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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  International

Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, sent a letter to the French Ambassador in Tehran protesting the blocking of broadcasts of nine Iranian television channels and 32 radio stations from the Hot Bird satellite network. In his letter, Boroujerdi emphasized…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  International

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After European satellite provider Eutelsat stopped transmitting 19 Iranian TV channels, Iran’s leading English-language propaganda Press TV’s website published various other platforms over which it is possible to watch its programs. It also claimed that “Eutelsat is a person, not a company… Eutelsat says it is…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  International

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Deputy Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces in charge of Basij and Defense Culture Sardar Masoud Jazayeri responded to the banning of Iranian network channels from Hot Bird satellite network by saying that this was an unprofessional step and an act of media terrorism. According…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  International

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The Basij forces commander claims that the ban of Iranian satellite channels indicates a collapse of Western regimes….

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  International

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Interior Ministry’s Director General for International Affairs, Ali Azimlou, said that Iran rejects media reports about an invitation extended to the Saudi minister. “As far as I know, no invitation has been extended by either the Iranian Foreign or Interior Ministry to the Saudi Interior Minister…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  International

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Expediency Council Chairman, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said in the meeting that the excessive demands of bullying powers should not affect Tehran-Tokyo relations, calling them strategic and ancient.  …

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  International

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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparsat discussed what he called the ineffective and unacceptable step taken by the European Union in approving unilateral sanctions against Iran, attributing the move to irritation of European countries over Iranian people’s solid support of the development of the nuclear program for…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  Military

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Commander of the IRGC’s Tehran-based Mohammad-Rasulallah Corps, General Mohsen Kazzemeini, said that the IRGC plans to set up a division to confront cyber threats against Iran. “We are seeking to have a cyber division in Tehran, and measures have been taken in this regard.” He added…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  Military

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Commander of Tehran-based Mohammad-Rasulallah Corps, General Mohsen Kazzemeini, said that the three-day maneuver (October 17-20), codenamed Towards Beit al-Moghaddas (Jerusalem), will take place in response to the recent soft and security threats against Iran. “The drills will include confrontation against soft, cyber, armed and unarmed security…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  Economy

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Conservative IRGC-affiliated Fars News Agency is quoting a Fox Business website report that the announcement of new European sanctions against Iran triggered chaos in international markets, and that there is concern that oil prices may surge to over USD 115. According to Fars, the new sanctions against…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  Economy

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Chairman of the Majlis Economics Committee, Arsalan Fathipour, said that despite the emphasis of the Supreme Leader on national production and support of Iranian products, national production is the subject of indifference and is being ignored by the relevant officials. He called on the three authorities…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  Economy

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A group of Egyptian merchants and economic activists met with Iran’s Ministry of Industry, Mines and Commerce Minister, Mahdi Ghazanfari, who welcomed the fresh start in the development of relations between the two countries and the attempt to lay the groundwork for the development of economic…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  Economy

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Two textile plants were closed in Yazd Province, resulting in the layoff of at least 50 workers. According to the Head of the Union of Islamic Work in Yazd, recent tensions in the foreign currency market coupled with the unrestrained imports of foreign products have created…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Amoli Larijani said in a meeting with senior judiciary officials that no one in Iran is executed for their political beliefs. He added that those who have been executed (so far) have either been drug traffickers or rapists or offenders to other people’s lives and properties.”…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Attorney and human rights activist imprisoned in Evin Prison, Nasrin Sotoudeh, launched a hunger strike. Nasrin’s husband, Reza Handan, wrote on his Facebook page that his wife’s hunger strike is an act of protest following the Tehran’s Prosecutor General’s refusal to allow her to meet face-to-face…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Following rumors of the death of Reformist activist and religion researcher Ahmad Kabel, his family stated in an interview with reformist Jerassy website that Kabel was hospitalized in an ICU unit in Ghaem Hospital in Mashhad. Although doctors have pronounced him brain dead, he is still on…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  Domestic

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Efat Marashi, wife of Hashemi Rafsanjani, met with her son, Mehdi Hashemi, who has been imprisoned at Evin for thirty minutes. According to the report, Mehdi has not yet been able to meet with his attorney. During the meeting with his mother, which took place in…

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Thursday, 18 October 2012  /  Domestic

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In an interview with Entekhab, Iran’s most senior journalist and lecturer on Western philosophy as well as prominent strategist and conservative ideologue, Dr. Amir Mohebian, said that the reformist front is currently subject to three serious crises. The first being the return to the legal political…

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