Some extremely intricate pin heads from Iran.

All are Luristan, made of bronze and date to about 1000-650 BC. The sharp needle section of the pins has not survived in most cases. The craftsmanship of these works is astonishing, especially given their tiny size.

Courtesy of the lacma. Via their online collections: M.76.97.207M.76.97.183M.76.97.158M.71.73.20 & M.76.97.186.

US Drops Key Demand to Inspect Iran Nuclear Sites

In a major setback to stop Iran from nuclear capability, the US has agreed to drop its key demand to inspect Iran’s nuclear sites. A bad deal has now become much worse.

In a stunning development, the US has agreed to Iran’s demand to drop inspections of nuclear sites from any final deal over its nuclear program, according to Israel’s Channel 1. The goal of the talks involving Iran and the US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia is a deal that would limit Tehran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.

According to the New York Times, Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final word on all public matters in Iran, demanded that most sanctions be lifted before Tehran has dismantled part of its nuclear infrastructure and before international inspectors verify that the country is beginning to meet its commitments.

He also ruled out any freeze on Iran’s sensitive nuclear enrichment for as long as a decade, and he repeated his refusal to allow inspections of Iranian military sites.

Reports have also surfaced that US President Barack Obama has sent a private letter to Iran’s leadership. Its contents have yet to be disclosed.

Read here 

source: UnitedwithIsrael


1. Iranian women attend a ceremony to recite verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran and Bidgol, some 140 miles (225 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

2. Worshippers sit at the shrine of the Shiite Saint Abdulazim during Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

3. Women attend an Iftar, the evening meal in which Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset, in the first day of Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Shiite Saint Abdulazim during in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

4. Women perform their evening prayers, at the shrine of Shiite Saint Saleh during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in northern Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

5. An Iranian man prays at Jame mosque of Tehran’s old main bazaar during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, Iran.(AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

6. Men and women recite verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during a mass religious ceremony to mark the holy month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran and Bidgol, Iran. (Morteza Nikoubazl/Zuma Press)

7. Preparing for iftar at Imam Reza holy shrine in Iranian city of Mashhad. (Alalam Photo x)

8. Iranian family break their fast with an Iftar meal outside Emamzadeh Saleh mosque in Tajrish square in northern Tehran during the holy month of Ramadaan. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

Yemeni peace talks sabotaged in Geneva
After nearly a week of discussions in Geneva, Switzerland, United Nations talks to end the fighting in Yemen have adjourned with no resolution to the months-long war.
By Abayomi Azikiwe

Talks broke down after the Yemeni politician backed by the Saudi Arabian and Gulf Cooperation Council, the ousted fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, demanded he be re-installed as Yemen’s head of state before the Saudi bombing of the country is halted. The bombing has taken place daily since March 26.

Between 2,500 and 4,000 people have been killed in the bombing and in fighting on the ground. Humanitarian organizations report that some 500,000 have been forced to leave their homes.

Efforts by the Islamic Republic of Iran and popular organizations from other countries to provide relief assistance have been thwarted by the Saudi-GCC alliance, backed by Washington. The Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency are assisting the Riyadh alliance through refueling and information sharing.

Although the administration of President Barack Obama has engaged in talks in Oman with the Ansurallah (Houthis) Movement, which is now in control of large areas of Yemen, the U.S. has come down solidly in favor of the Saudi aggressors. Since the withdrawal of its Special Forces and diplomatic personnel from Yemen in late March, Washington has sought to maintain its influence through the Saudi-GCC forces.

The Beauty of Traditional Iranian Architecture

Photographer Ramin Rahmani Nejad captured the beauty of colors and unique architectural features of the majestic Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, also known as the “Pink Mosque.” Located in Shiraz, Iran, the Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque is one of the few mosques in the world that is designed with stained glass windows. Adorned with painted geometric tiles on its arches and ceilings along with the high use of pink tile, the sacred building is an exquisite representation of Iranian architecture, history, and beauty.