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Int’l festivals to screen Iranian films Sunday, 31 August, 2008

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Two award-winning feature-length Iranian films are scheduled to be screened at international film festivals in Europe and Africa.

Asqar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday will participate in the Carthage International Film festival, to be held from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, 2008, in Tunisia.

Fireworks Wednesday has received numerous international awards including the 2006 Best Director award at India’s Kerala International Film Festival and the 2007 Best Feature award of Las Palmas International Film Festival.

Saman Salour’s From the Land of Silence will be screened at Germany’s Around the World in 14 Films, to be held from Nov. 28 to Dec. 6, 2008.

ran to compile Shahnameh encyclopedia Saturday, 30 August, 2008

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Press TV – Iran to compile Shahnameh encyclopedia.

Iran is compiling the world’s first Shahnameh encyclopedia in a bid to facilitate academic research into the Persian epic masterpiece.

Iranian scholars and literary figures such as Hassan Anousheh, Mir Jalaleddin Kazzazi, Fereidoun Joneidi and Jalal Khaleqi Motlaq will participate in the project.

A team of Iranian and international scholars will contribute to the project in different fields including history, geography, culture and civilization, medicine, astronomy and astrology, architecture and music.

The encyclopedia will discuss the cultural and historical impacts of a number of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries which were part of Iran when Shahnameh was written.

Written by the Persian poet, Ferdowsi, Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) is a classic among epic Persian poetry and recounts Iran’s mythical and historical past.

The book is unique as it was written when Arabic was the main scientific and literary language of Iran.

Iran plans to launch Arabic movie channel Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Iran plans to launch Arabic movie channel.

Deputy Head of IRIB, Mohammad Sarafraz

The Deputy Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) says Iran is planning to launch a TV channel to broadcast movies with Arabic subtitles.

Mohammad Sarafraz, the head of IRIB’s World Service said the plan to launch the TV channel is going through the process of ratification.

“Many people in the Middle East are willing to watch films and TV series free from violence and corruption typical of American movies,” he said on Wednesday.

The Iranian official noted that no name has been chosen for the Arabic-language TV channel yet, adding that it would only be broadcast in the Middle East region.

Iran: Israel too vulnerable for conflict Wednesday, 27 August, 2008

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Press TV – Iran: Israel too vulnerable for conflict.

Various types of Iranian Shahab and Zelzal missiles mounted on mobile launchers

The top IRGC commander says Iran does not anticipate an Israeli strike as Israel is fully aware of its vulnerability to Iranian missiles.

Tel Aviv and Washington accuse Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of having plans to develop nuclear weapons, under the pretext of which they have threatened to launch air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities.

This is while the UN body responsible for monitoring Iranian nuclear activities has confirmed that Tehran enriches uranium-235 to a level of 3.7 percent – a rate consistent with the construction of a nuclear power plant. Nuclear arms production requires an enrichment level of above 90 percent.

According to Pentagon officials, Israel conducted a military maneuver over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece in early June in preparation for a war with Iran. (more…)

Italians to help restore Cyrus tomb Wednesday, 27 August, 2008

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Press TV – Italians to help restore Cyrus tomb.

Tomb of Cyrus the Great, Pasargadae, Iran

A team of Italian experts is to conduct a restoration project at the tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae in Iran’s Fars Province.

The team, which has also collaborated with Iranian archeologists in documenting the structures of Bam city, will arrive in the country after Iranian cultural heritage officials send them the details of the project in August 2008.

“Italian experts will arrive in September 2008 to restore the site and its museum collections,” said head of Iran’s Office for Global Heritage, affiliated to ICHTO, Abdolrasoul Vatandoust.

Archeologists are concerned that the tomb of Cyrus the Great is threatened by moisture from the nearby Sivand dam.

As the founder of the Achaemenid dynasty, Cyrus the Great is remembered for his tolerance, his noble attitude toward all conquered nations and his declaration of the first Human Rights Charter.

Iran: US must leave Iraq quickly Tuesday, 26 August, 2008

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Press TV – Iran: US must leave Iraq quickly.

Ataollah Salehi

An Iranian commander says American troops must leave Iraq before they sink too deep in the quagmire Washington created in the country.

The US must anticipate an embarrassing withdrawal should Washington continue to delay troop pull out, said Major-General Ataollah Salehi.

