IFP News https://ifpnews.com News and Views from Iran and the World Mon, 17 Dec 2018 05:21:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 https://ifpnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-icon-150x150.png IFP News https://ifpnews.com 32 32 A Look at Iranian Newspaper Front Pages on December 17 https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/a-look-at-iranian-newspaper-front-pages-on-december-17/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/a-look-at-iranian-newspaper-front-pages-on-december-17/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 05:19:24 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128290 IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Monday, December 17, 2018, and picked headlines from 17 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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The top story in most newspapers today was various economic issues, from the high prices of consumer goods despite the recent decrease in foreign currency rates to the government’s budget bill for the next fiscal year.

Several papers also covered a deal between nearly 200 countries to keep the Paris Climate Agreement alive by adopting a detailed set of rules to implement the pact.

Turkey’s vow to resume its cooperation with the government of Bashar al-Assad in case he wins a “free” election in the Arab country also received great coverage.

The above issues, as well as many more, are highlighted in the following headlines and top stories:


Aftab-e Yazd:

1- Trade Minister’s Picking Rouhani’s Son-in-Law as His Deputy Sparks Controversy

  • MPs Threaten to Impeach Minister

2- Iranian Versions of Prison Break: A Review of Attempts to Escape Prison in 40 Years


Arman-e Emrooz:

1- Government Resolved to Do “Economic Surgery”

2- Ahmadinejad Calls for Debate with Rouhani



1- Iran’s Economy on Verge of Great Inflation?

2- Controversy over Resignation of 13 Lawmakers over Water Issue

3- Iranian Universities Have Never Been This Much Calm: First VP



1- Iranians Deserve Better Lives after 40 Years: Reformist Cleric

2- Royal Fantasies: A Look at White House’s Ties with Pro-Monarchy Iranians in America



1- Turkey: We’ll Resume Cooperation with Syria after Assad Wins Election

2- 200 States Agree to Prevent Climate Changes


Haft-e Sobh:

1- What Did Return of Sanctions Do to Iranians in Los Angeles?

  • LA Times’ Report on Carpet, Saffron Trade in California

2- 11-Year-Old Iranian Girl Wins Global Mental Calculation Contest for 3rd Consecutive Time



1- Stability in Dollar Market

2- Iranians’ Visit to Georgia Still Pending


Jame Jam:

1- Lessons of Two Presidents: Brave Decisions by Rouhani, Salih



1- Central Bank Planning to Decrease Dollar Rate Back to IRR 70,000

2- Instagram Seeking to Manipulate Women’s Behaviour, Attitude: Academic

3- Domino of “Working with Assad” in Ankara


Jomhouri Eslami:

1- Governments Now Allowed to Recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israeli Capital: Mahathir

2- Enemies of Syria Admitting Defeat One after Another

3- Belgrade, Rome, Budapest, Vienna Scene to Anti-Gov’t Protests



1- Gov’t Paying Lip Service While Prices Not Going to Decrease

2- ISIS Meeting in Syria Hit: 16 Deputies of Baghdadi Killed

3- Guardian Council Cannot Overlook CFT Flaws: Spokesman

4- IRGC General Passes Away Like a Martyr



1- Government’s Golden Chance to Reform Budget Bill

  • Rouhani Must Decrease Budget of Gov’t, State Bodies
  • Make Budget Independent of Oil, Transfer Oil Revenues to National Development Fund
  • Fight State Capitalism, Decrease Government’s Human Resources

2- Why Rouhani Recently Criticized Paris Climate Agreement

3- Biden vs Trump: Democrats Will Likely Choose Biden over Sanders in 2020


Setareh Sobh:

1- Controversy over Money Laundering in Iran

2- Good News for Lovers of Nature: World Resolved to Counter Earth Pollution

3- Return of Stability to Markets

4- Advantages of Electronic Election to Traditional One



1- End of Honeymoon in Georgia

2- How Renowned Singer Homayoun Shajarian Performed Duet with Mentally-Retarded Girl



1- I Apologize for My Mistakes: Former Reformist Minister

2- Iran, Israel in New Campaign of Slander over FATF


Sobh-e Now:

1- Fruit Prices to Go Down ahead of Yalda Night

2- 3,000 Wheelchairs Sent to Deprived Areas of Iran

3- Oil Ministry Makes Strategic Mistake by Stopping Oil Release in Energy Bourse


Vatan-e Emrooz:

1- Iranians Believe Holding Talks with US Terrible Mistake, Zarif Admits

2- Tango of Homeless People in Paris: Les Miserables in 2018

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Iran Produces Cloud Seeding Rockets https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iran-produces-cloud-seeding-rockets/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iran-produces-cloud-seeding-rockets/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 21:41:11 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128285 Iran’s Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian says the country has managed to produce rockets by which clouds can be inseminated.

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Speaking to reporters on Sunday, the energy minister said the rockets to seed clouds used to be imported from abroad, but now the Islamic Republic is able to produce them inside the country.

As Iran is located in a low-rainfall region, cloud seeding is a method used to increase precipitation and solve the drought problems.

Back in February, Ardakanian said the ministry has launched cooperation with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in cloud seeding operations.

In January, the IRGC Aerospace Force commander expressed preparedness to help the Energy Ministry to carry out such operations, saying his forces were at the Iranian nation’s service and would mobilise all equipment to help the administration.

