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August 21, 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

Zion­ists’ Ira­nopho­bia cam­paign foiled: Zarif
(Press TV – August 21, 2014)

Iran­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Moham­mad Javad Zarif said on state tele­vi­sion that his coun­try has suc­cess­fully thwarted an anti-Iran cam­paign led by Israel. “It has always been on the agenda of the Zion­ist regime and its sup­port­ers as well as cer­tain parts of the US gov­ern­ment and some West­ern coun­tries to por­tray Iran as a secu­rity threat to the world,” Zarif said dur­ing the tele­vised broad­cast on Wednesday.

Iran wor­ried over race dis­crim­i­na­tion in US
(Mehr News Agency – August 20, 2014)

Iran’s for­eign min­istry crit­i­cized the U.S. for blast­ing Iran’s human rights offenses as protests con­tin­ued in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri. The for­eign min­istry said: “Race dis­crim­i­na­tion against African Amer­i­cans by the US police and court sys­tem is an indi­ca­tor of human rights vio­la­tions in that coun­try despite their claims for sup­port­ing human rights and their annual reports of human rights vio­la­tions in other countries.”

IRGC com­man­der warns Israel of deadly response
(Fars News Agency – August 20, 2014)

Gen­eral Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the com­man­der of the IRGC’s Air Force, threated Israel with retal­i­a­tion in the event of an Israeli strike against Iran. “The Zion­ist regime might have a deci­sion to make an aggres­sion against Iran, but it will cer­tainly come to the con­clu­sion that it has taken an imma­ture deci­sion after study­ing the out­comes and con­se­quences and the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran’s much pow­er­ful reaction.”

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Ebrahim Raeisi

Huj­jat al-Islam Ebrahim Raeisi: “Amer­i­cans have com­mit­ted some of the worst crimes in the name of free­dom”
(Rasa News Agency – August 19, 2014)

Ebrahim Raeisi, the first deputy of the Iran­ian judi­ciary, gave a speech in the city of Qom, stat­ing, “The igno­rant Amer­i­cans have com­mit­ted some of the worst crimes upon human­ity in the name of free­dom.” The cleric also claimed that the West is pro­mot­ing the accep­tance of homo­sex­u­al­ity as a human right and as “a sign of free­dom and a char­ac­ter­is­tic of a civ­i­lized, lib­eral and mod­ern society.”

Iran’s civil, air defense bod­ies sign agree­ment to coop­er­ate in defend­ing N. sites
(Fars News Agency – August 19, 2014)

Gho­lam Reza Jalali, the head of Iran’s Civil Defense Orga­ni­za­tion, announced this week that his orga­ni­za­tion has signed an agree­ment with other air defense bases to estab­lish a defense sys­tem to pro­tect the country’s nuclear sites. “Our enemy uses intel­li­gent power and we should make use of an intel­li­gent air defense sys­tem as well,” Jalali said dur­ing the sign­ing ceremony.

IRGC top advi­sor hails Iran’s mis­sile power
(Fars News Agency – August 19, 2014)

Gen­eral Komeil Kohansal, a top advi­sor to the IRGC, said dur­ing a visit to the north­ern city of Sari on Tues­day, that, “Today, Iran’s mis­sile sys­tems are ready to respond to any enemy threats.”

Com­mit­ting crimes now habit for Israel: Top cleric
(Press TV – August 19, 2014)

Senior Iran­ian leader and for­mer Pres­i­dent Aya­tol­lah Raf­san­jani said dur­ing an anti-Israel protest in Tehran on Tues­day that, “Com­mit­ting crimes has grown into a habit for Israel, and silence and sup­port­ing crim­i­nals has become rou­tine in inter­na­tional communities.”

Iran’s inte­grated air defense sys­tem impen­e­tra­ble
(Fars News Agency – August 18, 2014)

Gen­eral Ali Reza Sabahi­fard, the lieu­tenant com­man­der of the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, boasted to reporters about Iran’s mil­i­tary prowess, stat­ing, “At present, every part of the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran’s air­space is con­nected to the inte­grated air defense net­work and the small­est move­ments can­not go unno­ticed by the eagle eyes of the air defense base.”

