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July 17, 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

Iran raps Israel for slaugh­ter of Pales­tini­ans
(Tas­nim News Agency – July 16, 2014)

Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani con­demned Israel dur­ing a cab­i­net meet­ing Wednes­day, say­ing, “Only a regime in sup­port of racial dis­crim­i­na­tion and apartheid can bring thou­sands of inno­cent women, men and chil­dren under the bar­rage of non­stop artillery and tank shells under the pre­text of [the] death of three people.”

The inter­na­tional community’s alliance with the Zion­ists is evi­dent by their silence in coun­ter­ing the Zion­ist regime’s crimes*
(Basij News Agency – July 16, 2014)

In an exclu­sive inter­view with the IRGC-linked Basij News Agency, mem­ber of the National Secu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Com­mis­sion Syed Hus­sein Naqvi Hus­saini, said, “The progress of the crim­i­nal Zion­ist regime and their aggres­sion toward Pales­tine and Gaza is a con­tin­u­a­tion of their pol­icy to dom­i­nate the region.”

The Gaza dis­as­ter must bring Islamic nations and gov­ern­ments together*
(Office of the Supreme Leader Khamenei – July 14, 2014)khamenei-rouhani-cabinet-iran

In a meet­ing with mem­bers of the cab­i­net and Pres­i­dent Rouhani ear­lier this week, Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said: “The prob­lem of Gaza is really another tragedy, and the Zion­ist regime has been using the silence of the Islamic world to com­mit this dis­as­ter. The killing of the peo­ple of Gaza at the hands of the usurp­ing Zion­ists must bring the Islamic gov­ern­ments and nations together to get rid of their dif­fer­ence and to be united with one another.”

Iran­ian leg­is­la­ture asks world par­lia­ments to break silence on geno­cide in Gaza
(Fars News Agency – July 14, 2014)

Chair­man of the Iran­ian parliament’s National Secu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Com­mis­sion Alaed­din Borou­jerdi sent let­ters to sev­eral allied par­lia­ments con­demn­ing Israel’s airstrikes against Hamas tar­gets in Gaza. “Given the exten­sive dimen­sions of the Zion­ist regime’s inhu­mane crimes against the Gaza peo­ple, it is expected from you and other hon­or­able mem­bers of your for­eign pol­icy com­mis­sion to adopt proper posi­tions in sup­port of the help­less Pales­tini­ans and con­demn the Zion­ist aggres­sors,” Boroujerdi’s let­ter stated in part.

IRGC offi­cial: All Zion­ists within range of Pales­tin­ian mis­siles
(Fars News Agency – July 14, 2014)

Gen­eral Ramezan Sharif, the head of the IRGC’s Pub­lic Rela­tions Depart­ment, boasted that “The defense capac­ity and capa­bil­i­ties of the Islamic resis­tance and Hamas forces has left no safe place for the Zion­ists in the occu­pied ter­ri­to­ries.” Sharif added, “[The] defen­sive and offen­sive power of Hamas, Ezzedin Al-Qassam and Quds brigades forces have increased so much that one can dare say that all Zion­ists are within the range of the resistance’s missiles.”

Iran’s pres­i­dent calls on Islamic states to help oppressed Pales­tini­ans
(Tas­nim News Agency – July 11, 2014)

In a mes­sage to the head of Islamic coun­tries, Pres­i­dent Rouhani called for the end of the Zion­ist regime’s aggres­sive mea­sures against Gazans. Rouhani also referred to Hamas and Islamic Jihad as “heroic and legit­i­mate” resis­tance, and expressed con­fi­dence that “the Pales­tin­ian nation will once again make the Zion­ist enemy taste the bit­ter taste of defeat.”

Iran urges inter­na­tional action to rein in Israel
(Press TV – July 10, 2014)

For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif appealed to the United Nations, Arab League, and the Orga­ni­za­tion of Islamic Coop­er­a­tion to bring an end to Israeli airstrikes against Hamas in Gaza. “Doubtlessly, an explicit con­dem­na­tion of the Zion­ist regime’s crimes against Pales­tin­ian regions and pre­vent­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of strikes by this regime are respon­si­bil­i­ties assigned to all regional and inter­na­tional bod­ies and assem­blies,” Zarif stated.