Cloud seeding is a type of weather modification that aims to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds by dispersing substances into the air that serve as cloud condensation or ice nuclei, which alter the microphysical processes within the cloud.

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‘Cinema Great Chance to Give True Image of Women in Iran’ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/cinema-great-chance-to-give-true-image-of-women-in-iran/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/cinema-great-chance-to-give-true-image-of-women-in-iran/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 16:56:10 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128282 Elena Subirà i Roca, the head of cultural affairs and planning at a documentary film festival in Spain’s Barcelona, says cinema is the best means for letting the world know about the wide range of women’s activities in the Iranian society.

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The cultural activist, who is in Tehran to attend the Cinema Verity international documentary film festival, made the comment in an interview with IRNA.

She recounted her experience of visiting Tehran, and said Iran is a fabulous country with a culture that is the cradle of all world cultures.

She said Iran is a peace-loving country which would like to open up to the whole world.

She said Iran’s cinema is very vast and rich, and has many productions to offer to international film markets. She said the cinema industry is a proper opportunity for Iran to present the realities of this country to the world and rectify the untrue image of Iran painted by certain foreign media outlets.

She said one of the good subjects for foreign film-makers can be Iranian women’s active role in society, including their role on cultural and educational fronts as well as their way of thinking, how they manage their lives and how interested they are in their country.

She was asked whether or not her observations in Iran regarding women and their role in society were consistent with the accounts given by certain Western media. In response, the cultural activist said that some Western media outlet claim women’s role and rights are mostly ignored in Iran. However, she says, “I found out during this short trip to Iran that women are very active, strong, effective and dynamic and play key roles in society.”

To mention a few examples of Iranian women’s role in society, she says, one can refer to the women taking part in this Tehran festival as well as the women working at different managerial levels and even women taxi drivers. She says Iranian women are educated.

“Some of them go abroad for education and return to their country after they finish their studies. This is very interesting to me and it can bring a better future for Iran. In my opinion, media give their audience the kind of information which they want and which serves their interests,” she said.

She was asked how she would describe to friends and family her experience of visiting Iran when she returns home. In response, she said her trip to Iran was unfortunately very short and that she would definitely travel to Iran whenever she gets the chance to.

“I also recommend my friends not miss the chance to visit Iran. I will tell them that Iran and Tehran are very safe, lively and dynamic,” she said.

Addressing some leaders of major world powers who do not know Iran’s history and civilization well and who sometimes talk about Iran with the language of threat and sanctions, she said, “Try to understand others and those who think differently and [try] to respect others’ beliefs and thoughts.”

She concluded by saying that she believes Iran is an extraordinary and cultural country which is the birthplace of all other cultures in the world.

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Archaeological Museum of Tehran Opens to Public https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/archaeological-museum-of-tehran-opens-to-public/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/archaeological-museum-of-tehran-opens-to-public/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:39:39 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128276 The Archaeological Museum of Tehran has been officially opened as part of the National Museum of Iran to display objects unearthed in the historical city of Tehran.

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Speaking on the sidelines of the opening ceremony, Tehran’s mayor Pirouz Hanachi said that more than 200 objects belonging to the city of Tehran are exhibited in this museum.

The objects discovered in Tehran are not ordinary ones and should be put on show for the public in order to inform them about the city and its features, he added.

“Tehran is an ancient and historical city whose artifacts date back to the reign of Shah Tahmasp in 16th century,” he added.

“Items found in Tehran show that the city dates back to more than 8,000 years ago proving that the Iranian capital is a historical city,” said Hanachi.

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A Look at Iranian Newspaper Front Pages on December 16 https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/a-look-at-iranian-newspaper-front-pages-on-december-16/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/a-look-at-iranian-newspaper-front-pages-on-december-16/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:19:45 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128267 IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Sunday, December 16, 2018, and picked headlines from 13 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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A top story today was comments made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during his address to the Doha Forum 2018 in the Qatari capital.

Several papers also covered the return of Yellow Vest protesters to the streets of France on the fifth consecutive weekend.

The controversy over Iran’s adoption of the standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global anti-money laundering body, also remained a top story.

The above issues, as well as many more, are highlighted in the following headlines and top stories:



1- UN Security Council to Become Guarantor of Yemen Peace Deal

2- Six Pakistani Security Forces Killed in Balochistan

3- Iraqi Protesters Surround Basra Governor’s Office

4- Bolton: Trump-Putin Meeting Cancelled until Ukraine Warships Freed

5- Russian Envoy: Russia Supports Iran’s Interests as Its Strategic Partner

6- Radicals in US Congress Trying to Isolate Iranian Economy


Aftab-e Yazd:

1- Education Mafia Putting Education Ministry on Pressure

  • Controversy over Students’ Homework


Arman-e Emrooz:

1- Will Trump’s Impeachment Serve Iran’s Interests? [Editorial]

2- Parliament to Sue ICT Minister over Holding Talks with Telegram Managers



1- Saudis’ New Plan for Middle East: From Persian Gulf to Red Sea

2- US Not in Position to Talk about UN Security Council Resolution 2231: Zarif



1- Trilateral Consensus: Iran, Turkey, Qatar Unanimously Criticize Saudi Policies

  • Zarif: Some Countries Accustomed to Committing Crime without Being Punished

2- Avoiding Disagreement, Remaining Committed to National Interests

  • Officials from Expediency Council, Guardian Council, Parliament Talk about FATF



