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Konecranes Ends Business in Iran, Becomes Fifth Crane Manufacturer to Pull Out Following UANI Cranes Campaign

NEW YORK, Aug 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) on Wednesday applauded Finnish crane manufacturer Konecranes for ending its business in Iran. Konecranes is the fifth international crane manufacturer to pull out of Iran in response to UANI's Cranes Campaign.

On August 18, UANI publicly called on Konecranes to end its Iran business. In response, Konecranes informed UANI that it had made the decision to "withdraw from the Iranian market" and is now "systematically refus[ing] all opportunities to sell new equipment and services to the country."

Local Businessman Cheered by bin Laden's Death

Roozbeh Farahanipour, owner of Delphi Greek restaurant in Westwood, was visiting Turkey when the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001, took place, even though he'd come to the United States a year earlier.

"I was watching the TV," he said. "I got shocked when I saw the situation. I'm just thinking why any organization, any human being could think of such a terrorist act."

Press release: The Marze Por Gohar Party Welcomes the Slogans of the Bahraini Youth


LOS ANGELES, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Marze Por Gohar

The Bahraini revolution has a special place in the hearts of Iranians that sets it apart from all the other uprisings sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa.

The young revolutionaries of Bahrain have raised slogans, fostering unity with their Iranian brethren, which will undoubtedly signify the dawn of a new era in the region, where in time natural and historical ethnic, cultural and national unities will dominate over colonial lines and political blocks.

L.A.’s Iranian Americans keep tabs on new freedom protests in Iran

In the wake of the Feb. 14 Iranian protests for greater freedom, which took place throughout that country, Iranian Americans of various religious backgrounds in Southern California have been closely monitoring the developments and voicing support for those seeking democracy.

The Iranian Americans here have been in close contact with student opposition groups in Iran, and leaders said the recent demonstrations there were sparked, at least in part, by the recent success of the massive public protests in Tunisia and Egypt.

Iranian Filmmaker Siahpour and the Power of Collaboration

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21 January 2011

Iranian Filmmaker Siahpour and the Power of Collaboration

This is the second in a series of profiles of writers from the Middle East who attended the 2010 International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa. These profiles are based in large part on interviews conducted by the IWP staff.

By Howard Cincotta
Special Correspondent

Making Dialogue in a Politicized Silence


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Marze Por Gohar: Making Dialogue in a Politicized Silence

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2011

The Faces of Iran’s Imprisoned Journalists

Around 70 journalists are now in the prisons of the Islamic Republic and many others, like me, are free on bail, lacking any security. We are afraid that anything that we write may be used as evidence of ‘propaganda against the system’ or ‘conspiracy against national security.’ My colleagues and I try to write as little as possible.” (Open letter from formerly imprisoned journalist Zhila Bani Yaghoob to the Head of Iran’s Judiciary Committee.)

Iran’s Citizen Cyber Warriors

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Regardless of the exact political course that ensues in Iran over the next decade, the opposition movement that gained momentum in the aftermath of the country’s 2009 election has already made its historical mark. Nicknamed the “Twitter Revolution,” the movement showcased young, zealous Iranians pioneering the use of citizen journalism and social networking sites in a significant standoff against the regime.

Computer Worm Delays Nuke Plant in Iran

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By: Ken Timmerman

Iran has stated that the "Stuxnet" worm that has affected thousands of computers in Iran is a Western plot aimed at sabotaging Iran’s nuclear program.

"Western states are trying to stop Iran's [nuclear] activities by embarking on psychological warfare and aggrandizing, but Iran would by no means give up its rights by such measure,” according to a printed summary of comments made yesterday in Tehran by foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehrmanparast.