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Week of October 14th

“This [Iran] agreement condemns the next generation to cleaning up a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf... This is the greatest appeasement since Chamberlain gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler.”                                                 

                                                             – Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), in a leaked email to                                                                       Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta


Podesta then replied back, "Yup."

 Domestic Politics
Iran’s World Cup qualifying match with South Korea coincided with a day of mourning, which led to an incredible controversy (New York Times). The game took place on the eve of Ashura, a Shiite holiday that honors the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. Senior clerics from the holy city of Qom and hardliner government officials pushed for the match to be canceled since it wasn’t appropriate for spectators to cheer for Team Melli. As a compromise, those pushing for the match’s cancellation urged soccer fans not to cheer the Iranian team or celebrate a victory, as they interpreted any expression of celebration as an insult to Shiite Islam. State media told spectators to wear black and to shout “Ya Hossein!” rather than cheer or sing soccer songs, when Tehran scored. Even the pre-game entertainment, which typically features Islamic pop singers who sing about God and love, was performed by two prominent religious chanters.

Despite the somber mood at Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Iran defeated South Korea 1-0.

An Iranian eulogist is in trouble for saying in a television interview that Imam Hossein used to swear (Al-Monitor).

The female vice president of Iran came under fire for shaking hands with a male German politician—except he turned out to be a she (The Independent).

 Foreign Policy

Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden, where the U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on areas controlled by Houthi rebels (Reuters). The U.S. military strikes were in response to failed attacks on a U.S. Navy destroyer earlier this week.

According to Tasnim News Agency, “Iran's Alvand and Bushehr warships have been dispatched to the Gulf of Aden to protect trade vessels from piracy.”

Iran offers to treat wounded from Yemen funeral air strike (Relief Web).

 Iran Deal

The U.S. Treasury Department issued new guidelines on foreign entities doing dollar transactions with businesses in Iran (Bloomberg). The new guidelines allow such deals with Iranian entities that aren’t under sanctions even if they are minority owned or controlled by an Iranian or Iran-related person on the sanctions list.

The Treasury Department clarified that the relaxing of rules doesn't ease remaining sanctions on Iran and doesn’t represent additional sanctions relief (AP).

Republican lawmakers slammed the eased restrictions on business with Iran (Times of Israel).

Meanwhile, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said the implementation of the Iran Deal is “still fragile” (Reuters). He added that “small technical mistakes, small failures in implementation can become big political issues that could have a large negative influence on the agreement.”

 Trade + Economy

Royal Dutch Shell signed a deal with Iran's National Petrochemical Company (AFP). Shell once had a presence in Tehran but was forced to cease trade in 2010 due to sanctions. The Dutch oil company has resumed purchases of Iranian oil in June. At a signing ceremony, Shell's Vice President Hans Nijkamp said the oil company seeks "a long-term presence in Iran." Shell is just one of many oil giants competing to return to Iran’s market (Trend News Agency).

Since the Iran Deal was adopted, China, India, Japan, and South Korea have dramatically boosted their imports of Iranian oil (Wall Street Journal).


Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian woman who was once imprisoned for attending a men’s volleyball game in Tehran, asked U.S. chess champion Nazí Paikidze not to boycott next year’s world championship in Tehran (The Guardian). Ghavami extended an invitation to Paikidze to visit Iran – and see how Iranian women combat oppression every day.

Other Iranian women grandmasters say the boycott won’t help women in their country (New York Times).

Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh also weighed in on the chess controversy (In Persian, Facebook).

Also, Shirin Gerami is determined to be a triathlete, even if it means wearing a hijab (NPR).

Yazid + Al-Ziad + Al-Marvan + Omar Saad + Shemr = Al-Saud

This cartoon equates Saudi Arabia's King Salman Al-Saud with being the sum of all the enemies of Shiite Islam. It also accuses the Saudi monarch of crimes against Yemen and support for ISIS (on website).


+ Journalist Ehsan Mazandarani released for medical treatment.

+ Narges Mohammadi’s latest prison term aimed at 'instilling fear,' says exiled husband.
+ Fears that child bride Zeinab Sekaanvand will be hanged.

How war on internet freedom saw a web developer branded a paedophile and jailed

+ Son of jailed journalist: “The supreme leader is to blame for my father’s poor health”.
+ Civil society activist Atena Daemi, "I will not stand silent".

+ Yesterday marked the one year imprisonment of Iranian-American Siamak Namazi.

UK urged to take Iran to international court over woman's jail sentence.

+ UN special rapporteur urges Iran to free three dual nationals.
+ Canadian-Iranian professor: I survived imprisonment by studying my captors.
+ Reality versus conspiracy: deconstructing Iran's case against Nizar Zakka.

+ 129 Baha’is deprived of higher education.
+ Schoolgirls flogged in Baluchestan after failing to pay tuition.

Five reasons Hassan Rouhani will be president for another term.
Iranian commander breaks silence on wartime arms imports.

+ Rouhani’s opponents take aim at concerts.

New site by group of young Iranians to raise awareness about sexual issues and STDs.

Iran breaks up ISIS bomb plot targeting Ashura.


+ Iranians get lessons in U.S. politics from Trump, Clinton and ‘House of Cards’.

+ It’s time to negotiate with Iran over Syria.
Iran's FM calls for an “immediate and lasting humanitarian ceasefire” in Syria

+ When will Iran abandon Bashar Al-Assad?

Amid Syrian chaos, Iran’s game plan emerges: a path to the Mediterranean.

Is Turkey ditching Saudi Arabia for Iran?

Post-nuclear deal, Iran tries to jump start ties with southeast Asia.

Albanians fearful of radicalised Mojahedin Khalq neighbors deserve more information.


Sign of thaw with Iran: AT&T cellphones ringing in Tehran.
Campaign carnage and the Iran nuclear agreement.
Obama administration draws criticism over Iran investment policy.
Sanctions removal owing to the nation's patience, says Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.


Finance minister says Iran seeks 'resilient' economy.
Why Iran’s central bank can’t control money markets.

Seven Iran PSPs among largest 150 acquirers worldwide.
Iran's economy has potential to grow quickly, but short-term fortunes are hard to predict.

IMF forecasts inflation in Iran at 7.2% in 2017, a .2% drop from this year.
Iran's geothermal power plant launch slated for 2017.
Iran offers attractive investment opportunities for Oman.
Malaysian firms invited to Iran’s energy, industrial projects.
Iran ready to export steel and oil to Vietnam.
Tehran keen on buying more Thai rice.
New German-Iran trade triggers Persian rug resurgence.

Iran is stuck with China to finance its oil dreams.


Talking art, war, and Iranian identity with Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar.

+ In memory of Simin Daneshvar, Simin Behbahani, and Forough Farrokhzad.
Meet the world’s smallest tea-house in the heart of Tehran's grand bazaar.


It’s time to release the real history of the 1953 Iran coup d'etat.

 + Google authenticator comes to Iran after a long delay due to technology sanctions.
+ With a €20 million, Series A Snapp opens up ride-sharing in Iran.


Rare, venomous sea snake invading Iran's coast.


+ British-Iranian charity worker trapped in India after being accused of killing a missing girl.
+ Truck smashes through 8 cars after going the wrong way up a one-way street in Iran

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