One of the officials in charge of the restoration of Urmia Lake in western Iran has said the surface area of the lake will be 4200-4400 square kilometers based on the world ecological index. He added that the remaining areas of the lake which are not under water will be covered with mulch and shrub plantations in order to contain dust particles.
It was 14 July 2017, when it was reported in the news that Maryam Mirzakhani the Iranian professor of mathematics at Stanford University and the first woman winner of the Fields Medal, has passed away from cancer at the age of 40.
The head of Iran’s national center for strategic agriculture and water management studies has said: “Iran is only five years away from an all-encompassing water disaster as a result of 50 years of mismanagement.”
The Head of Tehran Jewish Community (TJC) pointed to the freedom of religious minorities in Iran, stressing: “Iran’s Jewish Community has no problems conducting its religious and cultural practices. Jewish schools and organizations conduct their activities freely in Iran.”
In the old times, most people in the rural areas of Iran used the “korsi” to keep warm in their homes. This was a device that brought family members closer and they sat around it and spent time together unlike the scattered modern lifestyle.
Iranian students in the US have started a campaign to contact senators asking them to stop legislation in Congress which will increase the time to change student visas to work permits and then to green cards for certain countries like Iran to ten to 15 years.
Louis Kiel, from Arkansas, US, once lived in a town where a number of the US presidents also lived including the Bushes (father and son), Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. She was surprised when she heard that Trump became President of the United States as she had heard that he was a shoe-shiner, a paperboy and a dancer in nightclubs.
The new Schiller album called “Morgenstund” which is fusion music recorded with Iranian musicians was released internationally in March this year. They have now started their tour in which Yalda Abbasi, Iranian woman musician, also plays the dotar.
A Russian affairs analyst in Iran believes: “The main addressees of Putin’s recent speech were Europe and the US. But, Russia will not take Iran’s side as tensions rise and, essentially, it is not in a position to help Iran.”