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Iranian filmmaker among those arrested in recent sweeps

- Mohammad Nourizad, an Iranian filmmaker and activist, was arrested on the morning of Saturday November 23 in front of his home, according to reports from Iran. Nourizad was on his way to the Dena Tyre store, where families of political prisoners and other activists gather each Monday to demand the release of prisoners. 11/24/15

After summit in Tehran, GECF urges cooperation over market issues

- A landmark summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) wrapped up in Iran's capital Tehran on Monday evening. The GECF member states at the end of the summit issued a declaration that underscored the need to facilitate stronger cooperation over a series of industry issues including the transfer of expertise and pricing mechanisms. 11/24/15

Captain of Iranian women's futsal team permitted to leave country

- The Iranian judiciary reports that through the intervention of the football federation and other relevant government bodies, Nilofar Ardalan, an Iranian futsal athlete and national team captain, has been granted permission to leave the country to attend championship games in Guatemala. Mizan Khabar reports that the exit permit was issued with the consent of her husband. 11/24/15

From Putin To Khamenei: A Koran Copy With Its Own History

- It may not be the original version of the first handwritten edition of the Koran, dating back 1,500 years, but it's still quite a book. In a meeting heavily publicized by Russian media, President Vladimir Putin on November 23 gave Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei one of the few copies made of the original edition of the Muslim holy book, which was first made in the 7th century. 11/24/15

How far will the IRGC go in its arrests?

- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps have been busy in recent weeks arresting Iranian journalists, resulting in protests that have included those of president Rouhani as well. Majlis member Ali Motahari - the son of the ideological founder of the Islamic revolution who was assassinated in its early years - has called the recent arrests of journalists by the IRGC as unlawful. He is said the force has no jurisdiction over journalists. -Fereshteh Ghazi 11/24/15

China calls for accelerated redesign of Iran's Arak reactor

- China has urged all sides involved in a mid-2015 nuclear agreement with Iran to accelerate their efforts for redesign and modernization of the Arak heavy water reactor. Based on the agreement, China will play a major part in the redesign process by participating in the redesign and construction of the modernized reactor in Arak. 11/24/15

Iranian Hackers Attack State Dept. via Social Media Accounts

- Four months after a historic accord with Tehran to limit its atomic ambitions, American officials and private security groups say they see a surge in sophisticated computer espionage by Iran, culminating in a series of cyberattacks against State Department officials over the past month. -NY Times 11/24/15

Migrant crisis: 'Iranians' sew lips shut in border protest

- Migrants stuck on the border between Greece and Macedonia sewed their lips together to protest against not being allowed to continue their journey. About six men, apparently from Iran, stripped down during the demonstration near the village of Eidomeni. -BBC 11/24/15

Nuclear accord paves way for importing Persian rugs into U.S. again

- The earthy smell of silk and wool fills a showroom piled waist-high with thousands of hand-woven rugs, some of them centuries old. It is a familiar scent, one that links this Westwood shop to Tehran's bazaars nearly 8,000 miles away. -Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times 11/24/15

GECF summit opens in Tehran

- A landmark summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) has opened in the Iranian capital Tehran with the participation of the heads of nine member states. Presidents of Iran, Russia, Venezuela, Iraq, Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Turkmenistan as well as the Algerian prime minister are the key participants. 11/23/15

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Russia eyes $21 billion deals as Putin visits Iran - As President Vladimir Putin arrives in Tehran on Monday, Russia looks to secure export deals worth $21 billion with Iran which is about to walk free from a web of Western sanctions soon. 11/23/15

Iranian Journalist's One-Year Prison Sentence and Two-Year Ban on Media Upheld - The journalist Rayhaneh Tabatabaie, 35, has been informed that the Appeals Court has approved her one-year prison sentence and two-year ban on political and media activities issued in November 2014 by Judge Salavati. Facebook Posts and Reformist Affiliations Are Her "Crimes" 11/23/15

Protesters detained outside Evin Prison in Tehran - A number of protesters were arrested by Islamic Republic authorities on Saturday November 21 in front of Evin Prison in Tehran. The Human Rights Reporters News Agency reports that police arrested the protesters in front of Evin Prison and transferred them to various detention centres. 11/23/15

