Why should Iran talk to Trump?
Vali Asr writes in the Atlantic that on August 6, Donald Trump’s administration reimposed economic sanctions on Iran that Barack Obama’s administration had lifted when it signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015, the anticipated next step following Trump’s decision to leave the deal in May. Since then, the Trump administration has talked about bringing more economic pressure on Tehran not only to end its nuclear ambitions, but also to curb its regional influence and even weaken the Islamic Republic’s hold on power, which led many to see U.S. policy as one aimed at regime change.
Music in Iran is a man’s world
The leader of a women’s music band in Iran says: “Sadly, music and its pursuit is a man’s world like everything else in Iran.”
“Jafar Khan returns from abroad”
“Jafar Khan returns from abroad” is a 1921 play written by the late Hassan Moghaddam. It has been staged on numerous occasions before and adapted for film by Ali Hatami. The play will be staged during the Iranian Nowruz New Year again this year at the Sang-e Laj Theater, from 21 March-20 April.
Most popular player in Iran football history
The football Ranker website mentions that Ali Karimi is now the most popular player in the history of Iranian football. Mahdi Mahdavikia, Ali Daei, Sardar Azmoun, Ashkan Dejageh, Ahmadreza Abedzadeh, Karim Bagher, Nasser Hezaji, Andranik Teimurian, and Reza Ghuchanzadeh rank 2nd to 10th place respectively.
Iran produces 1.9% of world science
Head of the Education Evaluation Organization of Iran, Dr Ebrahim Khodaei, has announced that 1.9% of world science is produced in Iran, while Iran has only one percent of the world's population.
Permit no permit - voices without permits silenced
The news was regretful. At last, after a year and a half from the death of Habib Mohebian, popular singer in the pop music genre, permit was issued to publish his album in Iran. Pop music became known in Iran with Habib. Iranian singer of pop music who lived many years of his life in the United States; however, in 2009 he returned to Iran to live and work the remaining years of his life here. It was said that some officials in the administration of the former President Ahmadinedjad had given him promises to allow him to work in Iran and so he returned.
President Rouhani Christmas greetings to Pope
In a message to Pope Francis, the Iranian President has sent his greetings for Christmas and the New Year, saying: “I hope that in the New Year, we will witness the eradication of all evil, ugliness, discrimination, and poverty for humanity.”
Stanford University Maryam Mirzakhani Scholarship
Stanford Department of Mathematics has set up a USD 800 thousand scholarship for graduate studies in memory of its former Professor, Maryam Mirzakhani.
Scholarship founders have been named as Rouzbeh Yassini and Anousheh Ansari by the University.
Five bands perform in Tehran
With the end of the mourning period for the two lunar months of Muharram and Safar in Iran, five bands from Austria, Germany, Sweden, and Azerbaijan will play their fusion and traditional music in Tehran in December.
In Memoriam of Ali Asharaf Darvishian
Ali Asharaf Darvishian was a prominent author and researcher of Persian popular literature who wrote for the people. He left this mortal world on 26 October 2017.
Popular baby names in Iran
The civil registration office of Iran has published its statistics for the most popular names parents chose for their babies in the first six months of the current year. Amir-Ali tops the boys’ name among Iranian families and Fatemeh is the most popular name for girls.
Tales and Legends of the World in Iran
“Popular French Stories” was published and added to the new edition of the collection “Tales and Legends of the World” including the myths and folks of Italy, Turkey, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Mongolia formerly published in 2002.