Archive | September, 2010

Guardian: Iran to launch Spanish-language television channel

Announcement by state television network shows regime wants to spread a message of “legitimacy”

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AFP: Iran summons Swiss envoy to protest new US sanctions

Associated Free Press (hosted by Google) | October 1, 2010 TEHRAN — Iran summoned Swiss ambassador Livia Leu Agosti on Thursday to protest against US sanctions targeting eight senior Iranian officials, the state news agency IRNA news agency reported. “Ms Livia Leu Agosti, the Swiss ambassador who manages US interests in Iran, was summoned to […]

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L.A. Times: U.S. hikers’ trial in Iran set for November

Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, accused of illegally entering Iran, are set to go on trial Nov. 5 in Tehran before a judge notorious for harsh sentences for opposition figures.

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WP: European oil companies pledge to end oil investment in Iran over nukes program

Washington Post | September 30, 2010 The United States announced Thursday that four of Europe’s five biggest oil companies would end their energy investments in Iran, a significant advance in the Obama administration’s efforts to pressure the Iranian government to enter negotiations over its alleged nuclear weapons program. At the same time, U.S. officials said […]

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L.A. Times: U.S. sanctions selectively under its Iran policy

The administration penalizes a Swiss subsidiary of Iran’s national oil company but avoids confronting Russian and Chinese firms, which may have added to diplomatic friction.

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Reuters Africa: Obama meets with U.S. woman freed by Iran

“We remain hopeful that Iran will demonstrate renewed compassion and do the right thing by ensuring the safe return of Shane, Josh and all the other missing or detained Americans in Iran,”

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Wired: Weak Ties, Twitter and Revolution | September 29, 2010 By Jonah Lehrer Just a quick note on Malcolm Gladwell’s Twitter/Social Change article in The New Yorker: It’s an extremely thought-provoking piece, written with the usual flair. For those who haven’t read it, Gladwell argues that online social networks aren’t suited for “real” social activism, so all the utopian predictions […]

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CTV: Blogfather’s ex-wife stunned by sentencing

“I heard that at some point they told his family, ‘You should be happy; he didn’t get a death sentence’,” Alemi said.

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VOA: Allawi Tells Iran to Stay Out of Iraqi Politics

Mr. Allawi said he had asked Iran’s allies, which include Syria, to send the message to Tehran.

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L.A. Times: Ban on Iranian pistachios is boost for California farmers

New U.S. trade sanctions linked to Tehran’s nuclear program remove a competitor from the domestic pistachio market.

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Business Week: Iran government may curb currency exchange rates

Iran’s finance minister says the government may intervene to halt a recent hike in hard currency exchange rates to the riyal.

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NYT: In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue

Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.

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Business Week: Senior China official calls for stronger Iran ties

Li Changchun told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran that Beijing wants to “cooperate with Iran to seize the opportunities to consolidate and develop bilateral relations in various areas,” Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported Wednesday.

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AFP: Japan to withdraw from Iran oil project

The Japanese government and oil developer Inpex Corp. plan to completely withdraw from Iran’s largest onshore oil field project to avoid possible US sanctions, news reports said Thursday.

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L.A. Times: U.S. imposes new Iran sanctions

L.A. Times | September 29, 2010 By Paul Richter Tribune Washington Bureau The Obama administration Wednesday sanctioned eight senior Iranian officials for alleged human rights violations, as it sought to sharpen pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime while reaching out to his opponents in Iran. The eight, who include the head of the Iranian Revolutionary […]

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RFE/RL: Iran Says Facebook And Twitter Are Country’s ‘Hidden Enemies’

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty | September 29, 2010 by Golnaz Esfandiari Iranian state-controlled television has accused Facebook and Twitter of being Iran’s “hidden enemies” and tools used by Western intelligence agencies in order to recruit new members and gather data on individuals. The website Mardomak has posted a video of the report. The […]

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Conversation with Maz Jobrani about his new movie, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero

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INN Special: A Conversation with Dr. Nina Ansary about Iran’s Women’s Movements

Dr. Nina Ansary is a prominent scholar and historian who has recently published the preeminent book detailing the history of Iran's Women's ...

INN Special: Interview and Conversation with Richard Raymond, Director of Desert Dancer, in Theatres April 10

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A Brave New Documentary by NBC News – #TwitterDiplomacy: The Making of a Nuclear Deal (Preview)

A brave new documentary by the fantastic team at NBC News. Here is a preview posted to YouTube by Ann […]...

Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey and Iran President Hassan Rouhani Exchange Tweets on Net Freedom in Iran

Twitter has completely changed the way people of influence communicate with each and with their audiences, in conversations that take [&hell...

How Diplomacy with Iran will Improve Iran’s Human Rights Situation

The possible diplomacy of a moderate president like Rouhani can be a catalyst for human rights and systematic change, but it cannot be do...