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June 10, 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

Rouhani: Iran, Turkey share view­points on lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine, Holy Quds
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence while on an offi­cial visit to the Turk­ish cap­i­tal, Pres­i­dent Rouhani said, “I am con­fi­dent that the two coun­tries (Iran and Turkey) have com­mon views on issues related to Iraq, lib­er­a­tion of the Holy Al-Quds and the return of the Pales­tini­ans to their homeland.”

IRGC Com­man­der: World pow­ers attempt­ing to weaken Iran but in vain
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

IRGC Com­man­der Hos­sein Salami claimed dur­ing a speech in the west­ern city of Ker­man­shah, that due to Iran’s resis­tance, the “enemy is now with­draw­ing” from its pre­vi­ous posi­tions of threat­en­ing Tehran.

Deputy FM: Iran ready to remove G5+1’s “Right­ful Con­cerns”
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

In a meet­ing with the Croa­t­ian deputy for­eign min­is­ter, Iran­ian Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Morteza Sar­madi said, “The Islamic Repub­lic of Iran is ready to remove the legit­i­mate con­cerns of the other side.” Sarmadi’s state­ment came after the lat­est round of bilat­eral meet­ings between Iran­ian and Amer­i­can negotiators.

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Ali Fazli

Com­man­der sees Per­sian Gulf as bat­tle­field of pos­si­ble Iran-US war
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

Lieu­tenant Com­man­der of the Basij Forces Ali Fazli said in a speech at the port city of Ban­dar Abbas that “The US has always tasted defeat and with­drawal in the Per­sian Gulf’s waters and has directly wit­nessed the brav­ery and prowess of the Mus­lim fight­ers; there­fore, it hasn’t and doesn’t dare even to leer down the Islamic Iran’s holy borders.”

Pales­tin­ian groups’ unity is tac­ti­cal; the future is the con­tin­u­a­tion of resis­tance*
(Basij News Agency – June 10, 2014)

Mehdi Shak­ibai, an expert on Pales­tin­ian and Lebanon, wrote an op-ed explain­ing what the Hamas-Fatah rec­on­cil­i­a­tion agree­ment and the new Pales­tin­ian gov­ern­ment means in regards to Israel: “The future is still the con­tin­u­a­tion of resis­tance and jihadist groups in Pales­tine, which are a cause for fear and anx­i­ety to the Zion­ist regime in the region, and it may be pos­si­ble to see with this rec­on­cil­i­a­tion agree­ment the return of Hamas’s pres­ence in the West Bank, and this prospect has made Israel very worried.”

Israel and Amer­i­can were the losers of the Syr­ian elec­tions*
(Basij News Agency – June 10, 2014)

While vis­it­ing the port city of Chaba­har, head of the Basij orga­ni­za­tion Moham­mad Reza Naqdi said: “The Zion­ists are in fear today over the sit­u­a­tion of the Syr­ian peo­ple, because the peo­ple are vol­un­tar­ily stand­ing and fight­ing against the ter­ror­ists. They [the Zion­ists] had come to destroy Syria but were unable to do this; the Amer­i­cans have also suf­fered defeat a num­ber of times and they should reach the con­clu­sion that they don’t have a place among the nations of the region and the only losers of these elec­tions were Amer­ica and Israel.”

Unveil­ing of the Zion­ist regime’s new pres­i­dent, a ‘car­ni­vore in veg­e­tar­ian cloth­ing’*
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

A pro­file on Reuven Rivlin, the new pres­i­dent of Israel, describes the Israeli politi­cian as being “known as a sup­porter of occu­py­ing all the lands of Palestine.”

The Amer­i­cans want peo­ple from inside to stand against the Islamic Repub­lic*
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

Has­san Firouz­abadi, the Chief of Staff of the Iran­ian Armed Forces, said dur­ing an induc­tion cer­e­mony that “Today, the Amer­i­cans are pro­pa­gan­diz­ing that Iran is an enemy and that it is against us and it’s a global prob­lem… They say that they are a super­power and Iran is just a coun­try, while at the same time they admit and accept that super­power Amer­ica is on its knees before Iran.”

Zara’i: The Syr­ian cri­sis is a result of the Israeli Wino­grad Com­mis­sion*
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

Refer­ring to the offi­cial com­mis­sion report fol­low­ing Israel’s 2006 war against Hezbol­lah, Saidol­lah Zara’i, a Mid­dle East affairs reporter, claimed: “Israel’s Wino­grad Com­mis­sion was estab­lished with eight peo­ple fol­low­ing the 33 day war, and this com­mis­sion worked for a year and a half and ulti­mately reflected the impor­tance of seek­ing revenge for their [Israel’s] defeat by Hezbol­lah by going after Syria due to its impor­tant and effect sup­port of Hezbol­lah in the 33 day war.”

