Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a cleric who served as president of Iran from 1989 to 1997, died on January 8, 2017, at age 82, in a hospital in northern Tehran after suffering a heart attack. A US State Department official described Rafsanjani as a "prominent figure" and said in a statement, "We send our condolences to his family and loved ones."
Rafsanjani was a towering figure in Iranian post-revolutionary politics. In addition to serving as the Islamic Republic’s president, he was a former speaker of the Parliament, chairman of the Assembly of Experts, chairman of the Expediency Council, and head of Iran’s military forces during the Iran-Iraq war.
A US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian boats on Sunday near the Strait of Hormuz, US Defense officials said Monday. Five Iranian vessels approached the USS Mahan and two other US ships that were entering the strait, according to accounts from four sources. The Strait of Hormuz is situated between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. The Mahan, a destroyer, fired warning shots and used radio calls, flares, bells and whistles to signal to the ships to stay away. (CNN)
Both the original Persian and English translation of the Fars News article are below. For Ms. Lester's commentary in her original text/wording, please see the Huffington Post article.
افسانههای آمریکا درباره ایران نادرست است/ ایران نه تنها عقب مانده نیست بلکه کشوری دوستداشتنی است
به گزارش گروه بینالملل خبرگزاری فارس، خانم «استفنی لستر» مدیر شورای ایرانیان آمریکا در گزارشی ضمن اشاره به سفر امن خود به ایران عنوان داشت: آمریکاییها تمایل دارند ایران را به عنوان کشوری عقب مانده، فرو رفته در افراطگرایی و مخالف مدرنیته معرفی نمایند.
وی در ادامه با معرفی خود به عنوان زنی آمریکایی _یهودی که اخیرا به ایران سفر کرده و به تنهایی ده روز را آنجا سپری نموده، به یافتههای خود که خلاف ادعاهای ضد ایرانی است اشاره کرده و نوشت: ایران کشور امن، زیبا با مردمانی مهمان نواز به ویژه با گردشگران آمریکایی است.
As part of AIC's goal to help remedy misconceptions about Iran and separate truth from fiction, we are pleased to announce an educational partnership with IMVBox.com in their work relating to Iranian cinema and theatre.
As part of this partnership, we are able to offer our members one free month of unlimited access to IMVBox.com. Just click here and use promo code R51E.
With over one thousand streaming films, IMVBox.com is the largest "online cinematheque," and the only legal platform for digital content from Iran. They showcase a large selection of recent award-winning Persian-language visual material, including features, documentaries, shorts and plays.
AIC applauds IMVBox's mission to "paint a true picture" of Iran, and shares in the hope that film can "unlock the spellbinding, often misunderstood, complexities of Iran's proud culture and raise awareness about realities of life in the Middle East."
In July 2015, the United States partnered with other members of the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom) along with the European Union and Iran to sign the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The plan was officially implemented in January 2016, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury issued numerous accompanying documents as guidelines on the JCPOA.
Both due to - and also despite - this abundance of language, there is often confusion surrounding what is and is not permitted in U.S.-Iran business operations under the new agreement. Hence, this article seeks to clarify some of these guidelines. Imagine this as “OFAC 101.”
Iran has long had its share of environmental issues including air pollution, water management, and the effects of climate change. But in 2016, major developments in environmental policy in Iran helped boost the country’s “green” status. For instance, Iran passed the Clean Air Bill, imposing fines on excess air pollution, and became the 106th nation to ratify the Paris Agreement in early November 2016. Additionally, the Iranian Department of Environment endorsed several successful environmental campaigns such as “Car-Free Tuesday” and a plan to protect the Persian Leopard.
Since implementation of the JCPOA, Iran’s environmental protection sector has also seen an increase in foreign investment. For example, in 2016, Iran and Germany signed a memorandum of understanding to construct environmentally friendly housing in Hashtgerd and Isfahan. Member of the Board of Instructors at Düsseldorf University in Germany Fereydoun Bodaghi says that Iran could soon attract over $20 billion in investments, and notes that the environmental protection sector seems one of the most promising areas.