1- No Reason for Talking Talks with US: Zarif in Doha

  • Iran’s Missiles Non-Negotiable, Have Nothing to Do with UNSC Resolution 2231

2- Erdogan: Development of Ties with Iran Strategically Important for Turkey

3- Saudi Coalition Launches 21 Airstrikes against Hudaydah One Day after Truce

4- One Killed in Latest French Crackdown on Yellow Vest Protests



1- Zarif: We Won’t Hold Talks Only for Photo Opportunities

2- FATF, Specialized Issue Not Related to Clerics: Religious Experts



1- Qatar FM: GCC Has No Teeth, Power

2- Zarif: Negotiating with US Futile, Only for Photo Opportunity


Jomhouri Eslami:

1- Those Who Stop Interaction with Iran Are Losers: Zarif

2- Arab Parliament Calls for Return of Syria to Arab League

3- Al-Ahram: US Power in Mideast Declining

4- UN Officials Call for Int’l Investigation into Khashoggi’s Murder



1- Iraq’s Nujba Movement: Lebanese Hezbollah Not to Be Left Alone in Next War

2- Zarif: Iran’s Missiles Not Negotiable


Setareh Sobh:

1- US Dollar Rate Down to Less than IRR 100,000

2- Iran to Pass Dangerous Turn by Ratifying FATF [Editorial]



1- Laws in Iran Protect Government: Analyst

2- Opponents of Zarif Trying to Take Him to Court

3- Difficult Path ahead of Trump [Editorial]


Sobh-e Now:

1- Santa Clause in Yellow Vest: Popular Protests in Europe Reach Their Peak ahead of Christmas

  • Be Wealthy and Survive or Be Poor and Die: Yellow Vest Protesters

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Why Diabetic Patients Must Take All Skin Cuts Seriously https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/why-diabetic-patients-must-take-all-skin-cuts-seriously/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/why-diabetic-patients-must-take-all-skin-cuts-seriously/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:17:26 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128256 Doctors say those diagnosed with diabetes should not ignore any skin cuts, even if it is small and superficial. But is it necessary to pay so much attention?

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High blood sugar in chronic diabetic patients causes delays in wound healing; therefore, they should seek treatment for their wounds immediately. If germs get inside a wound after a skin injury, even a small scratch gets infected as the power of the body’s immune system has decreased.

The vasoconstriction of foot arteries worsens the wounds, leads to severe wound infections, and prevents their recovery. The narrowing of the arteries makes the blood thicker and less likely to reach the wounds.

Blood flow speeds up wound healing, so clogging of the blood vessels leads to infection and delay in the healing process.

Apply some antibiotic ointment on your foot ulcer to prevent infection and cover the wound with sterile gauze, wound patches or clean dressings. Change the wound dressing every day and wash the wound with soap.

The feet of diabetic patients are more likely to suffer from problems with diabetic ulcers than the rest of the body.

Due to foot nerve damage in diabetic patients, these patients feel numbness in their feet. As a result, they learn about their wounds very late. In this condition, the feet are more likely to swallow which prevents the wound from healing.

When the wound becomes serious, it does not only have pain and discomfort, but also hurts the muscles and even the bones, and the only way to cure is to cut off the legs.

Today, with the advent of science, many new methods are used to heal severe diabetic wounds.

Let’s not forget that the doctor will prevent serious skin problems by examining the small wounds.

Treating a small wound is much easier than a serious one. So, be sure to refer to your doctor after minimal injuries.

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Number of Foreign Tourists Visiting Iran on Rise https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/number-of-foreign-tourists-visiting-iran-on-rise/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/number-of-foreign-tourists-visiting-iran-on-rise/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:16:33 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128245 Iran says the number of foreign tourists visiting the country has been on the rise recently despite the US sanctions and the Iranophobia project pursued by the Islamic Republic’s enemies.

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Seyyed Hemayat Mirzadeh, head of the Iranian Parliament’s Tourism Commission, said appropriate measures have been adopted, particularly in Fars and Isfahan provinces, to attract more foreign tourists.

“Our cultural and historical heritage across the country serves as our long-lasting [alternatives to] oil resources. They are capable of attracting many people from across the world,” he said.

“Our handicrafts are also unique and there are many people who are interested in them. We should tap into the capacities and promote the heritage through appropriate advertising mechanisms,” he added.

Mirzadeh also noted that there are many Iranian relics and historical objects held in foreign museums and research centres which should be retrieved.

“Fortunately, Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has taken some practical steps to retrieve them. Such efforts are admirable and should continue,” he said, as reported by the government’s official website dolat.ir.

According to official figures the number of foreign tourists visiting Iran increased by 38 percent during the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (started in mid-March).

About 1.44 million foreign tourists visited Iran during spring which shows a 30 percent increase compared with the same period last year. The figure seems surprising considering the US administration’s sanctions and Iranophobia project against the country.

During the first three months of this Iranian calendar year, Iraqis accounted for 75 percent, Azeris 30 percent, Afghans 28 percent, and Turks 24 percent of the total number of foreign tourists visiting Iran.

Medical treatment and business are among the two top priorities of the foreigners visiting Iran.

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US Sanctions Not to Change Iran’s Policies: FM Zarif https://ifpnews.com/wired/us-sanctions-not-to-change-irans-policies-fm-zarif/ https://ifpnews.com/wired/us-sanctions-not-to-change-irans-policies-fm-zarif/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 07:00:23 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128251 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says economic sanctions imposed by the United States against Iran will fail to have any impact on the policies of the Islamic Republic at home or abroad.

