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Week of May 13th
All Rhodes lead to Rome
New York Times Magazine wrote a controversial profile on White House Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes. In it, Rhode claims he pushed a narrative to the media to sell the Iran Deal. Since the article came out, the White House has been on damage control.

Here are some of the things wrong with the Rhodes profile.
 


More Iranian losses in Syria
Thirteen IRGC military advisors were killed and 21 were injured in Syria. The largest losses to date happened near Aleppo. All Iranians are said to be from the northern province of Mazandaran. Iranian officials blame Syrian opposition groups for military causalities due to cease-fire violations.
 
Meanwhile, an Iranian official says a prominent Saudi jihadist is the 'man in control' in Syria.
 
In an act of poor taste, the annual Tehran Book Fair is allowing Iranians to pose in front of Syrian war scenes.

No penalties, we promise
On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with 10 executives of top European banks in London to address their concerns about doing business in Iran. Kerry told reporters, “We want to make it clear that legitimate business, which is clear under the definition of the agreement, is available to banks as long as they do their normal due diligence and know who they’re dealing with. They’re not going to be held to some undefined and inappropriate standard.”
 
Still, European banks resist calls to increase business ties with Iran even after Kerry’s talk.
 
 

#FreeNazanin
A British citizen was arrested at the Tehran airport check-in on April 3 while with her young daughter. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager for the Thomson-Reuters Foundation, was in Iran on a family visit with her 22-month-old daughter Gabriella. Nazanin has since been placed in solitary confinement without charge and has been denied access to a lawyer.
 
A petition is currently circulating online calling on PM David Cameron to directly intervene on her behalf.
 
Iranian authorities promised Nazanin’s family they would be allowed to visit her in prison.
Other stories that made headlines
 
Human rights

Will Iran’s human rights record improve?
 
Former U.S. marine Amir Hekmati sues Iran for abuse he endured in prison.
 
How to talk to FM Mohammad Javad Zarif about human rights.
 
Journalist and Poet Keyvan Mehregan released.
 
Temporary freedom for jailed Baha’i woman.
 
Domestic politics

Iranian minister denies recent mid-range ballistic missile test.

 
Iran’s supreme politics: The battle to succeed Khamenei heats up.
 
The downfall of two Iranian tycoons.
 
Minoo Khalegi won a Seat in Iran’s parliament, but hardliners had other plans.
 
How Iran's President Hassan Rouhani found his voice three years into office.
 
Iranian hardliners claim main pressure on Rouhani comes from public.
 
President Rouhani moves to slash IRGC budget, empower army.
 
Iran appoints new head of state broadcasting.
 
Why many of Iran's “moderates” say they prefer Trump to Clinton.
 
Foreign policy

120 nations, led by Iran, protest U.S. court ruling on assets.
 
Iran in a reconnecting Eurasia.                        

 
Powerful Russian missile system arrives in Iran.
 
Navy officer fired over Iran's detention of 10 sailors.
 
Why Shiites are divided over Iranian role in Iraq.
 
Iran says it will avoid the Hajj this year, blames Saudi Arabia.
 
With Iran-backed conversions, Shiites gain ground in Africa.
 
Oil and trade

Does Iran’s 'resistance economy' welcome foreign money?
 
Will 'free financial center' lure foreign banks to Iran?
 
Asian and European banks are still shunning Iran — and Tehran blames the U.S.

Iran's Pasargad Group weighs $330 million IPO of energy unit.
 
Iran cuts crude prices vs Saudis, Iraq in market share fight.
 
Art and culture

A review of IRAN X CUBA: Beyond the Headline, curated by Roya Khadjavi.


Iran's kaleidoscopic ceilings.
 
Director talks about new documentary exploring Iran's underground techno scene.
 
Nine Iranian animated shorts to participate in Cannes Film Festival.
 
What life looks like in Canada's 'Tehranto,' where 100,000 Iranians live.
 
History

Check out a book review for Andrew Scott Cooper’s The Fall of Heaven.

When Khamenei fought Khomeini over Mousavi—and lost.

 
Science and medicine

A grand, but faulty vision for Iran's water problems.
 
Iran through the eyes of a teenage amateur astronomer.
 
Other

Regime-approved matchmaking website promotes dating with traditional values.
 
Iran revs up for its latest Holocaust cartoon contest.
 
U.S. Holocaust Museum calls on Iran to disavow cartoon contest.
 
Check out the trailer for “Alone through Iran - 1144 miles of trust”.
Events
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