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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 when former Iranian President Muhammad Khatami spoke at Washington National Cathedral in the US. He called for a gathering of religious and cultural leaders from eastern and western perspectives. The first summit took place at Washington National Cathedral in 2010 and subsequent summits were held in Beirut in 2012 and in Rome in 2014.

At the closing ceremony, the participants issued a ‘Call of Action’ (full text here), in which they underlined the importance that Sacred Texts attach to love, kindness and compassion for fellow human beings, warning against misinterpreting these texts to wrongly justify violence, persecution, intimidation and hate. They called for a “re-reading, renewed comprehension and accurate teaching of our religious beliefs, values and principles, respectful of every human person, of human dignity, and of human rights and responsibilities”, adding that “the willingness to be self-critical can constitute a significant way to counteract fanaticism.”

The statement also condemned desecration of religious sanctities and committed themselves to “promote a culture of non-violence” and to “protect freedom of human thought, belief, and religious practice, by respecting human dignity of all persons.” It also included protection of religious minorities, stating that “the concepts of believer/non-believer, should not affect citizens’ rights and social relationships” and underlined the need for inclusion of women in inter-religious dialogue, promoting the culture of peace, and defending freedom of thought and religion.

The Call to Action was signed on behalf of the four delegations by Ayatollah Professor Sayyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad, director of Islamic studies at the Iran Academy of Sciences (Head of Shia delegation); Shaikh Dr Mahdi al-Sumaidaei, the Grand Mufti of Sunni Muslims in Iraq (Head of Sunni delegation); Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria (Head of Catholic Delegation); and Bishop John Chane, senior advisor on inter-religious dialogue to Washington National Cathedral in the US (Head of Anglican/Episcopal Delegation).

Sources: Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) I, ACNS 2,, IQNA, Mehr News Agency, Tehran Times, ISNA

Iran’s Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts: Exhibition

The 8th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts displayed at Saba Art and Cultural Institute works by over 200 Iranian and foreign artists coming from different countries including Tunisia, Pakistan, Turkey, Italy, Cuba and Kyrgyzstan.

The Niavaran Cultural Center hosted a side-section exhibit of calligraphy and miniature works under the title “Fajr and National Art” and a selection of documentaries focusing on different visual arts including painting, sculpture, miniature, pottery and ceramics was screened at the Saba Institute as well as at the cinematheque of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

A day dedicated to Mexican art, organized in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy, included thirty five lithographies by José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913), considered the precursor of Mexican folk art, photos by Tina Modotti (1896-1942) that reflect the struggle of the less privileged of the post-Mexican Revolution period and sculptures by Gabriela Rodríguez, fifteen pieces commemorating the International Year of Light, celebration promoted by Mexico at the United Nations.

Short video by PressTV dedicated to this year’s Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts:

Sources: Mehr News Agency (MNA) 1, MNA 2, IRNA 1, IRNA 2, Honar Online 1, Honar Online 2, Financial Tribune, Tehran Times 1, Tehran Times 2, El Universal (in Spanish)

Iranians gather in front of the French embassy in Tehran to show their sympathy for victims of Paris attacks (Photos)

Iranian People placed flowers and candles outside the ‪French‬ embassy in ‪‎Tehran‬ to pay tribute to the victims of the deadly attacks in ‪Paris‬ November 13. The ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Related article: Iran’s reaction to 9/11 as covered by global media


Youth Music Festival 2015 in Tehran, Iran – Part 2: Winners (Photos)

Close to 250 young musicians participated in this festival which was held in two main sections of classical and traditional Iranian music. The competition was held in three age groups ranging from 10-27 years old.

In the classical section, the highest number of instrumentalists played the piano, violin and guitar, while in the traditional section santur, tar and setar were mostly present. Traditional Persian music was held in eight sub-categories, including seven instrumental and a vocal section.

Related article: Youth Music Festival Practice & Performance (Photos) – Part 1

Sources:, MEHR | Photos,

12th International Open Chess Tournament “Avicenna Cup” in Hamedan, Iran (Photos)

The 12th Avicenna International Open Chess Tournament was organized by the Hamedan Chess Association and Iranian Chess Federation from September 2-9, 2015, in the Iranian city of Hamedan.

The event was an 11-round Swiss open with time control 90′ + 30″.

GM Oleg Korneev from Spain emerged a sole winner with 9.5/11 points, leaving the runner-up, 2015 Iranian champion GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, half a point behind.

