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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  International

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi insisted that Kofi Annan’s peace plan is the only solution to the deteriorating crisis in Syria. Salehi said, “We support Kofi Annan’s peace plan and consider it to be the only meaningful solution (to get) out of this dilemma.” Salehi and…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  International

The Keyhan editorial is titled, “Aleppo, a neighbor of Bayt al-Muqaddas or of Yerushalayim” [Arabic and Hebrew names for Jerusalem]. The anti-Syrian front, which suffered a disastrous failure in its coup against Bashar Assad’s government, is now concentrating on Aleppo as the most important and populated…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  International

A Jomhouri Eslami editorial titled, “An End to Tel Aviv and Ankara’s Goldsmith War” claims that Turkey and Israel are taking steps to improve relations and that both sides have maintained the highest level of relations despite the appearance of a “goldsmith war” between them. The…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  International

Seyed Ali Qazi Asgar, Khamenei’s Hajj Affairs Representative, held a meeting with Egypt’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa in Istanbul to discuss Iran-Egypt cooperation on Hajj pilgrimage. Qazi Asgar is inTurkey to attend a meeting of Muslim religious leaders at the invitation of Turkey’s Dianat (religious…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Military

Heydar Moslehi, Intelligence Minister (MOIS),  said the confessions of several “terrorists” who were involved in the assassination of nuclear scientists will be broadcast “in the coming days.” Heydari added that Iran’s “Intelligence system is at the peak of power and confuses the enemy’s intelligence by detaining…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Military

Unnamed cyber security has warned: “If the Americans’ futile cyber attacks do not stop, it will face a teeth-breaking response.”…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Military

The government is hoping to strengthen the country’s economy through a tax-reform plan and to reach a “resistive economy model.” This decision by the government should not worry businesses, the private sector and other services that until now have not been providing the major part of…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Economy

Khamenei address (July 29) at a meeting with researchers, experts and innovators in the field of science and technology. Key points: We should admit addiction and dependence on oil Generating wealth by selling natural and limited resources, such as oil, is not advancement; it’s delusion… We…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Economy

Ahmadinejad addressed an inaugural ceremony for two big oil projects in Tehran’s Shahid Tondgoyan oil refinery. He argued that since the price of oil was determined “based on political situation instead of economic conditions… Otherwise, the real price of oil should have been very much higher…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Economy

Governor of Iran’s Central Bank, Mahmoud Bahmani, said that  ”If we want to use the normal rules to deal with the sanctions, we will definitely face problems. Therefore, like military wars where we have a series of asymmetric tactics, we should start a series of asymmetric…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Economy

Majid Jafarzadeh, Head of International Legal Affairs in the Foreign Ministry, said that Iran is preparing a complaint against the United States and the European Union to be submitted to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The complaint will be about the economic sanctions that are…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Economy

Rostam Ghassami announced at a press conference that in view of the rise in oil prices (now over USD100 a barrel), the emergency meeting of OPEC that Iran had asked to convene has been postponed for the time being. Ghassami also reported on the postponement of…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Human Rights

One of the persons, Shahu-Parto’I, was convicted to three years of imprisonment on charges of “cooperating with the opponents of the (Islamic) system.” The other person, Shamzin Ahmadnezhad, was convicted to one year imprisonment on security-related charges. The third, Rasul Qader-Haji, was arrested about two months…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Abolfazl Qadiani, a member of the Revolutionary Mujahadeen, was taken to the hospital after having been severely beaten by prison guards, but was returned to prison after the prison guards refused the doctors’ request to hospitalize him.  …

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Narges Mohammadi, Acting President of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, has been released from Zanjan Prison on bail of USD 485,000 for a period of ten days. Narges, who is also the Center’s Spokeswoman, was granted leave on bail after some three months in prison….

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Domestic

Sohrabpour spoke of the considerable investment by Western states in recruiting expert Iranian minds. He added that these countries had managed to motivate some of the best Iranian minds to leave Iran. However, he said thatIran should now create a reverse trend and find ways to…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Domestic

An editorial by Asrirantitled, “Blowing the trumpet from the wrong end,” also discusses the problem of the brain drain. The editorial says that the Majlis Economic Committee claims that foreign currency grants to Iranian students studying abroad are not essential and should be abolished, thus helping…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Domestic

Mahmoud Bahmani, Governor of Iran’s Central Bank (CBI), denied reports of the cancellation of payment of foreign currency at the government rate to students and said that payment to students and the sick have not been halted. Bahmani added that Iran has sufficient reserves of foreign…

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012  /  Domestic

Zahra Sajadi has called forIran to encourage childbirth, stating that former policies encouraging family planning need to be revised. She said thatIranis a country where nuclear scientists have been assassinated by its enemies, and it should therefore increase its population as far as possible in order…

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