| A protester holds up sign that reads Pahlavi Street in Tehran during the Iranian Revolution that toppled the last Iranian monarchy in Feb, 1979. The majority of Iranians have been supporting the Islamic Republic despite shot-comings and ups and downs.
|| Iran starts a major railway project in Chabahar sporting the Iranian Flag using explosives. Construction of 1,350 kilometers Chabahar- Zahedan-Mashhad railway, extending from southeast to northeast of the country gets started with 3 billion euro credit.
|| President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pays last tribute to late President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez who passed away after a long struggle with cancer.
|| During Nowruz celebrations in Tajikistan, historically part of the Greater Iran the Spring Bride holds the Sabzeh (green grass) an element of Haft-seen setting while riding on a car decorated with flowers.
| Every year, many Iranians celebrate Nowruz at Pasargadae by the Mausoleum of Cyrus The Great, the founder of Iran. Sabzeh (green grass) is an essential part of Haft-Seen setting for an agricultural culture wishing fertility and abundance.
|| Presidents of Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Tatarstan attend the fourth World Nowruz Festival Ashgabat, March, 2013 promoting greater regional cooperation in security, trade, and collaboration in energy.
|| Iranian President Ahmadinejad attends celebrations of the fourth World Nowruz Festival in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. March, 2013. After registration of Nowruz with UNESCO on Sep, 30, 2009, an initiative to mark the day started in Iran on March, 27, 2010.
|| A memorable shot from the Iranian Revolution of 1979 by Bahman Jalali. Revolutionary fighters carry a wounded person during clashes with the imperial guards of the Pahlavi regome. Jalali was a renown photographer who also documented the Iran-Iraq War.
| A special Haft-Seen setup for Norooz with Hajir Firooz dressed in red in Tehran's Shariati Park, March 2013. Sekkeh (Coins) , Seer (Garlic), Colored eggs, apples, Senjed (dried oleaster fruit) - symbolizing love are parts of the traditional celebration.
|| Recreation of Mosaddegh's Death in confinement in Ahmadabad on March 5, 1967. He was Iran’s first democratically elected Prime Minister overthrown in a CIA engineered coup in 1953. Shah prevented his body to be buried at Ibn-Babwayah cemetery.
|| Recreation of Ayatollah Taleghani's Death a key revolutionary cleric On September 10, 1979 in his home in tehran. Taleghani was a moderate cleric, a member of the Freedom Movement who spoke the language of people on the street and opposed extremism.
|| Pre-school children in Natanz celebrate the Arbor Day known as National Tree Planting Day, and the week of Preservation of Natural Resources March 2013. Throughout the country individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees and care for nature.
| leaders pose for a group photo during the summit of the Nonaligned Movement in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.The summit was attended by leaders of 120 countries, including 24 presidents, 3 kings, 8 prime ministers and 50 foreign ministers.
|| During one of first gatherings of the Majlis (parliament) during the Constitutional Revolution, representatives listen to the speaker Bahaolvaezin. The first session of the Iranian Parliament took place at the Golestan Palace and then in Baharestan Sq.
|| Students show off their hands with anti-American slogans during annual state-backed rally in front of the former US Embassy in Tehran, Nov. 2, 2012 marking the anniversary of the Hostage Crisis in 1979 to protest US failure to hand over the toppled shah.
|| A greeting card for the occasion of Bahmangan, one of ancient Iranian festivities. The Bahmangan symbol flower Zardak-e Sahra, Shaqaqol (parsnip) blooms in the month of Bahman (January-February) Special treats for celebration were made using Shaqaqol.
| A greeting card for Yalda, one of the oldest Iranian Festivities on the longest night of the year, winter solstice is celebrated as Shab-e Yalda after which days grow longer and it's considered the victory of light (God) over darkness (Evil).
|| Prptesters burn a portrait of the Shah as a sign of protest against his regime. Tehran, December 1978', from the series 'IranDiary' by Abbas Attar, a veteran photojournalist who has been covering world events since the 1970s.
|| Anti-Zionism Protests at the Enghelab St. of Tehran on Aug, 17, 2012, on the occasion of Al-Qods day: an annual pro-Palestinian rally when Israeli and British flags are burnt on the last Friday of Ramadan introduced in Iran by the Imam Khomeini in 1979.
|| On March 16, 1988, after two days of conventional artillery attacks, Iraqi planes dropped gas canisters on Halapcha. Chemical weapons supplied by Germany and Netherlands killed at least 5000 immediately and injured numerous civilians in Halabja.
| Public Execution of a Bandit named Asgar Khan during the Qajar era c.1911 in Shiraz.The newly formed police force in their neat uniforms and scores of people pose for a photograph taken by Mirza Fathollah Chehrenegar.
|| Soldiers of the Iranian Army during parades of 33rd Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran at Azadi (Freedom) Square, Tehran Feb, 2012. Iran is one of few countries in the world whose army is greatly independent and logistically self-sufficient.
