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Qazvin University Bars Women Musicians from Performing at Charity Event

May 23, 2019 - The president of Qazvin’s Islamic Azad University Morteza Mousakhani barred female...

Cannes Festival Presents Movie by British-Iranian Director Babak Anvari

The British-Iranian director Babak Anvari’s latest film, “Wounds,” has been selected by the Cannes Film...

Iranian-American Maral Milani Plays Aspiring Yemeni Scientist In Play

By Fred Parvaneh After four weeks of sold-out performances at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles,...

Iran Treasury to Receive 10% of Concert Ticket Sale Proceeds

The Iranian Musicians Union released a statement on March 19 criticizing recent legislation which requires...
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Iranian-Born Ricci Moshir Wins Top Reggae Award For His Song ‘Wakayo’

By Fred Parvaneh Last November, Ricci Moshir (aka XOrasta Ricci) -- singer, songwriter, and leader of...
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After Live Duet With Female Artist, Musician Ali Ghamsari Banned from Performing

  9 Jan- The Iranian authorities have banned the tar virtuoso, songwriter and singer Ali Ghamsari...
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Iranian Pop Singer Banned After Releasing Anti-War Music Video

The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has banned Iranian pop singer Mehdi Yarrahi from...
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Women-Only Cast in Iran to Perform Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ for Women-Only Audience

An all-female production of Carmen, the famous opera written by the French composer George Bizet...

L.A. Rock Vocalist Soraya Sebghati Would Love to Perform in Iran

By Fred Parvaneh Soraya Sebghati is a songwriter and the lead vocalist of Night Talks (NightTalkstheband.com),...

Prominent Iranian Ayatollah Criticizes the Use of Wigs in Theatrical Production

  Ayatollah Jaffar Sobhani, a source of emulation (Shia Marja) and a former member of 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...

Empress Farah Pahlavi Launches Book on Modern Art in Iran

Kayhan Life: Empress Farah Pahlavi was in London earlier this week for the launch of a new art book, “Iran Modern,” about her significant contributions...

Author and Activist Masih Alinejad Speaks at LA Book Launch

By Fred Parvaneh On October 8, a group of friends in Los Angeles (led by Dr. Behzad Tabatabaie, Betty Kermanian, Nooshin Meshkaty and Hormoz and Susan...

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Football Fans Clash in Iran, 144 Injured

Violent clashes left 144 football fans injured after a semi-final Premier League match between Persepolis F.C. and Sepahan S.C. at Isfahan’s Naghsh-e- Jahan Stadium on May 30, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported, citing Ghafoor Rastin, the head of Isfahan’s accident and emergency...

Iran’s Male Football Fans Respect Women Spectators, Official Says

The presence of women at sports stadiums encourages good manners and civil behavior among male spectators, Reza Salehi Amiri, the president of the National Olympic Committee of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has said. Mr. Amiri made the remarks during the weekly “Dast-e Khat” interview...

Iran Judiciary Gives Out Conflicting Signals on Female Cycling Ban

May 21, 2019 - The city of Isfahan has banned women from riding bicycles in public, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on May 14, citing the Isfahan public prosecutor Ali Isfahani. “The laws and fatwas issued by religious authorities forbid women...

Iran May Stop Banning Athletes from Facing Israeli Opponents

May 14, 2019 - In a May 9 letter to the International Judo Federation (IJF), the National Olympic Committee of the Islamic Republic of Iran (NOC) has stated its commitment to Principle Six Campaign of Olympic Movement which prohibits “any form of discrimination regarding...

Soccer-Iran Appoint Wilmots As New Coach – Reports

May 16 (Reuters) - Belgian Marc Wilmots has been appointed coach of Iran on a three-year deal in place of Carlos Queiroz, local media has reported. The 50-year-old former Belgium and Ivory Coast coach arrived in Tehran on Wednesday to sign the contract, the FARS news agency...

SAIPA Football Club Head Coach Ali Daei Fired After Criticizing Management

May 2, 2019 - The SAIPA football team fired its head coach Ali Daei on May 1, a day after he criticized the club’s management for not fulfilling its financial obligations. Mr. Daei is a former captain of the Iran national football team. He...

Europeans Plan New Iran Push but May Be Nearing End of...

By John Irish, Robin Emmott and Arshad Mohammed PARIS/BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany plan a new push to keep Iran in the 2015...

Trump Says U.S. Is ‘Very Prepared’ with Regard to Iran

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States was very prepared with regard to Iran, as tensions ramped up...

Trump Creates Doubt over Use of U.S. Force to Protect Persian...

By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Sylvia Westall GENEVA/DUBAI, June 18 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop...

Mcconnell Would Prefer Confirmed Defense Secretary Given Iran Tensions

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday it would be better to have a Senate-confirmed defense secretary...

Pompeo: U.S. President Trump Does Not Want War with Iran

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - The United States will maintain its pressure campaign on Iran and continue to deter aggression in the region but does not...

U.S.’s Hook to Meet European Officials on Iran in Paris Next...

WASHINGTON/PARIS, June 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook plans to travel to Paris next week for talks about Iran with senior British, French and...

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OPINION: How to Become a State Hero in Iran

By Potkin Azarmehr June 13 - What would happen in most countries if an Uber taxi driver threw out their female passenger in the middle...

OPINION: Iran and U.S. Both Declare Victory in Their War of...

By Rafiq Khoury, Independent Arabia online news website In his memoirs, former Israeli President Shimon Peres (1923-2016) writes: “ Ben Gurion and I were traveling...

Why Is Japan’s Abe Going to Iran? What Can He Accomplish?

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO, June 7 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to visit Iran next week in an apparent mediation...