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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  International

Head of the Bureau of Iran’s interests in Cairo, Mojtaba Imani, announced that President Ahmadinejad and President Mohammad Morsi will soon be meeting in Ethiopia, where they are to participate in a meeting of the heads of member-states in the Organization of African Unity.  …

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  International

An editorial in Jomhouri Islami(known for its scathing criticism of Egypt), entitled “A warning siren for the Egyptian Revolution,” writes that the new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has stepped back from his former positions and acquiesced to the Military Council’s order to dissolve the Egyptian parliament….

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  International

Ali Akbar Salehi said that “Iran is ready to meet with Syrian dissidents and invite them to Iran in a bid to prepare the ground for talks between them and [the Syrian] government.” Salehi added that no foreign prescription or government should be imposed on the Syrians….

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  International

Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Undersecretary, Ali Baqeri, said that Iran “intends to play a more active role on the international scene and has opted for [nuclear] talks to achieve this same end.” He added thatIran’s present strategy is based on “détente.” Baqeri underlined Iran’s vigilance about what…

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  International

Javad Karimi Qoddousi stated, “[Based on the draft bill] the closure of the Strait of Hormuz will continue until all the sanctions imposed against Iran are lifted. The government will be allowed to open the Strait only after meeting fourteen conditions.”…

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Military

At a press conference marking the annual convention of IRGC naval commanders, Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, referred to the Western claim that Iran was incapable of blocking the Strait of Hormuz. He said, “They say these things to placate…

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Military

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, “We do not seek to disturb the security of the region; we want to establish and provide security in the region… We can withstand any threat and protect our interests as well as the country’s maritime borders.” …

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Military

IRGC Navy Commander, Ali Fadavi, announced at the annual convention of IRGC naval commanders that Iran has made great strides in its missile capabilities, and that what the US knows about them is far from the truth. Unable to further its military objectives, the US has…

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Military

Head of the MOIS, Heydar Moslehi, said that “The individuals [scientists] with achievements in different areas of science were to be picked up as the target of these precise plans.” He stated that the swift and smart measures taken by the MOIS could foil the enemy’s…

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Economy

Mehrdad Bazrpash said, “A bill has come on the Majlis Industries Committee agenda and requires the mines and industries sector of the government to seriously focus on new technological plans for oil tankers and warship engines… The bill, discussed in a meeting of the Majlis Industries…

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Economy

A member of the Majlis Energy Committee, Robert Beglarian, has said that the Majlis and the government are examining the issue of oil sanctions and devising plans to comprehensively defuse them. He said that those in charge should concentrate their efforts on expanding production of parts…

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Economy

Javad Jahangirzade, a member of the Majlis Committee for National Security and Foreign Policy, has claimed that Europe’s ancient and crumbling economy will be unable to deal with the latest shock in the field of oil supply, and thatIranwill ultimately triumph over the sanctions.  …

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Economy

Spokesman for the Iranian Oil Ministry, Alireza Nikzad, answered questions about the company’s closure without acknowledging or denying the report. He said that if it were true, the company’s spheres of authority and roles in gas production would be transferred to the National Oil Company’s International…

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Economy

The Joint Turkmenistan-Iranian Commission on Economic Cooperation will be held today (July 16) and attended by the respective foreign ministers.  …

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Human Rights

Security police have forced the family of Sohrab Arabi, one of the victims of the election events, to cancel the memorial service for their son….

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Human Rights

Political prisoner Arjang Davoudi, who was transferred two weeks ago from Rajaï Shahr Prison to a solitary confinement cell in Evan Prison’s Wing 209, has begun a hunger strike to protest his illegal transfer to solitary confinement for the duration of his sentence.  …

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Human Rights

Kurdish minority political prisoner, Mohammad Sadiq Kaboodvand, has been hospitalized after a deterioration in his medical condition following fifty days on hunger strike.  …

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Human Rights

Student activist from Sharif University, Navid Nezhat, began serving the one-year prison term on charges of anti-regime propaganda.  …

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Domestic

Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam, head of Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) and Ahmadinejad’s brother-in-law, has warned that TV  shows and movies featuring people eating chicken may provoke the lower and deprived strata of Iranian society to attack the richer classes. “They show chicken being eaten in movies when…

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Monday, 16 July 2012  /  Domestic

Asriran‘s editorial, “Prices have begun assaulting the Iranian people,” by Jafar Mohammadi, the Editor-in-Chief: “On one of my visits to the provinces, I met a poor man who had not eaten fruit for twenty years,” was a quote by President Ahmadinejad that became the main headline…

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