AFP: When entering a music hall in the Iranian capital to hear a performance by folk diva Pari Zanganeh, one could be forgiven for thinking the venue was a top secret military installation.
At the door, uniformed security guards demand entrants to surrender cameras, mobile telephones and tape recorders. The aim is for nothing to leak out from the Jasmine festival, a series of singing performances by women that began in 1999.
The Globe and Mail: A senior official said yesterday that Iran has cleared up all the questions surrounding its nuclear program. Unfortunately, the official was from Iran.
The rest of the world has serious and growing doubts about Tehran's contention that its nuclear activities are purely peaceful. The International Atomic Energy Agency is still investigating how traces of enriched uranium that could be used for bomb-making found their way to Iranian nuclear sites ...
Radio Farda: The Islamic government has heightened its campaign against violations of the Islamic dress code, as more women appear in Tehran and other major cities dressed in tighter overcoats, displaying the curves of their bodies in violation of the Islamic dress code, according to a dispatch from Tehran by the Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
Washintgon Times: Media coverage of Iraqi politics paints a warped picture of the reality inside the country. A serious misunderstanding of Iraq is developing in the West. Muqtada al-Sadr is not a populist; the Najaf standoff has little to do with Iraqi popular will and everything to do with Iranian political muscle flexing.
Reuters: Iranian authorities have told an Iraqi reporter working for a Gulf-based television station he can no longer work as a journalist in Iran, his employer said today.
Abu Dhabi TV correspondent Najah Mohammed Ali is the second foreign journalist to fall afoul of Iranian authorities this year.
AFP: The door to Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi's home was forced open twice in the past 10 days, she said Wednesday, adding that she believed the break-ins were intended as a threat.
"I'm taking it as a threat, some people want to make me understand that, even at home, I am not secure," she told AFP.
Xinhuanet: Iraqi border and customs police foiled an attempt to smuggle weapon production lines to Iran in eastern Iraq of Diyala, the Al Sabah Al Jadid newspaper reported Tuesday.
The productions lines, remains of the former Iraqi institution of military industry, were disassembled and hidden under heaps of junk in six 16-ton-cargo cars.
Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles Times - Four brothers jailed for almost three years for allegedly supporting terrorists are not a danger to national security and cannot be deported to Iran, an immigration appeals board has ruled.
But it was a bittersweet victory for the Mirmehdis Mohammed, Mostafa, Mohsen and Mojtaba who were arrested Oct. 2, 2001, and are also challenging Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft's decision to hold them without bail.
AFP: One of Iran's main historical sites, the ancient Elamite capital of Susa, has been used for the secret nightly dumping of rubbish by the local municipality, a culture official in the area told AFP Tuesday.
AFP: Iraq's interim government on Tuesday refused an Iranian proposal to hold an emergency regional summit to discuss Najaf, where US-led Iraqi troops have led a fierce assault against Shiite Muslim militiamen.
AFP: Iraqi Vice President Ibrahim al-Jafari made a surprise visit to Iran on Tuesday to meet officials of the Islamic republic, state television announced.
Jafari held talks with President Mohammad Khatami during his impromptu visit, which had not been announced by either side, the TV said, showing pictures of Jafari in the northeastern Shiite holy city of Mashhad.
Chicago Sun Times: A leading human rights group on Tuesday denounced Iran's reported public execution of a teen girl in a controversial chastity case.
The judge in the case said he was punishing the 16-year-old for her "sharp tongue," according to the Iran Focus Web site.
Washington Times: Since the battle of Najaf suddenly erupted about two weeks ago, with fierce fighting raging between followers of Shi'ite maverick cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the U.S. military, the question often arose as to why this battle was taking place.
Iran Focus: A new wave of crackdown against young people, particularly girls, has been launched by the Iranian security forces in conjunction with other security services under the pretext of campaign against symbols of public corruption and improper veiling.
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