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Interview: Shiva Farivar, Candidate for Irvine City Council

- Shiva Farivar is a longtime Irvine resident and community leader who is running for a seat on the Irvine City Council in the upcoming November elections. This election marks the second time Shive Farivar is running for public office. In 2010, she was a candidate for Irvine City Council, and ran a very competitive race. 10/20/16

Iran becoming a major destination for European tourists: EU Official

- The European Union commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship said on Tuesday that Iran is being turned into a major tourism destination for European travelers. Although some sticking points, such as investment problems, still remain with the EU side, but "The EU in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization and other global establishments tries to overcome the barriers," said Elzbieta Bienkowska 10/20/16

Two Iranian Labor Rights Activist Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism

- Labor rights activists Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsani-Rad were sentenced to 11 years in prison each for their peaceful activism on October 15, 2016 by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saveh, 76 miles southwest of Tehran. 10/20/16

Iran says talking to 16 firms over oil projects

- Iran says it is negotiating with 16 international energy companies over investing in the exploration and development of oil and gas projects that it recently put out on tender. Gholam-Reza Manouchehri, the deputy head of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) for engineering and development affairs, told reporters that all the projects which were put out on tender earlier this week are feasible even with oil at $40 a barrel. 10/20/16

Surreal Mural By Iranian Artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo Materializes On The Greenway

- Each fall, a new mural materializes on the towering facade of the transportation building that sits on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Dewey Square. This year the wall is being painted by Mehdi Ghadyanloo, a 35-year-old Iranian artist known for creating more than 100 surreal public works of art in Tehran. The Greenway mural is his first in the U.S. -WBUR-FM, Boston 10/20/16

Report: Take More Risk to Find Common Ground with Iran

- Whoever moves into the White House next January should be willing to "take more risk to find some common ground with Iran," according to a new report released by the non-partisan Atlantic Council on October 19. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog 10/20/16

Iranian actor calls for famous actress in exile to be welcomed back

- Javad Hashemi, a famous Iranian actor who is best known for his blockbuster roles as a compassionate Basij soldier, has caused controversy by saying in a televised interview, "If I were in office in the Islamic Republic and [Golshifteh Farahani] said that she wanted to return, I would say 'come back.'" -Misha Zand, Al Monitor 10/20/16

Iran tourism for women: Safe or not safe?

- With sanctions on Iran being relaxed and airlines including British Airways reintroducing direct flights to Tehran, Iran is once again attracting foreign businesses and travellers. Having just returned from a one-month self-drive tour of the country, I can assure you the destination has much to offer. -Justine Oliver, ETN 10/20/16

Iran Rejects U.S. Interference Over Jailed Dual Nationals

- Iran says it won't accept any U.S. "interference" after Washington demanded the release of an Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father. Iranian officials announced on October 18 that Siamak and Baquer Namazi had been jailed for 10 years for "espionage and collaboration with the American government." 10/19/16

Six-Year Prison Sentence Against Teachers Union Leader Upheld After Pressure by Revolutionary Guards

- Branch 36 of the Tehran Appeals Court has upheld the six-year prison sentence against Esmail Abdi, the chairman of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association, confirmed Abdi in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. 10/19/16

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A political prisoner is challenging Iranian state impunity while serving a 15 year sentence - Maryam Akbari Monfared is a political prisoner in Iran serving a 15 year sentence and is now taking the state judiciary to court for the unlawful execution of four of her siblings and the imprisonment of her mother, all of whom were political prisoners in the 1980s in Iran. Akbari Monfared, a mother of three, has another brother alive and he is also a political prisoner currently serving a 17-year sentence in Iran. 10/19/16

Britain's Vodafone Enters Iranian Phone Market - Vodafone and HiWEB, a leading Iranian ISP, today jointly announced a new non-equity Partner Market agreement for Iran. Vodafone will assist HiWEB in rolling out and modernising network and IT infrastructure, expanding the fixed and mobile internet services - under the HiWEB brand - that HiWEB can offer to its Iranian consumer and corporate customers. 10/19/16