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran’s iden­tity cri­sis stymies nuclear deal
(Boston Globe – July 16, 2014)

An edi­to­r­ial in the Boston Globe wel­comes a pos­si­ble exten­sion of the July 20 dead­line to nego­ti­a­tions, cit­ing Iran­ian com­pli­ance over the past six months that saw a reduc­tion of Iran’s stock­pile of enriched ura­nium by 80%.

Kerry cites ‘progress’ in Iran talks while gaps remain
(The New York Times – July 15, 2014)

Fol­low­ing rounds of intense talks between rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the P5+1 and Iran, Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry said that “tan­gi­ble progress” had been made, but expressed that “very real gaps” remained to be bridged.

Iran out­lines nuclear deal; Accepts limit
(The New York Times – July 14, 2014)

As the July 20deadline fast approaches, Iran­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Moham­mad Javad Zarif said in an inter­view with The New York Times that Iran may accept a deal that sees the freez­ing of nuclear fuel pro­duc­tion at cur­rent lead­ers for sev­eral years.

Thank Obama for Iran’s grow­ing econ­omy
(The Daily Beast – July 14, 2014)

A new study from the Roubini Global Eco­nomic and the Foun­da­tion for the Defense of Democ­ra­cies claims that U.S. and West­ern coun­tries’ grad­ual eas­ing of sanc­tions against Iran have allowed the Islamic Republic’s ail­ing econ­omy to recover.

Amer­i­cans and Ira­ni­ans see con­straints at home in nuclear nego­ti­a­tions
(The New York Times – July 13, 2014)

Iran­ian nego­tia­tors face recent state­ments by Supreme Leader Khamenei while the Amer­i­cans must deal with mem­bers of the Sen­ate seek assur­ances from Pres­i­dent Obama that a deal must address core weapons pro­lif­er­a­tion issues and not lead to the lift­ing of sanc­tions instead.

British par­lia­ment com­mit­tee endorses lim­ited ura­nium enrich­ment for Iran
(Al-Monitor – July 13, 2014)

The British House of Com­mons’ For­eign Affairs Com­mit­tee decided to endorse a deal that would allow Iran to con­tinue lim­ited ura­nium enrichment.

Iran’s chief nuclear nego­tia­tor Zarif employs a dis­arm­ing charm
(The Los Ange­les Times – July 13, 2014)

West­ern offi­cials regard For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif, the Western-trained leader of the Iran­ian nego­ti­a­tions team, as turn­ing up the charm to make Iran appear non-threatening.

Iran sticks to ‘unwork­able, inad­e­quate’ stances in nuclear talks: U.S.
(Reuters – July 12, 2014)

Before arriv­ing in Vienna for talks with Iran, Sec­re­tary of State Kerry told reporters, “We are still very far apart on some issues and obvi­ously on enrich­ment capacity.”

Iran Supreme Leader spills the nuke talk secrets
(The Daily Beast – July 12, 2014)

Supreme Leader Khamenei issued remarks ear­lier this week, after lead­ing Ramadan evening prayers, divulging highly tech­ni­cal details about remain­ing dis­agree­ments between the P5+1 and Iran.

Open a nuclear fuel bank
(The New York Times, Op-Ed – July 11, 2014)

Sam Nunn, the co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Ini­tia­tive, sug­gests in this opin­ion piece that an inter­na­tional fuel bank, owned and man­aged by the IAEA, would allow coun­tries full assur­ance that they could access nuclear fuel in the event of an inter­rup­tion to their supply.

Iran’s aid to Hamas has bear­ing on nuclear talks, House panel chief says
(The Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor – July 11, 2014)

The chair­man of the House For­eign Affairs Com­mit­tee points to Iran’s con­tin­u­ing sup­port for Hamas as another rea­son for the U.S. to pro­ceed cau­tiously in nego­ti­at­ing with Iran.

Iran’s cen­tral bank loses appeal in ter­ror suit pay­out
(Bloomberg – July 9, 2014)

A fed­eral appeals court rejected Iran’s Bank Markazi’s appeal to award $1.75 bil­lion to fam­i­lies of hun­dreds of Amer­i­cans killed in ter­ror­ist attacks spon­sored by the Islamic Republic.

