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    This is a holiday more than tinged by royalty

    This is a holiday more than tinged by royalty

    March 17, 2017 Throughout the centuries, Now Ruz has been celebrated in royal fashion—which is one reason the founders of the Islamic Republic sought to downplay the holiday.…

    New UN rapporteur on human rights issues her first report

    New UN rapporteur on human rights issues her first report

    March 17, 2017 Reformists in Iran are under pressure, detainees face torture and abuse, and people are being executed at an “alarming” rate, the new UN monitor studying…

    Teen beaten for torn jeans

    Teen beaten for torn jeans

    March 17, 2017   A teen reports she was beaten by Iran’s morality police for wearing Western-style ripped jeans, which have become very hip with Iranian youth. The…

    Tidbits and Morsels

    Tehran loves islands

    Tehran loves islands

    March 17, 2017 Iran’s ambassador to Cuba, Kambiz Shaikh Hassani (photo), met with the leadership…

    Mortars shot into Pakistan

    March 17, 2017 The Express Tribune of Pakistan reports that nine mortar shells were fired…

    Trump still mulling

    Trump still mulling

    March 17, 2017 Yukiya Amano (photo), the director-general of the International Atomic Energy agency (IAEA),…

    Half of imports still subsidized

    March 17, 2017 An official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Catriona Purfield, told the…

    And the rains came

    And the rains came

    March 17, 2017 Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian (photo) says the rainfall this Persian year has…

    Religious sex

    March 17, 2017 A man and woman leading a religious sect the government says is…

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    Economy

    Rail fees halved to attract users

    Rail fees halved to attract users

    March 17, 2017 Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan have agreed to halve the rail freight charges between them in an effort to activate the North-South Transport Corridor, which aims…

    Gov’t taken 70% of cash in state-run pension funds

    March 17, 2017 The government has walked off with 70 percent of the funds in state-run pension funds, the deputy minister of cooperatives, labor and social welfare, Hojjatollah…

    Iran backtracks (a bit) on plan to ignore Opec quota

    Iran backtracks (a bit) on plan to ignore Opec quota

    March 17, 2017 Apparently embarrassed by its announcements that it would pump crude well above its OPEC ceiling in the coming months, Iran backtracked just a bit Monday…

    The Oil Patch

    The Oil Patch

    March 17, 2017 IT’S CHANGED! — After 3 1/2 boring months with little change in the price of an OPEC barrel, the long-awaited change has now arrived.  The…

    State agencies can’t count

    March 17, 2017 Iran has long been bedeviled by state agencies that issue statistics that are often conflicting.  The research arm of the Majlis has now called on…

    Oil cuts only half what pledged and shale ramping up

    Oil cuts only half what pledged and shale ramping up

    January 03, 2017 It was bad news for oil producing countries as the first reports on January output showed only about 50 percent compliance with promised cutbacks.  What’s…

    Diaspora

    State honors Iranian for fighting Styrofoam

    State honors Iranian for fighting Styrofoam

    March 17, 2017 An Iranian-American living deep in Trump country has just been given the Vanguard Agriculture Design award by West…

    Business exec came to US alone as an 11-year-old

    Business exec came to US alone as an 11-year-old

    March 17, 2017 Niloofar Razi Howe is a cop on the Internet.  But her path to being the chief strategy officer…

    Naderi replies to his social media critics about Oscar

    Naderi replies to his social media critics about Oscar

    March 17, 2017 Last month, retired NASA scientist Firouz Naderi joined Anousheh Ansari at the Oscars to accept Asghar Farhadi’s award…

    Quick trip to customs is slow trip to deportation

    Quick trip to customs is slow trip to deportation

    January 03, 2017 When Sara Yarjani handed her passport to an immigration officer at Los Angeles airport she was sure she’d…

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