NIAC Strongly Condemns Iran's Sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi, Urges Their Release - NIAC President Trita Parsi released the following statement after Siamak and Baquer Namazi were reportedly sentenced to ten-year terms in prison: "The sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi to ten-year prison terms is a gross injustice that should deeply embarrass the Iranian government. We urge Iran to immediately release the Namazis - as well as all dual nationals unjustly detained in Iran on spurious charges - so that they can reunite with their families. 10/19/16

American Presidential Election: An Illusion of Democracy - Einstein takes credit for the saying that goes like this. "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." In reality you don't have to be an Einstein to know this, you'd think it's common sense to come to this conclusion. But, when it comes to the Presidential elections, this proverb stands. -Sina Alavi 10/19/16

Iran's Supreme Leader Urges Authorities Not To Back Down Against US - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on Iranian authorities not to back down in the face of the United States' ever-increasing demands. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks on Wednesday in a meeting with a group of top university students and members of Iran's National Elites Foundation. 10/19/16

Wild is the Wind: Disco-taxis and pretty girls: in search of the world's oldest windmills in Iran - The sun burned hot on the roof of the car as we drove on the desert road near the frontier town of Taybad. In an effort to drown out the roaring and rattling of the engine, our driver cranked up the radio, making the forty-year-old Paykan bounce up and down on the beats of the Persian pop tunes he liked. I was in the back, squeezed between two old Afghan gentlemen dressed in blue robes and turbans on one side, and a rolled up carpet on the other. -Jippe Kreuning, Reorient 10/19/16

Iran CAPA Aviation Summit - hope turns to frustration, but optimism remains as growth abounds - When CAPA - Centre for Aviation held its first conference in Iran at the end of Jan-2016 the atmosphere was primarily one of optimism. Immediately preceding the conference the expectation was that Iran and the West would move to rapidly reverse decades of estrangement. The first round of sanctions against Iran had come down - in line with the historic 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the '5+1' powers - and major airlines and aircraft manufacturers were coming to the table. -CAPA 10/19/16

Eight Lessons from Afghanistan - Although President Obama slowed the drawdown in U.S. troops from Afghanistan, vowing to keep 8,400 troops there until the end of his term, the next president faces a major policy decision: will maintaining or enlarging the American military presence improve Afghanistan's prospects for long-term stability? Equally important, do the probable gains of a continued deployment outweigh the anticipated risks and costs? -Diana Ohlbaum, LobeLog 10/19/16

Iran Sentences Iranian-American Businessman, His Father Each To 10 Years - An Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father have reportedly been given 10 years in prison each for cooperation with the United States. Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, were jailed for "collaborating with the hostile American government," the Mizan news agency reported on October 18. 10/18/16

Muhammad Ali's Widow Calls on Iran to Free Imprisoned Iranian-American Son and Father - The widow of American boxing legend Muhammad Ali has called on Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, to free Iranian-Americans Siamak Namazi and his father Bagher Namazi. "I would like to request that your Excellency show Islamic mercy towards these two individuals who are pure-hearted citizens of our world, and allow these Muslims to be reunited with their family in this holy month (Muharram, marking the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala on the first month of the Islamic calendar)," wrote Lonnie Ali in a letter to Khamenei. 10/18/16

Letter From Political Prisoners: Prison conditions in Iran cause slow death of prisoners - In a letter addressed to Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on Iran, Amnesty International and Human rights Watch, a group of political prisoners in Rejaishahr Prison in Karaj protest against the violation of their basic rights as prisoners. 10/18/16

NIAC Welcomes European Parliament's Report on Diplomatic Engagement of Iran - The National Iranian American Council released the following statement on the report from the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs on EU strategy toward Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal: "The successful nuclear negotiations with Iran were a game changer and Europe is poised to make the most of the opportunity while the U.S. risks being stuck on the sidelines... 10/18/16