The 15-year-old Parham Maghsoodloo clinched the bronze medal on a superior tie-break score, after sharing 3-7th place with 8.5 points. Maghsoodloo has just qualified for the FIDE World Cup 2015.

Top 10:

1 GM Korneev Oleg 2578 ESP 9.5
2 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2596 IRI 9
3 Maghsoodloo Parham 2447 IRI 8.5
4 FM Mousavi Seyed Khalil 2427 IRI 8.5
5 Mosadeghpour Masoud 2416 IRI 8.5
6 Dalir Alireza 2297 IRI 8.5
7 IM Asgarizadeh Ahmad 2402 IRI 8.5
8 GM Toufighi Homayoon 2400 IRI 8
9 Sedaghati Mehrdad 2238 IRI 8
10 Faghirnavaz Ali 2298 IRI 8

Sources: ISNA | Photos, MEHR| Photos, Tasnim | Photos,

Youth Music Festival 2015 in Tehran, Iran – Part 1: Practice & Performance (Photos)

Close to 250 young musicians participated in this festival which was held in two main sections of classical and traditional Iranian music. The competition was held in three age groups ranging from 10-27 years old.

In the classical section, the highest number of instrumentalists played the piano, violin and guitar, while in the traditional section santur, tar and setar were mostly present. Traditional Persian music was held in eight sub-categories, including seven instrumental and a vocal section.

Sources: MEHR | Photos,, 1, 2, Tavoos Online

Swedish center to screen works by female Iranian animators on September 9-10

Twenty short animations by female Iranian directors will be screened during a two-day festival, which will open at the Södran Cinema of the Mejeriet Cultural Center in the Swedish city of Lund Wednesday. On September 9-10 over 20 short animation films will be screened. Entrance is free but places are limited.

Iranian Animation Night in Sweden - Logo

Among the animations are “Man, Idol, Cat” by Mahnaz Yazdani, “The Role of Each Fret” by Maryam Farahzadi, “The Fan” by Fatemeh Sohani, “The Kitten” by Shiva Sadeq-Asadi and “White Pigeon Next to the Mirror” by Maryam Khalilzadeh.

The Iran and Sweden Cultural Exchange Association (ISCEA) has organized the festival entitled Iranian Animation Nights in Sweden in collaboration with Iran’s Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA). The festival will be held under the auspices of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University.

The ISCEA was established in Stockholm in 2014 to help cultural communities in the two countries to learn more about each other.

Related article:

Sources: Tehran Times,, Full Festival Program

London Iranian Film Festival – Saturday August 1st, 2015 – 3 Movies 1 Ticket

London Iranian Film Festival is the only annual festival to present Iranian cinema in the UK.  The festival aims to introduce the international community to the best of Iranian cinema.

Screenings: 3 Movies, 1 Ticket (Melbourne, I’m Not Angry, 360 Degrees)
Saturday 1st August
Time: 14:00- 21:00
Venue: Greenwood Theatre, King’s Venues, London, 55 Weston Street, London

Tickets are £18 if purchased in advance or £25 on the door (for all three screenings) and can be purchased at:

More info about Iranian cinema and successful movies: The other Iran | Cinema

3rd International Bayan Programming Contest in Tehran, Iran

A total of 10,266 computer programmers from 103 countries participated in the competitions hosted by Bayan knowledge-based company.

After a qualification round held online during October 9-12, 2014 and an elimination round that took place online on October 19, sixty contestants from the top 20 countries advanced to the finals.

The finals took place in Tehran on May 1st, 2014. Evgenii Kapun from Russia, Ali Haghani from Iran and Nikola Djokic from Switzerland stood first to third respectively. Full scoreboard here: | Final scoreboard

A total of 4,910 contestants from 54 countries participated in the contest during 2012-13.

About the contest
Talented programmers compete in solving problems inspired by real-world scenarios. Contestants are free to choose their programming language, which is not limited because of the output-only nature of problems. All accommodation expenses are covered by the company, while the flight expenses of the top ten participants will be met by the organizers.