Israelis con­trol major world banks: Ana­lyst
(Press TV – August 18, 2014)

Dur­ing an inter­view with Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda net­work this week, Ken­neth O’Keefe, a London-based vir­u­lently anti-Israel activist, spewed anti-Semitic com­ments when he said: “It is beyond absur­dity that trea­so­nous gov­ern­ments have been allowed to actu­ally sign off the power of the peo­ple to print their own money through their rep­re­sen­ta­tive gov­ern­ment and instead give it to pri­vate bankers. The fact that they hap­pen to be Jew­ish is not an opin­ion, it is a fact. And it is that use of that money, that power that has been given to them that they use to be able to dom­i­nate the world as I have said buy­ing the media, the police, the mil­i­tary, the courts, the cor­po­ra­tion, all of it.”

Inter­na­tional Media

Under­stand­ing Iran’s inter­nal divi­sions
(The Wall Street Jour­nal, Op-Ed – August 20, 2014)

Haleh Esfan­di­ari, the direc­tor of the Mid­dle East pro­gram at the Woodrow Wil­son Inter­na­tional Cen­ter for Schol­ars, wrote that the recent impris­on­ment of sev­eral West­ern jour­nal­ists by the Iran­ian author­i­ties sig­ni­fies the greater power strug­gle between Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani and con­ser­v­a­tive ele­ments in the regime.

Iran cleric: West­ern­ized Ira­ni­ans no dif­fer­ent than IS
(Al-Monitor – August 20, 2014)

Alireza Panahian, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, said dur­ing a cer­e­mony for an Iran­ian doc­u­men­tary this week, “The West­ox­i­fied among us are no dif­fer­ent from tak­firis and ISIS,” and that West­ox­i­fied Ira­ni­ans are “Zion­ist fifth columnists.”

Remem­ber­ing poet Simin Behba­hani, the ‘Lioness of Iran’
(The Wash­ing­ton Post – August 20, 2014)

Ear­lier this week Iran lost one of its most cel­e­brated poets, Simin Behba­hani, who was known for her fem­i­nist views and poetry that expressed her love for Iran.

One result of the Gaza con­flict: Iran and Hamas are back together
(Time – August 19, 2014)

After a falling out nearly three years ago over Hamas’s sup­port for Syr­ian rebels, the Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist group and its fore­most patron Iran appear to be on the path toward rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. The new thaw is pur­port­edly due to Hamas’s ongo­ing con­flict with Israel, and Iran­ian lead­ers have begun voic­ing their sup­port of “the Pales­tin­ian resis­tance in dif­fer­ent ways.”

Bil­lion­aire named in suit against anti-Iran group
(The New York Times – August 18, 2014)

United Against Nuclear Iran, a lead­ing orga­ni­za­tion fight­ing to enforce sanc­tions against the Islamic Repub­lic by pub­li­ciz­ing com­pa­nies that do busi­ness with Tehran, is fac­ing a defama­tion law­suit by a Greek busi­ness­man. Last year the anti-Iran group had pub­li­cized Vic­tor Restis’s alleged busi­ness deal­ings with Iran.

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May 21, 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

The Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion cre­ated two polit­i­cal mod­els against the world infi­dels*
(Basij News Agency – May 20, 2014)

In a speech, IRGC Brig. Gen­eral Hos­sein Salami said: “Today, even Amer­i­can intel­lec­tu­als clearly acknowl­edge that in any place they have tried to plant democ­racy, the heart of Islam sprouts, and the Islamic Repub­lic has tested [this] and been suc­cess­ful in this model.”

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Iran­ian Min­is­ter of Intel­li­gence Seyyed Mah­moud Alavi

The Min­is­ter of Intel­li­gence warns of new enemy move­ments against Iran*
(Fars News Agency – May 20, 2014)

Seyyed Mah­moud Alavi,  Iran’s min­is­ter of intel­li­gence, said in a state­ment: “In the last five years, polit­i­cal ana­lysts, even inside the Zion­ist regime and with Zion­ist view­points, have pre­dicted that this regime [Israel] is on the decline after it was slapped in the face by Hezbol­lah and the Pales­tin­ian resis­tance [Hamas] … Five years ago, var­i­ous Islamic groups, such as Hamas and Hezbol­lah, were stand­ing beside Syria united and were often capa­ble of slap­ping Israel in the face.”