Iran Navy foils pirate attacks on vessels in Gulf of Aden - Iranian naval forces have successfully thwarted major pirate attacks on two merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden. The 44th flotilla of the Iranian Navy, consisting of Alvand destroyer and the Bushehr logistic vessel, saved two Iranian ships from three pirate attacks on Monday morning. 10/18/16

Iran exporting 25 radiopharmaceuticals: Nuclear Chief - Iran's atomic energy chief said in comments on Tuesday the country produces and exports 25 radiopharmaceuticals (a radioactive compound used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes) to Asian and European countries. "Currently, 25 radiopharmaceuticals are produced inside the country and exported to countries of Iraq, Egypt, and Germany," Ali Akbar Salehi told the press on the sidelines of the 10th national talent seminar. 10/18/16

4 Maps That Explain Iran's Place In The Middle East - If you ranked the civilizations that have most affected the course of human development, Persia would be near the top of the list. We forget this because in recent centuries, the states that have ruled in Iran have been either weak or isolated from the rest of the world. -Forbes 10/18/16

Iran Hard-Liners Release Video Showing Detained Iranian-American Businessman - Iranian hard-line media have released a video showing detained Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi. Iran's judiciary news agency posted a minute-long video on October 17 showing a montage of clips including Namazi in a conference room, his arms raised at his sides, and his U.S. passport. 10/17/16

Interview: Iranian Affairs Expert Sahar Nowrouzzadeh - Sahar Nowrouzzadeh is an Iranian American with a distinguished career in foreign policy, having started her career in public service in 2005 at the United States Department of Defense as a Foreign Affairs Analyst and later becoming a Team Chief. Subsequently, she joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer and in 2014 began a two year rotation as the Director for Iran on the White House's National Security Council under President Obama... 10/17/16

Photos: Iran Air Force begins large-scale drills in Isfahan - Iran's Air Force has started large-scale three-day military drills in the central province of Isfahan, demonstrating the aviation branch of the Army's prowess in defending the country's airspace. Codenamed Fada'eeyan-e Harim-e Velayat 6 (The Devotees of the Velayat Sanctuary 6), the exercises were launched in the province's Anarak district on Monday October 17, 2016. 10/17/16

Iran Detains 11 Involved In Online Modeling Network - Iranian authorities say they have detained 11 members of a modeling network. The semi-official Tasnim news agency said the network was involved in producing and publishing pornographic pictures and spreading "depravity" in society. 10/17/16

Iranian Lawmakers Call For Release Of Activist Narges Mohammadi - A group of Iranian lawmakers have written an open letter to the head of the judiciary calling for the release of Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and activist who is serving a lengthy prison sentence. Mohammadi was arrested last year after launching a campaign to end the death penalty in Iran. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison in May for founding the movement, which was deemed to be an illegal splinter group. 10/17/16

7th London Iranian Film Festival: October 28th - November 2nd - Europe's largest Iranian film festival returns for its 7th edition in London. We're thrilled to open this festival with 'The Salesman', winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards at Cannes this year. 10/17/16

Iran tells banks dollar deals allowed by U.S. Treasury - The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) in an announcement has told the banks across the country that any failure by non-American banks to provide dollar-related services to Iranians is "unacceptable" in light of the US Treasury's recent update on doing business with Iran. 10/17/16

Film Review: 'Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming' - A mixed-race Canadian poet travels to a poetry festival in Iran and discovers her own voice while opening herself to those of others in the whimsical, animated coming-of-ager. Tapping a host of fellow animators to create a visually rich tapestry, director-writer-animator Ann Marie Fleming creates an entertaining, educational, and poignant tale about identify and imagination that is filled with stories and poetry. -Yahoo Movies 10/17/16

Iranian woman entrepreneur Soheila Pirmoradian to receive EBC*L Prize - Iranian businesswoman Soheila Pirmoradian is amongst selectees who will be honored with European Business Competence* License) EBC*L Women Entrepreneur Awards, during a ceremony scheduled to be held in Paris on November 3. 10/16/16