Putin Arrives In Iran For Talks On Syrian Crisis - Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Tehran for talks with the Iranian leadership expected to focus on the Syrian crisis. Moscow and Tehran have been the key backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the country's civil war. 11/23/15

Russia Eases Nuclear Export Ban On Iran - Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally eased an export ban on nuclear equipment and technology to Iran. The decree was published by the Kremlin on November 23, the same day as Putin arrived in Tehran on an official visit. 11/23/15

The National Security State's Incestuous Relationship with the Islamic State - Honestly, I don't know whether to rant or weep, neither of which are usual impulses for me. In the wake of the slaughter in Paris, I have the urge to write one of two sentences here: Paris changed everything; Paris changes nothing. Each is, in its own way, undoubtedly true. And here's a third sentence I know to be true: This can't end well. -Tom Engelhardt, LobeLog 11/23/15

Iran Sentences Washington Post Journalist To Prison - A court in Iran has sentenced Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on charges that include espionage, Iranian media report. The ruling was announced by Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, the spokesman for Iran's judiciary. 11/22/15

Iranian Journalist Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Her Facebook Posts - The journalist Solmaz Ikdar has been sentenced to three years in prison for "insulting the Supreme Leader" and "propaganda against the state." The charges were based on content she posted on her Facebook page. 11/22/15

Turkmenistan-Iran trade to rise to $60 billion - Iran and Turkmenistan have decided to raise their annual trade to $60 billion over the next decade, President Hassan Rouhani says. The Iranian president on Sunday received his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Tehran where heads of states of several countries are descending for the most high-profile summit of gas exporting countries. 11/22/15

US conglomerate General Electric sees opportunities in Iran - GE Oil and Gas, the US conglomerate General Electric's oil division, says it sees opportunities in Iran as foreign firms are holding their breath for a lifting of sanctions to return to the country. 11/22/15

Comeback for Iranian Caviar - Foodies rejoice: Iranian caviar might be back on store shelves once again. Thanks to the recent nuclear deal between Iran and the United States, trade sanctions imposed on the Gulf state are beginning to lift, including one that banned the import of the delicate salt-cured sturgeon eggs that are synonymous with luxury. -Danny Lewis, Smithsonian Magazine 11/22/15

The Search for a Syrian Solution Continues - It is election-campaigning time in the US and shortly in Iran. Is it too much to ask the American candidates, particularly the far right-wing Republicans, to cease blathering, lying, and feeding the fear of our fellow citizens? Our leaders and those of Europe and the Middle East don't need irresponsible advice from political aspirants. This holds true for Iran's politicos as well. Rather, they must continue the very difficult task of gaining a political and military consensus on how to uproot IS. -Charles Naas, LobeLog 11/22/15

Iran banks unprepared for post-sanctions world - Iran knows full well that the end of international sanctions will only translate to more foreign trade and investment if major global banks re-connect with the Islamic republic. But of all foreign companies, banks are the most reluctant to resume relations with Iran. -Amir Paivar, BBC 11/22/15

Iran: Key to Stabilizing the Middle East - It would not have to be a formal or even a declared arrangement. Iran is not ready for that, and in the environment of a presidential campaign the United States is probably not ready either. But there is no realistic way to bring the conflicts in the Middle East under control and stabilize the region unless Washington and Tehran are willing at least to talk to each other, respect each other's positions, and seek to identify common interests as a basis for action. -homas Lippman 11/21/15

Iran's Interior Minister demands investigation of interrupted reformist speech - In the middle of a speech by Reformist figure Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari, he was attacked by about 300 hecklers, prompting Iran's interior minister to ask the Tehran Governor to launch a probe into the attack to identify and prosecute the perpetrators. 11/21/15

Gas-rich nations meet in Tehran ahead of summit - An extraordinary meeting of gas exporting countries has begun in Tehran ahead of a Monday summit which will gather several leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, to discuss issues related to gas production, exports and pricing. 11/21/15

High-speed rail to link China to Iran - Chinese authorities have proposed a high-speed railway connecting its western city of Urumqi to Tehran, the country's biggest English-language newspaper, China Daily, says. The proposed Silk Road route will connect China to West Asia, stretching from Urumqi and Yining to Almaty in Kazakhstan, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Tashkent and Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Ashgabat in Turkmenistan to the Iranian capital. 11/21/15