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July 15, 2014 16

Anti-Israel Protesters Call Israel “The Enemy of Humanity”

On Mon­day, July 14, 2014, there were at least five dif­fer­ent anti-Israel demon­stra­tions held in cities through­out the United States to protest Israel’s response to the lat­est round of rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza. The Mon­day ral­lies fea­tured signs claim­ing that Israel is “the enemy of human­ity” and oth­ers that alleged that Israel is respon­si­ble for genocide.

Below is a round-up on some of the protests held on Monday:

Santa Cruz, CA

A few dozen pro­test­ers turned out in Santa Cruz for a rally spon­sored by the Palestine-Israel Action Com­mit­tee. The pro­test­ers were hold­ing signs that stated “End all aid to Israel!” “Boy­cott Geno­cide Boy­cott Israel,” and “What Jew­ish Law Per­mits the Killing of Inno­cent Chil­dren?”
santa-cruz-protest-israel

 

Cleve­land, OH

There were hun­dreds of pro­test­ers present at a demon­stra­tion at Pub­lic Square. The demon­stra­tion, which was spon­sored by the Cleve­land Al-Awda chap­ter, fea­tured signs that stated “Jesus was Pales­tin­ian,” “Israel is not an ally to the U.S. It is the enemy of human­ity,” and “Stop the Geno­cide.”
cleveland-protest-israel

Min­neapo­lis, MN

The demon­stra­tion in Min­neapo­lis, which was spon­sored by the Min­nesota Coali­tion for Pales­tin­ian Rights, included chants of “From the [Jor­dan] River to the [Mediter­ranean] Sea, Pales­tine will be free!” In addi­tion, signs such as “End Col­lec­tive Pun­ish­ment of Pales­tini­ans” and “Stop Fund­ing Israeli ter­ror­ism” were visible.

A speaker at the rally also stated in Ara­bic that “Vic­tory is near and lib­erty and jus­tice are on the way. [Israeli Prime Min­is­ter] Netanyahu and [Pales­tin­ian Pres­i­dent] Mah­moud Abbas are the same thing. They are both dirty dogs. But soon we will lib­er­ate you from these dev­ils.”
minneapolis-protest-israel

New York, NY

Twenty pro­test­ers showed up at a pro-Israel press con­fer­ence car­ry­ing signs that stated “New York­ers Stand With Gaza Against Israeli Geno­cide,” “Israel = Ku Klux Klan,” and “Pales­tini­ans are Free­dom Fight­ers.” As speak­ers from the press con­fer­ence, includ­ing elected offi­cials, attempted to deliver their speeches, the pro­test­ers led chants of “Stop bomb­ing Gaza now” and “Free, free Pales­tine!” to the point where the speak­ers could not be heard clearly.
new-york-protest-israel

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June 18, 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

Iraq, Syria and Pales­tine vic­tims of Zion­ist sedi­tion
(Mehr News Agency – June 18, 2014)

Dur­ing a par­lia­men­tary ses­sion, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the city of Mash­had accused the U.S. and Israel of being “behind all these sedi­tions” in Iraq, Syria and Pales­tine, while Iran, he main­tained, “seeks unity among all Mus­lims of the region and whole world.”

Iran is not pre­pared to work along­side Amer­ica; Even Hitler never com­mit­ted such inhu­mane crimes as ISIS has*
(Mehr News Agency – June 18, 2014)

Sec­re­tary of the Expe­di­ency Coun­cil and for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mohsen Rezai made claims that “ISIS is a pro­gram of the Zion­ists and reac­tionar­ies in the region who are try­ing to redi­rect the Islamic Awak­en­ing [Arab Spring] away from Amer­ica and Israel and toward Islam instead.”

Basij com­man­der blames US for volatile sit­u­a­tion in Iraq
(Fars News Agency – June 18, 2014)

Moham­mad Reza Naqdi, the head of the Basij, said dur­ing a speech dur­ing a visit to a north­ern province that the takeover of large parts of Iraq by ISIS is “the result of the United States’ behind-the-scene attempts to sow dis­cord and they are cer­tainly the main mas­ter­mind of these events.”

