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April 9, 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

FM: Iran’s nego­ti­a­tions with Pow­ers not related to eco­nomic pressures

(Fars News Agency – April 9, 2014)

While address­ing expa­tri­ate Iran­ian researchers and uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors in Vienna before the resump­tion of talks with the P5+1, Iran­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Moham­mad Javad Zarif said, “The Iran­ian nation has opted for nego­ti­a­tions based on its mod­er­ate spirit and its ten­dency for mod­er­a­tion and inter­ac­tions. He also added, “If any­one thinks that the Iran­ian nation has cho­sen nego­ti­a­tions due to the eco­nomic pres­sures, he/she is def­i­nitely wrong in his/her analysis.”

Iran’s over­hauled war­ship proves suc­cess­ful in joint drills with Oman

(Fars News Agency – April 9, 2014)

Fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of joint naval drills with Oman on Mon­day, Deputy Com­man­der of the Navy for Oper­a­tions Rear Admi­ral Shahram Irani said, “[The] Shamshir missile-launcher war­ship is capa­ble of fir­ing dif­fer­ent mid-range and long-range surface-to-surface mis­siles, includ­ing Nour and Qader, or any other type of mis­sile after its recent overhaul.”

Com­man­der raps West for double-standards towards human rights issues

(Fars News Agency – April 9, 2014)ali-fadavi-irgc-iran

In response to last week’s Euro­pean Union res­o­lu­tion crit­i­ciz­ing Iran’s human rights vio­la­tions, Brigadier Gen­eral and Com­man­der of the IRGC Ali Fadavi said, “The ene­mies of the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion con­sider jus­tice and Human Rights to be in their right places when they serve the inter­est of company-owners, dom­i­neer­ing power and inter­na­tional Zionism.”

Zarif ques­tions EP’s legit­i­macy to preach on human rights

(Tas­nim News Agency – April 6, 2014)

Fol­low­ing the Euro­pean Union’s res­o­lu­tion against Iran on human rights, For­eign Min­is­ter Moham­mad Javad Zarif responded with: “Given the polit­i­cal weight, laws and the recent his­tory in Europe…, it is obvi­ous that the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment lacks legit­i­macy and pop­u­lar­ity to preach to the oth­ers on observ­ing the human rights.”

Aya­tol­lah Ker­mani: The peo­ple of Iran will not per­mit the Euro­peans to estab­lish a new den of spies*

(Basij News Agency – April 4, 2014)

Aya­tol­lah Moham­mad Ali Mova­hedi Ker­mani, one of Tehran’s Fri­day prayer lead­ers, responded to the EU’s human rights res­o­lu­tion against Iran by telling the faith­ful that “The peo­ple of Iran will not allow the Euro­pean Union to open a new spy den in the country.”

IRGC Com­man­der: Iran to give ‘stun­ning’ response to ene­mies’ threats

(Fars News Agency – April 3, 2014)

Com­man­der of the IRGC’s elite Qods Force Qassem Suleimani boasted of Iran’s prowess over its ene­mies. “The ene­mies do not real­ize that the Iran­ian peo­ple are able to astound them. Rely­ing on its devoted nation, our coun­try will strongly con­front any threat posed by the ene­mies,” Suleimani said in South­ern Ker­man province.

Inter­na­tional Media

 

Iran’s supreme leader: Nuclear talks should con­tinue, but with­out concessions

(Ynet – April 9, 2014)

Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Khamenei con­firmed that nego­ti­a­tions will con­tinue; how­ever, he empha­sized that “all should know that nego­ti­a­tions will not stop or slow down any of Iran’s activ­i­ties in nuclear research and development.”

Spain arrests four accused of attempt­ing to export equip­ment to Iran

(CNN – April 8, 2014)

One Iran­ian and three Spaniards were arrested by Span­ish author­i­ties for secretly try­ing to export indus­trial equip­ment to Iran that could be used to make mis­sile parts or enrich uranium.

Iran’s choice for U.N. post denied entry into the U.S.

(The New York Times – April 7, 2014)

The U.S. Sen­ate voted against issu­ing a visa to Iran’s new ambas­sador to the United Nations due to charges that he was involved in the 1979 United States Embassy hostage-taking cri­sis in Tehran.

Chi­nese man, Iran firms charged in nuclear export case

(Bloomberg – April 4, 2014)

A Chi­nese national and two Iran­ian firms were charged with con­spir­ing to export devises that can be used to enrich uranium.

Iran must see ram­i­fi­ca­tions if nuclear talks fail, for­mer advi­sors say

(The Wall Street Jour­nal – April 4, 2014)

Two for­mer advis­ers to the Obama Admin­is­tra­tion call for the White House and Con­gress to increase the threat of using mil­i­tary force against Iran if talks fail.

Boe­ing, GE say get U.S. license to sell spare parts to Iran

(Reuters – April 4, 2014)

Boe­ing and Gen­eral Elec­tric Co. announced that they had received licenses from the U.S. Trea­sury Depart­ment to export some spare parts for Iran’s aging com­mer­cial aircrafts.

Ira­ni­ans avoid bad luck with out­door festival

(The Sun Her­ald – April 2, 2014)

A report on the Iran­ian fes­ti­val of “Sizdeh Bedar,” the last day of the long Per­sian New Year celebration.