Islamophobia Surges on the Right - Barack Obama seems determined to strike out at the anti-Muslim bigotry coursing through the American right. The policies being pushed by Republicans--particularly by those campaigning to be president--have reached a new low, and the ugliness driving them is unmistakable. -Ali Gharib, LobeLog 11/21/15

So-called "divorce brokers" could face official legal backlash in Iran - The head of the Tehran General and Revolutionary Courts, Abbas Pouriyani, has denounced what he refers to as "divorce brokers" and calls on police investigation of their activities. In an interview with the Shargh daily, Mohammadreza Alizadeh an Iranian lawyer explained that the so-called "divorce brokers are now charging between five million and 40 million toumans ($1.5K-13k dollars) to obtain a divorce for couples in the shortest period possible. 11/21/15

Why imprisoned pastor's wife kept her marital abuse a secret - until now - The wife of Saeed Abedini, the Iranian-American pastor imprisoned in Iran since September 2012, has had a difficult month. First Naghmeh Abedini canceled all public appearances after telling supporters by email that her husband had abused her physically, emotionally and sexually. Twelve days later, she released a statement saying she regretted her previous emails. "I was under great psychological and emotional distress," she said -Timothy C. Morgan, RNS 11/21/15

Formerly Jailed Journalist Explains Iran's Recent Crackdown On Dissent - Iranian-Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker Maziar Bahari has more perspective than most on what's happening in the country. In 2009, Bahari spent 118 days jailed without charge in Iran, and his memoir formed the basis for the 2014 film "Rosewater" by comedian Jon Stewart. After Bahari was freed, he was sentenced in absentia and banned from returning to Iran. -Charlotte Alfred, Huffington Post 11/21/15

NIAC Action Condemns Discriminatory Backlash to Heinous Terrorist Attacks - NIAC Action condemns the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 innocent people and injured dozens of others, and is deeply concerned by the reactionary proposals offered by some U.S. politicians in response - including suggestions to openly infringe on the rights of Americans based on their religious faith and calls for the U.S. to suspend the admittance of refugees and potentially non-refugee visa seekers from Middle Eastern countries, including Iran. 11/20/15

Largest Wave of Arrests by Iran's Revolutionary Guards Since 2009 - The recently announced arrests of 170 people in Qazvin Province, a number of others in Gilan Province, and five journalists in Tehran, all by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, amounts to the largest crackdown since the violent state suppression of the protests that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran. 11/20/15

THE PERSIANS Exhibition in the Netherlands - As one of the world's most ancient cultures, the Persians produced a vast array of beautiful objects. Persian poems, tapestries, and architecture are quite famous, but the civilization's other art form: weapons is often forgotten. This is the motivation behind the exhibition 'The Persians - Warriors and Poets' at the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam. 11/20/15

Iran says Telegram agrees to self-censor for Iranian readers - Iran's ministry of communications says the Telegram now has an employee dedicated to censoring the site's content for Iranian users, making sure it conforms to Islamic Republic regulations. 11/20/15

Iranian Women Drivers Not Wearing Hijab Face Tough Police Action - Cars driven by women who do not observe the hijab (head covering for women) will be impounded and fines will be imposed, according to strict new regulations by Iran's police force. In addition, "trusted invisible agents" will be reporting violations on behalf of the police. 11/20/15

Behind the veil: a glance at Iran's leading app store - Heard of Cafe Bazaar? I doubt it rings a bell unless you're in the Middle East or keeping tabs on trends in emerging mobile markets. It's the third-party app store that runs the show in the Islamic Republic of Iran. -Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh, Venture Beat 11/20/15

UN Committee Criticizes Iran's Human Rights Record - The UN General Assembly's human rights committee has criticized Iran for cracking down on dissent and for its increased use of the death penalty. The committee on November 19 approved a nonbinding resolution drafted by Canada that expresses serious concern about rights violations in the Islamic republic. 11/20/15

The stunning paradox of Iran's war on drugs: How it actually makes America look worse - Iran regularly puts drug traffickers to death--but it also tests out progressive policies for treating drug addicts -Daniel Denvir, Salon 11/20/15

