IRAN: Music Classes Now Prohibited In Cultural Centers

 Iran state media reports that holding music classes this summer in cultural centers and cultural complexes belonging to the municipality of Tehran is now prohibited.

These closures have been issued without any directive. Managers of cultural centers have been asked orally to shut down music classes. Following this decision, nearly 10,000 students will be deprived of music classes.

The state-run Etemad newspaper reported on Monday, June 9, that head of the Cultural and Artistic Department of Tehran MunicipalityShahabMoradi participated in the banning of music classes in cultural centers and orally asked the managers of these centers not to register the applicants for the summer semester training courses.

AbdolhosseinMokhtabad, singer and member of the  cultural commission of Tehran’s city council,describedmullah Moradi’s argument regarding the market downturn of the music schools an unreasonable excuse to justify the cancellation of music classes in cultural centers. He said:

 “There is no rational behind this action. This argument is like saying that for the boom in private schools, public schools should be closed.”

Iran News Digest- June 21, 2014

Human Rights Abuses 

In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin argues that poor policy with respect to Iran is part and parcel of broader failings of the current presidential administration as it deals with the Middle East. She sees failure on the nuclear issue, failure on the topic of Iran’s actions in the region, failure to confront the inclusion of Hamas in Palestinian Unity, and so on. To this list, some US congressmen might wish to add the failure to confront Iran over human rights abuses. Some such congressmen held a subcommittee hearing on Thursday to discuss “Iran’s Abysmal Human Rights Record.” Democratic congressman Ted Deutch was quoted as saying, "Human rights cannot take a back seat in negotiations in Iran," according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

June 20 Ceremony to Commemorate5th Anniversary of Neda Agha Soltan

Friday,June 20, is the 5thanniversary of Neda Agha Soltan. A ceremony to commemorate her will be held at her shrine by family, friends, and her admirers.


Martyr Neda’s body is in the Behesht Zahra section 257, row 41, number 32. The ceremony will take place on 20 June at 16:30. Commemorators will place flowers on her shrine and pray for her spirit.


Farzad Kamangar, the mother of another martyr, has distributed flyers in advance for June 20th, which the Iranian Opposition has called “The Day of Martyrs and Political Prisoners”.





The true reality of Iraq


(Translation from Spanish)

Many Western media these days are presenting the civil war and tremendous violence that has surged in Iraq as a confrontation between the forces of the Government of Nuri-al-Maliki, the Shiite prime minister, and the Sunni terrorist group called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant or ISIS. This description of the conflict is overly simplistic and ignores several essential elements for a proper understanding of the situation.

Iran News Digest- June 13, 2014

 Political Repression and Resistance

 If the story of Narges Mohammadi is any indication of Iran’s view on communicating with foreigners, it is very easy to understand why the international negotiations would have dim prospects. The prominent human rights activist, who previously spent four years in prison for her role as the deputy head of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, is being brought up on new charges of “propaganda against the state” and “collusion against national security” because she met with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in March, sparking criticisms of “foreign interference in Iranian domestic affairs.”

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