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May 7, 2014 0

Iran Weekly: Selected News & Developments

The fol­low­ing is a selec­tion of news reports and com­men­tary from Iran­ian media and main­stream pub­li­ca­tions on devel­op­ments per­tain­ing to Iran. This weekly update includes a sam­pling of pub­lished reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media* as well as rel­e­vant arti­cles from the inter­na­tional press.

Iran­ian Media

Zarif: We have taken away Netanyahu’s com­fort*
(Mehr News Agency – May 6, 2014)

Iran­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Moham­mad Javad Zarif appeared before a par­lia­men­tary com­mis­sion on Tues­day over his remarks on the verac­ity of the Holo­caust. Zarif, who stated in sev­eral inter­na­tional inter­views that the Holo­caust did hap­pen, told the com­mis­sion, “I have spo­ken to [the Supreme Leader] per­son­ally about his speech on the Holo­caust and he has con­demned the killing of the Jews and has refuted his state­ment on the issue.”

Iran rejects restric­tions on nuclear facil­i­ties ‘free trans­fer’
(Mehr News Agency – May 6, 2014)

In a meet­ing with the Prepara­tory Com­mit­tee for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Con­fer­ence in New York, Reza Najafi, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, said, “All coun­tries have the right to set their national agenda for access­ing full nuclear fuel chain and should be respected.” Najafi also rejected mea­sures to restrict and ban the trans­fer of nuclear facilities.

Supreme Leader meets with offi­cials of Soci­ety of Mid­wifery
(Office of the Supreme Leader – May 5, 2014)

 In a speech mark­ing the Inter­na­tional Day of the Mid­wife, Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei stressed Iran’s need for pop­u­la­tion growth in accor­dance with his Per­sian New Year mes­sage from March. “A coun­try with­out youth means a coun­try with­out inno­va­tion, progress, excite­ment and enthu­si­asm. There­fore, the vital plan of increas­ing pop­u­la­tion should be fol­lowed up in a seri­ous way.”

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Defense Min­is­ter Hos­sein Dehqan

Israel dis­ar­ma­ment a demand by all nations: Min­is­ter
(Mehr News Agency – May 5, 2014)

Iran’s Defense Min­is­ter, Brigadier Gen­eral Hos­sein Dehqan, said dur­ing an offi­cial visit to China this week, “The dis­ar­ma­ment of such war­mon­ger a regime as the Zion­ist regime is a demand by all nations in the region which should set a pri­or­ity to inter­na­tional organizations.”

Iran’s influ­ence has reached the Mediter­ranean*
(Fars News Agency – May 2, 2014)

Major Gen­eral Yahya Rahim-Safavi, a for­mer com­man­der of the IRGC, addressed a cer­e­mony com­mem­o­rat­ing a mil­i­tary oper­a­tion from the Iran-Iraq war, and said: “Cer­tainly, the strat­egy of Amer­ica, Saudi Ara­bia, Turkey, Qatar and the Euro­pean coun­tries for the over­throw of Bashar Assad has faced defeat. This defeat is a strate­gic fail­ure for the West­ern front, the Arabs and Zion­ists, and was a great vic­tory for the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran.” Safavi added, “Iran’s influ­en­tial power stretches from the axis of Iran, Iraq and Syria to the Mediter­ranean, and this is the third time that Iran’s influ­ence has reached the Mediter­ranean. Our line of defense is no longer Sha­lam­cheh. Our bor­der defense is south­ern Lebanon with Israel and our deep defen­sive strat­egy has reached the Mediter­ranean above Israel’s head.”

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran­ian FM: I won’t allow offi­cial Holo­caust denial
(The Times of Israel – May 6, 2014)

Dur­ing his ques­tion­ing in par­lia­ment over his recent com­ments on the Holo­caust, For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif said that he will not allow Iran’s rep­u­ta­tion to be dam­aged with state­ments about “Holo­caust Denial.” Zarif also added, “We shall not allow the Zion­ist regime – who is ille­gally in pos­ses­sion of chem­i­cal and nuclear weapons and is the biggest vio­la­tor of non-proliferation laws – to por­tray Iran as a danger.”

