Saturday, January 25, 2020

The Week in Review: January 17th – January 24th

Following the assassination of former Quds Force chief, General Qassem Soleimani, U.S. special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, said Soleimani's successor, Esmail Ghaani, would...

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Iran Continues to Ban Actors Who Were Famous Before the Revolution

By Azadeh Karimi  The chairman of the Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) has turned down Mohsen...

Iranian Film and Theater Actress Shahla Riahi Dies Aged 92

By Azadeh Karimi   Shahla Riahi, the renowned film and stage actress and Iran’s first female director,...

Googoosh Pays Tribute to Dead Iranian Protesters In Sold-Out Paris Mega-Concert

By Nazanine Nouri Googoosh took Paris by storm with a sold-out concert at the 3,700-seat Palais...

Iranian Stage Directors Face Difficulty Adapting Persian Works, Playwright Says 

By Azadeh Karimi There are fewer restrictions on Iranian authors living in the Islamic Republic to...

Iran’s Ministry of Culture Stops Release of Album Containing Rumi Poem

By Azadeh Karimi The poetry committee of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s Office for...

Oscars Selection Process Criticized by Iran’s Filmmakers

By Azadeh Karimi The Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF), which promotes the Islamic Republic’s film industry abroad,...

Iran Has Banned 52 Women Musicians from Performing Since January 

The Iranian authorities have banned the cellist Elmira Nematzadeh and the daf player Negar Ezazi,...

Iranian Singer Alireza Ghorbani’s Concert Is Canceled for Security Reasons

The Iranian authorities have canceled a Tehran concert by the singer-songwriter Alireza Ghorbani earlier this...

Iranian Actor Mohsen Afshani Arrested for Posting Provocative Video on Social Media

Police have arrested the Iranian actor and TV presenter Mohsen Afshani after he posted a...

Sad Pop Songs Harm Iranian Youth’s Mental Health, Sociologist Says

Contemporary Iranian pop music could cause severe depression in young people, the Iranian Labor News...

BOOK REVIEW: The Lasting Legacy of Shapour Bakhtiar, Iran’s Late Prime Minister

By Ahmad Rafat   “The Lasting Legacy of Shapour Bakhtiar,” by Dr. Ebrahim Biparva, is a collection of articles written by various people about Shapour Bakhtiar...

How Cholera Transformed Iran: Interview with Author Amir Afkhami

      Few diseases have killed so many and so randomly throughout history as has cholera. While mostly –though not entirely -- dealt with throughout the...

Sotheby’s Senior Director Roxane Zand Co-Authors Book on Geometry and Art in Mideast

By Cyrus Naji The British Museum in London recently hosted the launch of “Geometry and Art in the Modern Middle East,” an exploration of the...

Iranian Revolution Was Major Milestone in World History, German Author Writes

By Javad Talei In his latest book titled “Turning Point 1979: How Today’s World Began,” Frank Bosch, a professor of contemporary European history at the...

Iranian Champion Wrestler and Defector Reza Abedi Tells His Story in a New Book

By Tara Biglari Reza Abedi is a World Champion Wrestler and Hall of Fame coach who lived in Iran through the 1979 revolution and the...

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Iranian Clubs Agree to Neutral Venue for Champions League Matches – AFC

Jan 23 (Reuters) - Iranian clubs Esteghlal and Shahr Khodro have agreed to play the home legs of their Asian Champions League preliminary round ties at neutral venues, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Thursday, averting reported threats of a boycott. Shahr Khodro were scheduled...

Iran’s Only Female Olympic Medallist Moving to Germany – Coach

AMSTERDAM, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Iran's only female Olympic medallist Kimia Alizadeh, who has said she had left her homeland because she had had enough of being used as a propaganda tool, is moving to Germany, her Dutch coach said. https://kayhanlife.com/news/kayhan/kayhan-lifes-nazenin-ansari-speaks-to-the-bbc-about-olympic-medalist-kimia-alizadeh-and-her-decision-to-defect/ Alizadeh, who won taekwondo bronze at...

Soccer-Iran Gives FIFA Commitment on Women’s Access to Matches – Source

By Simon Evans DOHA, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Iran's Football Federation has given world governing body FIFA a written commitment that women will be allowed to attend matches in the domestic club league, a source with knowledge of the discussions said on Friday. In October, Iranian women watched...

