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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  International

At a meeting with Shiite religious students, Majlis speaker Ali Larijani said that the 33-day war (the Second Lebanon War) and the Gaza war (Operation Pillar of Defense) were failures for Israel and a change in the regional balances in favor of the Islamic countries. Larijani…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  International

Syria’s former Information Minister, Adnan Mahmoud, has been appointed as Syria’s new ambassador to Iran. The previous Syrian ambassador to Iran, Hamed Hassan, served in this post for nine years.  …

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  International

Asif Ali Zardari is scheduled to visit Iran on Friday to sign a contract on Tehran’s investment in a pipeline project, which is due to take Iran’s rich gas reserves to Pakistan. Zardari plans to meet with Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  International

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has deplored the territorial claims raised by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the three Iranian islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb in the Persian Gulf, and reiterated that “the three Iranian islands are indispensable and…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Military

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee (NSFPC), said at a seminar organized by the Chairman of the Pakistani parliament’s Defense Commission at the venue of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) that “the atom bomb has no role in Iranian…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Military

The IRGC Public Relations Department said, “Yes, we have fully extracted the drone’s data… The drone, in addition to gathering military data, was used to collect data on energy, especially the transfer of oil from Iran’s oil terminals… The capture of the aircraft helps reveal “what…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Military

Defense Minister, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, said that “today soft power comprises a major part of Iran’s power on the international scene, and that is quite spectacular.” Vahidi added that now Iran’s voice resounds in many parts of the world and “the call for awakening and…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, Army Ground Force Commander, said that the army tested the latest homemade weapons in military drills in Khuzestan Province. The Iranian Army (Artesh) conducted two days (December 3-4) of war games codenamed Ashoura in Khuzestan by practicing anti-airborne tactics. Pourdastan said…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Military

50 battalions of about 20,000 Basijis in six areas: Rasht, Rudsar, Talesh, Fuman, Siyahkal and Rudbar practiced defending sensitive and important areas, coping with mass unrest and conducting rescue operations in the event of floods, earthquakes and fires.  …

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Economy

Mehdi Ghazanfari remarked that the sanctions have recently been tightened, taking a different shape every day. He stressed, “Last year, the sanctions only hit the banking and shipping sector, but now, commerce too has been hurt…” Consequently, a different trade policy needs to be formulated. He…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Economy

An editorial in Jomhouri Eslami  titled, “Circumventing Sanctions with Past Experiences,” argues that “people these days frequently ask each other why prices keep increasing with no end in sight” and also “why is it that the government agrees with this trend,  and why is it that…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Economy

An editorial in Donya-e Eqtesad titled, “Have the Targeted Subsidies (Law) Failed?,” maintained that in order “to answer the question, we need to look at the objectives of the policymakers,” such as managing and optimizing energy consumption and reducing dependence on imports ../../../2012/12/06/from_energy_carriers.__8221.css; It…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Nasrin Sotoudeh has ended her hunger strike after her demands were met. Following negotiations with the Majlis Speaker and Head of the Judiciary, the restrictions forbidding her daughter from travelling abroad have been lifted, and Sotoudeh has ended her hunger strike. The hunger strike gained extensive…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Mohammad Hasan Asfari, a member of the Majlis NSFPC, said that nothing illegal takes place in Evin Prison despite allegations of widespread prisoner abuse. “We did not see anything against the law in Evin Prison, and today our prisons have good equipment and standard facilities.” He…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Human Rights

The condition of Seyyed Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour has deteriorated as a result of his hunger strike, and attempts by his friends to have him transferred to the prison clinic have failed. Asked about his condition, the prison authorities said he can remain in his present situation…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Saman Arbaman, a member of the Pan-Iranist party, has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison by the court. He was arrested a year ago by Intelligence Ministry officials in Ahvaz on charges of anti-regime publications and membership in the Pan-Iranist party. After his arrest, he…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Domestic

Students gathered in front of the Majlis to protest a motion to amend Iran’s Election Law. They carried placards with slogans such as “We do not want our President to owe his power to influential political and wealthy camps,” “People do not need to have guardians…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Domestic

According to Article Four of the Election Law, the members of the board are the Interior Minister (Chairman), a member of the Majlis managerial board chosen by the Majlis, the Prosecutor General, Minister of Intelligence, and seven religious, political, cultural and social figures trusted by the…

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Thursday, 6 December 2012  /  Domestic

The Public Security Police Commander announced the cancellation of all shows in Mashhad, out of respect and honor for the city’s Mosque of Imam Reza (the Eighth Twelver Shiite Imam). According to reports, about one month ago, the band Eshtiagh, with singer Alireza Korbani and several other…

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