Iran's Navy fleet sets sail for Baku, Azerbaijan with message of peace and friendship - A senior Iranian Navy official says a fleet, comprising a domestically-built destroyer and a missile-launching warship, has departed for Azerbaijan's port city of Baku on the Caspian Sea coast. Rear Admiral Afshin Rezaei Haddad told reporters on Sunday that Damavand destroyer and Joshan missile vessel with 200 navy forces on board headed to Baku in a 3-day operation. 10/16/16

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif participates in Swiss Talks on Syria - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has held separate talks with his Iraqi and Russian counterparts in the Swiss lakeside city of Lausanne about a solution to the crisis in Syria. Zarif held meetings with the Iraqi and Russian foreign ministers, Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Sergei Lavrov, on the sidelines of Syria talks in Lausanne on Saturday. 10/16/16

Amid Saudi Row, Egypt Reasserts Commitment to Gulf Allies - The Egyptian president said on Thursday that his country remains committed to close relations with Gulf Arab allies, but declared that Cairo would continue to independently pursue its own policies to safeguard Arab security. The remarks by Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, delivered in a televised speech to army officers and government ministers, came against the backdrop of an escalating spat over Syria between Egypt and Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia. 10/16/16

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in Iran's Death Penalty Debate, Says Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi - Despite statements from some Iranian officials doubting the value of capital punishment, no action has been taken to end or reduce the high number of executions in the country, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. 10/16/16

Narges Kalbasi Ashtari's story: An outcry for help - She is called the Mother Teresa of India and all for good reason. At 29, Narges Kalbasi Ashtari is a mother to many orphans, abandoned and visually impaired children in India. However, today, she has become the victim of a very complex and unjust system in India and is being punished by the very same people she once left her life behind for. 10/16/16

Iran Kicks Off Tender To Develop Oil, Gas Projects - Iran says it will begin taking applications on October 17 for an unspecified number of oil and natural gas projects, as the country hopes to attract foreign investors back to its energy sector after years of sanctions. 10/16/16

Iran's Fatemeh Moqimi nominated for Asia-Pacific Women Entrepreneur Award - Iranian female entrepreneur Fatemeh Moqimi has been nominated for the Asia-Pacific Women Entrepreneur Award. Moqimi, who also holds a seat at Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA), was chosen by the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) Women Entrepreneurs Council (CWEC) to vie with other nominees for the award 10/15/16

Women's sports in Iran after the Revolution - Tonia Valioghli is a veteran Iranian swimmer, record holder and former member of Iran's National Team and is currently a competitive swimming coach in Germany. She is a physical education graduate from Iran and a sports commentator. Zamaneh Media spoke to her about the situation of women's sports in Iran before and after the Revolution and the recent controversy emerging in the sidelines of the Women's World Chess Championship set to be held in Tehran in February 2017. 10/15/16

Prominent Iranian Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Rejects Prison Sentence in Stinging Open Letter - In an open letter from Evin Prison prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has strongly rejected the Appeals Court's decision upholding her harsh prison sentence, describing it as a "tyrannical" way to silence her activism. 10/15/16

Car-Free Tuesdays Campaign: Iran allots loans of up to $3,000 to bicycles, electric motorcycles - Iran has allotted loans of up to 100 million rials (nearly $3,000) to bicycles and electric motorcycles, an official with the Department of Environment has said. "People can take out loans of 30 million rials (nearly $1,000) to 100 million rials to buy bicycles and electric motorcycles," YJC quoted Mohammad Darvish as saying. 10/15/16

Hillary Clinton Acknowledges Saudi Terror Financing in Hacked Email, Hinting at Tougher Approach - A 2014 email purportedly written by Hillary Clinton to John Podesta: "... we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region." -Mattathias Schwartz, The Intercept 10/15/16

Attorney Arrested in Iran for Wearing Green Movement Shirt - An attorney has been arrested in western Iran for wearing a shirt honoring the Green Movement, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. "Mohammad Najafi was arrested on October 11 [2016] in Shazand, Markazi Province, by agents of the Intelligence Ministry 10/15/16

