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    Netanyahu: Iran, IS, Hamas competing now for dominance in the Middle East

    Netanyahu: Iran, IS, Hamas competing now for dominance in the Middle East

    October 10-14 Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says the Islamic State, Hamas and Iran are locked in a competition to become the dominant Islamist power in the Middle…

    GIFT

    GIFT

    October 10-14 Russia has given Iran a four-century-old Iranian shield that was lost on a battlefield to the Ottoman Turks.  The shield is made of bronze with gold…

    Zarif rips regime rhetoric as trash

    Zarif rips regime rhetoric as trash

    October 10-14 Some of the rhetoric widely promoted in the Islamic Republic is too much for Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif. Zarif last week denounced talk that the US…

    Tidbits and Morsels

    Important call

    Important call

    October 10-14 One of the first things Ashraf Ghani (photo) did last week after he…

    Biggest guy in town

    October 10-14 The world’s largest passenger jet, the Airbus A380, flew into Imam Khomeini Airport…

    Bobby’s burger

    Bobby’s burger

    October 10-14 There’s a new burger restaurant in north Tehran.  It’s just a small place. …

    Luxury train

    October 10-14 The first luxury train from Hungary has carried 130 tourists into and around…

    Moving on

    Moving on

    October 10-14 Basketball player Hamed Haddadi (photo) will stay in China this season.  After being…

    Banks under assault

    October 10-14 There has been another massive hacker assault on 10 US banks in recent…

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    Economy

    EU wants Iranian gas—but no nukes

    EU wants Iranian gas—but no nukes

    October 10-14 The European Union is desperate to reduce its dependence on Russian natural gas, but the only large supply of untapped gas in the world is in…

    Gas storage will cut gas imports

    October 10-14 Iran’s gas company says the opening of the Shourijeh natural gas storage site in northeastern Iran will lower Iran’s need to import natural gas from Turkmenistan…

    Indian firm to open plant in Iran for pharmaceuticals

    Indian firm to open plant in Iran for pharmaceuticals

    October 10-14 An Indian pharmaceutical  firm, Cipla Ltd., has announced it will set up a manufacturing plant in Iran. Cipla will own a 75 percent stake in the…

    The Oil Patch

    The Oil Patch

    October 10-14 Two weeks ago, we quoted Mohsen Qamsari, the director of international affairs for the National Iranian Oil Co. (NIOC), as predicting that the price of oil…

    Gov’t declares recession has ended

    Gov’t declares recession has ended

    September 12-14 Iran’s recession has ended and the economy is growing once again, President Rohani and Economy Minister Ali Tayeb-nia proclaimed last week. Speaking at a ceremony last…

    Gas storage to warm north

    Gas storage to warm north

    September 12-14 Iran has formally inaugurated the largest gas storage facility in the Middle East, an initiative intended to guarantee for the first time that there is enough…

    Diaspora

    ‘Security Princess’ got to pick her own official title

    ‘Security Princess’ got to pick her own official title

    October 10-14 Parisa Tabriz is well-known as Google’s first line of defense—a paid hacker who leads a team of hackers dedicated…

    Try Agassi’s new menu

    Try Agassi’s new menu

    October 10-14 Tennis ace Andre Agassi is entering the restaurant business.  But it’s not Persian cuisine he’s pushing; it’s (maybe) Hungarian.  And…

    Tahmooressi still far from freedom

    Tahmooressi still far from freedom

    October 10-14 Contrary to recent rumors, Andrew Tahmooressi is not on the brink of being released from a Mexican prison, according…

    Canada to deport to Iran family that never lived there

    October 10-14 An Iranian family living in  Nova Scotia, on the far eastern end of Canada, is facing deportation after their…

     

    Quotable Notable


    Jimmy Carter,
    president of the United States from 1977 to 1981, talking on his 90th birthday of how he might have handled the hostage crisis differently:

    “I could’ve been re-elected if I’d taken military action against Iran, shown that I was strong and resolute and, um, manly and so forth.”