The crimes com­mit­ted by Amer­ica and the Tak­firis are like those com­mit­ted by the Umayyads*
(Mehr News Agency – June 3, 2014)

In a meet­ing with the Ahl al Bayt Cul­tural Group in Qom, Aya­tol­lah Hus­sain Nuri Hamedani com­pared crimes com­mit­ted in the Syr­ian con­flict to his­tor­i­cal Sunni-Shi’a griev­ances from the 7th cen­tury: “Muawiyah com­mit­ted many crimes and today Amer­ica, the Zion­ist regime and the Tak­firis are com­mit­ting these crimes wor­thy of Bani Umayyad, and if we were to show this to the world, the world would shake.”

An attack on the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran means the destruc­tion of Tel Aviv and the con­tin­u­a­tion of the war inside the United States*
(Basij News Agency – May 30, 2014)

Mas­soud Jaza­y­eri, the Deputy Com­man­der of the Iran­ian Armed Forces, said in reac­tion to Pres­i­dent Obama’s West Point speech: “If Amer­ica and its allies were to have the abil­ity to attack Iran, moments later they will regret their bar­baric oper­a­tion. They know that an attack on the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran means the destruc­tion of Tel Aviv and the con­tin­u­a­tion of war inside the United States. There­fore, the child­ish words and hopes of the pres­i­dent of the gov­ern­ment of Amer­i­can will not be realized.”

Zarif: We will not sub­mit to sanc­tions and threats; we don’t have any­thing to hide and sci­en­tific advances and the rights of Iran are not sub­ject to nego­ti­a­tions*
(Fars News Agency – May 29, 2014)

On the side­lines of the Non-Aligned Movement’s meet­ing in Alge­ria, Iran­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Moham­mad Javad Zarif said, “The mem­ber states of the Non-Aligned Move­ment should have a com­mon posi­tion and empha­size with­out a doubt the Pales­tini­ans’ rights and to cre­ate an inde­pen­dent coun­try with Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal to ensure sta­bil­ity and peace.”

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran ques­tions nuclear deal dead­line as talks ‘hit wall’
(Reuters-UK – June 10, 2014)

France, one of the states in the so-called P5+1, stated that nego­ti­a­tions with Iran have “hit a wall,” while French For­eign Min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius said Iran should drop  its demand to have thou­sands of ura­nium enrich­ment cen­trifuges. Fabius added, “We say that there can be a few hun­dred cen­trifuges, but the Ira­ni­ans want thou­sands so we’re not in the same framework.”

Sur­prise Iran nuclear talks: Why US sends in top US-Iran deal­maker
(The Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor – June 9, 2014)

In a bid to move the nego­ti­at­ing process along, the U.S. State Depart­ment dis­patched Deputy Sec­re­tary William Burns to sur­prise talks with senior Iran­ian offi­cials in Geneva. Burns’s dis­patch has added a hint of urgency as nego­ti­a­tions between Iran and the P5+1 are set to resume next week.

Cul­ture min­is­ter likens Iran’s fear of Inter­net to fear of fax machine
(Al-Monitor – June 9, 2014)

Ali Jan­nati, Iran’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Islamic Guid­ance, urged the gov­ern­ment to accept new tech­no­log­i­cal changes, and likened the government’s pro­tec­tion­ist poli­cies pre­vi­ous failed poli­cies. “There was a time we had prob­lems with video. There was a time we had issue with the fax machine,” Jan­nati said in a meet­ing with Iran’s Cham­ber of Commerce.

Iran­ian pres­i­dent vis­its Turkey to bol­ster ties
(The Wall Street Jour­nal – June 9, 2014)

Pres­i­dent Rouhani made a two-day visit to Turkey, where sev­eral eco­nomic coop­er­a­tion agree­ments were signed between the two regional pow­ers. Ten deals were signed on energy and trade in total.

Tehran’s Chi­nese mis­sile man
(The Daily Beast – June 9, 2014)

A Chi­nese busi­ness­man who helped Iran develop its bal­lis­tic mis­siles and vio­lat­ing inter­na­tional bans on trad­ing with Iran has a $5 mil­lion bounty on his head.

Urged to mul­ti­ply, Iran­ian cou­ples are dubi­ous
(The New York Times – June 7, 2014)

As Iran’s author­i­ties embark on ful­fill­ing the Supreme Leader’s com­mand that Ira­ni­ans should have more chil­dren, for an increas­ing num­ber of young, middle-class Ira­ni­ans, hav­ing chil­dren is not a pri­or­ity at the moment.

Saudi Ara­bia and Iran reach out ten­ta­tively
(The New York Times – June 6, 2014)

Sunni Saudi Ara­bia and Shi’a Iran have been show­ing signs of thaw­ing their decades old rivalry.