Watch a Modern Dance Odyssey From Itinerant French-Iranian Artist Lafawndah - This is "Tan," the debut video from Paris-based musician Lafawndah's forthcoming EP of the same name. Setting aside the video for a moment, there is not much else out there like her new music at present, whether in vocal tone or urgency or the beats' unwillingness to adhere to a particular pattern or preset. -The Muse 11/20/15

The Middle East: What Does the US Really Need? - IS draws much of its inspiration from the export of Wahhabi Islam, especially from Saudi Arabia, along with massive funding from various Sunnis Arabs (though presumably not from the governments themselves). The United States and some other Western governments have tolerated this export for many years, despite the heavy costs in blood and treasure in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, plus the fostering of instability in Pakistan. -Robert E. Hunter, LobeLog 11/20/15

How Paris attacks have strengthened Iran's position over Syria - The attacks in Paris may have postponed Hassan Rouhani's highly-anticipated visit to the Elysee Palace, which was scheduled for this week, but the Iranian president will soon travel to France with a better bargaining position over Syria. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian 11/20/15

UN: Iran Has Begun Reducing Nuclear Program - The UN nuclear watchdog says Iran has begun curbing its nuclear program in line with a deal with six world powers. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) included that assessment in a report presented to the UN Security Council on November 18. 11/19/15

Frankfurt hosts Iran investment confab - A high-profile conference has started in Germany's Frankfurt to look into the prospects for investments in the Iranian economy. Dubbed 'Business Forum Iran-Europe', the two-day conference is to explore business opportunities in post-sanction Iran. 11/19/15

Senior Iranian Cleric Refuses To Meet With Culture Minister - Senior Qom-based hard-line Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has refused to meet with Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati to demonstrate his disapproval of the ministry's policies, deemed too liberal by hard-liners. 11/19/15

Russia may produce Sukhoi Superjets in Iran - Russian officials say the country is negotiating with Iran over the local production of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100) airliner to replace the ageing Iranian fleet on regional routes. 11/19/15

Obama says no more reductions of Iran oil purchases - US President Barack Obama emphasized on Wednesday that Washington will not seek future reductions of oil purchases from Iran and is committed to keep Tehran's oil export at the levels of 2013. 11/19/15

Iran, the Next Startup Hub? An Interview with Tehran's Millennial Ecosystem Insiders - Silicon Valley, Miami, New York, Austin. These are places we typically think of when we think of startup ecosystems. On the international scale, Latin America has been a trending topic for startup news lately as well. But, there is another potential key player we may not be as familiar with. -Elnaz Moghangard, Huffington Post 11/19/15

Growth, Energy and Climate: a View From Iran - For the past several months most Iranians have been caught up in a "wait-and-see" collective mindset. Below the surface, in the murky shadows, movement can be detected amongst gigantic coiled up springs waiting for the starting gun. These gargantuan springs come in many shapes and forms. -Daryan Rezazad, Counterpunch 11/19/15

Some two million Iranians will travel to Iraq to mark Arbaeen - It is predicted that some two million Iranians to travel to Iraq to mark Arbaeen, Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari said, Mehr reported on Wednesday. Arbaeen ritual marks the 40th day following the seventh-century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. 11/19/15

'Terrorist Team' Demolished, Says Iran's IRGC - Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has demolished a terrorist cell in the western province of Kermanshah. In a statement issued to Iranian media on November 18, the IRGC said the operation was carried out in "recent days." 11/19/15

Iran, Russia reach agreement on expanding space research - Iran and Russia have reached an agreement on expanding space research cooperation, says Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. Rogozin made the announcement following talks with Sorena Sattari, Iran's vice president for science and technology, in Tehran on Wednesday. 11/19/15

Unnamed Iranian football stars arrested at party - Three professional Iranian football players were arrested by the authorities at a party. Khabar on line published the news on Tuesday November 18 without identifying the players, indicating only that they are well known stars from one of the country's top football teams. 11/19/15

Will Russia and Iran Finally Tie the Knot? - Despite its slogan of "Neither East Nor West, only Islamic Republic" and its labeling of the USSR as the "little Satan," the Islamic Republic of Iran from its very early days viewed the USSR and the other Eastern Bloc countries more sympathetically than it did the United States and West European countries. -Shireen Hunter 11/18/15

