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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  International

Ali Akbar Aqa’i said, “The Westerners know well that the hosting of [NAM] the summit in Tehran will improve the Islamic Republic’s status in the region and around the globe, demonstrate to the world that Iran enjoys full stability and security” and have long-term implications in Iran’s favor in…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  International

Ali Larijani said, “The withdrawal of UNSG Ban Ki-moon from attending Tehran’s NAM Summit does not cause any problem for the NAM Summit itself.” Larijani added that that since NAM member-states have a significant presence in the United Nations, it would be beneficial for the UN…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  International

Expediency Council (EC) Secretary, Mohsen Rezaei, described recent threats by Israeli officials regarding an attack on Iran as “psychological warfare” and not real, and noted that Israel is striving to downplay the international effects of the NAM Summit in Tehran (August 26-31). Rezaei, who is also…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  International

Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, Senior Advisor to the Supreme Leader in the IRGC, said that ”The NAM Summit is taking place in Tehran amid the West’s major psychological war against Iran… The NAM Summit will undoubtedly provide many opportunities for Iran,” and Iran should take full advantage from the…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Military

On the occasion of national Defense Industry Day and in the presence of Ahmadinejad, six new achievements were unveiled: fourth generation version of “Fateh” (Victory) 1D-110 missile, “Armita” flying laboratory, “Bonyan” (Foundation) 4 marine warship engine, “Aras” tactical vehicle, “Vafa” (Loyalty) long-range mortar launcher as well…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Military

The Public Relations Department of the IRGC issued a message that reads, “The country’s defense industry takes advantage of the talents and creativity of the country’s thinkers and technicians. We have now reached a point where this scene is an exhibition of grandeur, dynamism, compatibility and…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Military

Army Public Relations referred to Defense Industry Day as “the day the enemies lost hope” and “a poisonous arrow in the coffin of sanctions and threats of oppressors who once imposed a war hoping for the downfall of the great revolution of the Iranian nation and…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Military

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Economy

Musalreza Servati, a member of the Majlis Budget Committee said that the Government has only created a total of 600,000 new jobs since 2005 rather than its declared 900,000 per year. He reiterated the lack of planning and coordination within the government and other organizations such as…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Economy

The Oil Ministry’s website said gasoline production capacity stood at 43 million liters per day at the end of the Iranian calendar year 1389 (March 20, 2010-March 19, 2011), while it will hit 70 million liters per day at the end of the current Iranian year…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Economy

Mas’oud Chamani, Head of Iran’s Hand-Woven Carpet Union, said that “Carpet exports could increase to USD 1 billion this (Iranian) year (started on March 20).” Chamani said that due to their quality and beauty, Iranian carpets need no advertising in foreign countries. He urged Iranian officials…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Human Rights

29-year-old Omid Kokabee was arrested two years ago upon returning from his studies in the United States on charges of conspiracy with foreign nations against Iran and spying for Israel, “communicating with a hostile government” and “illegitimate earnings.” He was sentenced in May 2012, along with…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Following his arrest, Behzad Arab Gol was held in temporary incarceration for six months, 50 days of which was in solitary confinement. Arab Gol, a construction worker, is married and the father of two small children.  …

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Dr. Yusuf Bidardel was apparently arrested for his journalist activities involving local fund-raising activities for areas affected by the earthquake in eastern Azerbaijan….

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Domestic

Ali Saeedi, the Supreme Leader’s representative to the IRGC, said that reformists can participate in the upcoming presidential elections if they “repent, confess mistakes and confirm allegiance.” He added that former President Mohammad Khatami’s past action could be forgiven if he would simply “apologize to the Iranian people…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Domestic

The websites of Grand Ayatollahs Makarem Shirazi, Vahid Khorasani and Iraq’s Seyed Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani  were hacked after they declared Monday as the end of Ramadan thus challenging the Supreme Leader’s proclamation of Sunday. Digarban website asserts that seven leading clerics set Monday for the end of Islam’s…

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012  /  Domestic

Iranian Comedian Mahmud Basiri said that he has been banned from television because of his resemblance to the President. He blamed Iranian state- run television and the President’s Office for not getting any comic roles in the past seven years, because of his strong resemblance to the…

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