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April 9, 2014

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

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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December 10, 2013

Promoting Human Rights on the 65th Anniversary of the Historic Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first ever global assertion that “all human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms.” The world celebrates annual Human Rights Day on December 10th each year.  This December, ADL honors the UDHR’s 65th anniversary by continuing to fight for the rights enshrined in that momentous declaration and by teaching new generations of children to learn about the principles it reflects.

Eleanor Roosevelt holding the Human Rights Declaration

Human Rights Day has particular meaning for ADL because anti-Semitism and the persecution of Jews was the touchstone for the creation of some of the foundational human rights instruments in the aftermath of the Holocaust.  ADL is committed to educating youth about the lessons of the Holocaust and how bigotry and exclusion can lead down a slippery slope toward unspeakable atrocities, and our web site features a short list of books for children on the UDHR and how it relates to the rights of children globally.

ADL is engaging activists in protecting the rights championed by this historic document whether it is by protecting the right of all children to an education, freedom of religion and belief for all, or freedom to associate and to seek asylum from persecution. This month, our priority human rights issues have put the spotlight on:

Today, through our activism and raising awareness, we honor the spirit of the moving words of, one of the UDHR’s authors, Eleanor Roosevelt, who asked:

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.

 

— Eleanor Roosevelt, “In Our Hands” (1958 speech delivered on the tenth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

 

 

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