Iran's oil output at 3.6 mb/d: OPEC - The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says Iran's oil production has reached a new record high of 3.665 million barrels per day (mb/d). OPEC in a monthly report said it had recorded Iran's new oil production capacity for September. 10/15/16

The Middle East and the Next Administration - Osama bin Laden surely died happy. He devoted the last third of his life to creating animosity between the West and Islam and to driving a wedge between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Today, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey are all estranged from the United States. And, as an unexpected bonus, so is Israel. The U.S. is making enemies all over the Muslim world. And every day here at home, millions pay homage to the memory of Osama as they remove their shoes to pass through metal detectors and are stripped of their dignity by body-imaging devices at airports. -Chas W. Freeman, Jr., LobeLog 10/15/16

Iran Disrupts IS Plot to Bomb Religious Commemorations, State Media Says - Iran has disrupted an Islamic State bombing plot targeting the Shi'ite religious commemoration of Ashoura, according to state media reports on Thursday. "Intelligence ministry agents, with the cooperation of other security forces, succeeded to defuse one of the anti-security plots of the 'takfiri' terrorist groups and prevent an inhuman crime in the ceremonies," Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said, according to the official IRNA media outlet. 10/14/16

Iran Sends Warships Off Yemeni Coast Amid U.S. Missile Strikes - Iran has sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Yemen, where the United States conducted missile attacks. The announcement came after the U.S. military launched cruise-missile strikes to knock out radar sites in Yemen controlled by Iran-allied Huthi forces, after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer. 10/14/16

Ten Things You Should Know About Iran's Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project - A few months after the Iranian government launched the first phase of its "national information network" (NIN), many questions still surround Iran's domestically hosted, state-controlled and censored internet. In this article, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran discusses ten critical questions about NIN, the country's most expensive internet-related project. 10/14/16

Russia has fulfilled delivery of S-300 missile systems to Iran: Report - Moscow has reportedly concluded the supply of the Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems to Iran. Russia's RIA news agency quoted the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) as making the announcement on Thursday. "All divisions have been supplied," said FSVTS Director Alexander Fomin. 10/14/16

Iran Is Stuck With China to Finance Its Oil Dreams - Amid the snake-infested marshlands on Iran's border with Iraq, the control room monitoring North Azadegan oil field is manned entirely by Chinese technicians. In central Tehran, hundreds of Chinese pour out at noon from the telecommunications company Huawei to its canteen. There are now so many Chinese expatriates here, some say they outnumber all other nationalities combined. -MarcChampion, Bloomberg 10/14/16

Meet The Designer Who Survived 40 Lashes And Is Now On A Quest To Make Fashion Free - Swimwear designer Tala Raassi has always loved fashion. However, for a girl growing up in war-torn Iran, dressing how she liked was forbidden. During her childhood and teenage years, Iran government imposed extreme regulations on a woman's dress code. Women were to be completely covered. Tala was only able to wear the trend-driven fashion she loved so much in the privacy of her own home. -Konbini 10/14/16

It's Time to Release the Real History of the 1953 Iran Coup - Sixty-three years ago, the CIA and British intelligence fomented a coup d'état that toppled the prime minister of Iran, restored a cooperative shah and strengthened a regional buffer against possible Soviet aggression. It also unwittingly set Iran on a course toward dictatorship and helped inject the 1979 Iranian revolution with an anti-American cast that continues to animate hardline elements within the current regime. -Malcolm Byrne, Politico 10/14/16

Saudi Charm Offensive in Europe - Saudi Arabia has launched what seems like a charm offensive following the historic vote by the European Parliament (EP) demanding an arms embargo on Riyadh because of the grave violations of the international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. -Eldar Mamedov, LobeLog 10/14/16

Amid Syrian chaos, Iran's game plan emerges: a path to the Mediterranean - Interviews during the past four months with regional officials, influential Iraqis and residents of northern Syria have established that the land corridor has slowly taken shape since 2014. It is a complex route that weaves across Arab Iraq, through the Kurdish north, into Kurdish north-eastern Syria and through the battlefields north of Aleppo, where Iran and its allies are prevailing on the ground. -Martin Chulov, Guardian 10/14/16