|| Azargoon Flowers ((Gol-e Hamisheh Bahar or Calendula persica) are symbols of Azargan, one of ancient Iranian festivities that takes place in the month of Azar, the 9th month of Persian Solar Year.Azar is the deity protecting fire in ancient mythology.
|| A painting shows Iranian traveler Naser Khosrau and his brother in Basra where they was refused entry to a public Hamam because they looked so poor and shaggy. He recounts humiliation after children chasing them with stones in public indifference.
| A Happy Abangan Greeting Card for 1391.Abangan Ceremonies generally take place on 10th of original Aban, and 4th Aban in official calendar (Oct, 25) to honor Anahita, the Persian deity of flowing waters.
|| A postcard for Mehregan, one of the most important Iranian Festivities.Ceremonies may start any time during the month of Mehr depending on traditions. Mehregan; a name-day feast, is to honor the Yazata of Mehr, deity of friendship, affection and love.
|| Ayatollah Seyyed Abdolhossein Dastgheyb was a prominent Shiite cleric who had fought against the Pahlavi regime. On Dec, 11, 1981, on his way to Friday prayers, he was assassinated by MKO and became the third Martyr of Altar.
|| From right to left: Dr. Najafi, Dr. Ebtekar, Mr. Chamran, Mr. Dabir (members of the council) and Mrs. A'rabi in a meeting of the City Council of Tehran on 23 July 2009 listening to complaints regarding allegations of fraud in presidential elections.
| Tehran's Azadi Stadium formerly (Aryamehr) during the 16th Tehran Derby between Persepolis and Esteghlal F.C in May, 1975. G.Mazloumi(11,62) M.Mojdehi(47) scored 3 for Esteghlal and S.Iranpak(53) scored for Persepolis.
|| Tehran's Azadi Stadium hosting the 58th Tehran Derby between Persepolis F.C. and Esteghlal F.C on Feb, 25, 2009. Enayati(53) M.Fekri(87) P.Ghorbani(90+3) scored 3 for Esteghlal and S.Rezaei(67) S.Entezari(84) scored 2 for Persepolis.
|| An Iranian protestor holds the sign of Pahlavi Street now known as Valiasr Street of Tehran, adding the text toppled under it after the regime changed during the revolution of 1979. The street built by Reza Shah is the longest in the Middle East,
|| Quds Day demonstrations in Bojnourd, Friday, Aug, 17, 2012.On Aug, 7, 1979, Imam Khomeini invited the Muslims around the globe to march in solidarity with Palestinians on the last Friday of Ramazan to support the oppressed against the oppressor.
| Iranian Girls from Behesht High School in the city of Shahin Shahr are given safety training in case of an Earthquake 2010. The city was founded in the mid 1960s by six sons of a bug land-owner transforming 40,000 acres of Amirabad farmland to residential
|| A photograph in STERN magazine; Ayatollah Khomeini is being cheered and crowded as he returns to Tehran from exile on Feb,1 1979. A moment earlier, a supporter had, in the exuberance of the moment, knocked the turban off his head.
|| Postcard for the occasion of Mordadgan or Amordadgan, one of ancient Iranian Festivities. Mordadgan is mostly celebrated on the 3rd day of the month of Mordad or July, 24th in Gregorian calendar.Iris (Zanbagh-e Gilan) is the Flower symbol of Amordadgan.
|| Hostage Crisis ended after signing the Algiers accord on Jan, 19, 1981. Two days later, first group of Americans are release and they arrive at the US base in Stratoliner Germany. Unfortunately, US remained hostile not following the path towards peace.
| A stand presents posters of Lebanese Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah at the Digital Media Expo in Tehran, 2009.
|| Ancient Iranian Fiore Festivals such as Charshanbeh Souri or Sadeh required making a big fire and dancing around it. Molavi the Iranian peot says: Love is like flames here, and wisdom is smoke. When love comes wisdom is gone!
|| The Regional Computer Based Training on Anti-Money Laundering was jointly organized by the Financial Intelligence Unit in the Islamic Republic of Iran and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (Iran UNODC) from 12 to 15 February in Tehran.
|| 9/2011 American delegation leaves the General Assembly as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a majority of people in the United States and around the world believe the American government staged the Sept. 11 terror attacks in an attempt to assure Israel's survival.
| Embossed figues show a Greeting Ceremony in Perspolis where Xerxes is holding a lotus, behind him the Crown Prince holds a Nymphaea flower, behind them stand the ceremonial guards.This artwork was originally located in the middle of the Apadana stairway.
|| Fresco of the Persian embassy envoy of Shah Abbas 1st to Europe (1609–1615) visiting Pope Paul V in Rome, painted in 1615-1616. Sala dei Corazzieri, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome. This period marks a significant advance in Iranian foreign policy.