We have not shut down any­thing up till now; Keep­ing in accor­dance with our red lines, we con­tinue nego­ti­a­tions*
(Fars News Agency – May 20, 2014)

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Iran­ian Atomic Agency, said dur­ing a meet­ing with sem­i­nary stu­dents that “West­ern coun­tries have no choice but to inter­act with Iran,” espe­cially con­cern­ing his country’s nuclear program.

Rouhani hopes for suc­cess­ful nuclear nego­ti­a­tions
(Mehr News Agency – May 19, 2014)

In a meet­ing with gov­ern­ment offi­cials, Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani said, “The Islamic Repub­lic of Iran has never intended to tell lies and seeks to gain peace­ful nuclear tech­nol­ogy and will pur­sue it as an undis­putable right for Ira­ni­ans, it also wants a deal on [the] Tehran nuclear pro­gram which ben­e­fits all.”

Al Sisi’s vic­tory in the elec­tions is con­ceiv­able; They want to return Egypt to the Mubarak era*
(Basij News Agency – May 19, 2014)

Has­san Hadizadeh, an Iran­ian jour­nal­ist on Mid­dle East affairs, said regard­ing Egypt: “The Egypt­ian gen­er­als’ soft coup d’état received help from the West and Saudi Ara­bia, and the West­ern­ers arrived at the con­clu­sion of the pos­si­bil­ity of estab­lish­ing democ­racy in their own accord and secur­ing the safety of the Zion­ist regime, while the gen­er­als are sub­or­di­nate to the West and Liberals.”

Mil­i­tary and defense equip­ment are insur­mount­able red lines for Iran*
(Basij News Agency – May 19, 2014)

IRGC com­man­der Jaza­y­eri stated, “With the knowl­edge that the issue of [dis­cussing] mil­i­tary and defense equip­ment con­sti­tute an unbreach­able red line for Iran, Amer­ica aims to pres­sure the Iran­ian nego­ti­at­ing team and to black­mail them rather than dis­cussing nuclear issues.”

Iran con­demns Argen­tine court rul­ing on AMIA probe
(Press TV – May 16, 2014)

In response to an Argen­tine court rul­ing on the 2013 signed Mem­o­randa of Under­stand­ing between Iran and Argentina, Iran’s For­eign Min­istry Spokes­woman Marziyeh Afkham said: “The Iran­ian gov­ern­ment believes that the mem­o­ran­dum of under­stand­ing was a proper solu­tion and oppor­tu­nity for dis­cov­er­ing the fact regard­ing the AMIA tragedy and the set­tle­ment of dif­fer­ences in that respect, but the mea­sure by the Argen­tine court deprived both sides of that oppor­tu­nity. There­fore, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran expresses regret and dis­con­tent over this decision.”

Inter­na­tional Media

Young Ira­ni­ans arrested for being too ‘Happy in Tehran’
(The New York Times – May 20, 2014)

Six Ira­ni­ans were arrested and made to give con­fes­sions on state tele­vi­sion for their role in cre­at­ing and start­ing in an Iran­ian cover of singer Pharell Williams’s song, “Happy.”

Iran­ian ana­lyst: ‘Who entrusted Iran with destroy­ing Israel?’
(Al-Monitor – May 19, 2014)

Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor known to hold cen­trist views, has pub­licly crit­i­cized Iran­ian offi­cials’ state­ments and rhetoric on Israel. “Iran has explic­itly stated many times that it wants to destroy Israel. None of the other coun­tries that have a nuclear pro­gram have state that they want to destroy a coun­try. I don’t know who entrusted Iran with destroy­ing Israel,” Zibakalam said dur­ing a speech at an uni­ver­sity in the city of Mashhad.