His remarks come as the US and Iraq have held secret talks over a controversial security treaty, known as Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which seeks to prolong the presence of US troops in Iraq after a UN mandate expires in December 2008.

The deal has sparked outrage among political and religious Iraqi leaders as well as Iraqi ordinary people who consider the agreement as an infringement of the country’s sovereignty. (more…)

US filmfest awards Iran’s Jani Gal Sunday, 24 August, 2008

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Sun, 24 Aug 2008 13:04:46 GMT

Iranian director Jamil Rostami’s Jani Gal has won the Columbine Award of the Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado.

The event’s Columbine Award goes to works, which reflect non-violent conflict resolution and alternatives to violence, or show why violent resolution to conflict is counter-productive.

Shot in Iraq’s Sulaimaniyah, Jani Gal depicts the cultural and political situation of Iraq during the 1940s and 50s.

Rostami’s Kurdish-language feature-length drama, which was based on a novel by Ibrahim Ahmed, was selected to represent Iraq in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2007 Academy Awards.

Jamil Rostami is an Iranian filmmaker of Kurdish origin, who has made numerous internationally acclaimed films including Requiem of Snow.

Iran’s Butterflies Die in Snow directed by Karim Azimi is also among the festival’s short film finalists.

The 2008 Moondance International Film Festival will be held from August 29 to September 1. The organizers have announced the winners prior to the awards ceremony, which will be held on Aug. 31st.

Iraq: We will not be war launch pad Friday, 22 August, 2008

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Press TV – Iraq: We will not be war launch pad.

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 08:39:37 GMT

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari

Iraq’s Foreign Minister says a joint US-Iraqi security treaty would not make the country a ‘launch-pad’ for other US wars in the region.

“The security agreement with the US says Iraq will not be used as a launch pad for attacks against other countries,” Zebari said in a joint press conference with his American counterpart Condoleezza Rice in Baghdad.

Zebari’s remarks came amid speculations that the controversial deal would give the United States a free hand to use Iraq as a logistic base for waging further wars in the region.

Washington has been pushing through the treaty which would determine the legal basis for the presence of US troops in the country after their UN mandate expires in December 2008.

No details of the bilateral negotiations on the treaty have been released but the two countries’ negotiators said that they had agreed to the withdrawal of all US forces from Iraq by the end of 2011.

Based on leaked information, the treaty would grant US troops –at least in some degrees– immunity from legal prosecution in Iraq.

The deal has caused uproar among Iraqi religious and political figures who consider it as an infringement of the country’s sovereignty.

Iranian filmmaker awarded Order of Merit Friday, 22 August, 2008

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Fri, 22 Aug 2008 13:23:18 GMT

Iranian filmmaker, Khosrow Sinai

Veteran Iranian filmmaker Khosrow Sinai is awarded Poland’s Order of Merit medal bestowed upon him by President Lech Kaczynski.

Sinai was honored for his 1982 documentary ‘The Lost Requiem‘, along with five Iranian citizens of Polish descent, Fatemeh Fazelishahir, Maria Bajdan, Fatemeh Wandeh Vashi, Eleonora Barska and Helena Stelmach, who were awarded the Siberian Cross.

The Lost Requiem is the story of hundreds of thousands of Poles, who arrived in Iran after being released from Siberia’s Soviet labor camps in 1942.

Sinai is known for his internationally-acclaimed documentaries such as On the Borderline, Diaries of a Journey, A journey to the History and The Old Metropolis.

Poland’s medal of the Order of Merit is a five-armed red and white cross emblazoned with a Polish eagle and suspended from a dark blue ribbon.

Ajax Aftermath Friday, 22 August, 2008

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By F. Mardi, Press TV, Tehran

Are we still feeling the effects of Operation Ajax – the code name of a covert Anglo/American operation in Iran to re-instate an ousted monarch? What are the results? Are we still having to cope with the aftermath?

The most obvious result of Operation Ajax, launched 55 years ago in Iran, is a steady erosion of authority. It can be observed inside Iran, and internationally. The undermining of authority in Iran led to the Islamic Revolution 26 years later and lack of contentment on individual and social levels. Today the Iranian nation is aware and will not tolerate tyranny.

In the United States, the undermining of authority has been manifested differently. An initial headiness, a desire to overthrow more countries and control the fate of more nations has given way to a sense of regret – but only because they do not now control Iran; the rancor remains. (more…)