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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

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

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

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

Iran Says Missile Program Off-Limits In Nuclear Talks

- An Iranian official says Tehran will not include its ballistic-missile program as part of talks with six world powers on an agreement to curb Iran's controversial nuclear program. 4/16/14

Iran ready to expand ties with UAE: Foreign Minister

- Zarif made the remarks in Dubai on Tuesday during a meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, and constitutional monarch of Dubai. 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

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Cheating substitute in Iranian football match runs on to make goal-line save

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

Easing of sanctions brings latest release of frozen Iranian assets - Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, a senior member of Iran's nuclear negotiation team, has announced that a fourth installment of frozen Iranian assets ($550 million) has been forwarded to Iran's Central Bank. 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

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

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

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

IRGC leader wants economic role for guards, Basij - Mohammad Ali Jafari, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), spoke out against the Rohani administration for failing to use the capabilities of the IRGC and the Basij militia in establishing policies for achieving the economy of resistance. 4/15/14

Cheating substitute in Iranian football match runs on to make goal-line save - Having an extra player during a football match is obviously a huge advantage, but having an extra player run on to the pitch and make a last-ditch block to save a certain goal can be even better. -Guardian 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

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

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

Iran Cancels Navy Mission in Atlantic Close To US Borders - The Iranian Navy changed the mission of its 29th flotilla of warships and called it back home before the naval group could start its voyage in the Atlantic Ocean, the Navy commander said Sunday, adding that the country now plans to send another fleet to the Atlantic Ocean. 4/14/14

Iran resumes petrochemical sales to EU states: Official - A senior Iranian energy official says European countries such as Italy, Spain and Greece have resumed imports of petrochemical products from Iran. Iran's oil and petrochemical exports have increased following some sanctions relief on the Islamic Republic, including the EU and U.S. bans on the country's petrochemical exports. 4/14/14

Iran to construct six oil refineries in Indonesia - The head of Iran's Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Products Exporters Union says the Islamic Republic plans to construct six oil refineries in Indonesia. He added that a joint Iran-Indonesia consortium will be in charge of constructing the refineries, noting that the installations have a total refining capacity of 300,000 barrels per day. 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

Iranian Court Sentences Former U.S. Marine To 10 Years In Prison - An Iranian appeals court has reportedly upheld the 10-year prison sentence of a former U.S. Marine held in Iran since 2011. Amir Hekmati, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, was arrested in August 2011, then tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for spying. 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

Lingering Power of Hostage Crisis Short-Circuits Iranian Nominee - Mr. Carter has called on the United States to move on. "Those were college students at that time, and I think that they have matured," he said on a recent radio program, adding, "It would be inappropriate for the United States to try to block someone that Iran wanted to choose." -Elaine Sciolino, NY Times 4/13/14

Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days? - In Iran, hardline critics are waging a campaign against President Hassan Rouhani to limit his campaign pledge of opening Iran to more social and cultural freedoms. The "culture wars" are as old as the Islamic revolution that swept conservative clerics to power more than three decades ago. -Deborah Amos, NPR 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

Hard-Liners Outraged Over U.S. Scholar's Planned Burial In Iran - An American scholar who asked to be buried in the central Iranian city of Isfahan has been called "Western garbage" and a "CIA spy" by a local cleric amid an uproar by hard-liners who oppose the planned interment in the Islamic republic. Frye, a prominent and highly respected scholar of Iranian studies, had asked in his will to be buried next to the Zayandeh Rud river, which flows through Isfahan. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 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

Iranian MP requests permit to let American scholar be buried in Iran - Ali Motahari, a member of the Iranian Parliament's Cultural Commission, has called on the government to issue a permit to allow Richard Nelson Frye, the recently deceased American scholar and expert on Iranian and Central Asian Studies, to be buried in Isfahan. 4/11/14

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

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

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

Report: Iran Proposes Arak Reactor Change to Cut Plutonium Output - VIENNA -- Iran has made a proposal that would significantly lower plutonium production at a planned reactor, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying, signaling flexibility on a key issue in talks to end the nuclear dispute with world powers. -Reuters 4/11/14

Russia Says Deal With Iran To Follow UN, Not U.S. Rules - Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov says that a possible barter agreement between Moscow and Iran would follow UN sanctions rules and not U.S. rules. 4/11/14

Next Round Of Iranian Nuclear Talks Slated For May - EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton says talks between Iran and six world powers to reach a permanent agreement on Tehran's controversial nuclear program will "move to the next stage" in mid-May. Ashton made her remarks at the conclusion of two days of talks in Vienna between Iran and Britain, France, Russia, Germany, the United States, and China. 4/10/14

