Iran, also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With 82 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Its territory spans 1,648,195 km, making it the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world.
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  • Iranian tanker sought by US heads to unknown destination
    Miami Herald

    Iranian tanker sought by US heads to unknown destination

    Iranian tanker sought by US heads to unknown destination An Iranian supertanker hauling $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects to be tied to a sanctioned organization lifted its anchor and begun moving away from Gibraltar late on Sunday. The trail left by GPS data on, a vessel tracking service, showed the Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1, previously known as Grace 1, moving shortly before midnight. The tanker slowly went south before steering eastwards toward a narrow stretch of international waters separating Morocco and the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. Iran's ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeidinejad, confirmed in a post on Twitter that the oil tanker


    LUCAS film festival to feature Iran's 'Walnut'

    Co-written by Haji-Gholami and Maral Sajjadi, 'Walnut' will vie along with seven other films at the festival's section of 'Feature Film Competition 8+'. “Fresh walnuts are irresistibly delicious! Soheil's and Vali's first act as new friends is to steal nuts from the aunt. During the loud and colorful wedding hustle and bustle in Soheil's mother's home village, this is not even noticeable. But a bad conscience is not far away: Soheil is terribly afraid to get black hands from the guilt, as one believes in the village,” a synopsis for the film reads, according to “And why didn't Soheil's father travel with him? Something is wrong with his parents. Then, in the silvery light of a lunar

  • Iran, China Expanding Tech Ties
    Financial Tribune

    Iran, China Expanding Tech Ties

    An Iranian delegation will visit China later this year to discuss the expansion of bilateral tech ties to bolster collaborations between innovative knowledge-based companies and startups. The Iranian delegation of tech authorities and directors of 50 knowledge-based companies, headed by Sorena Sattari, the vice president for science and technology, will attend a five-day meeting on Nov. 10-14 in Shenzhen, China. According to the vice president's office, the event will provide an opportunity for the two countries to discuss possible collaboration opportunities in different tech areas. China is a major trade partner of Iran. However, collaborations have been mostly focused on exports of natural

  • $1.7b Invested to Build 20 Power Plants in Iran
    Financial Tribune

    $1.7b Invested to Build 20 Power Plants in Iran

    With total capacity of 3,000 megawatts, the plants are under construction in 13 provinces, the Energy Ministry news portal Paven reported Reza Ardakanian as saying. Steam-powered plants, gas-powered stations and combined-cycle plants comprise 80.8% of the total electricity production of 81 GW.

  • Iran's H1 Trade With EU Tumbles 76%
    Financial Tribune

    Iran's H1 Trade With EU Tumbles 76%

    Trade between Iran and EU member states during the first half of 2019 stood at €2.56 billion to register a 76.01% plunge compared with last year's corresponding period. Germany, Italy and the Netherlands were Iran's top three trading partners in the European bloc with bilateral exchanges standing at €777.32 million, €451.63 million and €260.82 million respectively. Iran's trade with Latvia (€1.63 million), Germany (€777.32 million) and Romania (77.18 million) increased by 475%, 278% and 177% respectively year-on-year, which were the highest among EU states. Trade with Malta (€147,233), Slovakia (€2.36 million), Greece (€21.63 million), Portugal (€6.14 million) and Finland (€16.32 million) saw

  • Iran's Regulated Forex Market a Step in the Right Direction
    Financial Tribune

    Iran's Regulated Forex Market a Step in the Right Direction

    A former governor of the Central Bank of Iran says the regulated foreign exchange market would be a significant step by the CBI toward a single rate currency.  Welcoming the positive aspect of the market, Tahmaseb Mazaheri commended the “brave and serious” central bank's measure in rewriting the long-awaited currency policy.  “Launching the regulated market is the second loop in the chain of unifying forex rates after correcting currency prices,” he told a radio program, Fars News Agency reported.    Subscribe to the Financial Tribune to continue reading this article or Log in to your account if you are already a subscriber. Find out more about our subsciption plans here.

  • Images show increased activity at Iran satellite launch site
    The Detroit News

    Images show increased activity at Iran satellite launch site

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite U.S. accusations that the Islamic Republic's program helps it develop ballistic missiles. Satellite images of the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan province this month show increased activity at the site, as heightened tensions persist between Washington and Tehran over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. While Iran routinely only announces such launches after the fact, that activity coupled with an official saying a satellite would soon be handed over to the country's Defense Ministry suggests the attempt will be coming soon. “The

  • UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world's highest
    San Francisco Chronicle

    UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world's highest

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children. Javaid Rehman said in a report to the General Assembly circulated Friday that while the number of executions was the lowest since 2007, "the number of executions remains one of the highest in the world." The significant decline, he said, is attributed to enforcement of a 2017 amendment to Iran's anti-narcotics law that saw the number of executions for drug-related offenses drop from 231 in 2017 to at


    Iran names 'Finding Farideh' for 2019 Academy Awards consideration

    This is the first time that Iran names a documentary to compete for the best foreign language film award at the Oscars, IRNA reported. The committee which selected 'Finding Farideh' as Iran's representative at the Oscars 2020 was comprised of Fereshteh Taerpour (producer), Fatemeh Motamed-Aria (actress), Abolhassan Davoodi (director), Touraj Mansouri (cameraman), Rasoul Sadr-Ameli (director), Amir Esbati (designer), Morteza Razzaq-Karimi (producer), Mehrzad Danesh (critic) and Raed Faridzadeh, the director of international affairs of Farabi Cinema Foundation.    The film is about Farideh, an Iranian woman who was adopted by a Dutch family during her childhood in a Tehran orphanage. In this film,