|| Public Execution by Hanging in the holy city of Mashhad. Two young men were convicted with rape.On April 27, 2011, human rights group Amnesty International condemned the sharp rise in the rate of public executions in Iran.
|| Defying sanctions, military threats and assassination of scientists, a new celebration has been added to Iranian Festivities for Nuclear achievements on Farvardin, 20 (April, 8) indicating the willingness to experience rights to peaceful nuclear energy.
| On July, 15, 2009, the Caspian Airlines Tupolev jet's impact plowed a deep, long trench into agricultural fields outside the village of Jannat Abad, and the aircraft was blasted to bits killing 153 passengers and 15 crewmembers.
|| Iran-USA Volleyball teams in World Cup match in Fukuoka, Japan Nov, 2011.Iran went into the match with great hopes as a giant killer with victories over Poland, Serbia, Japan and Argentina along with a loss to Cuba, but lost the game to US.
|| A boy and his teacher watch Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi writing a text on a black board during a visit to a new school school part of a program called Sepah Danesh Corps in the context of White Revolution in 1963.
|| A group of people join OWS activists to protest US Sanctions against Iran in Zaccuti Park New York during the new year celebrations of 2012. Most Iranians believe that US sanctions are unfairly damaging ordinary Iranians creating enemies.
| Tehran municipality distributes Green Men throughout the city for the occasion of Norooz 2011. Sabzeh (Green sprouts of wheat, barley) symbolizing rebirth is an essential of the Haftsin set and people grow grass on almost everything decorative.
|| A window shop in Tehran has used Seeb (Apple), Sabzeh (Greens), Samanoo (Persian pudding), Senjed (oleaster), Sir (garlic),Sumac and Serkeh (vinegar) to set up the 7 essentials of 7seen (Haftsin) table set for Norooz celebrations.
|| Norooz is an occasion for some Iranians to do some business. Students dressed all in red as Haji Firooz have died their face black. They sing and dance in the middle of the streets and collect tips from people passing by.
|| People in Tehran are shopping for Haftsin items of Norooz and naturally Sabzeh (Greens) and Flowers are essential symbols of the spring decorating Iranian homes.Norooz shopping creates an occasion that boosts local businesses.
| Iranians shopping Norooz items for 7Seen reads Haft-Seen in Persian stands for seven "S" as the first letter of items used to set a traditional table for Norooz. 2. Sabzeh (Green sprouts of wheat, barley) symbolizing rebirth is very essential item.
|| A Qajar era Painting shows the day of Ashura where Imam Hossein and his followers were tortured and slain in Karbala. The unique collection of paintings in Moghaddam Museum of Tehran are priceless in terms of their historical value.
|| Students clash with Supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and members of Basij militia hurling stones outside Tehran University Entrance during Protests the followed presidential Elections on June, 14, 2009.
|| A sketch showing Achaemenid Shah Cambyses capturing Pelusium in 525BC using cats from the book Greatest Nations : Greece published in the early years of the twentieth century contains ten volumes, and covers most of the major countries of world history.
| A Russian sketch from Army officers after they captured Derbent in 1722.The declining Safavi dynasty was an opportunity for Peter the great, to deploy 22,000 men and his newly built Caspian fleet and easily capture Darband in southern Daghestan.
|| A Protesting student sets a vehicle with diplomatic license plate on fire at cultural branch of the British Embassy in Gholhak, Tehran on Nov, 29, 2011, a day after Majlis voted to severe diplomatic ties with UK.
|| The Wedding at Susa ate 19th century engraving: Macedonian Alexander takes the daughter of last Achaemenid emperor Dariush 3rd Princess Barsineh (Statira 2nd) as his wife in order to make himself accepted among Persian nobles.
|| Roxana was the daughter of a Sogdian nobleman named Oxyartes who was killed by Alexander. After his father's death, Roxanne became the official wife of Macedonian Alexander. People speculate that Roxana caused Alexander's early death in 323BC.
| Sisygambis, mother of Dariush 3d and the rest of his family: his wife, daughters, and 5 year old son became captive after Dariush deserted at the Battle of Issus against Macedonian Alexander. Sisygambis denounced his son for being coward.
|| Anna is one of Occupy Wall Street Protesters in New York holding up a poster in support of Mohsen Safayi Farahani, a jailed Iranian activist. This is is third narration of the 99 Campaign named after "we are the %99" slogan.
|| A miniature from Padeshahnameh shows Safavid governors of Ghandahar Surrendering the Citadel to Shah Jahan in 1638. Shah Abbas 2 personally leaded an army and drove Indian invaders out of Ghandahar on Jan, 3, 1649.
|| Every year Zoroastrian community celebrates Sadeh in Tehran Fire Temple.The most elaborate report of the celebration of Sadeh after the dominations of Muslims over Iran comes from the 10th century AD during the reign of Mardaviz of Ziyarid dynasty.