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April 2, 2014 1

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

The pur­pose of prop­a­gat­ing ‘Iron Dome’ is to intim­i­date oppo­nents and it does not express real­i­ties*
(Fars News Agency – April 1, 2014)

Ismail Kosari, a mem­ber of the Iran­ian parliament’s National Secu­rity Com­mit­tee, said that Israel’s Iron Dome sys­tem is noth­ing more “than a type of psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare.” Kosari added, “Israel’s pri­mary goal in pub­li­ciz­ing the ‘Iron Dome’ is to intim­i­date its opponents…”

Iran­ian envoy slams West for back­ing ter­ror­ists in Syria
(Fars News Agency – March 30, 2014)

Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, the Iran­ian ambas­sador to Ger­many, accused the West of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ist groups in Syria dur­ing his speech at an inter­na­tional con­fer­ence on Syria in Munich. “The West had not learned from its past strate­gic mis­takes in Syria by sup­port­ing ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Lev­ant (ISIL) and the Al-Nusra Front,” Attar said dur­ing the conference.

Senior law­maker describes Ahmed Sha­heed as CIA, Mossad agent
(Fars News Agency – March 29, 2014)

In response to the renewed man­date of Ahmed Sha­heed as the United Nations Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Human Rights in Iran, Iran­ian mem­ber of par­lia­ment Hos­sein Naqavi Hos­seini accused Sha­heed of “work[ing] as an agent for the Zion­ist regime and also the CIA.”

Sayyed Nas­ral­lah tack­les regional devel­op­ments
(Mehr News Agency – March 29, 2014)

Hezbol­lah Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Has­san Nas­ral­lah gave an inau­gural speech for the open­ing of a cul­tural insti­tute in south­ern Lebanon that saw heavy fight­ing between the armed Shi’a orga­ni­za­tion and Israeli forces in 2006. Nas­ral­lah boasted, “Lebanon’s gold does not exist in the whole world, and with wood, the Lebanese had built the coffins of Israeli sol­diers, and will con­tinue to exist for each occu­pier of this holy land.”

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Iran­ian Defense Min­is­ter Hos­sein Deghan

Defense Min­is­ter: Amer­ica has long-term plans for the gov­ern­ment of Saudi Ara­bia*
(Tas­nim News Agency – March 29, 2014)

Fol­low­ing U.S. Pres­i­dent Obama’s pub­li­cized visit to Saudi Ara­bia, Iran­ian Defense Min­is­ter Hos­sein Deghan lashed out against alleged U.S. “plans” for the sur­vival of the Saudi monar­chy. Deghan also attacked Israel, stat­ing, “In the field of our military’s intel­li­gence capa­bil­i­ties, we are able to con­front the Zion­ist regime because they do not pos­sess such strength in oper­a­tional mil­i­tary systems.”

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran infla­tion slows to two-year low, ful­fill­ing Rouhani pledge
(Bloomberg News – March 30, 2014)

Iran’s infla­tion rate has fallen to a two-year low while con­sumer prices rose 23 per­cent from a year ago.

Gin­gerly, Iran begins to rock out
(Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor – Mach 30, 2014)

Pop music may still be for­bid­den in Iran, but there are signs that slowly things are changing.

Iran’s chief rabbi passes away over Shab­bat
(Ha’aretz – March 30, 2014)

Iran’s Chief Rabbi Yosef Hamadani Cohen, who led Iran’s Jew­ish com­mu­nity since 1994, died last weekend.

Iran plans to replace U.N. ambas­sador in New York
(Reuters – March 29, 2014)

The cur­rent Iran­ian Ambas­sador to the United Nations will be replaced by Hamid Abu­talebi, a long­time diplo­mat with close ties to Pres­i­dent Rouhani and for­mer Pres­i­dent Raf­san­jani. Abu­talebi is sus­pected of hav­ing been involved in the 1979 U.S. embassy hostage cri­sis; how­ever, this infor­ma­tion is still unconfirmed.

N.Y. tower in suit tied to Iran is for­feited, judge rules
(Bloomberg Busi­ness­week – March 28, 2014)

A U.S. Dis­trict Judge ruled that an Iranian-government owned com­mer­cial build­ing in mid­town Man­hat­tan will be for­feited by its own­ers for vio­lat­ing U.S. embargo and fed­eral money laun­der­ing laws.

Museum items can’t be seized to pay Iran judg­ment
(USA Today – March 28, 2014)

A fed­eral judge in Chicago ruled that Iran­ian ter­ror sur­vivors may not be awarded Per­sian antiq­ui­ties and relics in place of the $412 mil­lion judg­ment against the Iran­ian government.

 

Iran fuel price hikes will be big test for Rouhani
(Reuters – March 27, 2014)

As part of Pres­i­dent Rouhani’s pledge to repair the Iran­ian econ­omy, painful fuel sub­sidy cuts are in store and pose a risk to Rouhani’s popularity.

Con­gress pre­pares sec­ond front on Iran sanc­tions
(Al-Monitor – March 27, 2014)

U.S. Con­gress is work­ing on new sanc­tions tar­get­ing Iran­ian sup­port for Hezbol­lah and sup­port­ers of Syria’s embat­tled Pres­i­dent Bashar Assad.

Sen. Carl Levin gar­ners 23 Dems for softer-toned Iran talks let­ter
(JTA – March 27, 2014)

Sen­a­tor Carl Levin (D-Mich.) cir­cu­lated a let­ter among law­mak­ers urg­ing the White House to con­tinue engag­ing in diplo­macy with Iran.

U.N. extends term of human rights mon­i­tor, anger­ing Iran
(New York Times – March 28, 2014)

Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials expressed anger by the United Nations Human Rights Council’s vote to renew the term for its Iran human rights expert.

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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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