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“It’s obviously the case that we are facing economic pressure because of the US sanctions. [The] US is a major global power and it can actually create painful conditions for other countries. But would that lead to a change of policy? I can assure you that it won’t,” Zarif said in an address to the Doha Forum 2018 in Qatar on Saturday.

“If there is an art, we have perfected in Iran and can teach to others for a price, it is the art of evading sanctions,” he added.

Although the US has put so much pressure on Iran over the past 40 years, the Islamic Republic has managed to survive, he said.

“We’ve survived against the United States, against the will of the United States for the last 40 years, and I believe we will survive for the next 40 years,” the top Iranian diplomat pointed out.

US President Donald Trump withdrew his country in May from the multilateral Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and decided to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

Under the deal, reached between Iran and six major powers – the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, Tehran agreed to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.

In November, the Trump administration announced the re-imposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran’s banking and energy sectors with the aim of cutting off the country’s oil sales and crucial exports.

A first round of American sanctions took effect in August, targeting Iran’s access to the US dollar, metals trading, coal, industrial software, and auto sector.

The US administration hoped to get the other parties to the deal with Iran to likewise scrap the deal, but instead, they stressed that not only would they stick to the agreement, but they would also work to sustain it in the face of increased US pressure. Europeans believe that the nuclear deal is an important element of international security.

Zarif further said there was room for talks with the US but that Washington must “respect the outcome of the talks” they already had, in reference to the nuclear negotiations leading to the conclusion of the JCPOA.

“I can tell you as somebody who did all the talking for that document (the JCPOA) that neither Iran nor the United States can get a better document. So there is room for talk. But you need first to respect the outcome of the talks you already had,” he added.

The Iranian foreign minister said, “There is no reason to engage in talks while the results of long and very difficult talks are still up in the air and the United States is actively trying to undermine those results.”

Saudi Arabia wants increasing tension in Middle East

Elsewhere in his speech, Zarif said Saudi Arabia intended to increase tension in the Middle East, referring to the ongoing crisis in Yemen and the gruesome murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which is widely believed to have been ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia does not want to reduce tension. Actually, Saudi Arabia believes that it is in its interest to increase tension,” the Iranian foreign minister added.

He held the US and its ally Saudi Arabia accountable for the “humanitarian nightmare” in war-ravaged Yemen.

He emphasized that if the US and its Western allies, who have supported Saudi Arabia under all conditions, wanted to have more stability in the Middle East, they “need to show that bad behavior would get a bad response.”

Khashoggi, a one-time royal insider who had been critical of the crown prince recently, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October.

Following weeks of denial of any involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance, the Saudi regime eventually acknowledged the “premeditated” murder, but has sought to distance the heir to the Saudi throne from the assassination.

A Saudi prosecutor said Khashoggi’s body had been dismembered, removed from the diplomatic mission and handed to an unidentified “local cooperator.”

The CIA is said to have concluded that the crown prince was behind the killing, but Trump is yet to endorse the assessment.

Zarif also dismissed claims that Iran had armed fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, noting there were “facts” that other countries had shipped arms.

“We have never provided weapons to Houthis. They have enough weapons, they don’t need weapons from Iran,” he said.

“I don’t need to show any evidence about the jets that were flying in Yemen bombing the Yemenis. Those are American-made jets and those are Saudi fighters, I assume, which are piloting those jets,” Zarif stated.

“If there are allegations about Iranian weapons, there are facts about US weapons, facts about Saudis bombing the hell out of the Yemenis,” he added.

Leading a coalition of its allies, Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Yemen’s ex-president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had resigned amid popular discontent and fled to Riyadh.

The imposed war initially consisted of an aerial campaign, but was later coupled with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground mercenaries to Yemen. Furthermore, armed militia forces loyal to Hadi, in line with invaders, launch frequent attacks against Yemeni people in regions held by Houthis.

Since the onset of aggression, the Yemeni army, backed by fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, has been defending the impoverished nation against the invaders. The coalition is also resolute to crush the movement as another goal in its war on Yemen, which is teetering on the edge of famine.

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

A number of Western countries, the US and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.

Earlier this month, the United Nations said the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, already the worst in the world, would deteriorate in 2019.

“The country with the biggest problem in 2019 is going to be Yemen,” said Mark Lowcock, the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in a press conference in the Swiss city of Geneva.

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Iran Condemns Deadly Terror Attack in Pakistan https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iran-condemns-deadly-terror-attack-in-pakistan/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iran-condemns-deadly-terror-attack-in-pakistan/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:44:04 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128246 Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has strongly condemned the recent attack on a border checkpoint in Pakistan’s Balochistan province which killed a number of Pakistani troops.

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In a Saturday statement, Bahram Qassemi expressed condolences to Pakistan’s government and people as well as the families of the victims and those wounded in the terrorist incident.

He also said the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared to take part in any joint campaign against the scourge of terrorism in the region in any form or shape.

Six Pakistani soldiers were killed when a paramilitary convoy came under attack by gunmen in southwestern Balochistan province.

The shooting took place in the mountainous district of Kech on Friday, when soldiers from the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) were on a routine patrol, officials said.

