Iran’s Vice-President has been awarded Italy’s Minerva Award in the section “Women in the World”

Masoumeh Ebtekar has been awarded Italy’s Anna Maria Mammoliti Minerva Prize on its XXV Edition Iranian Vice President and Head of the Environmental Protection Organization Masoumeh Ebtekar’s endeavors on political and environmental fronts have been recognized in Italy. The Minerva Prize, renamed in 2009 after its founder Anna Maria Mammoliti, an Italian journalist and social […]

Bloomberg and IBT: Business women in Iran – Ready for take off!

Excerpts of “Women in Iran Are Ready to Show They Mean Business” from Bloomberg.com: Women in Iran are ready to make career gains in a way few of their peers can in the Gulf Arab world. Thirteen years after Mona Hajialiasghar started out as an asset manager in Tehran, she’s chief operating officer of Kardan […]

Iranian Armenians rally in Tehran to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Thousands of Iranian Armenians rallied in Tehran on Friday, protesting in front of the Turkish Embassy to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Many in the crowd, who marched from the Armenian Church in Tehran to the Turkish Embassy, held signs in Farsi and English asking the international community to recognize the genocide, […]

Iran’s Environment Chief, the first woman to receive the Energy Globe Foundation award

Iran’s Vice President and Head of the Department of Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar has won the Energy Globe Foundation award for her long-term efforts in the field of environment protection. Wolfgang Neumann, the Austrian founder of the Energy Globe Foundation, took a trip to Iran to present the prize to Ebtekar, who is the first women […]

4th Christian-Muslim Summit in Iran: A dialogue against fanaticism and violence

Delegations of Anglican / Episcopal and the Roman Catholic Church, Shia and Sunni Islam,  gathered in Tehran from November 6th to November 9th for the fourth Christian-Muslim Summit of Religious Leaders to reflect and share ideas around the theme of “Respect for human dignity: the foundation for peace and security”. The summits began in 2007 […]

Winners of 2015 Farhang Short Film Festival in Los Angeles, California

Maryam Farahzadi’s The Role of Each Fret (Iran) was this year’s winning short film and awarded the top prize of $10,000. Commotion (Osyan) (Canada) by KAJART was the runner up and recipient of the $5,000 award. Rounding out the top three was Ali Azimi’s & Arash Ashtiani’s Prelude (Pishdaramad) (UK), which nabbed the $3,000 award. […]

Ten-year-old Iranian girl Fatemeh Mahallati honored at Japanese drawing competition

Ten-year-old Iranian girl Fatemeh Mahallati has won one of 45 first prizes in the international section of the 14th International Environmental Children’s Drawing Contest in Japan. Her work depicts a number of people working on a farm. “In my painting, I drew animals, flowers and people who are working on a farm and they are […]

Iran’s Christians celebrate Christmas (Text & Photos)

As Christians around the world celebrate Christmas, the holiday season is also observed in Iran, a predominantly Muslim nation where Christians make up less than 1% of the country’s approximate population of 77.5 million. Christmas trees decorated with red, green and gold gift boxes placed behind shop windows or at the entrances of different shopping […]

Austria honored Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami with Decoration for Science and Art

Austria awarded Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art. The medal was established in 1960 to honor international figures for their outstanding achievements in the fields of science and arts. During a ceremony held in Vienna Iranian director Kiarostami, molecular biologist Barbara Hohn and mathematician Bruno Buchberger received the Cross of […]