Open­ness on Israeli issues seen in sur­vey of Ira­ni­ans
(The New York Times – June 6, 2014)

A recent Israeli com­mis­sioned sur­vey of Iran­ian pub­lic opin­ion indi­cates that 40 per­cent of Ira­ni­ans would be will­ing to give up any abil­ity to pro­duce nuclear weapon in return for the full removal of sanc­tion. 40 per­cent of respon­dents agreed that Iran should rec­og­nize Israel if Israel reached a peace accord with the Palestinians.

In Iran, a dis­pute over heaven
(The Atlantic – June 5, 2014)

Hard-liners in the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment have taken Pres­i­dent Rouhani to task over state­ments he made on how far the government’s influ­ence on cit­i­zens’ lives should extend.

$21 Mil­lion for sell­ing parts to Iran
(The New York Times – June 5, 2014)

A Dutch aero­space com­pany and Pen­ta­gon con­trac­tor has agreed to pay $21 mil­lion in penal­ties to set­tle accu­sa­tions that it repeat­edly vio­lated Amer­i­can sanc­tions on sales of air­craft parts to Iran and Sudan.  

Iran’s leader says Obama has removed mil­i­tary option
(The New York Times – June 4, 2014)

In what is seen as a response to Pres­i­dent Obama’s West Point speech, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei boasted, “They real­ized that mil­i­tary attacks are as dan­ger­ous or even more dan­ger­ous for the assault­ing coun­try as they are for the coun­try attacked…They have renounced the idea of any mil­i­tary actions.”

Hap­pi­ness in short sup­ply in Iran
(Gallup World – June 3, 2014)

A Gallup poll reveals that Iran’s rank­ing of pos­i­tive emo­tions stands at 93 on a list of 138 coun­tries. The poll also reported that Ira­ni­ans have the high­est neg­a­tive emo­tions in the world, sec­ond only to Iraq.

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May 28, 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

‘New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence’ is a protest to Zion­ist thought and essence*
(Basij News Agency – May 28, 2014)

Clau­dia Moti, a “philoso­pher and for­mer pro­fes­sor at an Amer­i­can uni­ver­sity,” gave an inter­view express­ing dis­ap­point­ment in the can­cel­la­tion of Iran’s anti-Zionist con­fer­ence, New Hori­zon. In the inter­view, Moti said: “The New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence is a protest against Zion­ist thought and essence, and I was sur­prised that it was not held. [The con­fer­ence] had an impor­tant role in expos­ing the roots of Zion­ism. It is not only the Pales­tini­ans but the whole world that is try­ing to save itself from the clutches of Zion­ism, and the New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence has the abil­ity to help in this issue.”

No political-security equa­tion in the Islamic world is pos­si­ble with­out Iran’s sat­is­fac­tion*
(Fars News Agency – May 28, 2014)

Dur­ing a speech address­ing a swear­ing in cer­e­mony for Basij vol­un­teers, IRGC Com­man­der Hos­sein Salami said, “The Imam [Khome­ini] com­manded that Amer­ica can’t do a damn thing [against Iran], and this has become a real­ity that Amer­ica today can’t do a damn thing in the world.” Salami added, “If these eco­nomic sanc­tions, which Amer­ica has imposed on this coun­try, were to be imposed on the peo­ple and gov­ern­ment of Amer­ica, they would not be able to per­sist; look how this sanc­tions have not changed a thing in our coun­try except for accel­er­at­ing and advanc­ing the econ­omy just as the legit­i­mate suc­ces­sor of Imam Khome­ini has said.”

Anti-Shi’a and anti-Iran are tools of the Arro­gant front for the pro­tec­tion of the Zion­ist regime*
(Office of the Supreme Leader – May 27, 2014)

In a speech before ambas­sadors and offi­cials from Islamic coun­tries, Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said, “It is the expec­ta­tion of the Islamic nations, and the elite in par­tic­u­lar, to cor­rectly rec­og­nize the fronts of the ene­mies of the Mus­lim ummah [that sup­port the Zion­ists] with clar­ity and insight.”

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Aya­tol­lah Khamenei address­ing the Iran­ian parliament

Thought on the ‘con­tin­u­a­tion of resis­tance’ against the Arro­gant front will gov­ern the dig­nity of the nation/ The­o­riz­ing sub­mis­sion and com­pro­mise are trea­son*
(Office of the Supreme Leader – May 25, 2014)

In a live broad­cast speech to the Iran­ian par­lia­ment, Supreme Leader Khamenei said: “All offi­cials of the coun­try in the var­i­ous sec­tors, from eco­nom­ics, sci­ence and cul­ture, to the pol­icy mak­ers and direc­tors of for­eign nego­ti­a­tions, must know that we are in a state of resis­tance and we will con­tinue on this path for the sur­vival of the Islamic sys­tem.” Khamenei also added that resis­tance and jihad will not end, “because Satan and the satanic fronts will always exist, but it is pos­si­ble in cer­tain cir­cum­stances to dis­tin­guish the meth­ods and styles of jihad and resis­tance. This resis­tance will come to an end when human­ity is able to lib­er­ate itself from the evil Arro­gant front, which Amer­ica is at the head of and had its claws spread over the body, soul and thought of humanity.”