The separatist Pakistani group the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Yellow Vests Inspired by Iran’s 1979 Revolution: French Protester https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/yellow-vests-inspired-by-irans-1979-revolution-french-protester/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/yellow-vests-inspired-by-irans-1979-revolution-french-protester/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:35:21 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128237 A French yellow vest protester says they have been inspired by the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran.

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France has been the scene of protests and clashes between police and demonstrators who are protesting a rise in fuel taxes as well as economic inequality in the country. Scenes of police beating the so-called “yellow vest” protesters on the one hand, and the looting of shops and setting them on fire on the other, has changed the image of France as a free country.

Some experts regard the yellow vest movement as a revolt staged by the middle-class citizens that will eventually lead to a change in the country’s political landscape. Some others are of the conviction that the protesters are only rioters seeking adventurism.

What is going on in France today is an issue which has drawn the attention of experts on European issues. There are also a lot of media speculations on how the protests were provoked and how they will play out in the future.

Alexandre Beauvais-Chiva, one of the protesters, has expressed his views on the protests in an interview with the Islamic Azad News Agency (ANA). The highlights of the interview follow.

Alexandre Beauvais-Chiva, one of the so-called Yellow vest protesters in France, says the protests are partly inspired by Iran’s 1979 Revolution / Photo by his Facebook

As the first question, I should ask what you call yourself: a protester or rioter?

In response to your question, I should say we are protesters who are only asking for our legitimate rights. Under the French Constitution, it is completely free and considered as part of people’s rights to hold demonstrations and protests. And we, too, are exercising this legal right and are pressing ahead with our protest legally and peacefully.

But the pictures we saw today of French streets show something else. Shops have been looted, cars have been burned, and there is no sign of peaceful protests.

No! I should say that 99% of yellow vest protesters would like to express their protests in a completely peaceful manner and they refrain from any violence. What media show is related to only one percent of the protesters whose behaviour we do not approve of. Yellow vest protesters demand peace. We will move forward using a completely peaceful approach and will put forward out demands.

What goal are your pursuing by staging the protests? What do you specifically want from the French government?

The first thing that I should say loud and clear is that yellow vest protesters have two general demands: 1. Respect for people and 2. Listening to protesters. It is right that we began our protests by objecting to an increase in taxes on fuel, which heavily affected the lives of middle-class citizens, but now we are no longer protesting against the tax hikes. We are objecting to the concentration of power in one post and position, and that this power is not divided and distributed.

Anti-government protests in France are continuing for a fifth weekend. Thousands of “yellow vest” demonstrators gathered in Paris on Saturday morning, and were met by a bolstered police force that had closed off much of the city. / Photo by Getty

French President Emmanuel Macron announced pledges last month to help improve the economic situation of middle-class citizens. Will you stop your protests if those privileges are offered?

I should say what distinguishes Macron from his predecessors is that he never listens to anybody. Former French presidents always talked to citizens and representatives of different syndicates and received their reports. However, Macron has not listened to any critic over the past 18 months. Yellow vest protesters are not against the government; rather, they only seek their legitimate demands. We are trying to strike a balance in power. The fundamental principles of the French Constitution are equality and freedom. In the past, a worker was able to reach higher levels by trying hard, but that is not the case today. As for freedom, I should say the images you see of the police crackdown on protesters completely show a lack of freedom of speech. In France, only one group of people has freedom and most other people are deprived of this natural and human right. Brotherhood has melted away in recent months, too. The high number of the wounded and prisoners is a testament to that. At the moment, we do not receive proper services in France despite paying high taxes, and this problem is much more serious in small towns than in cities like Paris and Marseille.

In his 13-minute speech, Macron did not talk about the protests by yellow vest demonstrators and only gave some promises. This shows he hasn’t understood the nature of this popular protest movement and has not heard people’s voice. We will continue our protests until they listen to us and meet our demands. We should be respected. We want peace and will continue our peaceful protests. I should say that we have also been inspired by the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran, which was against tyranny and was aimed at reaching democracy.

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Tehran Hosting Organic Food Fair ahead of Yalda Night https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/tehran-hosting-organic-food-fair-ahead-of-yalda-night/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/tehran-hosting-organic-food-fair-ahead-of-yalda-night/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:13:30 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128211 The Iranian capital Tehran is hosting an exhibition of organic food products a few days before the Yalda Night, the longest night of the year celebrated by Iranians across the world based on an ancient tradition.

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Every year, a few days before Yalda, Iranians hit the market to buy nuts, fruits and other edible products.  This year, on the occasion of the Persian festival, an exhibition of organic products is being held in Tehran.

Yalda Night or Shab-e Chelleh is the Iranian festival of winter solstice celebrated on the longest and darkest night of the year. It is the night between the last day of the ninth month (Azar) and the first day of the tenth month (Dey) of the Iranian calendar.

Yalda is one of the ancient festivities celebrated by Iranians, Afghans, Tajiks and Uzbeks. During the night, friends and family gather together to eat, drink and read poetry until well after midnight.

On this night, it is customary to sit at a tablecloth which is decorated with nuts, pomegranate, and watermelon. The poems of renowned Persian poet Hafez, which can be found in the bookcases of most Iranian families, are read or recited at this ceremony. Poets also recite their own poems for others.

Yalda night was officially added to Iran’s List of National Heritage in a special ceremony in 2008.

The exhibition of organic food products with 110 stands and three halls will run for one week until December 21.

