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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  International

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Kayhan, affiliated with Iran’s Supreme Leader and an outlet for his opinions, writes that in recent weeks, various reports of a “Zionist-American” conspiracy in the region have increased. One of the components of the conspiracy is what is referred to as the Bahrain-Saudi union plan, which…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  International

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In an interview with E’temaad, Amir Mousavi said, “Should the (Bahraini) struggle spill over to Saudi Arabia, it would serve the Bahrainis, since they could join forces with the protesters in eastern Saudi Arabia.” Mousavi ruled out the possibility that other Gulf States would join the…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  International

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Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati addressed the need for the Iranian broadcasting authority to play a more effective and vital role in promoting and disseminating the Islamic Awakening.  According to Velayati, the Iranian broadcasting authority, which is a visual media tool, plays a critical role in providing…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Military

An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the next round of nuclear talks with the 5+1 will take place on May 23 in Baghdad, and that the framework of the talks will be based on the agreements reached in the previous round in Istanbul. According to…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Military

Yadollah Javani said that although the previous round of talks with the 5+1 was different in nature, Iran cannot be optimistic based on the results of these talks, and hopes that the West will change its ways. According to Javani, trusting the West will take time,…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Military

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Mehdi Farahi, Aerospace Industry Organization Director, announced that Iran plans on launching the Fajr (Dawn) satellite into space on May 23, the same day nuclear negotiators from Iran and the 5+1 will meet in Baghdad. The Fajr satellite is a solar-powered reconnaissance satellite. Iran plans to…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Military

In a meeting with Oman’s Royal Navy Commander, currently in Iran as the head of a senior delegation that arrived to participate in a joint military committee conference, IRGC Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi discussed the importance of the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, stressing that…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Economy

With the implementation of the second phase of the Subsidy Reform Plan, the subsidy paid to all Iranian will increase to about USD 55….

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Economy

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The Central Bank of Iran stated that inflation reached 21.8% in March. (Cartoon: inflation in stage one and two of the Subsidy Reform Plan)…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Economy

The Center said that by the end of the current year (March 2013), the government plans to further reduce unemployment to 7%, investing close to USD 200 billion to create 1 million jobs a year. It added that by 2015, the government may send nearly 100,000…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Economy

Mehr News Agency is reporting a sharp 50% rise in rents in Tehran. As summer and apartment rental season approaches, people wanting to rent an apartment in their area of residence will be forced to pay 50% more than they have to date or look for…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Economy

Employment was and will always be the main concern of young people and families, a vital issue that is an obstacle and problem for citizens in our society. We, however, are not seeing our officials take any practical measure to solve the problem. Instead, all they…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Economy

Majlis members claimed that it is regrettable that in a year declared by the Supreme Leader as the year of national production, the government is implementing policies that actually work against national production in agriculture and food safety. The statement went on to say that the…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Human Rights

Hadi Ghaemi, spokesman for International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said, Iranian authorities have long been repressing domestic journalists. Now it’s clear that they have turned an eye to neutering international press freedoms also… We are increasingly seeing Iranian authorities using intimidation, arrests, censorship, and other…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Human Rights

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Omid Kokabee, a young Iranian scientist and postdoctoral student at the University of Texas has been given a 10-year prison sentence for “cooperation with the Israeli Mossad.” Kokabee was arrested when he returned to Iran for a winter break at the end of 2010. On Sunday, May 13, trial was…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Human Rights

Mehdi Ramezani, father of Ramin Ramezani, one of the victims of the post-election events, was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court in Tehran to three years in prison. Ramezani was arrested a year and a half ago when he visited his son’s grave during the memorial service…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Human Rights

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Human rights activists Mohsen Aminzadeh and Issa Skharkhiz were prevented from receiving medical treatment….

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Human Rights

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Imprisoned worker rights activist, Behnam Ibrahim Zadeh, who suffers from a medical condition, is reportedly in serious condition. Zadeh has suffered from ear pain for a long time and despite repeated requests, has not received any medical attention….

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Human Rights

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Shia Online writes, “A (website) founder who lives in one of the Arab Gulf states has promised to pay the bounty  (USD 100,000) on behalf of Shia-Online.ir to the killer of this abusive singer (Shahin Najafi)”…

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012  /  Domestic

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The Head of Iran’s Expediency Council Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani said, “I believe that if the constitution is implemented properly and completely, it will resolve the economic, political and social problems that appear when the structure and duties stipulated in the constitution are overshadowed by personal and…

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