Iranian MP accuses IRGC of breaking law by detaining journalists - Iranian MP Ali Motahari says the recent arrests of journalists by Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) are "against the law". In an interview with the Iran daily on Tuesday November 17, Motahari said detaining journalists is not on the "list of legal duties of the Revolutionary Guards". 11/18/15

Iran to host 9 heads of state in GECF summit: Oil Minister - Iran's oil minister says the Islamic Republic will be hosting nine heads of state and a large group of other dignitaries during the third summit meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). 11/18/15

Western Policy and the Paris Terror Attacks - As we mourn the many killed in Paris by the terror attacks of November 13, we may be tempted to react mainly with anger and outrage and to rally around the Western governments in their "war" against the Islamic jihadists. But if we want to live in a world free of terror, we must do more than react blindly in support of widened Western military campaigns, air strikes, drone attacks, secret operations, assassinations, destabilization campaigns, secret prisons and all the apparatus of official violence. -Jim Paul Bio: Jim Paul, NationofChange 11/18/15

New Adventure Film KARUN released 16th November Worldwide Aims to Change the Way We Think about Iran - Two British filmmakers are hoping to reverse long-held prejudices against the Islamic Republic of Iran with a new adventure film KARUN, portraying their unusual journey through the country. Karun: Misadventures On Iran's Longest River will be released worldwide digitally via the project's on Monday 16th November and will have its premiere at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Saturday 14th November. 11/17/15

Prominent Iranian Cartoonist Hadi Heidari Arrested - Security forces arrested the prominent Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari in his office at Shahrvand Daily in Tehran today, November 16, 2015. Two co-workers of Heidari at the Tehran daily confirmed the arrest and told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that "a young man came with a warrant. He showed Hadi the warrant and they took him quietly." 11/17/15

Iran defeats Guam 6-0 in World Cup qualifying match - Despite missing captain Andranik Teymourian and three other players reportedly due to visa issues, Iran thrashed Guam 6-0 on Tuesday to move into top spot in Group D in Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. 11/17/15

Innovative method seeks to save Persepolis of lichens - Research has come up with innovative method to save Persepolis from its lichens without harming the monument itself. Since many years ago, growth of lichens had been seen as a threat to the global heritage of Persepolis, and a disturbing issue for the academia; researchers believe that in the long run, lichens could blur the carved stones in Persepolis and other monuments, which made them to seek the remedy. 11/17/15

Authorities Launch New Crackdown on Baha'is - On the morning of Sunday, November 15, Iranian Intelligence Ministry agents carried out the arrest of 20 Baha'is in Tehran, Isfahan and Mashhad. As part of a massive operation, they also closed down Baha'i-run businesses in the province of Mazandaran. -Iran Wire 11/17/15

Photos: Iranian humanoid 'Surena III' unveiled - Iranian humanoid robot 'Surena III' developed by researchers at University of Tehran was unveiled today during a ceremony attended by Vice President for Science and Technology. 11/16/15

Iran's economic growth to outperform MENA states: Report - Iran's economic growth will outperform most of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries in 2016 when sanctions are lifted, a Washington-based finance industry body says. Iran will post a growth increase of about six percent next year up from 1.4%, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said in a report. 11/16/15

Panel at TMT Finance World Congres: Iran Telecoms Opportunities - The upcoming TMT Finance World Congress & Awards 2015 in London will be featuring a panel on "Iran Telecoms Opportunities." TMT Finance World Congress will featuring over 60 key speakers and 20 sessions on TMT Growth Strategies, Mergers and Acquisitions, Investing in Infrastructure and Innovation, Raising Finance, Media and Content,Spectru, Broadband, Datacentres, Mobile Towers, Unified Communications, Smart Cities and IoT. 11/16/15

Iranian cartoonists and artists draw for France - Here is a selection of cartoons and drawings by Iranian cartoonists, artists and the press expressing sympathy with the people of France after the Friday's terrorist attacks by the Islamic State in Paris that killed 129 people and injured another 352. 11/15/15

EY IRAN Anthem and 50th Anniversary of Rouhollah Khaleghi's Passing - November 12, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Rouhollah Khaleghi's demise. Khaleghi was one of iconic figures of 20th-century Persian music whose most famous work is EY IRAN anthem, with lyrics by Hossein Golgolab. 11/15/15