What follows are photos of the exhibition retrieved from IRNA:

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Iranian Rial Regains Lost Value as Forex Market Returns to Stability https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iranian-rial-regains-lost-value-as-forex-market-returns-to-stability/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iranian-rial-regains-lost-value-as-forex-market-returns-to-stability/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:44:01 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128206 The Iranian rial continued its upward spiral on Saturday, pushing more and more of ordinary people to sell the US dollars they had purchased to prevent their money from losing its value.

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The Iranian currency has been strengthened sharply in recent days, with US dollar being traded around 101,500 rials in governmental exchange offices in Tehran on Saturday, media reports said.

The rial’s recovery is considered remarkable, compared with record lows around 190,000 against the US dollar in late September.

Iran’s national currency had dropped past 100,000 for the first time in late July as Iranians braced for the return of the first batch of economic US sanctions, and rial’s fall continued in the coming months.

Some believed a wave of panic buying of dollar triggered over fears of the repeat of the historic decline of the national currency amid the tightening of anti-Iran sanctions in 2011 led rial to slide to record lows.

Some others thought the dramatic decline results from adversarial plots to sabotage the Iranian economy.

Anyway, the dramatic decline in the value of rial sharply increased the prices of imported consumer goods and depressed some markets in recent months.

However, the trend was reversed early November, when the second batch of US sanctions came back but left no tangible impact on Iranian economy.

This is while the US, which pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal in May, had vowed to exert “maximum pressure” on Iran’s economy to force negotiations on tougher limits on its nuclear and missile activities.


Central Bank’s Role

The rial’s rise is good news for a government which is struggling to prevent US sanctions on Iran’s oil, banking and other industries from pushing the economy into recession.

The hike comes in the wake of the introduction of new currency policies by the Central Bank of Iran.

Early August, Abdolnasser Hemmati, the newly-appointed governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), unveiled a package of measures to rein in the recent turbulence in foreign currency market in Iran.

According to the new policy, hard currency was made available at a subsidized rate of 42,000 against the US dollar for purchases of basic and essential goods and medicine.

Moreover, a secondary currency market was launched to give importers of non-essential goods access to hard currency brought home by the nation’s exporters at floating rates.

According to the package, the ordinary people in need of foreign currency for travelling abroad or other usages could purchase foreign currencies from exchange offices at a price close to the secondary market rates.

That reversed a decision in April to ban trading currency outside the official rate of 42,000 rials to the dollar.

Other Factors at Play

Some observers have attributed the recovery to limitations on banking transactions and purchases of dollars as well as a ban on send-outs by unlicensed exchange shops.

Analysts believe positive news regarding Iran’s oil sale, particularly the exemption of main buyers of Iran’s oil, has also accelerated the downfall of US dollar.

This is while following the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, White House officials were vowing they will reduce “Iran’s oil exports to zero.”

President Hassan Rouhani said in a statement on Tuesday export of Iranian oil has improved since early November.

Separately, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said on Monday a promised financial mechanism to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran could be in place by the yearend.

The European Union has agreed to create the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle as parts of efforts to compensate for the US withdrawal and convince Iran the economic benefits from the nuclear deal will be preserved.

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A Look at Iranian Newspaper Front Pages on December 15 https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/a-look-at-iranian-newspaper-front-pages-on-december-15-2/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/a-look-at-iranian-newspaper-front-pages-on-december-15-2/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:20:57 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128196 IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Saturday, December 15, 2018, and picked headlines from 14 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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The top story in all papers today was a ceasefire agreement reached between Yemeni warring sides after several days of talks in Sweden.

Several papers also covered the remarks made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in which he criticized the state TV and certain conservative papers for censoring the good aspects of the Iran nuclear deal.

The US Senate’s unanimous vote to stop Washington’s support for the Saudi war in Yemen and to blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi also received great coverage.

The above issues, as well as many more, are highlighted in the following headlines and top stories:



1- Iraq: We May Reach Agreement with US to Be Exempted from Iran Bans

2- Judiciary Chief: Zanjani to Be Executed in Due Time


Aftab-e Yazd:

1- Forex Brokers Trying to Distort, Tell Lies to Prevent Decrease of Rates

  • Central Bank’s Measures Working


Arman-e Emrooz:

1- Reformist Cleric: Economic Pressure Makes People Frustrated with Religion



1- Zarif’s Message to Reformists, Hardliners: Foreign Policy No Place for Political Fights

2- US Senate Condemns Saudi Arabia with Two Resolutions: Serious Warning to Trump



1- Zarif: We’re Nothing without People’s Backing

2- US Senate’s Resolution Blames Saudi Crown Prince for Khashoggi’s Murder



1- Forex Market Calms Down: Prices of Consumer Goods Still High

2- Eight European Countries Once Again Express Support for JCPOA

3- Yemeni Groups Agree to Ceasefire in Hudaydah, Taiz

4- Iran’s Population Exceeds 82 Million



1- Zarif: Don’t Destroy People’s Sense of Honour



1- IRGC Aerospace Commander: Sanctions Won’t Be Lifted, We Should Neutralize Them

2- Chief Banker: Central Bank Has Control over Forex Market

3- Yellow Vest Protester: We’re Inspired by Iran’s 1979 Revolution


Jomhouri Eslami:

1- US Once Again Defeated by Iran at UN Security Council

2- Forex Rates Continue to Decline

3- Yemeni Resistance Winner of Sweden Peace Talks



1- Mr Zarif! Your Diplomacy Has Destroyed People’s Sense of National Honour

  • Kayhan Proud It Predicted Current Days When Everyone Clapped for JCPOA

2- French Army on Standby for Countering Fifth Saturday of ‘No to Aristocracy’ Protests



1- How Much Dollar Rates Are Going to Decrease?