The right way to press Iran
(The New York Times, Op-Ed – May 6, 2014)

Ken­neth Pol­lack from the Brook­ings Insti­tute writes that the Obama admin­is­tra­tion should focus on “con­duct­ing intru­sive inspec­tions, design­ing a mech­a­nism to eas­ily reim­pose sanc­tions if Iran cheats, and extend­ing the dura­tion of the agreement.”

Inter­na­tional inspec­tors to visit two nuclear facil­i­ties in Iran
(The Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor – May 4, 2014)

Offi­cials from the Inter­na­tional Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit two nuclear sites in Iran, ful­fill­ing a series of demands made by the nuclear watch­dog agency. “Fol­low­ing the visit, Iran will be able to say that the seven-agreed mea­sures struck between the Iran and the agency have ful­filled,” Behrouz Kamal­vandi, spokesman for Iran’s atomic depart­ment, said to reporters.

Iran bans What­sApp due to ‘Jew­ish own­er­ship’
(Haaretz – May 3, 2014)

The Com­mit­tee for Deter­min­ing Crim­i­nal Web Con­tent announced that it is ban­ning the pop­u­lar mobile phone app, What­sApp, and “the rea­son for this is the adop­tion of What­sApp by the Face­book founder Mark Zucker­berg, who is an Amer­i­can Zionist.”

Beat­ings, tor­ture, and impris­on­ment: It’s not easy being a jour­nal­ist in Iran
(Vice News – May 3, 2014)

The leader of the “World’s Most Pro­lific Jailer of Jour­nal­ists” was announced this week dur­ing World Press Free­dom Day. Replac­ing Turkey, who has claimed the title for two years, is the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran with its cur­rent impris­on­ment of 35 mem­bers of the press.

Pol­i­tics, mar­kets com­pli­cate Rouhani’s res­cue of Iran econ­omy
(Reuters – May 1, 2014)

Iran’s national cur­rency con­tin­ues to suf­fer, adding pres­sure to Pres­i­dent Rouhani’s plan to res­cue Iran’s fal­ter­ing economy.

White House says it has ‘wide range of options’ if Iran talks fail
(The Jerusalem Post – May 1, 2014)

Jake Sul­li­van, the deputy assis­tant to Pres­i­dent Obama, told the Jerusalem Post, “If talks break down, and if Iran is not nego­ti­at­ing in good faith, we are pre­pared to work with Con­gress to impose more sanctions.”

Brain drain blights Iran’s econ­omy as investors wait in wings
(Bloomberg – April 28, 2014)

Accord­ing to Iran’s National Elites Foun­da­tion, over the past two years at least 40 per­cent of top-performing Iran­ian stu­dents in sci­ence and engi­neer­ing have left Iran. Most stu­dents end up leav­ing for greener pas­tures in Canada, Aus­tralia, Ger­many and Sweden.

Ahmadine­jad denies return to pol­i­tics
(Al-Monitor – April 28, 2014)

Dur­ing a recent visit to the city of Mash­had, for­mer Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad reit­er­ated that he does not plan to reen­ter pol­i­tics. “I do not intend to enter pol­i­tics,” Ahmadine­jad told the crowd of supporters.

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May 6, 2014 0

Mahmoud Abbas’ Official Website Features His Holocaust Conspiracies

Pales­tin­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Abbas issued an impor­tant state­ment last week call­ing the Holo­caust “the most heinous crime.”  We hope this state­ment will fil­ter down into the Pales­tin­ian edu­ca­tional curriculum.mahmoud-abbas-holocaust-books-nazi-zionism

The moral clar­ity and impact of his state­ment, how­ever, is obscured by the avail­abil­ity of books sug­gest­ing the Holo­caust was orches­trated by some kind of Nazi-Zionist alliance on Abbas’ offi­cial pres­i­den­tial website

Eigh­teen books writ­ten by Abbas are avail­able on his offi­cial pres­i­den­tial web­site in a sec­tion called, “A col­lec­tion of Mr. President’s Books.”

