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Archive for March 2013

March 30, 20217 months ago

How Many Asiatic Cheetahs Roam across Iran?

How many Asiatic cheetahs still prowl on the planet earth? Compared to their African cousins, the Asiatic cheetah is more imperiled and known to be a critically endangered subspecies. Yet, no reliable estimates of its population are available despite such statistics being required as essential input for conservation and management plans. Despite this, several organizations did not tarry to find answers and to initiate conservation attempts.

The historical distribution of this member of the cat family used to range across diverse   and vast areas from the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran to the Peninsula of Arabia and Syria. In 1977 the last cheetah was recorded in Oman and it is believed » Read more

March 27, 20217 months ago

NATO researchers call Stuxnet attack on Iran illegal

A group of NATO researchers agreed that the 2009 Stuxnet attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities constituted “an act of force,” noting that the cyberattack has probably been a violation of international law.

While that accusations against U.S. and Israel have never been confirmed by either government, a NATO Commission has now confirmed it as an “act of force.”

“Acts that kill or injure persons or destroy or damage objects are unambiguously uses of force,” according to “The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare.” » Read more

March 25, 20217 months ago

Iranian New Year celebrations; customs and traditions

The Persian New Year is composed of several rituals and ceremonies which starts since the last Wednesday of every Iranian year (Chaharshanbe Suri) and continues to Sizdah Bedar. During the New Year celebrations, it is a custom and tradition that Iranian families go into the homes of their relatives and friends.

In this post, we’re going to introduce some customs and traditions of Iranian New Year celebrations which start since the Chaharshanbe Suri and continue to Sizdah Bedar.

1- Chaharshanbe Suri

Chahārshanbe-Sūri (Persian: چهارشنبه ‌سوری‎, pronounced Chārshambe-Sūri) is the Persian Fire-Jumping Festival. Chahrshanbeh Souri means Wednesday Feast, from the word sour which means feast in Persian, or more plausibly, consider sūr to be a variant of sorkh (red) and take it to refer either to the fire itself or to the ruddiness (sorkhī), meaning good health or ripeness, supposedly obtained by jumping over it, is an ancient Iranian festival dating back to at least 1700 BCE of the early Zoroastrian era. Also called the Festival of Fire, it is a prelude to Nowruz, which marks the arrival of spring. The words Chahar Shanbeh mean Wednesday and Suri means red. Bonfires are lit to “keep the sun alive” until early morning. The celebration usually starts in the evening, with people making bonfires in the streets and jumping over them singing zardi-ye man az toh, sorkhi-ye toh az man. » Read more

March 16, 20217 months ago

The Pearl of the Orient – Iran’s Path

Iran’s almost 7,000-year old history is characterized by various highs and lows. These don’t only take place within the country’s borders, but also reach beyond to various countries in the region, over India, China and Central Asia up to the Caucasus, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. The ancient cultures and civilizations that inhabited Iran were quite diverse, and they have their traces in many places of the country and even in the contemporary population themselves. These traces can be found in archeological sites that that have been preserved for 7,000 years, such as the “burnt city” in Zabol (Shahr-e soukhteh Zabol), in Persepolis (“Takht-e Jamshid”), “Pasargad”, located near the city of Shiraz, as well as in the city Bistoun in Kermanshah, which been there for 2,500 years. Other » Read more

March 16, 20217 months ago

Photos From the Iran You Don't See on TV

By Christopher Thornton

The version of Iran that Americans see in the media can certainly seem like a frightening, hostile place: stern mullahs, clandestine nuclear programs, angry (if often staged) anti-American protests. Yet Iran seen first-hand is very different, and much friendlier. Approximately half of Iranians are willing to tell pollsters they hold a favorable view of Americans, but when visiting the country it seems like many more share that view. The many Iranians I’ve met have been eager to tell me how much they like Americans and the U.S., the many commonalities they see between the two countries, and of course their desire to visit-and remain permanently if at all » Read more

March 14, 20227 months ago

Amano acknowledges Iran nuclear program peaceful

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has acknowledged that Iran is using its nuclear program solely for peaceful purposes.
“Iran has a comprehensive agreement with the IAEA and Iran is subject to UN Security Council resolutions which are legally binding. This is the standard,” Amano said at a joint press conference with Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai on Wednesday.

“In light of this standard, I can say that declared activities and material of Iran are staying in peaceful purposes,” He told reporters in New Delhi.
Amano emphasized that the West’s dispute over Iran’s nuclear program should come to an end “through diplomatic means and » Read more

March 12, 20227 months ago

Gas pipeline project inaugurated by Iran, Pakistan leaders

Iranian President and his Pakistani counterpart have officially inaugurated the final construction phase of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, intended to transfer natural gas from Iran to energy-hungry Pakistan. On Monday, Ahmadinejad and Zardari attended the ceremony on the Iran-Pakistan border. The project willIranian President and his Pakistani counterpart have officially inaugurated the final construction phase of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, intended to transfer natural gas from Iran to energy-hungry Pakistan. On Monday, Ahmadinejad and Zardari attended the ceremony on the Iran-Pakistan border. The project will help improve economic, political and security ties between Tehran and Islamabad, the two leaders stressed. They also underscored » Read more

March 6, 20227 months ago

Assassination of nuclear scientists increases the Iran’s progress

For many years, world powers have tried to overthrow Iranian regime through different conspiracies and plots. But they have not succeeded and now have shifted their efforts to brutal crimes including the assassination of scientists aimed to harm Iranian regime.

Coinciding with the second anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Masoud Alimohammadi, another Iranian scientist was killed during a terrorist attack. Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a graduate of polymer engineering and deputy head of Iran’s uranium enrichment facility at Natanz was assassinated near one of the Iranian universities on Wednesday morning, 11 January. As previous attacks on four other Iranian elites, terrorists on a motorbike attached a magnetic bomb to the car which he was sitting in and then fled. Two years ago, Dr. » Read more

March 6, 20227 months ago

Iran, a victim of terrorism

Terror is not an emerging phenomenon. History is full of terrorist acts that have taken many innocent lives and endangered the lives, deprived people of their human rights, put the friendly relations between the governments at risk as well as thrown territorial integrity and security of states into jeopardy. Today, terrorism is not confined to national boundaries and considered as an international threat (at least in world’s public opinions). The International organizations including the United Nations have undertaken various activities in this regard so that there are currently 13 major conventions and protocols to deal with the fight against terrorism.

Iranian terrorism » Read more

March 3, 20228 months ago

Constitution

In the summer of 1979 a popularly elected assembly drafted the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran; this constitution was approved in a popular referendum in December. It named Khomeini to serve as Iran’s supreme spiritual leader, an office called velayat-e faqih (guardianship of the religious jurist; the holder of the office is the faqih), and provided for an elected assembly of senior clergy to select Khomeini’s successors. The constitution also stipulated as head of state an elected president who would choose a prime minister to be head of government, subject to legislative approval. It preserved the prerevolutionary elected parliament, the Majlis, as the legislature. In 1989 voters approved 45 amendments to the constitution, the most important of which downgraded the religious » Read more