Seven Years Later No Iranian Official Held Accountable for 5 Deaths and Torture of Dozens at Kahrizak - Families of the detainees who died after they were tortured in the Kahrizak Detention Center in 2009 and survivors have told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that their quest for justice has gotten nowhere. Some of the cases brought by the families resulted in the conviction of low-level agents while other cases were closed with an acquittal or no ruling, but no high-level official has been held accountable for the deaths of the detainees. The mysterious death of the doctor who exposed the abuses at Kahrizak, Ramin Pourandarjani, was never investigated. 10/13/16

2016 Kabaddi World Cup: Iran struggles past Kenya - The national Iranian men's kabaddi team has registered its third consecutive win at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in India, capturing a narrow victory over the Kenyan squad. The Iranian outfit, who had thrashed Thailand 64-23 in their second group stage fixture on October 9, tried hard on Tuesday evening to squeeze out a 33-28 win at the iconic stadium 10/13/16

Lima Wins Best Animation Award at Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival - Animation Lima directed by Afshin Roshanbakht and Vahid Jafari received the best animation award at the 10th Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. "A gorgeous stop motion short about a son's struggle to keep the memory of his father alive, with an evocative score by Icelandic composer Stein Thor." 10/13/16

Who benefits from a chess championship boycott? Not Iranian women - The American chess champion Nazi Paikidze has announced that she will boycott next year's women's world chess championship hosted by Iran, in protest at the Islamic Republic's mandatory hijab rule for women. Instead of withdrawing because of Iran's jihab rule, Nazi Paikidze should come and see how our society really works - and how women fight oppression every day. -Ghoncheh Ghavami, Guardian 10/13/16

Iran: Overturn Stadium Restrictions for Women - The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) should cease awarding Iran the right to host FIVB international tournaments until the country ensures that female spectators can freely attend volleyball matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Ary Graca, the sports federation's leader. Graca was re-elected as the FIVB's president at the sports federation's 35th World Congress this week in Buenos Aires. 10/13/16

Veteran reporter Safa Haeri passes away in exile - Muhammad Safa Haeri, professionally known only as Safa Haeri, has just passed away in exile in Paris, aged 79. He was one of the best-known members of a second generation of Iranians who developed journalism into a proper profession from the 1940s onwards. -Kayhan London 10/13/16

Know Your Street Art: In Memory Of - The three women in the Clarion Alley mural In Memory Of are familiar to anyone steeped in Iranian literary history. Simin Daneshvar, Simin Behbahani, and Forough Farrokhzad are iconic figures in Iran, known for their poetry and fiction. -Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Weekly 10/13/16

FIFA World Cup qualifier: Iran stuns South Korea 1-0 in Tehran - Iran men's national football team has achieved yet another convincing victory in the third round of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualification tournament, and scored a triumph against South Korea. 10/12/16

Millions of Shia Muslims observe Ashura worldwide - Millions of Shia Muslims in Iran and other parts of the world are commemorating Ashura, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam. The faithful have converged on the streets and in mosques with heavy hearts to honor Ashura, the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar Muharram, which is the climax of the mourning processions. 10/12/16

BOOK: Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran - Prozak Diaries is an analysis of emerging psychiatric discourses in post-1980s Iran. It examines a cultural shift in how people interpret and express their feeling states, by adopting the language of psychiatry, and shows how experiences that were once articulated in the richly layered poetics of the Persian language became, by the 1990s, part of a clinical discourse on mood and affect. 10/12/16

Iranian Child Bride Faces Death Penalty - Human rights activists say an Iranian former child bride, whose execution was delayed while she was pregnant, could be executed in the coming days. Zeinab Sekaanvand, a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman, was convicted of killing her husband, whom she says beat her for months. 10/12/16

