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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  International

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The visit of the European Parliament delegation to Iran was cancelled after the Iranian regime refused to approve a meeting between the delegation and Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi, two political prisoners in Iran who won the Sakharov Prize….

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  International

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi said, “This decision by the European Parliament delegation proved that they lack the power to make serious decisions [independently] of Zionist pressure and elements outside this parliament.” He added that the delegation had requested the visit to Iran long ago, and Zionist elements had…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  International

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The six-day visit, which began on Sunday, took place following the official invitation of the Majlis Cultural Committee. This visit had been scheduled to take place at the same time as the visit by the European Parliamentary delegation, which was cancelled for political reasons. The German…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  International

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According to Sayyed Bagher Hosseini, a member of the of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Executive Committee, the German delegation’s visit can help with transparency of Iran’s foreign policies and facilitate the talks with the 5+1. Hosseini further stated that when an influential country…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Military

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At a conference marking Passive Defense Week that began on Sunday, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that military strength is one of the main elements that guarantees national security and also affects international relations and foreign policies. Military strength, according to Vahidi, is designed first and…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Military

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The Director of Iran’s Passive Defense Organization, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, said that “these viruses (Stuxnet and Flame) had infiltrated into some sections, but they were detected and neutralized, and the viruses did not inflict any damage on the country’s sensitive/critical centers.” He added that…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Military

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Deputy Chairman of the Armed Forces, Gholam Ali Rashid, said at a conference of Iranian naval commanders, “The increase in the level of strategic confrontation between Iran and the United States over the past decade, coupled with recent developments in the regions that are attributed to…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Military

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The armed assassins rode a motorcycle and fired automatic weapons at the two soldiers, who were standing at a checkpoint in the city of Sarbaz in the Sistan and Baluchestan Province.  …

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Economy

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Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, Hassan Firouzabadi, in a message for Eid al Adha, discussed, among other things, the foreign currency market. He added, “Unfortunately, issues related to the foreign currency market and prices, some of which are attributable to sanctions imposed by the…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Economy

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According to the report, this past Sunday, in the foreign currency transaction center, the exchange rate for one dollar was 2,541 tomans, which was the same price as the previous day. According to a Central Bank report, the price of the euro at the center also…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, has launched a website to present his findings on the situation….

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Zuhara Mahbuba Mansouri was first arrested one year ago by security forces and held for 90 days in solitary confinement. She was later released on bail and subsequently sentenced by the court to five years in prison on charges of harming national security. However, due to…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Mohammad Tavassoli was arrested exactly one year ago at home and transferred to Security Wing 209 of Evin Prision, which is managed by the Intelligence Ministry. Tavassoli was sentenced to 11 years in prison and subjected to a five-year ban on political and public activity. Even…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Security forces in Mashhad last week launched a wide-scale campaign to arrest anyone they considered “criminals and offenders” to purify recreational centers and parks in the city. Those arrested were put on public display as an act of humiliation, with their hands and legs shackled and…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Human Rights

Following the arrest of seven Christian converts in Shiraz last week, two more Christian converts belonging to the same group were arrested after being summoned to the Intelligence Ministry for questioning. The two are Ms. Efsar Behmani and Mr. Masoud Razaei. According to reports, Esfar Behmani…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Human Rights

The arrests were carried out by the Intelligence Ministry. One of those arrested was released after issuing a written guarantee that he would sever all ties with his Baha’i friends….

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Human Rights

Two of the prisoners were charged with murder and the third with rape. According to human rights organizations report, at least 49 death row prisoners were executed in Iranian prisons over the past month.  …

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Domestic

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Criticism of Ahmadinejad has been increasing steadily for a long time, as has the level of the people criticisizing him. The criticism has grown more aggressive, resulting in a situation in which yesterday’s supporters are trying to outdo each other in their current criticism of the…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Domestic

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Hajj Mansour Arzi, one of the most prominent and well-known of Tehran’s preachers (former enthusiastic supporter of President Ahmadinejad and currently one of his harshest critics) is known, among other things, for his scathing political criticism. In his last sermon, he again blasted Esfandiar Mashaei, head…

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Monday, 29 October 2012  /  Domestic

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A group of national and religious Iranian activists living outside Iran has published a statement in which they discussed the threats to Iran. They stressed to the regime leaders that the only way to save Iran was to halt uranium enrichment, release political prisoners and hold…

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