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Downtism Café – A special café for special youngsters
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Downtism Café – A special café for special youngsters

A small coffee shop with seven tables and walls covered in children’s warm, colorful paintings, a large organ in a corner played by the delicate hands of a boy and a singalong - I am happy and free and grateful - a few girls and boys in their blue and white uniforms serving the customers while accompanying the organ player with the sing-song, moving to the music, and smiling at you with faces looking alike as if they will never grow up… a few shaky hands behind the counter making coffee and serving chocolate cake. This is Downtism Café in the middle of Tehran which is run by girls and boys with down syndrome and autism.

International Workers’ Day
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International Workers’ Day

May 1st is International Workers’ Day. This day has always been coupled with marches and workers’ protests in Iran. The Workers' House in Tehran saw the gathering of large numbers of laborers from various vocations today to protest not receiving a license to stage protests and claim their rights, such as insurance and incomes not matching the rising costs of living.  

Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution
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Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution

Earth Day 2018 has announced its slogan for this year to be end plastic pollution. According to the Iranian Department of Environment Portal (PAM), 22 April has been named as Earth Day, and this year’s global slogan is to end plastic pollution. PAM slogan is “No to plastic bags”.  

Olive green color of the year in Iranian fashion
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Olive green color of the year in Iranian fashion

Color is a defining factor in design and the choice of clothing. The global fashion industry goes to lengthy measures every year to select a particular color for men, women, and children’s fashion, not necessarily in tune with the culture, climate, and individuality of those who wear it worldwide. This year, however, the organizers of the 7th Fajr Fashion Festival in Tehran have announced in an innovative move that the color of the year will be olive green here – a color close to parts of nature and climatic conditions of Iran.  

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Devoted farmer hospitalized

2017/11/28

Rizali Khajavi, known as the devoted farmer to most of us, has been hospitalized for kidney failure. Azbar-Ali Hajavi, nicknamed Rizali Khajavi, has been in our school books for decades now. He came to be known as the devoted farmer in our elementary literature books throughout Iran.  

Baghcheban father of the deaf

2017/11/25

Jabbar Baghcheban is known as the father of the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Iran. He is the founder of the first school for the deaf in Iran, which he established in the city of Tabriz and called it “Baghche-ye Atfal” [The children’s garden], and thus became known as “Bagcheban” [gardener]. He passed away in 1966.  

Tesla and Volvo seek out 10-year old Iranian inventor

2018/01/06

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.

Iran needs good ties with the East and West

2018/11/04

 A university professor in the UK believes: “Iran must have closer ties with Europe for its economic development. But its security can be provided mostly by China and Russia. This requires a little subtlety in the ‘Neither East, Nor West’ slogan.”

Australian cultural attaché: Aussies happy with Iran trip

2018/10/06

Australian cultural attaché and second in rank, Hamish Leslie Reisen, has said that Australians are not very familiar with Iran and its tourist attractions, adding: “Planning cultural programs is one of the best incentives for Australians to travel to Iran; because, the image they have of Iran is impacted by the global news coverage. Good news from Iran will surely attract their attention, especially about cultural links between the two countries.”

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Trump's sanctions bring fear to Iranian air travelers

2018/11/13

Houshang Shahbazi saved the lives of more than 100 passengers and crew in 2012 when he successfully landed a 747 commercial airplane with a disabled wheel carriage.

Farhadi’s “Everybody knows” Italy’s second bestseller

2018/11/13

The movie “Everybody knows”, directed by prominent Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, made its screening debut in Italy on 8 November 2018 in 288 theaters.

Iran Non-Oil Export's Biggest Growth Boosters, Laggards (Mar-Oct 2018)

2018/11/13

Iran's non-oil exports hit $27.22 billion during the seven months to Oct. 22 to register a 13% growth year-on-year
 

A roundabout to be named after Jabbar Baghtcheban

2018/11/13

A book launch of “The life and work of Jabbar Baghtcheban – Founder of children’s theater in Iran” has been held in Tehran.

Iran can participate in hosting the 2022 World Cup

2018/11/13

Qatar is considering offers from other countries to host teams during the 2022 World Cup, but no decision has been taken yet, the head of the organising committee told AFP on Monday.