    MP: Iran's gov't must submit bill on changing budget structure

    Speaking to Tasnim News Agency, Asadollah Abbasi pointed to the economic sanctions against Iran's oil sector and said the administration and Parliament should prioritize reducing the country's dependence on oil revenues, especially in the current situation. “We expect the administration to conclude the bill that would change the budget's structure and submit it to Parliament by next month,” he said. After the Parliament passes the bill, the budget for the coming years will be outlined on the basis of the items in the bill, the lawmaker added. He further emphasized that given the current conditions of the country and the existing economic issues, the budgetary process should be changed so that

  • Reuters

    Iran says U.S. move on north Syria safe zone is "provocative"

    A U.S. agreement to set up a safe zone in northern Syria, a close ally of Iran, is "provocative and worrisome", the Iranian foreign ministry was reported to have said by the semi-official Fars news agency. The United States and Turkey last week agreed to set up a joint operations center for a proposed zone along Syria’s northeast border.


    Afghanistan, Iran to sign energy cooperation deal

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan and Iranian officials have discussed electricity extension to border districts of the two countries and would sign a deal in this regard over the next two days, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) said on Sunday. DABS in a...

  • Constraining Iran Requires Ending its Colonization of Arabistan
    The National Interest

    Constraining Iran Requires Ending its Colonization of Arabistan

    Iran’s meddling across the Middle East is increasing. Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen seize ships, Iranian proxies fire missiles into neighboring countries, and the Islamic Republic continues to seek a land bridge to the Mediterranean. Enabling Tehran’s malign outreach is its oil wealth. Iran possesses the fourth largest known oil reserves in the world. Eighty percent of Iran’s oil is found in Khuzestan, the southwestern province at the head of the Gulf. A century ago, the region—once known as Arabistan, or “land of the Arabs”—was practically independent under Sheikh Khaz’al bin Jabir. In 1925, however, the same year the shah changed Persia’s name to Iran, the shah kidnapped him and held him under house arrest in Tehran while Iranian troops moved into Khorramshahr (then known as Mohammerah). Occupation followed. Khaz’al never returned. In 1936, assassins murdered him in his sleep.Across administrations and both before and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, successive U.S. administrations recognized Iranian unity and effectively blessed Iranian conquest of the Arab emirate. Had U.S. policy instead recognized that Arabistan has its own history and people distinct from Iran, then it is unlikely that the Islamic Republic of Iran could sponsor the terrorism in which it now engages.For centuries, Persians used the term “Arabistan” to refer to what is now southwestern Iran simply because they recognized that it was ethnically and linguistically distinct. With many of Persia’s largest cities in the interior of the Persian plateau, Arabistan was also secluded, separated from the rest of Iran by the Zagros Mountains. Arabistan’s tribal governance was traditionally distinct from Iran’s monarchy and bureaucracy. The leaders of Arabistan were fine with their loose arrangement with Tehran, believing the protection of the Persian shahs to be preferable to subjugation, harassment and economic exploitation by Ottoman Turks. Indeed, Iranian shahs took little interest in Arabistan until the discovery of oil there in the first decade of the twentieth century.Iranian leaders often claim to defend victims of oppression and discrimination across the region, whether they be Shia communities in other countries or the Palestinians in conflict with Israel. Despite their lofty rhetoric, they have failed to address their own oppression and discrimination against the Arabs whose oil-rich land they have exploited for decades. The discrimination is vast: Ethnic Arabs in Arabistan are not allowed to name their children Arabic names unless they were also the names of major Shia figures. Amnesty International has chronicled the disappearances and executions of ethnic Arabs across the province, as authorities in Tehran seek to complete their slow-motion ethnic cleansing.Both the United States and its regional partners appear perplexed at how to respond to increasing Iranian aggression. They have tried all the usual diplomatic and economic mechanisms of statecraft, but most do not want war with Iran. Still, despite the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure campaign,” Iranian officials siphon off enough oil to fund and to continue their support for insurgencies and terrorism campaigns. Perhaps, then, the time is now to deny Iran the resources it wastes, restore regional stability, and right a historic wrong by setting Arabistan free.Sheikh Abdullah Al Khazaal is the grandson of Sheikh Khaz’al and a graduate of New York University Abu Dhabi.Image: Reuters.

  • Kuwait says emir recovered from 'setback'

    Kuwait says emir recovered from 'setback'

    Kuwaiti state media on Sunday reported Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah had "recovered", shortly after Iran's foreign minister indicated that the 90-year-old was unwell. The emir "has recovered from a setback and is in good health now", Kuwait's official news agency KUNA said, citing a palace statement, without specifying the nature of the "setback". Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had earlier on Sunday wished Sheikh Sabah a "speedy recovery" after talking with the Gulf state's officials.

  • Yemen Huthi rebels appoint 'ambassador' in Tehran

    Yemen Huthi rebels appoint 'ambassador' in Tehran

    Yemen's Iran-linked Huthi rebels have appointed an "ambassador" in Tehran, a step condemned by the internationally recognised government as a breach of international laws. The Islamic republic made no announcement about accepting the appointment of an ambassador for the Huthis, who control the Yemeni capital Sanaa and much of the north. Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi severed diplomatic relations with Iran in October 2015, accusing Tehran of providing military aid to the rebels.