Report: US train­ing ISIL mil­i­tants in Jor­dan
(Fars News Agency – June 18, 2014)

Cit­ing an online Ara­bic news site, Fars claims that a Jor­dan­ian offi­cial dis­closed that “Amer­i­can forces trained the ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and the Lev­ant] recruits in a secret mil­i­tary base in Jor­dan in 2012.”

Iran­ian speaker: Ter­ror­ists strength­ened by US incor­rect approach
(Fars News Agency – June 18, 2014)

While address­ing a forum in south­ern Iran, Speaker of Par­lia­ment Ali Lar­i­jani said that America’s mis­man­age­ment and the “incor­rect strate­gies of the west­ern­ers, espe­cially the Amer­i­cans, in con­fronting the phe­nom­e­non of ter­ror­ism,” have in real­ity “strength­ened the ter­ror­ists in some cases.”

hossein-firouzabadi-iran

Hos­sein Firouzabadi

No pres­ence of Iran­ian forces in Iraq; There has never been coop­er­a­tion between Iran and Amer­ica*
(Fars News Agency – June 18, 2014)

In a speech dur­ing the funeral of a well-known IRGC com­man­der, Major Gen­eral Hos­sein Firouz­abadi, the head of the armed forces, said, “There are no Iran­ian forces present in Iraq and coop­er­a­tion between Iran and Amer­ica will never hap­pen and has no meaning.”

Iran, Pow­ers con­tinue work on draft­ing final deal in hec­tic day of diplo­macy
(Fars News Agency – June 17, 2014)

Speak­ing to reporters fol­low­ing a full day of meet­ings between Iran­ian and West­ern nego­tia­tors, Iran­ian Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Abbas Araqchi said the meet­ings were “con­struc­tive and positive.”

Seyyed Has­san Nas­ral­lah: With the lead­er­ship of Aya­tol­lah Khamenei out holy sites are secure*
(Kay­han – June 17, 2014)

Speak­ing at an anniver­sary event in Beirut, Hezbol­lah Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Has­san Nas­ral­lah reit­er­ated that “Hezbol­lah is ready to fight a war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq.”

Com­man­der: Iran’s ene­mies weaker than ever
(Fars News Agency – June 12, 2014)

IRGC Com­man­der Gen­eral Hos­sein Salami said dur­ing a speech while vis­ing the north­ern province of Sem­nan last week that Iran “is more pow­er­ful than ever before,” and its ene­mies are at their weak­est position.

Offi­cial: Iran’s aid help Pales­tin­ian Resis­tance over­come prob­lems
(Fars News Agency – June 11, 2014)

In an inter­view with Fars News, for­mer Hamas advi­sor Youssef Rezqeh said, “The relent­less sup­ports of the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran and its stances in sup­port­ing the Pales­tin­ian gov­ern­ment in the Gaza Strip in the last 7 years have helped the gov­ern­ment to over­come many prob­lems and obsta­cles. Rezqeh added, “The Pales­tin­ian resis­tance move­ment has always thanked Iran for its sup­port for Pales­tine, espe­cially after the (Israeli) 2009 and 2012 wars.”

Pas­sage of leg­is­la­tion on “Polit­i­cal Crimes” by judi­cial par­lia­men­tary com­mis­sion*
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

New leg­is­la­tion passed in par­lia­ment will pro­vide a broad spec­trum of what will con­sti­tute “polit­i­cal crimes,” which will include indi­vid­ual or polit­i­cal groups against the sys­tem of gov­ern­ment, any move­ment to “reform” the sys­tem of the Islamic Repub­lic, and defam­ing or insult­ing the heads of the three branches of government.

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran­ian leader vows to pro­tect holy sites in Iraq
(The New York Times – June 18, 2014)

Speak­ing on Iran­ian tele­vi­sion, Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani warned that the Islamic Repub­lic would take the nec­es­sary steps needed to defend Shi­ite holy sites in Iraq from ISIS. “Regard­ing the holy Shia shrines in Kar­bala, Najaf, Kad­himiya and Samarra, we announce to the killers and ter­ror­ists that the big Iran­ian nation will not hes­i­tate to pro­tect holy shrines,” Rouhani said.