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

Wife of allegedly slain captive Iranian border guard wants answers - The wife of Iranian border official Jamshid Danaifar, who was allegedly executed by the Sunni group Jeysh-ol-Adl after he was abducted along with four other border guards, is demanding more information about her husband. 4/10/14

Violent Videogame Targeting Iran's Opposition Removed - A computer game that encouraged players to shoot digital effigies of Iran's opposition leaders appears to have been removed from a website after it sparked controversy in the Islamic republic. The game, titled "The Return of Mokhtar," allows players to accrue "wisdom" points by targeting opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard, former reformist President Mohammad Khatami, and others. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 4/10/14

Shades of 1979: US Disputing Iran's Choice for UN Ambassador - There is a new conflict between the United States and Iran, and its origins extend back to 1979 when a group of militants took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held 52 U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days. Now, Iran is looking to name a man with a connection to the hostage-taking to be its ambassador to the United Nations, but American officials are seeking to block his entry into the country. -Ken Bredemeier, VOA 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

Iran will not halt nuclear research: Supreme Leader - "Consent was given to the nuclear talks in order to break up the hostile atmosphere created by the hegemonistic front against Iran, but all people should be aware that despite the fact that the talks will continue, the Islamic Republic of Iran will not halt its activities with regard to nuclear research and development," Ayatollah Khamenei said 4/10/14

Photos: Azerbaijan President Visits Tehran - President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev arrived in Tehran Wednesday morning to hold talks with senior Iranian officials. The visit is taking place at the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. 4/9/14

Photos: 9th International Robocup Competition Kicks Off In Tehran - The 9th RoboCup Iran Open competitions and symposium officially kicked off in Tehran on Wednesday. The competition hosts 388 teams from Iran, US, UK, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, China, Thailand, India, Pakistan, UAE, Canada, Turkey, Colombia, Egypt and Indonesia. 4/9/14

EU Must Stand Firm Despite Iranian Hardliners' Fury - Hardline officials in Iran have lashed out at the European Union after the EU Parliament's passage of a resolution that called for all EU members to "mainstream" human rights in their relations with the Islamic Republic. 4/9/14

Tehran University faculty to make historic selection - Iran's Ministry of Science has announced that for the first time in Islamic Republic history, the president of Tehran University will be selected by the university faculty. 4/9/14

Farmer hangs 6 foxes as scare tactic - A farmer in the town of Sarbaz in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province in a ruthless act hanged 6 foxes. According to local sources, the farmer's intention was to scare other foxes and discourage them from attacking his chickens. 4/9/14

Iran's inflation rate drops 5.7% in 6 months: Central Bank - The inflation rate in Iran dropped 5.7 percent during the second half of the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, according to a report published by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI). 4/9/14

A Peril to the Iran Nuclear Deal - There exists, right now, a problem with one side's obligations not being fulfilled as provided for under the preliminary agreement, known as the Joint Plan of Action, that Iran reached with the United States and its negotiating partners (the P5+1) last November. -Paul Pillar, National Interest 4/9/14

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

Fakhreddini, Sahbaii return to National Orchestra, Tehran Symphony Orchestra - Farhad Fakhreddini and Manuchehr Sahbaii have been hired to conduct Iran's National Orchestra and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (TSO), two state ensembles, which were almost dismantled over the past five years. 4/8/14

The Iranian Nuclear Talks: A Primer - Who are the main players? You can't spell "Iranian nuclear program" without "Iran," so we should probably start with them. Iran's negotiating team is led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who reports to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The final say on foreign policy decisions rests with Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and both Rouhani and Zarif must ensure that any deal will be met with Khamenei's approval. -Derek Davison 4/8/14

Reading Ukraine in Tehran and Tel Aviv - Israeli academics have recently provided a case study of how Israel and Iran may say and do much the same thing, but Iran alone will be criticized for it. -Marsha B. Cohen 4/8/14

Iran's medical schools to limit female enrollment - Medical schools in Iran will restrict admission to women in the coming academic year, the Shargh daily reports. The report indicates that the number of women in the medical field has risen from 42 percent of total admissions in 1992 to 68 percent in the last year. 4/8/14

Eight Iranian-Americans among recipients of the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor - Eight Iranian-Americans are among the recipients of the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor which will be awarded on May 10th, 2014. The medals are presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life. 4/7/14

Photos: Kidnapped Iranian Border Guards Return Home - The four kidnapped Iranian border guards have returned home. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said in a statement that the four soldiers were released following coordinated operations made by Iranˈs security, police and diplomatic organizations, particularly the border station of Sistan and Balouchestan Province. 4/6/14