About Bayan
Bayan is a privately held Information Technology and consulting company specializing in large-scale web applications. Bayan has developed many products and services since its establishment, including (hosted blog service), (web-mail service), (file hosting service), Sana (smart cloud storage system) and (meta search engine, focusing on retrieving relevant results for Persian search queries).
Awards: Best Iranian Software Company, Outstanding Iranian Brand in Information Technology, Organizational Excellency Award

Sources: Press TV, Iran Daily, Bayan | Contest,, | Egor, | BYN, ISNA | Photos

Video: Awarded Iranian American Chef Ariana Bundy’s beautiful introduction to Persian cuisine on TV at Nat Geo People on May 8th

Iranian American Chef Ariana Bundy TV Show in NAT GEO People Ariana's Persian Kitchen 2Ariana Bundy, an award winning Iranian-American chef and cookbook author of ‘Pomegranates & Roses’, visits the vast and fascinating country of Iran to re-discover her heritage. From the lush green mountains of the Caspian sea, to the golden deserts of Yazd, Ariana eats her way through Persian delicacies in Bazaars, pastry shops, restaurants, and people’s homes.

Cooking alongside local women in palatial homes, countryside and in villages. She meets chefs, bazaar traders, farmers, food bloggers and home cooks and recreates the recipes she picks up along the way in her home in Dubai, by using common ingredients and short cuts to create exotic feasts.

About Ariana Bundy
TV Chef and cookbook author Ariana Bundy was brought up in New York, London, Switzerland and Paris. She inherited her love of food and cooking from her grandparents – who grew cherries, plums, apricots, apples, wheat and barley, bred sheep and goats for dairy, and had beautiful vineyards producing prized grapes – and from her father, who owned the first fine-dining French restaurant in Iran and later in Beverly Hills.

Ariana was Head Pastry Chef for the Mondrian Hotel in LA. Graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and Le Notre in Paris, she trained at Fauchon Patisserie and attended the European Business School in London. She has cooked for celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, President Clinton, Brad Pitt and Madonna to name a few.


Sources: Payvand News of Iran, Tehran Times

Iranian startup Ponisha: The Heaven of Iranian Freelancers‏

Iranian Startup for freelancers PonishaThere are many international online outsourcing websites such as Freelancer, Odesk, and Elance but the major issues of Iranians with these sites, is online money transactions abroad: this process is almost impossible as Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal all are closed for Iranians, due to international sanctions.

Ponisha is the largest place for freelancers in Iran to get projects done and also to make money. It was launched in Dec, 2011 to help companies and individuals outsource their projects and hire people for short durations. It is also beneficial for entrepreneurs and startups to outsource technical parts of their projects.

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Nima Nourmohammady Founder and CEO at ‘’ and ‘’

Here is  Nima Nourmohammady, the founder of Ponisha:  “Most people usually look for full-time jobs in a company, but I believe freelancing can be a full-time job, and with some training in marketing and negotiation, anyone with any skill could become successful. The benefits are endless. Just imagine there is no boss. In this situation, you can work whenever or wherever you want and on whatever project you desire and still make more money than people with regular employment.”

Currently Ponisha has more than 50.000 freelancers, with 2400 completed projects and a revenue of 5,103,158,949 Rials ($157,000) for freelancers. Nourmohammady said that the main goal of Ponisha  is to expand. “Our main and most important target is to reach 1 million registered members. We keep adding features, updates and promotions to keep our customers satisfied. Most Ponisha’s growth comes from our organic growth and we are thankful to our users who keep introducing us to their friends and networks.”

Sources: | Ponisha: The Heaven of Iranian Freelancers‏,

German Jazz pianist and composer Joja Wendt performed in Iran

German Jazz pianist and composer Johan Wendt aka Joja Wendt performed in Iran at the 30th Fajr International Music Festival.

Check out the other performances in the Fajr International Music Festival here (lots of interesting photos)

Sources: Tehran Times,,, German Embassy in Tehran, IRNA | Photos


Photo gallery: Azeri singer Alim Qasimov performs in Iran with Tehran’s Wind Orchestra

Renowned Azerbaijani musician and singer, Alim Qasimov, gave a concert in the Iranian capital in a joint performance with Tehran Wind Orchestra.

Alim Hamza oglu Qasimov (born August 14, 1957) is an Azerbaijani musician and one of the foremost mugham singers in Azerbaijan. He was awarded the International Music Council-UNESCO Music Prize in 1999, one of the highest international accolades for music. His music is characterized by his vocal improvisation and represents a move away from the traditional style of mugham. Qasimov has recorded nine albums, three of which are mugham albums with his daughter, Farghana Qasimova.