Iran’s for­got­ten pris­on­ers of con­science
(The Wall Street Jour­nal – May 19, 2014)

Robert P. George and Kat­rina Lan­tos Swett, two mem­bers of the U.S. Com­mis­sion on Inter­na­tional Reli­gious Free­dom, wrote an opin­ion piece detail­ing the con­tin­u­ing state-sanctioned per­se­cu­tion of Iran’s Baha’i community.

8 Days in Iran
(60 Min­utes – May 18, 2014)

Reporters from 60 Min­utes were granted per­mis­sion to visit Iran and meet with elected offi­cials and ordi­nary citizens.

Tehran poll: 60% believe media has lit­tle or no free­dom
(Al-Monitor – May 16, 2014)

A poll con­ducted by Iran’s Min­istry of Cul­ture and Islamic Guid­ance found that the major­ity of cit­i­zens liv­ing in Tehran “believe the media does not have free­dom of express or has very lit­tle free­dom of expression.”

Ira­ni­ans ‘least anti-Semitic in Mid-East’
(BBC – May 16, 2014)

An arti­cle pub­lished by the BBC dis­cusses the sur­pris­ing find­ing from ADL’s Global 100 sur­vey that the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran is the least anti-Semitic coun­try in the Mid­dle East and North Africa region.

Iran pays Afghans to fight for Assad
(The Wall Street Jour­nal – May 15, 2014)

Iran amps up efforts to save the Assad regime by offer­ing $500 a month and Iran­ian res­i­dency to thou­sands of Afghan refugees to help Assad in his blood war against the Syr­ian people.

Iran: Oil exports con­tinue to decline
(The New York Times – May 15, 2014)

The month of April saw the con­tin­u­ing decline of Iran­ian oil exports, down from 1.58 mil­lion bar­rels a day in Feb­ru­ary to 1.11 mil­lion bar­rels a day in April.

Iran­ian real­ity check
(The New York Times – May 15, 2014)

Opin­ion colum­nist Roger Cohen urged Iran to reach a deal and avert prospects of war.

Mak­ing Iran come clean about its nukes
(The Wall Street Jour­nal – May 14, 2014)

David Albright and Bruno Ter­trais write that “A pre­req­ui­site for any final agree­ment is for Iran to address nuclear-weapons ques­tions raised by inspec­tors of the Inter­na­tional Atomic Energy Agency.”

No, sanc­tions didn’t force Iran to make a deal
(For­eign Pol­icy – May 14, 2014)

Trita Parsi, the head of the National Iran­ian Amer­i­can Coun­cil, writes that “Sanc­tions are nei­ther the rea­son for the break­through, not the impe­tus behind the gov­ern­ment of Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani’s open­ness to talk;” rather, it was Rouhani’s cam­paign­ing suc­cess and high voter turnout that enabled Rouhani to come to power.

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May 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 IRGC’s mis­siles are in desir­able readi­ness*
(Fars News Agency – April 30, 2014)

In a meet­ing Wednes­day with the IRGC Coun­cil of Ashura Com­man­ders, IRGC Com­man­der Moham­mad Jafari said, “In terms of mil­i­tary and secu­rity readi­ness, our mis­siles are in very good shape; how­ever, the IRGC’s pri­mary objec­tive is to be pre­pared in faith, and this fac­tor makes the IRGC the supe­rior among the world’s armies.”

P5+1 nego­ti­a­tions with Iran have been breath­less*
(Fars News Agency – April 30, 2014)

Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Has­san Qashqavi said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on the sta­tus of the nuclear nego­ti­a­tions that, “The future of the nego­ti­a­tions at present are head­ing toward the direc­tion of a com­pre­hen­sive [set­tle­ment], and talks are sen­si­tive, because the pri­mary issues have not yet been resolved. For now, we can­not directly assess the final out­come of the talks.”

Iran is not after cre­at­ing ten­sions in the region*
(Fars News Agency – April 30, 2014)

Speaker of Par­lia­ment Ali Lar­i­jani said dur­ing a speech mark­ing National Per­sian Gulf Day, “The Per­sian Gulf is a very impor­tant issue, and if we and our neigh­bor­ing coun­tries have the cor­rect approach, we could earn a lot of inter­est from it… Today, the pres­ence of for­eign ships [in the Gulf] have cre­ated impli­ca­tions.” Lar­i­jani added that Iran has “not been after any ten­sions in the region and we will not be. The secu­rity and calm of the region is of ben­e­fit for all, espe­cially for Iran.”

