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Week of March 18th
More elections
Iran’s second round of parliamentary elections is slated for April 29th to fill the remaining 69 out of 290 seats left. The first round took place on February 26th with major gains for the reformists and pragmatists.

Weeks after the parliamentary elections, several of Iran’s female parliamentarians are marred in controversy. Tehran’s MP Parvaneh Salahshouri, told an Italian journalist in a video that went viral in Iran and abroad, “It is our primary right to choose [whether to wear the Islamic veil]… the time will come [when women won’t have to wear it if they don’t want to]… It is a hard process to have the right choice.”

In a televised speech, President Hassan Rouhani defended the Iran Deal and slammed ‘revolutionary’ opponents who he accused of seeking their own interests and not that of the Iranian people. The president said, “What's the use of saying I am a revolutionary... Why don't we seek people's comfort and our country's glory?”

Read how Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's grandson Seyyed Hassan lost the election battle, but is winning the war.

The day Tehran shook: An analysis of Iran's recent elections.
 


Falling oil prices
The price of crude oil continues to fall as Tehran ignores calls for an output freeze. Since the implementation of the JCPOA, Iran has been pushing for levels prior to the imposition of sanctions. However, Tehran continues to be below pre-sanctions levels and the 6 million bpd it produced under the Shah.

Here are five reasons Iran will be able to wait out low oil prices.



Missiles Away
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take “punitive steps” on Tehran’s recent ballistic missile test. Iranian officials claim the missiles were defensive and did not violate UNSC Resolution 2231.

France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced Iran could risk EU sanctions over its recent ballistic missile launch.



Fire Jumping
On Tuesday evening, Iranians marked the ancient Zoroastrian tradition of Chahar Shanbeh Suri, a celebration on the last Wednesday before the Iranian New Year. During this year’s annual festival of fire three died, with over 2,500 injured around Iran.
While Iranian-Americans celebrated, even the LAPD got in on the fun.
Check out The Tehran Times’ Haft Seen around the city.

Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani does a skit on the correct way to spell Norooz (We still like it as “Nowruz,” how the U.S. Department of State spells it).
Other stories that made headlines
-- “Life in exile is like jail,” says journalist Ahmad Jalali Farahani.

-- The quiet arrest of a Baha’i student.

-- Release of dam water is an important step to save Lake Urmia.

-- The Iran Deal is working: What now?

-- Iran says it recovered information from US sailors’ devices.

-- Professor Abbas Milani on censorship before the Iranian Revolution.

 -- Iranian war photographers: what makes them click.

-- Tehran says U.S. court order on 9/11 compensation 'ridiculous'.

-- Why is Venmo blocking payments containing the word 'Persian'?

-- The IRGC's plan to win hearts and minds.

-- Iran denies top IRGC general called Saudi Arabia, not Israel, its enemy.
  
-- Saudi Arabia’s steady progress in Yemen forces Iran to take stock.

-- Who's at the controls of the bot army for #PowerfulIran

-- Iranian commentators try to explain Russia’s partial withdrawal from Syria.
 
-- Russia to ship first S-300 missile system to Iran in August-September.
 
-- Tehran keen to boost trade ties with Africa.

-- Iran welcomes Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, looks to boost trade

-- Iranian foreign minister meets with Kiwi counterpart on trip to New Zealand.

-- Iran dispatched medical team to help victims of ISIS chemical attacks in Kirkuk.

-- Iranians to splash up to $8 billion on overseas property.

-- Iran insurers to compensate women equally in road accidents.
 
-- Iran snatches six more golds at IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships.

-- How will Iran take care of its aging population?

-- Here are the latest movies coming out of Tehran’s Fajr Film Festival.

-- The story of artist and musician Reza Derakshani.
Events
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