| Legandary Kiani/Pishdadian King Houshang established the Sadeh tradition. He threw a rock at a snake, it hit another rock causing a spark, fire broke out and the snake escaped. Houshang blessed the fire as a light from God for which we must be thankful.
|| Group of Iranian women in chador holding flowers gather during Iranian Revolution demonstrations in Tehran for some special occasion probablly 17 Shahrivar martyrs, Sep, 7 1979.
|| First Friday Prayer after the Iranian Revolution of 1979 took place at a football field in Tehran University. Ayatollah Taleghani leaded the sermon on Aug, 16, 1978. Sadeq Ghotbzadeh, Ebrahim Yazdi, Hasem Seydjavadian, Ahmad Sadr were praying behind him.
|| Iranian Women in black chadors packed in the trunk of a car atTehran's Behesht Zahra cemetery in September, 1979, at the funeral of Ayatollah Taleghani: an Iranian theologian, humanist, reformer, democracy advocate and a senior Shia cleric of Iran.
| PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 17: Ken Alandt attends the occupy Phoenix protest October 17, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.OWS: Occupy Wall Street Movement started in New York in Sep, 2011 triggering general awakening among Americans that spread accross the world.
|| Painting shows Safavid Ambassador of Persia at the court of Louis XIV of France on Feb, 19, 1715. Wishing to reinforce exchanges with France, Shah Hossein sent an Embassy led by Mohammad Reza Beg.
|| A vendor is cooking Zoolbia of Fouman. Zoolbia is a special sweet treat mostly popular during the month of Ramazan throughtout Iran. It's made a bit differently in Fouman where it's thicker, more juicy and lighter. Fouman is famous for Kooloocheh cookies.
|| On June, 2, 1967 Mohammad Reza Shah visited West-Berlin. This picture from Der Spiegel shows the tragic moment of Benno Ohnesorg’s death, a student who was shot during anti-Shah protests. A female student is holding his head.
| Iranian Protester Akbar Amini on top of a crane in Tehran on Feb, 14, 2011. The significance of his protest was high as it sparked demonstations accross Tehran. The crane has been used for executions in Iran to hang people and show it off in public.
|| Elamite era rock reliefs in Kulefarah Archeological site in Izeh-Khuzestan. It shows a greeting ceremony where the Queen is sitted accepting guests. This can be an event at a palace or temple with multiple floors such as Choghazanbil in Susa.
|| Qajar Naseroddin Shah in Britain sitting between Princessed of Wales and Russia at a concert in Robert Hall. Shah's European trips to indulge his lust cost the nation alot as he ran out of money and gave away concessions to borrow money.
|| Pahlavi Cabinet of Ministers of 1959 :Ali-Akbar Zargham (far left), Teimur Bakhtiar (4th from left), Manuchehr Eghbal (center), Jafar Sharif-Emami (left of Eghbal), Jamshid Amouzegar (right of Eghbal), Asadollah Alam (far right)
| Taghebostan Kermanshah: Embossed figures of Sassanid king of kings Ardeshir 1 during coronation ceremony of Ardeshir 2. Zoroastrian deity Mithra on the left is honoring the deal. Taghebostan rock reliefs is a well preserved Sassanid collection.
|| Pahlavi Princess Shahnaz Wedding ceremony with Ardeshir Zahedi. Born October 27, 1940 Shahnaz is the first child of the late Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and his first wife, Princess Fouziyeh of Egypt.
|| When the king of India sent the chessboard to Sassanid king Khosrau Anoushirvan, Bozorgmehr not only won the Indian ambassador in the game but also invented backgammon. The story is depicted in the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi in Persian poems.
|| An Iranian girl smiles showing off her water-gun at Tehran's Water & Fire or Ibrahim Park. Water fight games among the Iranian youth triggered a police crackdown and arrests as the regime sees threat in social gaherings similar to the Arab Springs.
| Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi is honoring wrestling champion Gholamreza Takhti, presenting him a medallion but Takhti does not bow his head even in front of the Shah depicting the fact that it takes much to be a Pahlevan.
|| Destruction of Susa of Elam by Ashurbanipal, 693(647?) BC, relief. flames rise from the city as Assyrian soldiers topple it with pickaxes and crowbars and carry off the spoils.Ashurbanipal avenger for the humiliations of the non-semitic Elamite Empire.
|| Chehelsotoon Palace of Isfahan: A well preserved Safavid painting shows the battle of Marv, in 1510 in which Shah Ismail defeated the Uzbek army headed by Sheybak Khan.
|| Tehran; The second National Front was created in 1960 which consisted of prominent people such as Sanjabi, Bazargan, Saleh, Bakhtiar, Boroumand, Parsa, Forouhar, Sadighi, Khonji and others during a congress in 1962 holding up Mosaddegh's portrait.
| Kulefarah valley in Izeh/Khuzestan. Embossed image of an Elamite ceremonial Sacrifice scene where the tall king or goddess is presented with cattles around 3000 BC. Behind him there are a group of small people.