Araqchi quotes Zarif as say­ing West wants to dis­man­tle Fordo through talks after fail­ing to hit it by bunker-busters
(Fars News Agency – May 24, 2014)

In a meet­ing with IRGC polit­i­cal direc­tors, Abbas Araqchi, the deputy for­eign min­is­ter, quoted For­eign Min­is­ter Moham­mad Javad Zarif as telling the Euro­pean part­ners of the P5+1, “You intend to close Fordo because you can­not hit it then move to hit Natanz which is 20 meters under the ground.”

Iran mounts air-to-air, air-to-surface mis­siles on drones
(Fars News Agency – May 24, 2014)

Ahmad Reza Pour­das­tan, the Com­man­der of the Iran­ian Army Ground Forces, boasted of Iran’s new line of drones dur­ing mil­i­tary exer­cises in Isfa­han. Pour­das­tan said, “We will use all our drones which have recon­nais­sance, online imag­ing and sui­cide (attack) capa­bil­i­ties as well as the air-to-air and air-to-surface mis­siles mounted on them.”

West­erns seek to secure the safety of Israel*
(Fars News Agency – May 22, 2014)

Esmail Kosari, a law­maker in the Iran­ian par­lia­ment, said, “The West­ern­ers are stress­ing today that we should limit the range of our mis­siles to 500 kilo­me­ters. The goal of this talk is to keep the safety of Israel, and they are seek­ing to solve this issue while they them­selves have bunker buster missiles.”

Inter­na­tional Media

Briton among eight jailed in Iran for web insults
(The Guardian – May 27, 2014)

Eight peo­ple have been sen­tences to jail in Iran on charges that include blas­phemy and insult­ing the Supreme Leader on Facebook.

Prison terms in Iran hint of new reins on Inter­net
(The New York Times – May 27, 2014)

Although Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani pledged to ease inter­net restric­tions and fil­ter­ing of social media web­sites, recent prison sen­tences and an order for Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg to tes­tify in a law­suit point toward an increase in restric­tions and prosecutions.

Iran hangs key fig­ure in bank­ing scan­dal
(The Wash­ing­ton Post – May 24, 2014)

Maha­farid Amir-Khosravi, a key player in Iran’s biggest bank­ing scan­dal, was exe­cuted on Sat­ur­day. Amir-Khosravi and his co-conspirators were accused of embez­zling $2.6 billion.

Oper­a­tion Whole­some Sea: Iran coast guard forces women off beaches
(The Daily Beast – May 24, 2014)

Gen­der seg­re­ga­tion and strict dress code laws effec­tively pre­vent Iran­ian women from enjoy­ing the beach. Oper­a­tion Whole­some Sea will hire “women from other orga­ni­za­tions such as the Basij” to help the coast guard enforce adher­ence to the country’s laws.

Iran cleric con­demns ‘satanic’ divorce par­ties
(The Wash­ing­ton Post – May 23, 2014)

Tehran’s Fri­day prayer leader con­demned the grow­ing “West­ern” phe­nom­e­non of hold­ing par­ties to cel­e­brate divorce. “Men and Women who hold divorce par­ties are def­i­nitely satanic… Dis­in­te­gra­tion of fam­ily and lech­ery are related to the dis­grace­ful West­ern civ­i­liza­tion… Western-style free­doms are wrong,” Aya­tol­lah Khashani said.

Iran cuts nuclear stock­pile, engages with bomb probe: IAEA
(Reuters – May 23, 2014)

The Inter­na­tional Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced last week that Iran has cut its most sen­si­tive nuclear stock­pile by 80 per­cent in accor­dance with the interim agree­ment with the P5+1.

Rouhani offi­cial vis­its syn­a­gogue, endorses pre-revolutionary flag
(Al-Monitor – May 22, 2014)

A senior advi­sor for eth­nic and reli­gious minor­ity affairs in the Rouhani cab­i­net recently paid a visit to a syn­a­gogue in the south­ern city of Shi­raz. The visit has come under crit­i­cism by con­ser­v­a­tives because the offi­cial defended the Jew­ish community’s use of Iran’s pre-revolutionary flag.

Iran hotels fill up as Rouhani’s rap­proche­ment lifts tourism
(Bloomberg – May 21, 2014)

Tourism is up in Iran thanks largely to the elec­tion of Has­san Rouhani and his efforts to mend ties with the U.S. and Europe.

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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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