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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Domestic

Ahmad Tavakoli, a vocal critic of the government and head of Majlis’ strategic research center, has indicated that the fight to remove Presidential aide Saeed Mortazavi, the notorious former Tehran prosecutor, will continue, claiming the Administration Court will pursue Mortazavi’s “illegal” appointment to head the Social…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Domestic

Ahmadinejad said that a recently passed law that authorizes the Majlis to oversee the conduct of lawmakers is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a letter addressed to Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Supreme Council for Dispute Settlement and Relations Adjustment among the Tripartite Powers….

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Human Rights

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari has been given an additional year behind bars and will now serve a four-year sentence….

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Human Rights

Filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad, who spent almost a year in prison for criticizing the regime in letters he sent to Khamenei, has renewed his sharp criticism in a new short movie, “We Have Murdered People.” The movie begins: We must believe that we have failed the 33-year…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Human Rights

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Radan, deputy commander-in-chief of the Iranian Law Enforcement Force, has outlined those cases that will be considered by police as non-compliance with the Islamic dress code (hijab) for women. Radan said that women wearing tight clothing, including trousers, above-the-knee trench coats, and…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Economy

Kourosh Parand, Deputy Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare, announced that technical and professional training would be offered to 900,000 job seekers in three months starting in the current Iranian year. He described the program as especially important for the year of “Support for National…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Economy

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of the Expediency Council, said that adequate measures should be taken to address rising prices, economic pressure, and unemployment to help promote national cohesion and prevent the exploitation of the situation by enemies. National cohesion can serve as a shelter from…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Economy

Mohammadreza Sabz‘alipur, who heads the Iranian World Trade Center, said that the quality and shortage in domestic production will not be ended by banning advertisements for foreign goods, and added, Without healthy competition, correct planning, and the government’s efficient management, the quality of domestic production will…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Economy

Abdolhossein Bayat, Deputy Minsiter of Oil, said, Iran currently has no problem exporting petrochemical products and that export to European countries has not fallen. Bayat, who is also the Managing Director of National Petrochemical Company (NPC), said the company has focused efforts on finding new markets…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Economy

The Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology sent a letter to Mahmud Bahmani, the Head of Central Bank of Iran, asking that CBI instruct (commercial) banks to only recognize Iranian e-mail addresses from customers when they open new accounts, and forbidding them to send bank…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Economy

Mohammad Baqer Nowbakht, Head of the Expediency Council’s Strategic Research Center, stated, Depositing 28,000 tomans (approximately USD 16) in citizen’s accounts before conducting an real analytical study of the price rise was illegal… At a time when the first phase of the targeted subsidies has been…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Military

Dr. Saeed Rahimi, head of Iran’s Cyber Defense Center said, In the laboratory, which will be launched by the end of the current [Iranian] year (ending 20 March 2013), the hardware and networks used by sensitive institutions will be reviewed and examined from the perspective of…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Military

Iran General Seyed Mohsen Kazzemeini said, “We have monitored many cultural and social threats to Tehran and we have come up with four major threats and targets” through constant evaluations. He said, The enemy is seeking to weaken faith in Islamic and Shiite values and beliefs……

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Military

OK-Seok Seo, a South Korean IAEA inspector who was riding in a car together with another inspector from Slovenia, was killed on May8 when the vehicle overturned near the Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor. The Slovenian inspector and the driver were injured in the accident….

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  Military

Asqar Soltaniyeh, Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA called on the agency to reinforce confidentiality policies. He said, The agency should strengthen its confidentiality policies in order to prevent any leakage of sensitive and confidential information of member states… Leaking information from the IAEA is a matter…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  International

Editor-in-Chief of Fars News Agency (FNA) Abbas Darvish Tavangar, said that the beginning of Russian service will help boost Iran-Russia interactions in areas of research and media. He expressed the hope that the service would help Iran take a “wide stride” in interactions with scholars and…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  International

The protest outside Azerbaijan’s consulate concluded with the issuing of a public statement demanding an end to the “anti-Shiite policies of Baku government.” The statement objected to Baku’s move to host the Eurovision song contest, as well as the city’s planned gay pride parade. It also…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  International

Ali Akbar Salehi underlined Iran’s keenness to upgrade ties with Cairo, and said that the two countries should fill the gap created during the last 30 years in their bilateral relations. Unfortunately, the Iranian and Egyptian nations have been apart over the past 30 years and…

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012  /  International

During his weekly news conference Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, “The disagreements between regional countries are a Zionist (Israeli) plot that authorities should be aware of.” He added that “the Islamic awakening” (as Iranian officials call the “Arab Spring”) in the region put the…

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