|| Iranian paratroopers wait at Shiraz Air Base to board a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft for a training mission during CENTO Exercise, on Aug, 1 1977. .CENTO was adapted by Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and the UK It was dissolved in 1979.
|| Armed female militia parade during the first anniversary of Islamic Revolution of 1979 on Feb, 11, 1980. Some women used a headscarf as hijab and others preferred head-to-toe Chador.
|| Kerman vocational Girls School in Sep, 1950 on the occasion of the visit by head Zoroastrian priest from Bombay. Zoroastrianism is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of prophet Zoroaster AKA Zarathustra or Zartosht.
| Qajar Army Music Band Orchestra in early 1900s. Band members were usually young teenagers. They used a variety of ragged uniforms and headgears including normal caps or brass or tin helmets.
|| Blue Soccer Team in 1941. The first Iranian football team was formed by Abadan Refinery workers in 1910s after exploration of oil fields in southern Iran. In 1972, first national football league was inaugurated. 4 years later Abadan adopted Brasil colors.
|| Assassination attempt against Qajar king Mozaffaroddin Shah while riding in his Coach in Paris on Au, 2, 1900. On his way to purchase some automobiles a French man approached the coach but before he could pull the trigger Hakimolmolk grabbed his hand.
|| Firing Squad in Iran, taken by Jahangir Razmi on Aug, 27, 1979 and published anonymously in Ettelaat Newspaper winning Pulitzer Prize but the identity of the photographer was not revealed until 2006.
| Pahlavi era late 1930s. Staff of the Tabriz Railway Station pose in their Uniforms. The station first became operational with inauguration of the Tabriz-Jolfa route (150km) in 1916. In 1958, it was connected to Tehran with a 750 km railroad in 1958.
|| The Iranian Consulate documents the massacre of Muslim Azarbaijani Activists in Baku. About 12000 were killed between March 30 and April 2, 1918 by Russian forces. Because of a weak central government, Iran did not respond to this tragedy in time.
|| Execution of Iranian democracy Activists by Russians who pose with their drawn Swords in Tabriz/Azarbaijan.(circa 1909-1910) crushing first democracy movements in Iran, while promoting Iranophobia and separatism among Turkish and Kurdish citizens.
|| A group of beautiful Iranian School Girls are Mocking enforced Hijab, taking their headscarf off and posing in front of a propaganda sign promoting Islamic dress code which has been imposed on the female society by force.
| Iranian Women Voting. During what the Pahlavi regime called the referandum on White Revolution in 1963, Iranian women experience their right to vote for the first time on major issues such as land reforms.
|| At a resting Camp of Ghashghayi Ashayer Tribe during their Migration. Camels and horses carry some of the heavy load while modern Ashayer prefer to send most of it by truck together with the elderly and children.
|| Iran Air (Homa) Boeing 727 passenger plane crashed near the city of Urmia on Jan, 9, 2011. Authorities blame the incident on snow and bad weather conditions which doesn't change the fact that one of the world's most reliable airlines is now a risky one.
|| Byzantine Emperor Constantine and the Council of Nicaea. The burning of Arian books by holy fathers is illustrated below. Arianism is the theological teaching attributed to Arius (ca. AD 250–336), a Christian presbyter from Alexandria,
| An artwork in Tehran Metro, Taleghani Station showing Norooz ceremonies. A group of musicians (commonly known as Motreb) are performing around the 7seen table with all icons such as grass, red fish, apple, etc making 7 items that start with S in Persian.
|| Qajar era Ashura Ceremonies during the lunar month of Moharram. These mourning rituals took place every year among Shiite Muslims after the massacre of Karbala in 680 AD where Imam Hossein and his followers were martyred.
|| Flow of Refugees, mostly women and children from the Khuzestan area during the Iran Iraq War. Some of these people who were displaced from their homes never made it back home and they changed demographics of some of neighboring provinces.
|| US hostages departing from Germany on an airplane after being held for 444 days. The US embassy staff were engaged in acts of espionage. US backed coup of 1953 and hostility towards Iran were among causes of extremism by revolutionary students.
| Pahlavi era: Ayatollah Kashani is seen with Imam Khomeini in 1952 in Qom during a special mourning ceremony in honor of Ayatollah Khansari.
|| Senator Mehdi Farrokh, inaugurates the new Mausoleum of Firdowsi in Toos, Khorasan in 1956.Ferdowsi died in 1020 at the age of 85 and because of his faith zealots did not admit him to the cemetery. Same happens to many Iranian thinkers, poets, writers,..
|| US Hostage Crisis : Protests in support and against hostage taking of US diplomats in Tehran.The 600 plus attendees are fairly evenly split between MCOB supporters, and anti-Iranian protestors. November 16, 1979
|| US Pahlavi era: Around 200 Students, mostly Iranains protest against the Shah and US involvement in Iran on Nov, 17, 1978.