In one the books, titled The Other Face… The Secret Rela­tion­ship Between Nazism and Zion­ism, Abbas argues that Hitler “had the pri­mary role in estab­lish­ing the ‘Zion­ist Entity’ in Pales­tine” by allow­ing “Zion­ists to build a strong econ­omy and pro­vid­ing facil­i­ties for those with cap­i­tal so they can trans­fer their money to Pales­tine… with­out [Hitler’s sup­port], Jews couldn’t leave Germany.”

He also claims that any­one who tries to explore this secret rela­tion­ship will “face an end no bet­ter than the end of Adolf Eich­mann,” a ref­er­ence to the Nazi leader who was exe­cuted in Israel for his role in the Holocaust.

Another book writ­ten by Abbas avail­able on the web­site is called, Zion­ism… The Begin­ning And The End. On page 97, Abbas wrote, “Zion­ism and Anti-Semitism are two faces of the same coin.” Abbas described a form of anti-Semitism called “Con­tracted Anti-Semitism” which he defines as Zion­ist lead­ers work­ing with State offi­cials in dif­fer­ent coun­tries to stim­u­late anti-Semitism in order to force the Jews to immi­grate to Israel.

There is no bet­ter time than now for the bib­li­og­ra­phy to be removed from the Pres­i­den­tial website.

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March 26, 2014 0

Iran Weekly: Selected News & Developments

The fol­low­ing is a selec­tion of news reports and com­men­tary from Iran­ian media and main­stream pub­li­ca­tions on devel­op­ments per­tain­ing to Iran. This weekly update includes a sam­pling of pub­lished reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media* as well as rel­e­vant arti­cles from the inter­na­tional press.

Iran­ian Media

Israel strike on Iran would spell doom for US empire: Ana­lyst
(Press TV – March 25, 2014)

Kevin Bar­rett, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rists and fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda news net­work, Press TV, wrote “The US is still doing the bid­ding of the Zion­ist bankster oli­garchs who are the real power behind the West­ern throne.”

A topic from the Supreme Leader’s Nowruz speech*
(Mashregh News Agency – March 24, 2014)khamenei-nowruz-holocaust-denial

In an edi­to­r­ial exam­in­ing the Supreme Leader’s com­ments on the Holo­caust, Mashregh News posits the ques­tion, “Was the killing of the Jews dur­ing World War II a sys­tem­atic killing, or were the Jews killed part of the mil­lions who were killed dur­ing World War II?” In a follow-up ques­tion posted by the news­pa­per, the fig­ure of 6 mil­lion Jews killed by the Nazis is doubted, “Could the fig­ure of 6 mil­lion Jews killed in World War II be true? Some researchers even believe that the sys­tem­atic killings of the Jews dur­ing WWII is true, although dur­ing that era there were not 6 mil­lion Jews liv­ing in Europe to kill.”

We are not pes­simistic about nuclear nego­ti­a­tions*
(Tab­nak – March 24, 2014)

In an exclu­sive inter­view with Tab­nak, Speaker of the Iran­ian Par­lia­ment Ali Lar­i­jani, said, “I am not pes­simistic in regards to the direc­tion of nego­ti­a­tions, but we must be sen­si­tive to the nego­ti­a­tions because there are many aspects.” Lar­i­jani added, “We must accept the fact that in the United States that there is an influ­en­tial and effec­tive Zion­ist current.”

What was the most impor­tant and mem­o­rable state­ment made by the Supreme Leader in the 1391 (2013)?*
(Khamenei.ir – March 24, 2014)

Supreme Leader Khamenei’s office asked sup­port­ers to vote on their favorite state­ment from the last year. The win­ning state­ment was from Khamenei’s 2013 Per­sian New Year address where he threat­ened, “If the Zion­ist regime makes a wrong move, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

Iran’s for­eign pol­icy pri­or­i­ties for the new year*
(Fars News Agency – March 24, 2014)

Pro­fes­sor Reza Sim­bar, the head of Gilan University’s Polit­i­cal Sci­ence and Inter­na­tional Rela­tions Group, wrote that among the pri­mary goals for the Islamic Repub­lic the new year is “sup­port­ing the down­trod­den, fight­ing Israel, sup­port­ing the rights of the peo­ple of Pales­tine, reject­ing the unjust eco­nomic tricks of the world, and fight­ing Amer­ica who is the leader of the global arrogance.”