Photos: Iranians express solidarity with France over Paris attacks - Iranians have expressed solidarity with the French people following the deadly terror attacks in Paris carried out by the Daesh Takfiri militant group. The Iranians on Saturday paid tribute to those killed or injured in the attacks and extended their condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the attacks by gathering in front of the French embassy in Tehran. 11/15/15

US-Iran: Zarif, Kerry hold meeting on JCPOA in Vienna - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the manner of removing sanctions and the implementation of the United States' commitments have been discussed during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry. 11/15/15

Detained Iranian journalists remain in custody - The fate of journalists recently arrested in Iran remains unknown. Afarin Chitsaz, Issa Saharkhiz, Ehssn Mazandarani and Saman Safarzayi were arrested last week by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, who allege these individuals were linked to "the enemy's infiltration plans". 11/14/15

Iran: Economy of Resistance and resistance of the centers of corruption - While the right-wing factions of the Islamic Republic step up their opposition to the Rohani administration, and as the Revolutionary Guards directly oppose the so-called "economic infiltration", Iran's Supreme Leader has chosen to neither endorse or oppose the administration's "Resistance Economy policies action plan". He has, however, recommended four items to be kept in mind while drawing up future plans for economic development. 11/14/15

Iran's Position on the Arms Trade Treaty - The "axis of evil" club portrayed by George W. Bush in 2002 no longer exists. Iran has now famously exited from the group leaving bad boy Kim Jong Un all alone. But the two countries still share something in common. In March 2013, North Korea and Iran, both of whom are under UN arms embargoes, alongside Syria, blocked adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) during the treaty drafting conference. -Emma Scott 11/14/15

How to Prevent Hardliners From Turning Iran into Another North Korea - The main source of the hardliners' anger is that the (nuclear) agreement was at least partly made possible because of Iran's enormous economic problems and its lack of adequate financial and technological resources to tackle these problems. Iran's current problems, in turn, are the accumulated result of more than three decades of war, economic mismanagement, and misuse of existing material and human resources. -Shirin Hunter 11/12/15

UN: Iran Must Stop Intimidating Journalists - U.N. human rights experts are urging Iran to stop intimidating journalists before parliamentary elections next year. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Wednesday Iranian authorities should stop arresting, prosecuting and harassing journalists and online activists, and should provide a safe space for freedom of expression in the lead-up to the elections. 11/12/15

Arrests Gather Pace in Iran after Khamenei Gives Green Light for Crackdown - Several journalists were arrested in Iran over the past week in an intensifying campaign of repression that is based on the belief, spearheaded by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, that the US intends to use any post-nuclear deal opening in Iran to "infiltrate" and undermine the Islamic Republic. 11/12/15

Jailed Iranian activists slam Rohani administration, begin hunger strike - Majid Azarpey and Ali Shariati, two reformist political prisoners currently held in Ward 8 of Evin Prison, began a hunger strike last Thursday November 5 after addressing a letter to President Hassan Rohani, indicating that they will not end their strike until their cases have been submitted for review. 11/11/15

First Iranian-made solar car may hit streets in 5 years - Gazelle 3, a solar-powered car built in Iran, took part in the World Solar Challenge 2015 and came in seventh in cruiser class after some of the world's most powerful teams, such as the Netherlands, Japan, and the U.S. 11/10/15

Iran finishes runner-up in world bodybuilding event - Iranian national bodybuilding squad has finished its crusade at the 68th edition of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Men's World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships and International Congress in Brazil, and hulked into second place. 11/10/15

Iran runner-up at Brazil's 2015 Futsal Grand Prix - Iran lost to Brazil 4-3 in the 2015 Futsal Grand Prix final match on Sunday. The Iranian team defeated Colombia (4-1), Angola (7-0), Uruguay (7-3) and Paraguay (2-0) respectively in the tournament. 11/9/15

Rohani Hits Back At Iranian Hard-Liners Over Spate Of Arrests - Iranian President Hassan Rohani has criticized a recent wave of arrests carried out by the intelligence branch of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The arrests appear to be a backlash against Iran's landmark nuclear agreement reached with world powers in July, as well as part of hard-liners' efforts to stifle the political atmosphere ahead of national elections early next year. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 11/6/15