| Pahlavi II, Mohammad Reza Shah on July, 8,1955 visits Indian delegate inquiring about Indian development projects after the ceremony talking to India’s Trade Commissioner in Tehran
|| Protesters clash with security forces during post Election unrests on Ashura day (1388H). Rival candidates accuse President Ahmadinejad of rigging the election, a charge that was denied.
|| IRI Police attacks a peaceful demonstration by Women Rights Activists in 2007. Iran's totalitarian regime is accused of violating the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities, as well as ignoring international human rights conventions.
|| Gathering of a group of people in San Diego/US show their support for post-election protests in 2009. The protests were brutaly suppressed and voices of dissent were silenced.
| Iraqi soldiers taken as POWs, poster of Imam Khome liberation of Khorramshahr in 1982. Persistence and martyrdom were key elements of this victory. However, during years that followed the war became institutionalized.
|| A. Screenshot from our homepage in IRI-2010 as one of most visited pages in Iran: A new achievement of Aniranian Mongols: Access to Fouman.com has been banned for Iranian internet users since Oct, 26, 2010 for undisclosed reasons.
|| The POWs: About 19,000 Iraqi soldiers were taken prisoner after liberation of Khorramshahr which was occupied for 578 days. During the Beytolmoghaddas Operation 6,000 Iranian soldiers were killed and 24,000 were injured.
|| Chicago University staffs pose as inspecting one of tens of thousands of Achaemenid Foundation Tablet lent in 1937. Unfortunately, even after 73 years, a comprehensive digital catalog of this world heritage has not been prepared to be used by researchers.
| Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a ceremony at the Ancient Iran Museum of Tehran comments on the Cyrus Cylinder, an artifact from Achaemenid king Cyrus the Great, known to be the first chapter of human rights in history.
|| A traditional Qajar School called Maktab in Tehran which were elementary schools until the 20th century; boys were instructed in Quran recitation, reading, writing, and grammar in maktabs, which were the only means of mass education.
|| Tehran Toopkhaneh/Sepah Square (Imam Khomeini Sq.)Aug, 1953. Toodeh Party Demonstrations destabilized the political power of the democratic government of Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh leading to the coup that brought back the dictator (statue seen on the horse)
|| Four Qajar Guards holding Rifles take a souvenir photograph with four Prisoners in Chain. The captives might have been of some importance probably followers of the Bahai sect but no information is available regarding their identities.
| Two rows of 31 Iranian Flags .on each side of Hakim Bridge on Shahid Bakeri intersection in Tehran July, 2010. Iran celebrated 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution with more self esteem with more development projects using domestic know-how.
|| Tehran 1943: Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister shakes hands with his appointed puppet king Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. On the left Ali Soheili, the Iranian Prime Minister who provided for Tehran Conference is seen.
|| Corpses of the victims of IR655 flight recovered from the Persian Gulf. The IR655 can be considered mass murder in broad day light, as a savage US military unit attacked an unarmed civilian passenger aircraft twice, clearly aiming to kill on July 3, 1988.
|| Iranian female students of arts, during a test session called Konkoor at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University. Each year, some 1,300,000 students enter this race to be admitted to the higher education program in 2010 Exams.
| Iranian girls take a test in Isfahan. The university admission Exams known with a strange word "Konkoor" has been the gateway to higher education in Iran, part of a selection process to choose from the best with some exceptions of privileges and quotas.
|| Teams from Lorestan, Hamedan, Markazi, and Kermanshah gather in Boroujerd for a Motorcycle cross Race on July, 2, 2010. Young fans on top of a tanker try to get a better glimpse of the new excitement.
|| Two pairs of Iranian twin girls are entertainiing themselves by various activities such as games and sing along songs. Every year Iranian twins gather at Isfahan's Twins Festival taking place at the Noor Garden in June, 19, 2010.
|| Tehran University Demonstrations in support of Dr. Mosaddegh that turn into a general demonstration on Mar, 2, 1953. Left and right groups instigated opressed Iranian people to take it to the streets on every occasion.
| Tehran Declaration: LTR; Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, President Lula Da Silva, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Turkish PM Recep Erdogan join hands after a historical agreement on May, 17, 2010.
|| IRI Iranian Team attending the opening of the 21st Winter Olympics in Canada / 2010. Skier Maryam Kalhor is holding the Iranian flags. The Iranian team composed of 9 persons, 4 of which were sports people.
|| Tehran Charshanbeh Souri Fireworks 2010: Each year ancient festivities to celebrate the last Wednsday of the year causes nationwide alert because of casualties, and public disturbance due to use of illegal explosives and combustibles.
|| A caravan of horses, donkeys and mules carry the heavy load in front of the Majlis (parliament) around 1927. Iranian flags and two photos most probably from Reza Shah show a special event maybe acknowledging the Pahlavi dynasty founded in 1926.