Sources: Tasnim News | Photos, Wikipedia | Alim Qasimov

Iranian Movie “I’m Not Angry” wins at Asia Pacific Screen Awards held in Australia

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Iranian movie I’m Not Angry has won a prestigious prize at the 8th edition of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) festival held in Australia.

Directed by Reza Dormishian, the film was awarded the APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize at the 2014 edition of the festival. Dormishian along with the Australian producer Emile Sherman were announced winners of two major prizes of the event ahead of the 8th APSA ceremony on December 11.

Dormishian’s second feature film competed with Winter Sleep (Turkey, France, Germany), Leviathan (Russian Federation), The Owners (Kazakhstan), and Memories on Stone (Iraqi Kurdistan).

The film’s leading actor Navid Mohammadzadeh was also nominated for the best actor award of APSA.

“A stunning and heart-breaking love story, with convincing characters and settings, proving the talented filmmaker’s ability to control all aspects of his film, the image, performances and even editing for a maximum effect,” the NETPAC Jury said of the film.

I’m Not Angry narrates the story of a university student, Navid, who drops out due to his activities and beliefs. The social drama nabbed the Asian New Talent Award for Best Film and the Best Director Award at the 17th edition of Shanghai International Film Festival.

Other Iranian winners were Merila Zarei and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. Melbourne, directed by Nima Javidi, was nominated for the best screenplay award.

Merila Zarei won the best actress award for her role in Track 143. Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad was presented the event’s Grand Jury Prize for her ‘Tales’. The movie is composed of seven short episodes, in which Bani-Etemad reveals the fate of some of the main characters in her previous films like ‘The Blue-Veiled’, ‘Under the Skin of the City’ and ‘Mainline’.

Sources: Press TV, The Iran Project

Photos: Middle East’s largest planetarium opens in Tehran

The largest planetarium in the Middle East, Dome of Mina, was inaugurated on Monday October 6th.

The planetarium, which is located at Abbasabad neighborhood of Tehran, is designed as a sphere showing all stars, planets and other celestial bodies for entertainment and educational purposes, IRNA reported.


FIVB Volleyball World Championship 2014 – Iran leads Pool E ahead of France, USA, Poland, Serbia, Argentina, Italy and Australia

FIVB Volleyball World Championships - Iranian Players celebrating important win

FIVB Volleyball World Championships – Iranian Players celebrating important win

After yesterday’s matches, France stood at the top spot with 10 points from forth matches, and are followed by Poland (9 points), Serbia (9 points), Iran (8 points), the US (7 points), Argentina (3 points), Italy (2 points) and Australia (0).

Now Iran have 11 points and stand atop their Pool for the time being.

Three Iranian volleyball athletes were selected as the best blocker, the best setter and the best receiver at the end of the first round of the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship in Poland.

Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi was named as the best blocker, Capitan Saeid Marouf as the best setter, and Farhad Qaemi as the best receiver of first round of FIVB World Championship.

Series: Iranian Food – Kashke Bademjan

Kashke Bademjan

At an Iranian meal, you don’t look for the bread and butter. You look for the bread and eggplant. With fried onions, eggplant, and herbs, this creamy spread beats butter any day.

Forugh Farrokhzad – awarded and influential female Iranian poet and film director

Remarkable people with Iranian roots


Forugh Farrokhzad (Persian: فروغ فرخزاد‎;January 5, 1935 — February 13, 1967) was an Iranian poet and film director. Forugh Farrokhzad is arguably one of Iran’s most influential female poets of the twentieth century. She was a controversial modernist poet and an iconoclast
in 1962 she made a documentary film titled The House is Black won several international awards.
Translations of
Farrokhzad’s works:
Sholeh Wolpe edited the collection titled Sin: Selected poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, (Fayetteville [Arkansas]: University of Arkansas Press, 2007). ISBN 1-55728-861-5
Hasan Javadi and Susan Sallee translated Another Birth:Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad with her letters and interviews in 1981.Jascha Kessler with Amin Banani, “Bride of Acacias: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad” (Caravan Books, Delmar, N.Y., 1982) ISBN 0-88206-050-3Farzaneh Milani, Veils and words: the emerging voices of Iranian women writers (Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, N.Y., 1992). ISBN 0-8156-2557-X, ISBN 978-1-85043-574-7.A Rebirth: Poems

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Iranian vocalist Mohammadreza Shajarian to receive France’s highest honor

The living legend of Iranian traditional music Mohammadreza Shajarian will receive the medal of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in Paris next week.