Soccersanct: Iran To Keep It 'Religious' At World Cup Qualifier - Stymied in their effort to reschedule a qualifier match for soccer's 2018 World Cup, Iranian officials are guaranteeing to uphold "religious norms" in connection with a major Shi'ite mourning festival when their national team meets South Korea this week in Tehran. They predict huge black banners covering parts of Azadi Stadium, backup players clad in black, and dirges instead of taunts on October 11 10/11/16

Event at Stanford University: 5,000 Years of Iranian Engineering - In celebration of International Archaeology Day - Oct. 15th, Persian Student Association (PSA) and American Institute of Archaeology (AIA) at Stanford Jointly Present: 5000 Years of Iranian Engineering: Movie Screening + Q&A with the writer, director, and producer, Dr. Farzin Rezaeian 10/11/16

U.S. Treasury Seeks To Reassure Banks Wary Of Dealing With Iran - The U.S. Treasury is seeking to reassure banks that have been unwilling to do business with Iran, but Tehran says the effort has not gone far enough. New guidance issued over the weekend after months of complaints from Tehran clarifies that non-U.S. banks can do business with Iran in U.S. dollars, provided those transactions don't pass through financial institutions in the United States. 10/11/16

Iran's President Rouhani raps 'utterly deplorable' conditions in Saudi-wrecked Yemen - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has condemned the ongoing Saudi military aggression against Yemen, saying the Yemeni people are going through "utterly deplorable" times. Rouhani made the remarks in reaction to the recent bloody Saudi airstrike on the Yemeni capital of Sana'a which killed more than 140 people and wounded over 525. 10/11/16

Report Cites Child Marriage For Girls As Major Problem - A new report using UN statistics estimates there are about 700 million girls around the world who were forced to get married before the age of 18. The Save the Children report -- issued on October 11 to mark International Day Of The Girl Child -- said a girl under 15 is forced into marriage every seven seconds and that many girls only 10 years of age are being forced to marry. 10/11/16

Iran's RighTel confirms roaming deal with AT&T - A major Iranian telecommunications operator has confirmed that it has an international roaming service deal with America's AT&T. Majid Sadri, the managing director of RighTel, was quoted by Iranian media as saying that his company has already been able to establish roaming services with 123 operators in 87 countries. They, as the company says on its website, include the US. 10/10/16

Iran seeks stronger China ties after nuclear deal - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Iran is willing to use the opportunities created after the nuclear deal to expand ties with China. During a meeting with Vice President of China Li Yuanchao in Bangkok, Rouhani highlighted the importance of expanding banking relations between the two countries. 10/10/16

Iran Rights Champion's Latest Prison Term Aimed At 'Instilling Fear,' Says Exiled Husband - When Narges Mohammadi's activist husband resolved in 2012 to leave Iran to escape yet another jail sentence connected to his political activities, she stayed behind with their two children. "She believed she could be more effective inside the country," Taghi Rahmani, a political activist who had been in and out of Iranian prisons for two decades and had a conviction hanging over his head, said of his wife recently from Paris, where he has since been joined by their 9-year-old twins. -Golnaz Esfandiari 10/10/16

Iran, Germany to cooperate on Zayanderud river restoration - Deputy energy minister announced that Iran and Germany have reached agreement over saving Zayanderud river. A fresh round of talks between Iran and Germany over water and power industries kicked off in Tehran upon arrival of a delegation of Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research headed by State Secretary Georg Schutte and attended by President of German Research Foundation Peter Hrsg V Strohschneider and head of Germany's Max Planck Society Martin Stratmann. 10/10/16

Chess Grandmaster Khademalsharieh says World Championship is necessary for Iranian women - After many of the highest-ranking female players have called for a boycott of the next year's world Chess Championships in Iran, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh said that the championship will help the Iranian women to participate in the most important event in the country for the first time. Khademalsharieh, 19, is an Iranian chess player who holds the titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). 10/9/16

U.S. Political Debate Said To Cast Shadow Over Iranian Nuclear Deal - The landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers remains "fragile" in part because it has become a focus of dispute in the U.S. presidential election, the head of the United Nations agency that polices the deal said. 10/9/16