| Pahlavi era : Queen Farah Diba during a state visit to the city of Yazd escorted by military personnel and greeted by the band at the airport. Farah was an active person in cultural and charity activities.
|| World War II: Occupation forces entering Kermanshah. Iranians watch British Tanks parading in city streets.
|| World War II: British occupation forces enter Abadan refinery. The British colonial establishment has a racist aristocratic attitude towards other nations giving themselves the right to kill, steal, spy and justify any wrongdoing in the name of the queen.
|| Tehran Toopkhaneh Square 1950s : Different groups of people in a Demonstration supporting Nationalization of Oil Industry.
| Qajar kings promoted Ashura Ceremonies for their own political agenda. Subscript on this photo from 1905 says that mourners in white demanded release of a convict.
|| A young man makes a V sign for victory. Iran Iraq War Refugees fleeing their cities after resisting the invaders with bare hands.
|| Tehran, November, 21, 1997 Protesters shout slogans against Ayatollah Montazeri after Friday prayers, for questioning Ayatollah Khamenei's authority.
|| A painting depicts Stoning to death in Qajar era, a form of brutal capital punishment for Adultery from Middle Ages.
| Two Iranian girls wearing chador pose for a photograph by a Tank captured from Iraqi invaders. The boy on the tank is holding a G3 machine gun.
|| Reza Shah Pahlavi's Navy Drown by a sting attack from the British during the World War II
|| Iran Iraq War :A young Iranian boys stands guard by Iraqi Prisoners Of War (POW)
|| An Iranian Girl Protesting 2009 IRI Election results that the Iranian regime called a foreign backed velvet revolution. Protests were brutally suppressed.
| A very strange ceremony: Qajar Smoking Party called chopogh-keshan
|| A poster showing Tehran conquest, a decisive victory for Constitutional Monarchy Movement. in July 1909. The two men on horse are Sardar Asad and Sepahsalar Azam Tankaboni.
|| Soldiers and Tanks guard the Iran Radio building while general Zahedi is broadcasting his coup announcement.
|| Qajar era Iranian Jews special gathering in front of Jewish (Kalimi) synagogue
| Mohammad Reza Shah presents a gift at the wedding of his daughter Shahnaz from first wife Fouzieh with Ardeshir Zahedi. Shahnaz later married Khosrow Jahanbani in February of 1971.
|| Tehran 2009 Iranian boys hold US and Iranian Flags during Takhti Wrestling Cup as part of sportsman diplomacy.
|| South Lebanon: Army of Iran backed Hezbollah (Party of God) during the 33 days War with Israel destroys a Merkava Tank
|| Tehran Airport: One week after the coup, the military junta awaits exiled Mohammad Reza Shah in 1953
| Tehran A Peykan Taxi is on Fire. Passengers escape the scene 2008
|| Tehran: Iranian Girls attend a Soccer Show 2009
|| Tehran Mozaffaroddin Shah Qajar signs Constitutional Monarchy decree 1906
|| Greek fleet under Demetruis Poliorcetes & engaging the Persian fleet under Ptolemy I of Egypt during the 2nd naval Battle of Salamis, 306 BC
| Iran-Arak first Iran-made container Ship Hormozgan Aug, 20 2009
|| State delegate during inauguration of the Amirkabir Dam
|| Nationalization of oil:1950 Iranians hanging a sign that reads Interim board of directors of Nationalization of Oil industry.
|| Dish Terminators gathering satellite receivers from Iran roofs 2009
| Iran US Youth Volleyball Teams posing during a friendly match in 2009
|| Militia plain clothes break in student dormitory doors after post-election protests due to widespread fraud in 2009.
|| Foreign supporters of a Iranian opposition. Iran-South Korea soccer match 2009 that ended with a 1-1 draw disqualifying national team in the world cup tournament.
|| Ferdowsi wears a green shawl. Mousavi supporters gather around Ferdowsi Sq. to protest big fraud in 10th presidential elections. The famous poet has been inspiring Iranians since the completion of Shahnameh in 1010 AD.
| Young Iranians during Norooz Celebrations by Cyrus The Great's Tomb
|| Reza Shah Pahlavi's ceremonial funeral in Egypt after his exile and death in Johannesburg 1944
|| A newspaper clip showing Iranian girls team playing soccer(Football) during 1970s before the Islamic Revolution in 1979. After wrestling which is considered national sports, Football has been a great temptation for Iranians specially during world cup.
|| 1948 Iranian International Music Society Orchestra performing
| Naseroddin Shah Funeral Ceremony. Naser al-Din was assassinated by Mirza Reza Kermani, a follower of Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, when he was visiting and praying in the shrine of Shah-Abdol-Azim.
|| Unrest in Tehran in front of the Majlis: Pro-shah Soldiers surround the Parliament building in Tehran on 19 August 1953. Mosaddegh was rounded up as the CIA-backed coup came to a successful end.
