeh of Sardoosh ran into a land mine while herding his livestock. 4/12/14

Burnt Generation: A major exhibition of unseen work by eight contemporary Iranian photographers - 'Many commentators have said that some of the most exciting photography in the world today is being made in Iran,' says Candlestar Director Fariba Farshad, who has curated Burnt Generation, Candlestar's new exhibition of Iranian Photography (in London). 4/11/14

Obama's Middle East Scorecard - Viewed from the aerie of the Oval Office, US policy in the Middle East is much more pluses than minuses, and there is much to commend that view. President Barack Obama has successfully navigated the Ship of State past the Scylla and Charybdis of Iraq and Afghanistan... -Robert E. Hunter 4/11/14

Jailed Iranian activist's hunger strike reaches 35 days - Jailed Iranian labour activist Shahroukh Zamani is continuing his hunger strike and has now been refusing food for 35 days. According to lawyer Naghi Mahmoudi, Zanmani has been on a hunger strike since March 7 to protest his transfer to Qezel Hessar Prison in Karaj and bring about his return to Rejai Shahr Prison. 4/11/14

Iran seeking UNESCO recognition for historical wind towers - Iran has applied to UNESCO to have its historical wind towers registered on the World Heritage List. The wind tower ("badgir", literally "wind catcher") is the traditional structure used for passive air-conditioning in historical Iranian architecture. 4/11/14

The Ukraine Crisis: A Game-Changer in the Global Energy Market? - Perhaps ironically, Iran could also benefit from these changing dynamics. Europe faces possible energy supply interruptions and high-energy prices in the short-term. With the nuclear-focused negotiations between Iran and world powers known as the P5+1 moving along, some European countries could once again rethink their bans on Iranian oil imports. -Sara Vakhshouri 4/10/14

UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema: April 24 - May 14, 2014 - UCLA Film & Television Archive is proud to continue its long tradition of tracing the unfolding of Iran's fascinating national cinema. Continually offering compelling new voices and visions, Iranian film responds to a rich storytelling heritage and enters into crucial dialogue with other world cultural and artistic traditions in its unique interplay of social inquiry and formal experimentation. 4/10/14

Sanctions On Russia Open Southern Corridor - Amid events in Ukraine, the European Union is pondering how to decrease its dependence on Russian energy supplies. Already there is talk in Europe, and further away, that as the door to Russian resources closes a bit, the Southern Corridor should finally be opened and realize its potential. 4/10/14

Photos: The Village Children in Bashagard - Life for the children in Bashagard County villages is very simple. No toys, no internet, no running water, no parks, ... The time seems to have stopped moving forward in these villages where 21st century has failed to arrive. 4/8/14

IMF Executive Board Concludes Article IV Consultation with the Islamic Republic of Iran - On March 28, 2014 the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran had achieved considerable progress in raising per capita income and living standards in previous decades. But in recent years, such progress stalled as both domestic policies and the external environment deteriorated. 4/8/14

Iran's Water Crisis Threatens its Future - A looming water crisis in Iran has officials warning of water rationing for the capital Tehran. The Mehr news agency quotes Khosro Erteghaei, the head of Tehran's regional water company as saying water levels at the four reservoirs that serve Tehran are at a critical level. He warns that if residents of Tehran and nearby provinces do not reduce their consumption "we will have a problem." -Maryam Manzoori, VOA 4/6/14

Photos: Nakhcheer cave - Nakhcheer or Chal-Nakhjir is a cave situated in Markazi Province of Iran. It is a limestone cave approximately 70 million years old. Parts of the cave including its internal lake have been prepared for easy tourist access. It was discovered in 1989 and registered as a national monument in 2001. Its interior is made of crystals, dolomite sediments,stalactites and stalagmites. 4/4/14

Photos: Nasir al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) in Shiraz, Iran - The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque or Pink Mosque is a traditional mosque in Shiraz, Iran. The mosque was built during the Qajar era, and is still in use under protection by Nasir al Mulk's Endowment Foundation. It was built by the order of Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al Molk, one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty, in 1876 and was finished in 1888. 4/2/14

6th Annual Festival of the Silk Road: Sunday, April 27th in San Jose, California - Afsaneh Art & Culture Society/Ballet Afsaneh proudly presents the 6th annual Festival of the Silk Road - 2014. Dance, music and poetry from the Silk Road including Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, China, India, Azerbaijan, Egypt, the Balkans, the Roma & more.. 03/31/14

Iranian Environment Official Reveals Lake Oroumieh Drying At Severe Level - Hassan Abbasnejad, the head of the Western Azerbaijan Province environment department, announced that the water levels in Lake Oroumieh have fallen by 40 percent. Iran's Lake Oroumieh (also spelled Urmia) is the largest lake in the Middle East and the third largest saltwater lake on Earth. 03/29/14

2014 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Winners Announced - The winners of the 2014 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival were announced on Saturday, March 22, 2014, during the 6th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film festival Award Ceremony & Reception at LACMA before a live audience at the museum's Leo S. Bing Auditorium. 03/28/14

The manufactured story about Iran's nuclear program - In his latest groundbreaking book, entitled A Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of Iran Nuclear Scare, the historian and investigative journalist Gareth Porter catalogs a long list of false reports manufactured by Israeli intelligence agencies in order to mislead the public and pave the way for a war against Iran. -Farhang Jahanpour 03/22/14

Iran grabs the crown at the 2014 Men's Freestyle World Cup in Los Angeles - On Sunday evening, the Iranian outfit landed in the first position of chart after it won over the Russian outfit 4-2 in the final bouts at The Forum in city of Inglewood, southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Iran had mightily overwhelmed Armenia 8-0, Turkey 7-1 the hosts 5-3 and India outfit 8-0 earlier in its march to the final competitions. 03/17/14

Movie.ology: 300, and then we dance "the Persian" - With the battle at Thermopylae (meaning Hot Gates) in 480 BCE Persian history became Hellenic (Greek) history, and when the (religious) war-weary Europeans pulling out of the crusading Middle Ages picked the ancient Hellenes and Romans as the pillars of the Western Civilization, Greek history became world history. -A.J. Cave 03/10/14

Archive.ology: start with (clay) dinosaur bones, spice with love - Once upon a time people used something called paper for writing all sorts of things, from love letters to secret sauce formulas to stockholder reports. It was when writing was just word-winding. They say some hyper competitive Silicon Valley companies (there was no other known kind) even went as far as hiring detectives to sort through paper trash of their competitors to patch together highly guarded business secrets. -A.J. Cave 03/3/14

38 Organizations Urge Congress to Support Diplomacy, Uphold Iran Deal - hirty-eight national organizations, including NIAC, FCNL, Win Without War, and J Street, have sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging that Congress uphold the preliminary nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran and support negotiations towards a final deal that prevents an Iranian nuclear weapon and averts an unnecessary war. 02/28/14

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