TiPL: A new app for writing in Persian - TiPL is a Persian type-writer app, with spell checker and predictive text facility; it produces both the traditional and Latinised Persian text (Perso-Latin). TiPL app is a product of Parse Holdings Limited. The idea is the brainchild of the managing director Bijan Bakhshi. 11/4/15

Iranian Activists Campaign To Bring More Women Into Parliament - Iran's parliament has 290 seats, and only nine of them are filled by women. Women's rights activists want to change that. A group of Iranian activists is seeking to dilute the dominance of men in the country's parliament, pushing for a greater female presence in the legislature following elections in February 2016. 11/4/15

Setting the Record Straight about Siamak Namazi - Over the past few days, disheartening news has emerged about the arrest of Siamak Namazi, a Dubai-based American-Iranian citizen whom the author knows very well. While the family has not confirmed the news, Siamak's friends believe that the situation may be the result of a misunderstanding which they hope will be resolved shortly. 11/3/15

Iran in World History: A new book by Canadian Iranologist Richard Foltz - Home of one of the world's most ancient and enduring civilizations, Iran has been at the nexus of world history for the past three thousand years. Situated at the crossroads between East and West, it has been marked by its encounters with other cultures and has influenced them with its own. 11/2/15

Iranian Pop Musicians Accuse Culture Ministry Of Prejudicial Tastes - A group of Iranian pop music artists has written an open letter to President Hassan Rohani to protest their discriminatory treatment by the Ministry of Culture and Guidance. They write that their music is regarded by the ministry as "shallow" compared to traditional music and this view has resulted in rejections and refusals for concert and distribution permits. 10/29/15

Changing Course on Economy in Iran - A year after declaring the recession over, President Rouhani conceded earlier this week that the economy may experience negative growth this year and promised to unveil a new set of policies to prevent the recession from becoming a double-dip. -Djavad Salehi-Isfahani 10/16/15

The United States Needs to Rein in Its Regional Allies - The interests of the great powers and their regional allies have seldom totally coincided, and often their interests have diverged in important ways. This was even true during the Cold War era, despite the fact that within each competing camp allies shared the same ideology. -Shireen T. Hunter 10/6/15

Photos: German Artist Philipp Geist's "Gate Of Words" Light Up Tehran's Azadi Square - German artist Philipp Geist's light installation entitled "Gate of Words" pours down colored words of love, peace and freedom on Tehran's Azadi Tower for three days from October 3 to 5. The shining words, in English, German and Persian, move with the live music on the walls of the tower, the German artist said during a press conference held at the tower last Wednesday. 10/5/15

The United States and Iran: A Great Rapprochement? - In 1968, as the world was unravelling at the seams, the historian Bradford Perkins published The Great Rapprochement. The book chronicled the U.S. move away from "Anglophobia" and toward "Anglophilia" during the two decades prior to the First World War. Without the "great rapprochement," a product of geopolitical calculations and cultural affinities, the United States may not have allied with Great Britain during the world wars. What a different world it could have been. -Matthew Shannon 9/30/15

IAAB's YAR Fellowship: An Exciting New Opportunity in Iran - We're excited to share our new and improved itinerary for the YAR Fellowship, our newest groundbreaking program! YAR is a yearlong fellowship program that includes a three-week full-immersion course in Iran, to be held January 4th- 24th, 2016. YAR will bring together advanced undergraduates, recent college grads and graduate students, who will deepen their scholarly, professional and cultural understanding of Iran. 9/29/15

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Prominent Iranian Activists, Intellectuals Call On Congress To Back Nuclear Deal


Reinventing Academic Ties: Opportunities for U.S.-Iran Higher Education Cooperation


Seventy-Plus Nuclear Non-Proliferation Experts Endorse Deal


Deal or No Deal, Iran's Economy Will Continue to Grow


The Citadel of the Original Royal Avesta in Persepolis


Iranian women win their first futsal championship


Iranian Artist Parviz Tanavoli's 'Heech Garden' Exhibit Mixes Old With New


Famed Iranian Poet Simin Behbahani Dies At 87


Iran Preparing For 'Tsunami' Of Tourists


Iran's wetlands: A smile amid grief


"Nahid" director denies connection with "A Separation"


A New Life For Iran's Orchestras?


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


The 2nd Europe-Iran forum: on September 24-25, 201 in Geneva, Switzerland

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