|| Russian Cossacks greet the imperial Qajar coach Iran 1910. The Persian Cossack Brigade was an elite cavalry unit formed in 1879 in Iran and modeled after Russian Cossack formations.
|| A group of Iranian women demonstrating against enforced hijab that came with Islamic Republic
| Public execution of convicts which was an ususal scene in Iran, drawing international criticism because it was abused by western corporate media. The guy in the middle seems to be happy though.
|| Anti-riot police seen during demonstrations against western countries
|| Ashura Ceremonies Modern Times; Every day is Ashura and every land is Kerbala refers to modern day injustice and inequality in the world. Despots and dictators still suppress freedom movements which can not be found anywhere in the world.
|| Iranian Girls Group Performing Arts
| Shiraz Karimkhan Arc : A convict, probably a rebel is tied to a cannon
|| Naseroddin Shah Ceremonial Funeral. He was buried in the Shah-Abdol-Azim Cemetery, in Rayy near Tehran, where he was assassinated. His one-piece marble tombstone, bearing his full effigy, is now kept in the Golestan Palace Museum
|| Iranians gather to get a glimpse at the first baloon to fly over Tehran skies, Iran 1877
|| 1925 Ghashghayi tribe in their Winter tent hosting members of the oil Company
| Iranian Air Force officers visiting leader Ayatollah Khamenei
|| Tents erected in the back of Persepolis ruins during 2500 Years Celebrations in 1971 —designed to remind the world that Shah ruled Persia with the extravagance of a modern-day Xerxes or Dariush.
|| Persian Army Tehran 1880
|| Mullah march during an anti American Demonstration
| People dressed as Sanatas Carry Iran and US Flags while skiing
|| Queen Farah Pahlavi receives the crown from Mohammadreza Shah
|| Authorities including Khalkhali watch US Air Force rubbles left from unsuccessful Tabas Fried Eagle operation which proved to Americans that Iran was no more their playground.
|| Demonstrations during the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Protesters hold up posters of Imam Khomeini, Dr. Mosaddegh and Takhti. The upcoming conservative regime however suppressed different views and Mosaddegh and his ideas were maltreated.
| Iranian Militia Faav Liberation
|| Iranian girl and boy celebrating victory of the revolution
|| Iranian front : Collection of photos from Iran Iraq war scenes
|| Norooz 1388, young Iranians Celebrating the new year by the tomb of Cyrus The Great
| Falak was considered a minor punishment in Qajar times. A photo from 1905 shows the convict beaten on his feet in public.
|| Feb, 2004 : Photographs from the scenes of an Iranian runaway train derailed near Neishabour and exploded killing more than 400 people
|| Scenes from the Iranian Fokker-50 Kish Air Plane Crash in Sharjah, Emirates 2004 killing 38 people onboard
|| Scenes from a C130 Plane crashing near Mehrabad airport killing 128 onboard
| As the hero of the Battle of Salamis, Themistocles is honored during cermeony at a Spartan temple celebrating the Athenian defeat of Persian naval forces
|| Civil disorder and street fighting in Tehran 1979
|| The Hostage Crisis: Angry Iranian militants calling themselves, students in the path of Imam outside the US Embassy in 1979
|| Sassanid Infantry 2500 Years Celebrations
| Shredded Documents US Embassy
|| US Embassy Hostages
|| Qazvin Gendarmerie June Parade 1941
|| Mossadegh at the junta court. On December 21, 1953, he was sentenced to death. Later, Mosaddegh's sentence was commuted to three years in solitary confinement in a military prison, followed by house arrest in his Ahmadabad residence, until his death
| Iranians Burning US Flag
|| Siege Tower Achaemenid 2500 Celebrations
|| Demonstrators supporting Mosaddegh gather in front of the Majlis.After negotiations for higher oil royalties failed, on 15 March Majlis voted to nationalize the British-owned and operated AIOC, taking control of Iran's oil industry.
|| Qajar Ahmad Shah Ceremony
| Ayatollah Khomeini casting vote near his residence in Jamaran
|| Mohammadreza Shah Farah Diba Engagement
|| Falak Punishment Beating Feet Qajar
|| Chariots Achaemenids 2500 Celebrations.Shah flew in dignitaries from all over the world, along with dinner from Maxim's in Paris, one of the finest restaurants in Europe, an arrogant display of imperial wealth and Western decadence.
| 1979 Revolution Children
|| British Sailors Seized in Iranian waters are freed during a ceremony after 15 days
|| Operation Fried Eagle Iran Tabas: After Iranian students took over the Spy Den, the US attempted a military attack called the Operation Eagle Claw on Apr, 24, 1980 which failed after helicopters were damaged by a sandstorm.
|| Iranair IR655 , the flight was shot down by USS Vincennes on the Bandar Abbas-Dubai leg, which resulted in 290 civilian fatalities from six nations including 66 children. 38 non-Iranians were aboard also. Iran calls US action : A barbaric massacre.