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

An Acceptable Nuclear Deal With Iran - A new Brookings Institution paper, "Preventing a Nuclear-Armed Iran," has rightly attracted considerable attention. The author, Robert Einhorn, has a distinguished record and was Special Adviser for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control at the State Department from 2009 to 2013. His recommendations must be seen as authoritative. -Peter Jenkins 4/6/14

U.S. Government Allows Boeing To Sell Plane Parts To Iran - Aircraft manufacturer Boeing says it has been granted a license from the U.S. Treasury Department to export spare parts for commercial airplanes to Iran. Also on April 4, General Electric (GE) said it received U.S. permission to overhaul 18 engines sold to Iran in the late 1970s. 4/5/14

Congress Urges President to Ensure Sanctions Do Not Block Medicine for Iranians - The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) commends Rep. James Moran (D-VA) and all twenty-one Members of Congress who sent a letter to President Obama today supporting necessary action to ensure medicine and humanitarian goods are not unintentionally blocked for the Iranian people. 4/5/14

U.S. Official Says Iran Nuclear Deal To Be Drafted In May - A senior U.S. administration official says Iran and world powers will begin drafting a comprehensive nuclear agreement next month. Speaking to journalists on April 4, the official said the sides were making progress in talks over Tehran's disputed nuclear program. He made the comments ahead of a new round of negotiations in Vienna on April 8-9. 4/5/14

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

Banks Targeting Iranian Americans - What Are Your Rights? - Recently, we have heard from a number of people concerned about the increased scrutiny they have faced from US banks as a result of their Iranian citizenship. We want to clarify the basis for this increased scrutiny, as well as outline what rights Iranian-Americans have to best ensure that they can continue to conduct normal banking activities in the US without interruption. -Tyler Cullis, NIAC 4/4/14

NIAC to hold California Action Summit on May 4 in Palo Alto - The summit aims to help strengthen our community's political clout in the epicenter of the Iranian-American community - California. By investing in ourselves as civic leaders, we can use our resources, talents, and drive to effect big changes in Washington. But that can't happen without you! Register today for NIAC's first annual California Action Summit and join us in making history! 4/4/14

Column: Can We Ever Move on from the Hostage Crisis? - After several weeks of consideration, the Barack Obama administration has expressed reservations to Iran about the tentative choice of a middle-aged career diplomat and close associate of President Hassan Rouhani as the country's next ambassador to the UN. -Barbara Slavin, VOA 4/3/14

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

Mehran Tamadon Wins Cinema Du Reel Grand Prize for "Iranian" - It took two years for Mehran Tamadon to persuade the four supporters of the Iranian regime to risk taking part in an experiment with him. Now he receives them as guests at his family's country house to try out something that does not exist in Iran: a pluralistic society. 03/30/14

Photos: 'Earth Hour' observed in Tehran - Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday in March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. 03/30/14

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

How to Nowruz like a Persian - The festival of spring came to mark the beginning of the New Year, preceded by Frawardigan-Night of All Souls-dedicated to the remembrance of the spirits of the dearly departed. Houses were cleaned and food and drinks were laid out for these spirits believed to come down to earth during this time of the year to visit their homes and families and receive blessings. -A.J. Cave 03/25/14

Questions for the Board of Directors of Iran's Bar Association - The 28th elections for the board of directors of Iran's Bar Association were held as: 1. A large number of attorneys are still in prison because of their oath of professional commitment. In addition to the members of the bar association, there are many other attorneys who fall under article 187 but who are behind bars because they too have indicated their commitment to their professional oath... -Nasrin Sotoudeh 03/23/14

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

Photos: Iran defeats US in 2014 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup in Los Angeles - Iran has beaten the United States following victories in the 2014 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup, which is currently underway in the US. On Saturday afternoon, wrestling enthusiasts jubilated at The Forum in city of Inglewood, southwest of downtown Los Angeles, as they witnessed the Iranian squad win over the host team 18-10 in their third Pool A encounter. 03/16/14

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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Sports

Iranian women win 3 gold medals in wushu world championship

Art

Photos: University Dissertation Presented On The Wall!

Literature

Mahmud Dowlatabadi's book telling story of Hasanak the Vizier published

Travel

Iran's Golestan Palace granted World Heritage status

Environment

Photos: Death of an Iranian Leopard

Entertainment

2014 Farhang Short Film Festival's Top Six Nominees Selected

Music

A New Life For Iran's Orchestras?

Book

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

Event

The 2014 IAAB Summer Leadership Institute Returns to the South in July

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last updated on Wed Apr 16 15:09:08 GMT 2014