"Kayhan": Iran's Reformists Are Collaborating With U.S. Today's editorial in the Iranian daily Kayhan, which is affiliated with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, warned that reformists in Iran are collaborating with the Americans to topple Iran's current Islamic regime in the upcoming March '08 parliamentary (Majlis) elections. The editorial based its position on the U.S.'s NIE report, which it said stated that the U.S. preferred a toppling of the Iranian regime via activity by internal forces. In contrast, today's editorial in the Iranian reformist daily Aftab-e Yazd stated that the attempt by the government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to present itself as friendly and rational in the international arena was endangering Iran, because "this policy of finding favor" presents concessions to the lusts of countries such as India, Russia, China, Bahrain, and Indonesia, which sometimes take anti-Iran stands. Sources: Kayhan, Aftab-e Yazd, Iran, January 1, 2008-Read full entry
Human Rights Group: Iranian Government Intensifying Repression, Killing In Province
Following the December 31 arrest of 150 residents of Ahwaz province in southern Iran, the Central Authority for Human Rights in the province announced that the Iranian authorities had stepped up repression and killing in Ahwaz. The group reported that five residents were executed, the bodies of three long-term prisoners were discovered, and two prisoners' bodies were handed over to their families last week. Other families in the province claimed that family members had been executed by the authorities and that their bodies had been hidden. The human rights group has asked Arab and international organizations to step in to prevent the continuing massacre of residents and to stop the arrests. Source: Al-Siyassa, Kuwait, January 2, 2008 - Read full entry
"Sobh-e Sadeq": U.S. Agreeing To Negotiate With Iran Without Preconditions Due To Defeats
An article in the Iranian weekly Sobh-e Sadeq, the mouthpiece of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei circulated among Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, stated that the defeat of the U.S. in Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq versus the impetus of Iran's relations with the Arab countries – manifested by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's participation in the GCC conference in Doha and by Ali Larijani's visit to Cairo – had forced the U.S. State Department to announce recently that the U.S. was agreeing to negotiations with Iran without preconditions. Source: Sobh-e Sadeq, Iran, December 31, 2007 - Read full entry
Iranian Report: Most Important Outcome Of 9/11 – Rise In Central Asia's Status In U.S. Foreign Policy
A report by Iran's Majlis (Parliamentary) Strategic Research Center stated that the most important outcome of 9/11 has been the rise in Central Asia's geopolitical status in U.S. foreign policy. It also stated that the U.S. is aspiring to prevent the rise of an again-powerful Russia as well as Iranian and Chinese influence in the region. The report concludes that the first item on the U.S. agenda is obtaining the energy resources of the Caspian Sea, and recommends that Iran resist any foreign presence in the region by drawing closer to China and Russia by using the Shanghai alliance. Source: Aftab-e Yazd, Iran, January 1, 2008Read full entry
"Sobh-e Sadeq": Bhutto Assassination Brings Opportunity – For U.S. In Pakistan, For Iran In Afghanistan
The Iranian weekly Sobh-e Sadeq, the mouthpiece of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei circulated among Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, wrote that the assassination of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto "is likely to serve the U.S. as a pretext for direct military intervention" because of the fear that Pakistan's nuclear bomb would fall into the hands of extremist Islamists.An article on the Iranian website Alef, which is affiliated with conservative MP Ahmad Tavakkoli, director of the Majlis Strategic Research Center, stated that Bhutto's assassination had shifted the U.S.'s focus to Pakistan from Iran. It also noted that the assassination would bring about a drop in the power of the Sunnis in the Islamic world, and would give Iran an opportunity to strengthen its position in Afghanistan following a weakening of Pakistan there. Sources: Sobh-e Sadeq, Iran, December 31, 2007; Alef, Iran, January 1, 2008Read full entry
Contest Between International Zionism, Offspring Of Khomeini Will Affect World's Future
At the weekly meeting of the conservative Iranian group Ansar Hizbullah, Mojtaba Rahmandoust, secretary-general of the Iran-based Society in Defense of the Palestinian Nation, stated, "The contest between international Zionism and the offspring of the Imam Khomeini will be the focus of the political processes that will affect the future of the world."
He said that the U.S., Europe, and Israel would step up their pressure as the armed struggle bore fruit, and that the current Israeli and U.S. pressure on Egypt was evidence of the success of the armed Palestinian struggle. He added that the Palestinians were now producing longer-range missiles than in the past. Source: ISNA, Iran, December 31, 2007Read full entry
On Ahmadinejad's Orders, Iran's Center For Intercultural Dialogue Disbands
Iran's Center for Intercultural Dialogue between Islam and Christianity has been disbanded, on orders of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In its stead, the National Center for Globalization Studies has been established, under Ahmadinejad's direct oversight.Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London; Aftab-e Yazd, Iran, December 31, 2007 Read full entry
What Did Ahmadinejad's 41 Trips To Neighboring Countries Accomplish?