World Wrestling Body Postpones Greco-Roman Cup in Iran Citing Security Concerns

By Hamed Mohammadi The United World Wrestling (UWW), formerly known as the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), postponed the 2019 Greco-Roman World Cup initially scheduled for November 28 and 29 in Tehran amid concerns for the safety and security of the wrestling teams...

Belgian Manager of Iranian National Football Team Could Resign Over Unpaid Salary

By Hamed Mohammadi   Economic sanctions targeting the Iranian banking system have made it difficult for the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) to pay the salary of Marc Wilmots, the Belgian manager of the Iranian national football team, according to Seyyed Mehdi...

Soccer-Iranian Women Snap up Tickets for World Cup Qualifier

By Simon Evans Oct 4 (Reuters) - Iranian women have snapped up tickets for Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Cambodia in Tehran after they were released for sale via a website. Iranian authorities had assured world governing body FIFA that women would be allowed to attend the...

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Flash Floods in Southeastern Iran Destroy Homes, Displace Thousands  

By Azadeh Karimi Torrential rains earlier this month have led to flash floods that have devastated vast areas of Sistan and Baluchestan, destroying villages, leaving...

Tehran Ranks Among World’s Most Polluted Cities

By Azadeh Karimi   Tehran Air Quality Control Company’s real-time air quality index (AQI) ranked Tehran the sixth most polluted city in the world on November...

Iranian Official Criticizes Release of Trophy Hunting Video on Social Media

By Azadeh Karimi   Kiumars Kalantari, the deputy director of the Department of Environment’s Office for Wildlife and Biodiversity, has condemned the publication of footage on...

Iranians Should Drive Less to Reduce Pollution, Expert Says

By Azadeh Karimi   While current air quality regulations and emission standards are much more stringent than 20 years ago, there has been a concerted effort...

Landfill Near Tehran’s Khomeini Airport Is 60 Meters High, City Official...

Polluted water leaking from garbage trucks transporting 8,000 tons of waste from Greater Tehran’s 22 districts, city hospitals, and various companies to the Arad...

The  Majority of Iranians Are Affected by Drought, Government Official Says

By Azadeh Karimi   The director of Iran’s Meteorological Department and Drought Management Center, Sadegh Ziaian, has said that 85 percent of the country’s population struggles...
DUBAI, Jan 25 - Iran has the capacity to enrich uranium at any percentage if Iranian authorities decide to do so, the deputy head of the country's nuclear agency said in a report posted on its website on Saturday. "At the moment, if (Iranian...
By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Jan 24 - The Pentagon said on Friday that 34 service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month, a number higher...
WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Top officials from the U.S. State Department will conduct a classified briefing next week on Iran policy for members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the committee said on Friday, amid a push for legislation to...
By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Jan 23 (Reuters) - World leaders voiced alarm at resurgent anti-Semitism on Thursday as they gathered at Israel's national Holocaust Memorial to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. Israeli Prime...
By Azadeh Karimi   None of the high school students reportedly arrested by the security forces during the November protests over rising fuel prices are in prison any longer, the Minister of Education Mohsen Haji Mirzaei has said. Mirzaei made the remarks...
By Tim Hepher PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The crash of a U.S.-built airliner in Iran with the loss of 176 lives looks set to strain fragile international protocols on co-operation in air disaster investigations at a time when the United States...
By Azadeh Karimi Tehran police chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi has said his forces did not injure anyone during the deadly wave of protests in November that were sparked by the increase in fuel prices. “Tehran police did not harm a...
By Hamed Mohammadi   The Spokesman for the Guardian Council Abbasali Kadkhodaei has defended the brutal crackdown in the recent wave of nationwide protests in October and November, which left at least 300 people dead and scores of others injured. Mr. Kadkhodaei...
By Roshanak Astaraki The Iranian tourism industry has suffered significant financial losses after European airlines suspended all flights to the country in the aftermath of the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on Jan....
By Azadeh Karimi   Hojatoleslam Ali Asghar Fazilat, the head of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s office for the northern province of Semnan, has banned all public concerts during the 40-day mourning period for Brigadier General Ghasem Soleimani, the...
By Reza Hamidi In 2019, China generated more revenue from selling its domestically manufactured toys than Iran did from exporting its oil, Iranian Vice President for Economic Affairs Mohammad Nahavandian has said. Mr. Nahavandian made the comments at the opening ceremony...
By Roshanak Astaraki Under international trade laws, most if not all Iranian banks should have filed for bankruptcy by now, given that they lack the minimum cash reserves required to meet international banking requirements, Ahmad Hatami-Yazd, the former manager of Bank Saderat of Iran...