Afsaneh Safavi, the full professor of Chemistry at Shiraz University won the Lecture Medal from the World Academy of Sciences of Italy. Since 1996, the World Academy of Sciences for the developing countries (TWAS) every year awards the prized TWAS Lecture Medal in science and technology to one of the members of the Academy who had a significant contribution in advancement of science and technology. All of the developing countries and a number of European and American states are members of the World Academy of Sciences.
Asghar Farhadi has written a note on the recent unrests in Iran.
The text is as follows:
“Questions, humiliation, anger
Over the past days, a number of my friends and compatriots have been asking about my thoughts on the recent protests in my country.
Located at a distance of 1000kms south of Beijing, in the suburbs of Yangzhou, there is a little village which has kept its Persian aura after the passing of 600 years. This place is called “Busi Chuan” or the Parsian Village. It is surrounded by rivers and lakes, lush pine forests, and vast plains. Its inhabitants have a deep inner link with Iranians.
After the adoption of a bill to support people with disabilities, they can study at universities across Iran for free.
Based on the bill for the Protection of Disabled Persons, those who qualify can attend higher education centers tuition-free with no age limitations. These centers include those of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Islamic Azad University, and all other state and private centers who receive an annual budget for the project.
Parviz Parastui (Iranian actor and singer) said: “I am neither a traitor nor I’ll abandon my beliefs; however, when I see such events occurring in my country, I suffer; my work throughout the day has become watching the news and when I see that nearly a thousand types of accusations are directed toward my people, I suffer. People’s sorrow has caused me to suffer.”
Iran is putting behind ten days of protests. Although the capital Tehran and larger cities, such as Mashhad and Isfahan, are now relatively calm, yet unofficial news report continued unrest in smaller towns.
These days, Tehran Azadi (Freedom) Tower hosts the theater festival staged by inmates from prisons throughout Iran, and the 17th Prisons Theater Festival will stage street plays, scene theater, and will have sessions of reciting plays. Street theaters will be performed in the lower floor of Azadi Tower and scene theater at the tower’s main hall.
Mehrshad Kazemi, Head of Culture and Islamic Guidance Department of Tehran and Secretary to the 4th Award of Tehran announced the Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 3 January 2018, and said: “Like previous years, the aim of the Award is to honor Tehran researchers and create incentives for scientific-research in projects for the arts, society, history
The winter solstice “Yalda” and Christmas are celebrated around the same time in Iran every year. This year, the Spanish paper “La Vanguardia” writes: “Iranian Christians begin Christmas on the longest night of the year.”
Negar Qods-Kani, Iranian citizen resident in Australia, was illegally arrested 195 days ago on false charges brought by America. These have been the hardest 195 days of her life. She was pregnant when arrested and has now given birth to her first child in captivity.
The number of expensive cars in Tehran is not few. A lime gold Porsche 911 was recently seen on the streets of Tehran. Later, a picture of the latest Lamborghini (Gallardo Spyder) was published riding on the streets of Tehran. But recently, a picture of a Golden Lexus is shared among social networking users in Iran. The car is a prize in one of Tehran's passages.
This year, Dar Alfonun university celebrates the 166th anniversary of its establishment; 166 long years of memories and keepsake photos for its students. An exhibition of these has been organized at the Book and Documentaries Museum of Iran to commemorate these 166 years for one month.
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
Professor of arts and media studies at Université Paris III, Fahimeh Najmi, has released her book entitled “Le Théâtre, L'Iran et L'Occident” [The Theater, Iran, and the Occident] in Paris on 11 April 2018.
Seventy-eight years ago, on 24 April, the first radio transmitter in Iran began broadcasting from the old Shemiran road studios in Tehran. Exactly on 24 April, 1940, a radio service started which presented programs such as news, Iranian music, cultural and artistic subjects, history and geography for eight hours a day. The service was only for Tehran, and for this reason became known as “Radio Tehran”.
With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States and Director General of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency Prince Turki al Faisal debated Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators and chairman of the foreign policy committee of Iran’s National Security Council. The lively discussion touched on each country’s view of its security environment and the broader issues affecting the Iran-Saudi relationship. LobeLog has obtained the full transcript of the conversation, and the following is an abbreviated excerpt covering the key points.
Iran's foreign minister said Monday that neither Iran nor Saudi Arabia can be the dominant power in the Middle East and what's needed most is for countries in the Persian Gulf region to talk to each other — not about each other.