Shahram Nazeri, another Iranian vocalist, received the honor on September 29, 2008 for the scholarly interest he has taken in the musical interpretation and vocalization of the transcendent lyrics of Rumi.

More about Shajarian

Mohammad-Reza Shajarian (Persian: محمدرضا شجريان‎) (born 23 September 1940) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Persian classical singer, composer and Ostad (master) of Persian music.[1][2][3] He has been called “Iran’s greatest living master of traditional Persian music.”[4] Shajarian is also known for his skills in Persian calligraphy, and humanitarian activities.

Shajarian was born in Mashhad, Iran, and started singing at the age of five, under the supervision of his father. At the age of twelve, he began studying the traditional classical repertoire known as the Radif.

Invention of New Musical Instruments

Shajarian has led the invention of many new Iranian classical music instruments, many of which were showcased in his 2012 concert tour with the Shahnaz Ensemble. Among these instruments are the Kereshmeh, the Saboo, the Saghar, the Sorahi, and the Tondar.

Awards and distinctions

  • One of NPR‘s 50 great voices.[6] (2010)
  • Nushin medal (2008)
  • The UNESCO award – the UNESCO Mozart Medal[7] (2006)
  • Nominated for Grammy award in Best World Music (2006)
  • Nominated for Grammy award in Best World Music (2004)
  • Iran’s best classical vocalist (2000)
  • Golden Picasso Medal (1999), one of UNESCO‘s highest honors
  • National radio and television golden cup (1977)
  • Prize presented by Turkish parliament speaker (1976)

FREEDOM: A SHARED DREAM – International Jury Announcement

Farhang Foundation announces the panel of jurors for the international urban art competition pertaining to the ideals of cultural freedom and human rights.

LOS ANGELES, July 1, 2014 — Farhang Foundation announces its collaboration with an esteemed panel of jurors for the international urban art competition to design a site-specific artwork that commemorates the concepts of religious diversity and freedom as human rights as inspired by the ideals of Cyrus the Great. The competition Freedom: A Shared Dream is an opportunity for professional artists, designers and architects from around the globe to create a monument to humanity which will be gifted to the city of Los Angeles as a permanent installation on behalf of the Iranian American community by Farhang Foundation.

The competition timeline will be as follows:

  • May 1, 2014 — Artist Qualification Application – Phase One
  • August 1, 2014 — Phase One Deadline

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Volleyball: Iran trounced powerhouse Poland 3-1 in the 2014 FIVB World League, a huge step towards the Final Six.

“Iranian spectators were fantastic and the fans were like Iran’s seventh player,” said Iran’s Serbian coach Slobodan Kovac.

“Iran deserved the victory as they played much better than us. I’m not happy with our performance. It was a good experience thanks to an amazing audience. We hope we can play better in the second match,” said Poland’s coach Stephane Antiga.
The hosts will take on visiting Poland again on Sunday.


Iran is currently in the second spot with 16 points, after Italy with 19, and is followed by Poland and Brazil each with 11 points.


Volleyball: Iran beats 4 time World Champion Italy in FIVB World League two times in a row

On Friday, Iran beat Italy in straight sets (25-18, 25-20, 25-15) at a packed Azadi Hall in Tehran.

and on Sunday:

Iran saw off Italy with a four-set (25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20) victory in the FIVB Volleyball World League Pool A match in Tehran’s Azadi Hall on Sunday afternoon.

Event at Asia House in London: “Real Fictions: Unlocking The Iranian Cinema”

Iranian cinema has its own distinct cinematic language that champions the poetry in everyday life and the ordinary person by blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality, feature film with documentary –  Rose Issa

Accompanied by clips from important films, this talk will unlock Iranian cinema and explore how its poetic, humanistic and visually striking style has led to it becoming one of the most important regional cinemas in the world today.

Please find attached a flyer containing more details. The following is a list of recommended films for pre-viewing: 

  • Where Is the Friend’s Home (1987), dir. Abbas Kiarostami
  • Crimson Gold (2003), dir. Jafar Panahi
  • Turtles Can Fly (2004), dir. Bahman Ghobadi
  • The Past (2013), dir. Asghar Farhadi 

Tickets for this event are available at the booking page for a £10 donation.

