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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  International

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In a meeting with members of the student unions of Tehran and Tabriz Universities, Hashemi Rafsanjani discussed, among other things, events in Syria and Assad’s regime, saying that as opposed to the position maintained by some officials who believe that Assad will remain in government, Bashar…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  International

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According to a BBC report, Barack Obama approved legislation ordering the formation of a political and diplomatic strategy to cope with Iranian penetration into Latin America. According to this law, the US Secretary of State must within 180 days submit her plans for fighting what is…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  International

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Chairman of the Majlis National Security Committee,  Alaeddin Boroujerdi, discussed the round of nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1, adding that the Majlis and the National Security Committee believe that “talks for talks sake” is not useful and that defined goals should be set. He…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  International

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi phoned Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim and discussed bilateral relations as well as regional developments. Mehr News Agency is claiming that positive results are expected as a result of these talks and consultations between the…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Military

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Spokesman for Iran’s Armed Forces Naval drill Velayat 91, Amir Rastegari, announced that the drill on Sunday included a large-scale attack by enemy forces against Iran’s ports and shores as well as a confrontation between marines, commando units and operations forces and the enemy. The drill…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Economy

Chief of the Inspectorate Organization, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who gave a speech at the conference of Economic Committee Members of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, discussed his visits to the chambers of commerce in various provinces and for a need for a dialogue between officials and economic activists….

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Economy

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In an interview with ISNA, Central Bank Governor Mahmoud Bahmani stressed that there was no problem with regards to foreign currency reserves and revenue. He added that the banking system’s only problems involve money and cash transfers. He added that contact needed to be made with…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Economy

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According to an announcement by the Majlis Agricultural Committee, one of the reasons for the pollution that was discovered in some Iranian agricultural products is the expired Chinese fertilizer that had been sold to Iran. He emphasized that the large-scale import of fertilizer from China not…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Human Rights

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Dissident and imprisoned Reformist politician, Abolfazl Ghadyani, suggested that the 9th of Dey, (December 30, 2009), should be renamed as “the day of shameful religious despotism.” 9th of Dey is the day on which state supporters were mobilized  in support of the regime and which the state has continuously…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Human Rights

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According to a report by the human rights organization in Iran, an old Baha’i cemetery in Sangsar was completely destroyed by bulldozers and trucks, and all tombstones were covered with sand and dirt. Three years ago, the cemetery was vandalized by anonymous persons, with the support of the security forces….

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Human Rights

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Many organizations and people from the opposition and Green Movement sent condolence messages to Zahra Rahnavard, wife of Mir Hossein Moussavi, following the death of her father Sadegh Kazemi. Rhanavard, who has been under house arrest along with her husband, managed to arrive at her father’s…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Human Rights

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104 Iranian journalists inside and outside Iran signed a statement protesting the pressure applied to the families of the journalists and demanded that the Iranian regime end this harassment. The statement said that a new wave of pressure and harassment against the families of journalists who…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Human Rights

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Political prisoner Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, an attorney and member of the founding committee of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, is being subjected to heavy pressure at Evin Prison to conduct a television interview in which he confesses to all of the charges against him. Dadkhah’s…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Human Rights

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HADIS weekly, published in Qazvin, was suspended for the fifth time and its chief editor, Rahim Sarkar, was arrested along with the entire editorial staff and employees. The employees were released after three hours of interrogation. There is no information as to the fate of the…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Domestic

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Iranian media is expressing surprise about this unusual move, particularly in light of the fact that only several months remain until the end of the government’s term.  …

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Human Rights

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Four death row prisoners executed in Ghazal Hesar prison on drug-related charges At least two prisoners executed in central prison in Urmieh. No information has been made available as to their identity, and the judicial system has not yet issued any notice in this matter. Four…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Domestic

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“Ousting reminds me of Shah’s behavior” – Clergymen faction member in the Majlis, Mohammad Baqeri, said that Ahmadinejad’s behavior is reminiscent of that of Shah Reza Pahlavi (Reza Khan), the first king in the Phalavi dynasty, and expressed surprise as to why the Minister was fired…

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Monday, 31 December 2012  /  Domestic

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An Asre Iran editorial by Reza Abishawi stated: Following the activation of Khamenei’s page on Facebook, the issue of the social network has become a hot topic in Iranian society. Facebook is the most important social network on the Internet, and although it is blocked in…

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  International

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that “We hope that John Kerry as the new secretary of state will show realism in his work… The main problem is that the US views issues (such as the Iran-p5 nuclear talks) from an…

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Friday, 28 December 2012  /  International

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