Iran­ian MP warns against for­eign inter­fer­ence in Ukraine
(Fars News Agency – March 24, 2014)

Esmay­eel Kos­sari, a mem­ber of the Iran­ian parliament’s National Secu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Com­mit­tee, said in an inter­view with Fars News that, “The bul­ly­ing and inter­fer­ence of the West­ern­ers has no bound­ary as they want to prac­tice hege­mony over every part (of the world).” Kos­sari added, “The Amer­i­cans and West­ern­ers will no way attain their goals in Ukraine because the Ukrain­ian peo­ple will not allow them to inter­fere in their country’s domes­tic affairs.”

Inte­rior Min­is­ter: Ene­mies unable to impose will on Iran
(Fars News Agency – March 23, 2014)

Abdol­reza Rah­mani Fazli, Iran’s Inte­rior Min­is­ter, boasted that “The enemy is not in such con­di­tions that it can impose any­thing on us and we, in line with the guide­lines of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion, will not step back from our prin­ci­ples and rights.” Fazli also claimed that it was “The Islamic Republic’s might and power and its insis­tence on people’s inalien­able rights” that have “made the enemy come and sit to the nego­ti­at­ing table with an equal footing.”

Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei’s Nowruz mes­sage to the nation*
(Leader.ir – March 21, 2014)

Dur­ing his annual speech to the Iran­ian nation to mark the start of the Per­sian New Year, Aya­tol­lah Khamenei said the his­tor­i­cal real­ity of the Holo­caust is “unknown” and ques­tioned if it “actu­ally did
happen.”

A new sce­nario to com­bat West’s pos­si­ble vio­la­tion of nuclear agree­ment*
(Fars News Agency – March 20, 2014)

Dur­ing an inter­view with Fars News, Ali Lar­i­jani, the speaker of the Iran­ian par­lia­ment, said that Amer­i­can claims that sanc­tions brought Iran to the nego­ti­at­ing table are for its own pub­lic con­sump­tion. Lar­i­jani added, “[Talk of sanc­tions by the U.S.] were also meant to shut the mouths of the many Zion­ists that heav­ily lob­bied [for sanc­tions].”             

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran Stan­dard Time: A day at the Ker­man baz­zar
(The Guardian – March 26, 2014)

A look into the once bustling mar­kets of the city of Kerman.

Iran alco­hol ban doesn’t keep moon­shine away
(Ha’aretz – March 26, 2014)

Alco­hol con­sump­tion may be offi­cially banned accord­ing to Iran­ian law, but locals con­tinue to skirt the ban by brew­ing at home.

Iran resumes mon­e­tary aid to Hamas
(Al-Monitor – March 24, 2014)

The Islamic Repub­lic resumes finan­cial sup­port of Hamas, but at lower lev­els than what was given before the two sides had a falling out over the Syr­ian civil war. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal will also visit Iran and meet with Supreme Leader Khamenei in the near future.

Born in the U.S., play­ing for Iran
(The New York Times – March 22, 2014)

An Iranian-American, Steven Beitashour, has accepted an offer to poten­tially play for Iran’s national soc­cer team dur­ing the upcom­ing World Cup in Brazil.

Ira­ni­ans ignore gov­ern­ment lim­its on hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions
(Al-Monitor – March 21, 2014)

Ira­ni­ans con­tinue to ignore gov­ern­ment warn­ings against cel­e­brat­ing ancient Per­sian New Year customs.

Iran’s leader preaches self-reliance in face of sanc­tions in annual Nowruz speech
(The Wash­ing­ton Post – March 21, 2014)

Supreme Leader Khamenei’s new year mes­sage to Iran­ian cit­i­zens calls for national strength. “If a nation is not strong, it will be bul­lied and tram­pled,” Khamenei said.

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