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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  International

In response to the statements made by Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi (“Narcotics and drug addiction throughout the world are rooted in the teachings of Zionist Talmud.”) and the ensuing criticism, the Foreign Ministry Spokesman emphasized that showing respect for godly religions is an inherent part…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  International

Mohammad Reza Naqdi said, “We are today witnessing Iran’s rise throughout the world. The enemy has been badly beaten by Iran’s firm stance and is now attempting to use every kind of intrigue and all the means it has around the world to make up for…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  International

Mohammad Raiesi, Iran’s new ambassador to Armenia, has presented his credentials to the Armenian President. Raiesi, who replaced former Iranian ambassador Seyed Ali Sagayan, was formerly head of the Department of Ceremonies at the foreign office and Iranian ambassador to Kenya.  …

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  International

A spokesman for the Haj and pilgrims’ organization in Iran has announced that in an unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia has stopped issuing visas to pilgrims from Iran and several other Islamic countries. According to the announcement, travel for those who have already been issued visas may…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Military

IRGC Aerospace Force Commander, Brigadier General Hajizadeh, said that “In the sacred name of the Great Prophet, the IRGC’s surface-to-surface missile aerospace exercise (codenamed Great Prophet 7) will be held from July 2 for three days. Hajizadeh said that during the exercise, long-range, medium-range, and short-range…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Hajizadeh said ahead of the missile drill:   It (the UAV) was a good spy, but it betrayed America - “All of the RQ-170′s hardware has been decoded, and data has been extracted from it. No more ambiguities remain… It is as if we…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Military

At a command headquarters meeting of the Command Council of Shahrud’s Group-10 of the Muharram Air Defense, IRGC Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari emphasized that in view of the present threats by its enemies, aerial defense is one of Iran’s top priorities and that the relevant senior…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Military

The General Chief of Staff of the US Army has announced that in October 2012, the armies of the US and Israel will hold joint missile-defense maneuvers! The very same US General said these maneuvers were supposed to have taken place two months ago, but they…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Economy

Economy Minister, Seyyed Shamseddin Hoseyni, Head of the Central Bank (CBI) Mahmoud Bahmani, Mines and Industry Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari and Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi held a special meeting in the early morning on June 28 at the Central Bank to discuss how to handle the newly…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Economy

Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi said that the sanctions against Iran’s oil industries are not new, and Iran has been dealing with oil sanctions for several years now. “These sanctions present an opportunity, and the harsher they are, the speedier oil industry development becomes. Thanks to the…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Economy

Iranian Oil Minister, Rostam Qassemi, referred to the drop in oil prices on international markets and said that according to the agreement reached in the previous OPEC meeting, Iran asked the Secretary General to convene an emergency meeting in view of the fact that the price…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Economy

Mohammad Reza Rahimi tried to calm Iranian citizens ahead of oil sanctions. “Today, we are facing the heaviest of sanctions, and we ask people to help officials in this battle.” Rahimi added that the “dastardly sanctions” might cause “occasional confusion” in the market, but assured that…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Economy

As the sanctions imposed by the European Union against the import of Iranian oil enter into effect, Fars News Agency reports that in the run up to July 1, the date on which the oil embargo against Iran entered into effect, a wave of media propaganda…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Economy

In a meeting of senior managers from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Iranian Stock Exchange, Mahmoud Bahmani said that Iran has USD 150 million in foreign currency reserves to offset the sanctions. He added that the CBI was being boycotted by some western countries,…

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Human Rights

Playwright Naghmeh Samini stated that 80% of her play, The Red Woolen Coat has been censored by the authorities, and its content significantly altered. She said that the censorship of plays and theater is hurting young writers and their work….

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Human Rights

Opposition cleric Arash Honarvar Shojaei has gone on hunger strike at the end of medical leave, on returning to Evin Prison, despite the deterioration in his medical condition.  …

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Human Rights

The location where Reza Setayesh-Efza is being held is unknown. Reza was also active in Mousavi’s election headquarters and was expelled from his studies for his activities.  …

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Human Rights

Additional executions – Two people condemned to death were executed in public last Thursday in the town of Robat Karim. Tens of hundreds of local residents watched the execution, including children (see photo link).  …

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Monday, 2 July 2012  /  Domestic

Ayatollah Bayat-Zanjani, a source of emulation for Shiite religious law, emphasized in a response to a religious question regarding the status of female political prisoners who have been separated from their children, that detention of the women and removing them from their families was an egregious…

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