2- Zarif Strongly Criticizes Kayhan, State TV for Censoring JCPOA Achievements


Setareh Sobh:

1- Zarif Talks of Need for Keeping Foreign Policy Away from Political Fights

2- Oil Ministry’s Strategy under Sanctions: Fighting Unfair War

3- Bin Salman Condemned by US Senate



1- We Have to Ratify FATF Bills: Reformist Member of Expediency Council


Vatan-e Emrooz:

1- Letter of Repentance: Zarif Admits West Not Centre of World

2- Ceasefire in Hudaydah

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House of Amir Bahador; 200-Year-Old Site in Downtown Tehran https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/house-of-amir-bahador-200-year-old-site-in-downtown-tehran/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/house-of-amir-bahador-200-year-old-site-in-downtown-tehran/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:34:34 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128198 The House of Amir Bahador in Moniriyeh Square, southern Tehran, is one of the most magnificent houses of the Qajar era which belongs to two centuries ago.

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The house originally belonged to Hossein Pashazadeh, known as Amir Bahadar, who was the war minister of Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar.

With an area of 3,000 square metres, the building has been introduced by the municipality as one of the major tourist hubs of the capital.

In 1967, the house of Amir Bahador was purchased by the Ministry of Culture for the Society for the National Heritage of Iran and was then renovated.

The house has a large hall and a mirrored basement, a large upper hall, a tiled decorated area and a number of rooms for holding meetings and lectures as well as other rooms with various functions.

There are bronze statues inside the courtyard. One of them is that of Kamal ud-Din Behzad, the Iranian painter during the late Timurid and early Safavid periods, and the second is Kamal Khujandi, the Sufi and poet of the 14th century, which was built by Mohammad Ali Madadi in 1979.

The third statue at the end of the yard is that of Allameh Ali Akbar Dehkhoda, the prominent Iranian linguist, scholar, politician and poet, which is designed by a French sculptor.

On the wall of the corridors of the building, there are pictures, manuscripts, and handwritten documents of Iranian scholars. There are also pictures of Pahlavi kings, poets and cultural figures drawn by leading Iranian painters.

What follows are photos of the house retrieved from Tehran Picture Agency:

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Iran, Qatar Express Support for Yemen Peace Talks https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iran-qatar-express-support-for-yemen-peace-talks/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iran-qatar-express-support-for-yemen-peace-talks/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:14:33 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128166 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani have expressed the support of Tehran and Doha for the recent progress made in the peace talks between Yemeni warring sides.

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The two officials met in the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday on the sidelines of the

After several days of UN-brokered talks in Sweden, the Houthi delegation and Saudi-backed former government agreed that the UN would play a “leading role” in Hudaydah, which is currently controlled by the Houthis.

They also agreed to reopen the airport in the capital Sana’a, which was shuttered last year after numerous attacks by Saudi Arabia.

The Riyadh-backed side, which represented former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in the Stockholm talks, were forced to sit for talks with the Houthi Ansarullah movement after their massive operation to seize the port city of Hudaydah failed.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had deployed about 10,000 troops to Yemen’s west coast after repeated campaigns to seize Hudaydah were thwarted by the Houthis and their allies.

Ansarullah calls the truce deal a defeat for the Saudis as it stops the aggression, allows existing local protectors who thwarted the Saudi offensive to be in charge of the city, and allows the Yemeni nation to regain their access to food, medicine, and other basic supplies.

Around 14 million people have been pushed to the brink of starvation since the Saudi war began in 2015, according to the UN.

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Zarif Attends Doha Forum 2018 in Qatar https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/zarif-attends-doha-forum-2018-in-qatar/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/zarif-attends-doha-forum-2018-in-qatar/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:49:15 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128168 Iran’s top diplomat is on a trip to the Qatari capital to participate in this year’s edition of Doha Forum.

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Zarif on Saturday attended the annual conference which is focused on security, peace and mediation, economic development and trends and transitions.

The conference will last until Sunday, under the theme “Shaping Policy in an Interconnected World”.

A number of dignitaries from across the world are attending the forum, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

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Iran, Azerbaijan to Expand Intelligence Relations https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iran-azerbaijan-to-expand-intelligence-relations/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iran-azerbaijan-to-expand-intelligence-relations/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:34:28 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128163 Iranian intelligence minister and the president of Azerbaijan Republic have praised the currently high level of ties between Tehran and Baku, and explored avenues for further promoting bilateral relations,.

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In a Friday meeting with Intelligence Minister Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev stressed that the ties between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Iran are developing successfully.

Referring to his numerous trips to the Islamic Republic of Iran, he added that the high-level visits of the Iranian president and authorities to Azerbaijan have played a significant role in strengthening the mutual relations.

The Azeri president also talked about the historic commonalities of the two countries and added that the ties between the two friendly states have expanded.

Agreements signed between Baku and Tehran are being implemented successfully, noted Aliev.

He also gave assurances that the visit of Iranian Intelligence minister to the Republic of Azerbaijan helps in development of bilateral ties, especially in the field of intelligence sharing.