Saudis give appar­ent warn­ing to Iran: don’t med­dle in Iraq
(Reuters – June 18, 2014)

The Saudi For­eign Min­istry warned Iran to refrain from inter­ven­ing in the Iraq con­flict as Iran­ian author­i­ties have threat­ened to pro­tect Shi­ite holy sites at all costs.

The United States should not coop­er­ate with Iran on Iraq
(The Wash­ing­ton Post Op-Ed – June 17, 2014)

Michael Doran and Max Boot write in their opin­ion piece that “The idea that the United States, a nation bent on defend­ing democ­racy and safe­guard­ing sta­bil­ity, shares a com­mon inter­est with the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran, a rev­o­lu­tion­ary theoc­racy that is the No.1 state spon­sor of ter­ror­ism in the world, is as fan­ci­ful as the notion that Neville Cham­ber­lain and Adolf Hitler could work together for the good of Europe.

With war at doorstep, Iran sees its Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards in a kinder light
(The New York Times – June 17, 2014)

Atti­tudes toward the IRGC are chang­ing as the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in neigh­bor­ing Iraq increases.

Iran is not an ally in Iraq
(The Wash­ing­ton Insti­tute – June 17, 2014)

Michael Singh, the man­ag­ing direc­tor of The Wash­ing­ton Insti­tute, argues that an Iran-America alliance to fight ISIS could actu­ally make con­di­tion worse in Iraq.

Iran, U.S. sig­nal open­ness to coop­er­a­tion on Iraq
(The Wash­ing­ton Post – June 16, 2014)

Ear­lier this week, U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry hinted that the U.S. has not ruled out pos­si­ble coop­er­a­tion with Iran in pro­tect­ing the Iraqi gov­ern­ment against ISIS.

Iran eases con­straints on aca­d­e­mic con­tacts with West
(The New York Times – June 15, 2014)

Pres­i­dent Rouhani’s admin­is­tra­tion has begun lift­ing some restric­tions on uni­ver­sity col­lab­o­ra­tion with for­eign pro­fes­sors. The U.S. Trea­sury Department’s Office of For­eign Assets Con­trol has sim­i­larly eased eco­nomic sanc­tions to allow Amer­i­can col­leges to estab­lish part­ner­ships with their Iran­ian counterparts.

Soc­cer breeds nation­al­ism and anti-regime protests in Iran
(The Wash­ing­ton Post – June 15, 2014)

Iran’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the World Cup Games has wor­ried offi­cials that cit­i­zen may use the oppor­tu­nity to stage anti-regime protests, and have there­fore banned large game view­ings in cities.

Iran’s Zoroas­tri­ans cel­e­brate Per­sian roots
(The Wash­ing­ton Post – June 15, 2014)

The Zoroas­trian reli­gion, the monothe­is­tic reli­gion of ancient Iran prior to the Arab inva­sion, is expe­ri­enc­ing a revival of reli­gious life in Iran. Zoroas­tri­ans gath­ered last week at Chak Chak, a holy site, to cel­e­brate their Per­sian roots and pray in remem­brance of a princess who fled the sev­enth cen­tury Arab invasion.

Moham­mad Javad Zarif: Iran is com­mit­ted to a peace­ful nuclear pro­gram
(The Wash­ing­ton Post Op-Ed – June 13, 2014)

For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif wrote an op-ed express­ing his country’s com­mit­ment to a peace­ful nuclear pro­gram while warn­ing that “Illu­sions have in the past led to missed opportunities.”

Build­ing nuclear weapon would take years, no months, Iran says in report
(The New York Times – June 12, 2014)

The Iran­ian gov­ern­ment released a study detail­ing how long it would the­o­ret­i­cally take its sci­en­tists to assem­ble a nuclear weapon.

Iran’s Deputy FM: If nuke talks fail, we’ll resume enrich­ment
(Ha’aretz – June 12, 2014)

Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Araqchi said dur­ing a con­fer­ence in Rome last week that “Iran will return to 20 per­cent enrich­ment if a deal can­not be reached… fail­ure to reach a deal will be a dis­as­ter for everyone.”

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