5000-year-old water system discovered in western Iran

An archaeological team led by Mrs. Leili Niakan has been carrying out a second season of rescue excavation since March after the Seimareh Dam came on stream, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.
The team plans to save ancients artifacts and gather information about the ancient sites, which are being submerged by the dam that became operational in early March.

Over 100 sites dating back to the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Copper Age, Stone Age, Parthian, Sassanid, and early Islamic periods were identified at the dam’s reservoir in 2007.

Afterwards, 40 archaeological teams from the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR) were assigned to carry out Iran’s largest rescue excavation operation on the 40 ancient sites at the reservoirs of the dam in the first season.

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German Iranologist Heidemarie Koch honored in Tehran

The Persian literary monthly Bokhara paid tribute to German Iranologist Heidemarie Koch, author of “Persepolis, Shiny Capital of the Persian Empire”, during a ceremony at the Mahmud Afshar Foundation in Tehran on Thursday.

Heidemarie Koch smiles during the ceremony in Tehran on May 29, 2014. Archaeologist Guntram Koch, who is Heidemarie’s husband, is also seen in the photo.

Speaking at the ceremony, Heidemarie Koch, a professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Marburg, talked about her interest in archaeology and the history of Iran.

She said that she was a teacher of mathematics but became familiar with archeology when she married Guntram, who was studying archaeology at university.

Her interest in archaeology led her to study in that field and then she learned Persian and began her studies about Iran.

“It took a long time for me to travel to Iran and see Persepolis. When I was asked if what I saw was like what I read about Iran, I was happy to say yes. I visited Persepolis several times afterwards but still I like it,” she added.

Pharrell Williams – Happy in Tehran III

This video is unfortunately not anymore available on youtube, if you should know another source for this video, please add the link as comment to this post.

Thank you!

PS: I updated the links fo the other two parts to the new sources.

They are still available. My favorite is Happy in Tehran II:

Two Iranian women to compete in Paris-Dubai rally

The competition which began on April 15 and will continue into May 5, is an extraordinary automobile rally to link French capital, Paris to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The route drives 6,925km from France, Switzerland, Principaute of Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran to the UAE.

Based on the schedule, the participants will enter Iranian northwestern city of Tabriz from Bazargan border checkpoint, cruising Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz. Then they will go to Dubai by boat from Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.

Posts, Photos & Videos on Iranian women in motor sports:

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Jamshidieh park in Tehran, Iran

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jamshidieh park, tehran, iran ISO 100 f/3.5 3s 18mm

Walking in the Jamshidieh park with my camera on tripod, I captured the blue reflection of the sky late in the sunset, right before the night. Now I understand blue strokes on pavement in Cafe Terrace at Night better…haha!

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Statue of Persia’s Homer in Rome, Italy

Piazzale Ferdowsi, Rome, Italy

The statue of the world-renowned Persian epic poet Ferdowsi has been re-unveiled after a two-month restoration process in the Italian capital of Rome.

The statue was created in 1958 by Abolhassan Seddiqi, who had previously made statues of the 11th-century poet at Tehran’s Ferdowsi Square and the Ferdowsi tomb in the Iranian city of Tous.
Seddiqi has created statues of many great Iranian luminaries, some of which he created during the time he lived in Italy.
The Ferdowsi statue in Rome had been re-erected in one of the city’s squares named after the Persian poet, Piazzale Ferdowsi.

More info on Ferdowsi:
Ferdowsi (940 – 1020 CE) was the highly revered Persian poet who authored the monumental Shahnameh – the Persian “Book of Kings” – which is the world’s longest epic poetry created by a single poet and the national epic of the Persian-speaking world.


MIT: Iranian-Americans Among Most Highly Educated in U.S. and contribute substantially to the U.S. economy

Remarkable people with Iranian roots

Washington — Iranian-Americans are far more numerous in the United States than census data indicate and are among the most highly educated people in the country, according to research by the Iranian Studies Group, an independent academic organization, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The group estimates that the actual number of Iranian-Americans may top 691,000 — more than twice the figure of 338,000 cited in the 2000 U.S. census. According to the latest census data available, more than one in four Iranian-Americans holds a master’s or doctoral degree, the highest rate among 67 ethnic groups studied.

With their high level of educational attainment and a median family income 20 percent higher than the national average, Iranian-Americans contribute substantially to the U.S. economy. Through surveys of Fortune 500 companies and other major corporations, the researchers identified more than 50 Iranian-Americans in senior leadership positions at companies with more than…

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