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Erdogan Calls for Promotion of Trade with Iran https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/erdogan-calls-for-promotion-of-trade-with-iran/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/erdogan-calls-for-promotion-of-trade-with-iran/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:13:46 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128158 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has highlighted the need for further expansion of bilateral trade between Tehran and Ankara in the face of the US sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

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He made the remarks in a Friday meeting with Iranian President’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi in Ankara.

Erdogan expressed his satisfaction with the efforts of the two countries to implement the joint agreements and programs in various sectors.

He further called the upcoming visit of his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani to Turkey and the fifth meeting of the Strategic Council of Iran and Turkey Cooperation as an opportunity to develop and strengthen mutual ties.

The Turkish president stressed the need for efforts to strengthen cooperation and support for the two countries’ businessmen, adding that the development of relations with Iran is of strategic importance to Turkey.

Vaezi, for his part, stressed that there are no restrictions on the expansion of relations in various sectors, especially trade and economic relations with Turkey.

He noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to develop all-out relations and cooperation with Turkey as a neighbouring and friendly country.

“The friendship and consensus of the Iranian and Turkish presidents on various bilateral, regional and international issues is an important element in expanding the ties and cooperation between the two countries.”

Heading a high-ranking entourage, Vaezi arrived in Ankara on Thursday to hold talks with senior Turkish officials.

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Traditional Recipe for Children’s Nutrition at School https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/traditional-recipe-for-childrens-nutrition-at-school/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/traditional-recipe-for-childrens-nutrition-at-school/#respond Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:04:49 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128152 The traditional Iranian medicine offers one of the best food patterns for school-age children who must follow a proper nutritional pattern to strengthen their memory and get the required energy for better learning.

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In an interview with Dr Yahya Zeynalpour Fattahi, a practitioner and assistant professor at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, the Jame Jam daily has reviewed some of the basic and applied principles in nutrition of school children based on traditional Iranian medicine. What follows are excerpts of his recommendations:

In traditional medicine, habits are part of the secondary nature of man. It means that changing one’s habits is very difficult and sometimes causes problems. Therefore, parents need to gradually change the children’s behavioral and nutritional habits, especially in the early days of school.

It must be noted that the nutritional behaviours of a student derive from the family behaviours. So, all families should participate in the implementation of good nutritional principles in order to make it more successful. Parents should consider healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and school nutrition of a student. These meals must be able to provide optimal growth and memory enhancement and learning.

Good-for-Growth Meals

The temperament of students is warm and moist (sanguine), which is the best temperament for growth. Therefore, their nutrition should naturally be oriented towards a warmer diet, although in some obese children, certain measures must be taken. If we take into account the seasonal temperaments of fall and winter during the school year, the food and drink they consume should be warm and moist in humour. For example, the use of very hot spices and stimulants in children is not recommended. Whole wheat breads are good options in the form of homemade sandwiches with vegetables and some lamb or chicken. Homemade sweets made from almonds, white figs, dates (2-3 per day), carrots, sweet apples, raisins and leblebi are smart choices as well.

The Breakfast to Be Served

The use of carrot, fig, orange, apple, and quince jam along with butter or grape syrup is good for children with weakness and anemia, especially in the fall season, and it is better to be served with whole boiled cow’s milk. Boiled egg is one of the best foods that can be used for breakfast. Two daily glasses of sweet apples and carrot juice are recommended too. According to the season, sweet pomegranate juice is also useful for liver cleansing.

Foods to Increase Concentration

If the food is healthy and the temperament is moderate, it will help the body’s health and boost memory and understanding by eliminating laziness. As the child’s temperament is ultimately gentle, to have mental health and better concentration they must be prevented from sleeplessness. Some foods and drinks that enhance memory include figs, pistachios, hazelnuts, sweet almonds, walnuts, saffron, and cow’s milk. Families can give schoolchildren a combination of ten nuts as a nutritional supplement as well.

Avoid Harmful Foods

Traditional medicine in Iran says that if the habit of eating some kind of food is harmful, its use should be discontinued. Harmful foods like potato chips, cokes, fast foods and even most of the cakes and some biscuits should not be included in the nutrition program of students at school.

If warm food is served to the child, it is advised to use vegetable oils with unsaturated fatty acids. Go for dishes with lots of vegetables. It is suggested that families provide a student with a package of nutrition, including bread, some fruits and some nuts. Do not forget the diversity in these packages. Most importantly, make sure you have a non-plastic container for your child’s drinking water.

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Côte d’Ivoire Art Exhibition Underway in Tehran https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/cote-divoire-art-exhibition-underway-in-tehran/ https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/cote-divoire-art-exhibition-underway-in-tehran/#respond Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:51:53 +0000 https://ifpnews.com/?p=128150 The Iranian capital Tehran is hosting an exhibition of artworks and masks used by various tribes of Ivory Coast.

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The exhibition called “Côte d’Ivoire” has been organised by the Cultural Department of Ivory Coast’s embassy in Iran, and features 30 masks and 20 statues from different tribes of the African country.

The tribal or ethnographic art of Africa has had a great impact on contemporary art in the world, and great artists like Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani have been inspired by African tribal art.

The “Côte d’Ivoire” exhibition is underway at Cama Gallery in Tehran and will be open to visitors until December 17.

What follows are photos of the exhibition retrieved from Honar Online and Tehran Picture Agency:

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