President Rouhani visits Kuala Lumpur: Iran, Malaysia agree to deepen ties - President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday that Iran and Malaysia reaffirmed to strengthen ties and restore economic transactions to the pre-sanctions time. During a joint press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur, Rouhani said, "We stressed that 2016 should be the year of expanding relations in political, cultural, scientific and economic areas." 10/9/16

Iran's first female triathlete Shirin Gerami set to make history at Ironman Kona - With her journey to the Ironman World Championship, Shirin Gerami aims to change the way women of Islamic faith approach-and are permitted to approach-sport, especially triathlon. -Brian Dessart, Sports Illustrated 10/9/16

In Memoriam: Renowned Iranian Scholar Ruhi Ramazani - Rouhoullah "Ruhi" K. Ramazani, a University of Virginia professor emeritus of government and foreign affairs who dedicated his life to UVA and to promoting political understanding of Iran-U.S. relations, died Wednesday in Charlottesville. He was 88. - Anne E. Bromley, University of Virginia 10/7/16

Iran to send 3 satellites into orbit by year end: Official - Head of the Iranian Space Agency Mohsen Bahrami said that Iran will launch three domestically-built satellites, including SharifSat, into orbit by the end of next Iranian year (March 20, 2018). He made the remarks addressing a conference titled 'Space in Qur'an's View'. 10/7/16

Iranian Women Athletes Excluded from Bodybuilding - Head of Iran's Bodybuilding Federation announced that women bodybuilders and their four male coaches who arranged for them to participate in international competitions have been suspended. The federation adds that it will adhere to the ruling of the court in this matter. 10/6/16

President Rouhani Press Bills Would Further Erode Press Freedom in Iran - The government of President Hassan Rouhani is preparing to introduce two bills to Parliament that media experts and journalists say could further erode press freedom and freedom of expression in Iran. The first bill is designed to replace the current Press Law and the second would create a state organization to rival independent journalism groups. 10/5/16

Los Angeles museum to showcase works by Iranian artist Ali-Akbar Sadeqi - Works by the 79-year-old painter, book illustrator, animator and sculptor, Ali-Akbar Sadeqi will be put on display in an exhibition, which is scheduled to open to the public at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on October 23. 10/5/16

IMF Says Iran Economy 'Rebounded Strongly' Following Lifting Of Sanctions - In a statement issued on October 3 after a visit to Iran, IMF staff said oil production and exports "rebounded quickly" to presanction levels, as an array of international sanctions targeting Iran were lifted in January following a nuclear deal with world powers that curbed the country's controversial nuclear program. Meanwhile, "increased activity" in agriculture, car production, trade, and transport services has led the recovery in growth in the non-oil sector. 10/4/16

Zinat Daryaee: The Great Entrepreneur of Qeshm Island - Walking at a pavilion near Goftegoo Park in western Tehran, the music of natives from southern Iran attracts all the visitors. The largest pavilion of Qeshm Island, part of Hormozgan Province, is run by a female entrepreneur, Zinat Daryaee. Zinat Daryaee, whose name means adornment of the sea, is really a jewel in the heart of Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf. 10/4/16

My wife, imprisoned in Iran for six months and counting - Today marks six months since my wife, Nazanin, was taken and put in an Iranian prison. It marks six months since Gabriella, our two-year-old daughter, had her passport confiscated so that she would be kept in Iran. Nazanin is a charity worker in the UK. Nazanin and Gabriella were in Iran on holiday, visiting Nazanin's parents. On April 3, while on their way home, Nazanin was arrested at the airport check-in desk. Since then it has been another world. -Richard Ratcliffe 10/4/16

Tataloo: the regular arrest of cursed celebrities in Iran - Amir Tataloo, Iranian musician is till in jail after his second arrest on 23 Aug 2016 by Islamic Republic authorities without any clear announcements regarding the charges against him. Sources linked to Tataloo have reported in their social media posts that the charge against him is "spreading corruption and indecency". The reports add that he has been subjected to psychological tests and it is not clear how long he will be held in custody. -Rouzbeh Hamid 10/2/16

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