An article on the Tabnak website, which is affiliated with Iranian Expediency Council secretary Mohsen Rezai, demanded that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad give details on the contribution to Iran of his 41 trips to neighboring countries. Hinting that Ahmadinejad's trips were pointless, the article stated, "The countries in the region are more impertinent towards Iran than in the past, and are taking anti-Iran stands." Source: Tabnak, Iran, December 27, 2007Read full entry
Larijani: Weakening Of U.S. Role In Region Encouraging Egypt-Iran Relations; Iran Will Help Egypt With Nuclear Technology
At a meeting with intellectuals and writers during his visit in Egypt, Ali Larijani, representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in Iran's Supreme National council, stated that international circumstances and regional changes, including "the weakening of the exclusive role of America in the region," are encouraging Egypt and Iran to increase their mutual cooperation.
Larijani added that Iran is ready to help Egypt develop nuclear technology, in accordance with International Atomic Energy Agency regulations. Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, December 31, 2007Read full entry
Unrest At Universities Across Iran
The online Iranian reformist daily Rooz reports on unrest in universities across Iran because of increasing rumors that over 30 students, detained since early December, have been tortured in order to extract confessions, and because of the delay of the release on bail of the three students from Amir Kabir university even after their bond was posted. At Isfahan University, students who have barricaded themselves since December 24 are continuing with their hunger strike against the repression of the student movement and the restriction of freedom of expression.
The student movement issued a communiqué protesting against the arrest of over 100 students in the past nine months. Source: Rooz, Iran, December 30, 2007Read full entry
Iranian Prisoners' Rights Organization Chairman Back In Jail After Second Heart Attack
Iran's Prisoners' Rights Organization chairman Emad Baghi, who has been under arrest for 80 days, was returned to Evin prison after being rushed to the hospital following his second heart attack since Decemberf 26. Dissident journalist 'Issa Saharkhiz said sarcastically that this policy towards Baqi and others was Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s way of putting Shi'ite justice into action. Source: Rooz, Iran, December 30 and 31, 2007 Read full entry
Shirin Ebadi: "Kayhan" Newspaper Making Up Stories About Me
At a conference of reformist journalists, Iranian Nobel Prize laureate and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi referred to that claims by the Iranian daily Kayhan that she was acting to increase economic sanctions against Iran and that she had called the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) "terrorists."Ebadi said that the paper was making up stories, and that she had called for political sanctions against the Iranian government, not for economic sanctions that harmed the entire people. Source: Kayhan, December 23, 2007; Rooz, Iran, December 31, 2007Read full entry
Iranian Ayatollah Montazeri Urges Iranian Reformists To Act For Free Elections
In a meeting with reformist activists in Iran, Ayatollah Hossein 'Ali Montazeri, one of the senior Iranian clerics critical of the Iranian regime, said that the regime was acting illegally by approving candidates for the March 2008 Majlis (parliamentary) elections based on the candidates' political proximity to the regime. Montazeri encouraged activity to pressure the regime to hold free elections, and reiterated that the slogan of Iran's Islamic Revolution was "independence, freedom, and Islamic revolution." Source: Montazeri's blog, Iran, December 28, 2007 Read full entry
Iran Gets Second Russian Fuel Shipment
Russia has delivered a second consignment of nuclear fuel to Iran's Bushehr power plant, said Iranian Atomic Energy Organization deputy head today, December 28. He said that the delivery was the same amount as was supplied in the first consignment, which arrived December 17. Russia is to deliver a total of 82 tons of nuclear fuel to Iran, over two months and in eight separate consignments. Source: Fars, Iran, December 28, 2007Read full entry
Tehran Friday Sermon: Ayatollah Jannati Blasts U.S. For Lebanon Political Crisis, Says Christ Would Have Fought Oppression, Labels Israel "Cancerous Tumor" Planted By U.S.
In his sermon today, Tehran interim Friday prayer leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati congratulated all "real believers" in Christianity on the new year, and said that Jesus should be considered among the oppressed prophets "because certain individuals who allege to be an advocate of Christ, such as U.S. President George W. Bush, kill innocent people and trigger crisis among the world nations." He lambasted those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ while committing murders in different parts of the world, and said that of the three options of silence, supporting the oppressors, and fighting with the oppressors, Jesus Christ would have certainly chosen the third if he was present among us. He went on to slam the U.S. administration for sowing discord in Lebanon, saying that the ongoing political crisis there had been created and exacerbated by Washington. He said, "America has planted the occupiers of Quds [Israel] as a cancerous tumor in the heart of the Arab countries in order to create crises in Palestine and Lebanon." He also said that Iran's upcoming March 2008 parliamentary elections would "show the world that religion and democracy are not incompatible." Source: IRNA, IRIBnews.ir, Fars, Iran, December 28, 2007Read full entry
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