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Aya­tol­lah Noori Hamadani

Amer­ica does not dare attack Iran due to its fear of the IRGC*
(Basij News Agency – April 30, 2014)

Aya­tol­lah Noori Hamadani, a senior cleric from the city of Qom, said dur­ing a meet­ing with com­man­ders and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Supreme Leader, that, “The poli­cies of the IRGC have fright­ened Amer­ica and the world, and we must pro­mote the spirit of jihad and martyrdom-seeking in soci­ety, espe­cially among the youth.”

Sep­tem­ber 11 was an excuse for Amer­ica to get closer to the region*
(Mehr News Agency – April 30, 2014)

Nader Tale­bzadeh, sec­re­tary of Iran’s annual Inter­na­tional Resis­tance Film Fes­ti­val, praised the 2012 film “Oper­a­tion Ter­ror” by for­mer Cal­i­for­nia mayor Art Olivier, as pre­sent­ing the “truth” about the 9/11 attacks. Dur­ing a review panel of the film, Tale­bzadeh said, “In the first sequence of this film, the Sep­tem­ber 11th events [orches­trated] by the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment are disclosed…”

Iran wel­comes Fatah-Hamas Deal
(Fars News Agency – April 26, 2014)

For­eign Min­istry Spokes­woman Marziyeh Afkham released the fol­low­ing state­ment on recent Pales­tin­ian rec­on­cil­i­a­tion efforts: “The Islamic Repub­lic of Iran wel­comes the Pales­tin­ian groups’ sol­i­dar­ity against the Zion­ist regime and any national rec­on­cil­i­a­tion which leads to Pales­tin­ian unity and adop­tion of deci­sions in line with the mate­ri­al­iza­tion of that nation’s valu­able causes against the expan­sion­ism and aggres­sions of the Quds Occu­py­ing Regime (Israel).”

Inter­na­tional Media

A bold move
(The Econ­o­mist – April 30, 2014)

The long awaited sec­ond round of cuts to sub­si­dies on gaso­line and elec­tric­ity have been imple­mented by Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani. Gaso­line prices were raised by 75%, from $0.16 to $0.28 per liter.

U.S. tar­gets Chi­nese busi­ness­man, says he sup­plied parts for Iran­ian mis­siles
(CNN – April 29, 2014)

New sanc­tions and crim­i­nal charges were announced by the U.S. against a Chi­nese busi­ness­man accused of sup­ply­ing the Iran­ian mil­i­tary with parts for bal­lis­tic missiles.

Tehran book fair to fea­ture works by anti-Semites, Holo­caust deniers
(Access ADL – April 29, 2014)

An annual book fair in Tehran will include domes­tic and foreign-published anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying books avail­able to the public.

Iran to tar­get decoy US air­craft in drills
(The Wash­ing­ton Post – April 27, 2014)

Admi­ral Ali Fadavi of the IRGC’s Naval Forces announced that Iran­ian forces should “tar­get the [mock-up U.S. air­craft] car­rier” in upcom­ing war games train­ing. Fadavi added that the exer­cise will allow the IRGC to “learn about weak­nesses and strengths of our enemy.”

Mean­ing­ful progress with Iran
(The New York Times, Edi­to­r­ial Board – April 26, 2014)

A look into the suc­cesses, and short­com­ings, of the nuclear nego­ti­a­tions between Iran and the West as the July dead­line for a final agree­ment approaches.

Iran gen­eral urges Tehran to make new UN pick
(The Wash­ing­ton Post – April 19, 2014)

Offi­cials from the Iran­ian mil­i­tary have urged the for­eign min­istry to name a new envoy to the United Nations after the U.S. block grant­ing a visa to the Islamic Republic’s orig­i­nal ambas­sador over alleged ties to the 1979 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis.

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