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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  International

Ali Akbar Salehi said in a meeting with members of the International Association of Scientific Experts and Political Analysts that the West closes their eyes to peaceful demonstrations of the Bahraini people, (but) as for Syria, they send foreigners armed with weapons seeking to topple  the legal …

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  International

Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Basij and Defense Culture, said that “The US recognition of terrorists in Syria revealed the obvious terrorist nature of the ruling regime in the US again, but the move cannot change the…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  International

Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said, “The Westerners, especially the US, practically armed the most radical terrorist groups in Syria by supplying them with military and financial aid months ago.” He blasted US President Barack Obama’s remarks that the armed rebels have grown across Syria, and said…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Military

Deputy IAEA Chief, heading a seven-member delegation, arrived in Tehran to a one day trip to hold a new round of talks with Iranian officials regarding Iran’s nuclear program in just another effort to resolve the pending issues between the two sides. Prior to his departure,…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Military

Editorial by Keyhan‘s Editor-in-Chief Hussein Shariatmadari (close to the Supreme Leader and generally reflects his views) ahead of the IAEA inspectors’ visit to Iran, titled, “Tresses Woven of Falsehood!” maintained that thus far all negotiations with the nuclear body have not borne fruit. “So therefore, what…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Military

Seyyed Hussein Mousavian (a former Iranian nuclear negotiator, who is currently research scholar at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School in the US. In 2007 he was accused of espionage and briefly jailed) wrote an article in the National Interest titled, “Ten Reasons Iran Doesn’t Want the Bomb.”…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Military

Ali Ahani, Ambassador to France, said that “Our doctrine rejects acquisition of atomic weapons, and it is a principle stated at the highest level by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei… Given its geographical conditions, areas of influence, natural and human resources, geographical extensiveness and different…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Basij and Defense Culture, greeted the North Korean nation and government on their successful missile launch. “History has shown that independent states can rapidly move on the path of progress and self-sufficiency in…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Military

Resalat (conservative) editorial hails Iran’s missile capabilities as “one of the most superior missile powers in the Middle East and the world.” The commentator maintains that Iran (defense industries) succeeded in designing and manufacturing a variety of missiles with diverse uses, some of which have ranges of…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Economy

Ahmadinejad referred to next year budget, saying “We are moving to decrease the share of oil revenues to the minimum possible. An oil-based budget is not reasonable, since we are a great and advanced country and will decrease our spending.” He added that the government has…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Economy

Ahmadinejad, responding to the mounting pressure by the Majlis to deliver his next budget, has said MPs should be patient, with the delivery and passage of a budget “based on mutual understanding… drafting and submission of the budget bill should not be written unilaterally by one…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Economy

Ebrahim Khatabakhsh, head of the Isfahan Clothing Union, said that the price of winter clothing has increased by 20-25% over last year. Khatabakhsh mentioned increases in the price of fabric, foreign currency exchange rate, and a reduction in imports as the reasons for this price increase….

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Human Rights

BBC reports: The daughter of jailed Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, is to collect the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on her behalf at the European Parliament. It comes at a time of what many campaigners say is unprecedented pressure on the legal profession…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Former University Chancellor Mohammad Maleki was summoned to Evin Prison, as his house was searched by security forces, to serve a six- year sentence. Maleki, 78, was the first post-Revolution Chancellor of Tehran University, and has been detained on numerous occasions for his activism. He was arrested in…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Human Rights

“Sources close to the security forces” report that a network of underground studios was uncovered, and thirty of their operators arrested. According to the reports, those arrested are suspected of moral offenses and have been accused of crossing moral, cultural and religious red lines. According to…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Domestic

Members of the Students Justice-seeking Movement carried an oil heater to the building of the Ministry of Education to protest Hajibaba’i’s recent comments in the Majlis, in which he downplayed the injuries sustained by the girls. Security officers at the Education Ministry stopped the protesters and…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Domestic

Ahmadinejad said, “From my perspective, there is no place for the Majlis to perform supervisory measures assigned by the Constitution. The supervision should be performed by the Guardian Council… The Majlis has nothing to do with supervising elections. The Guardian Council is responsible for supervising presidential…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Domestic

Secretary of the employees in Borujerd, Mohammad Godzari, announced that the company had shut down due to economic difficulties, leaving 400 people without work and without having been paid for the past three months. Godzari added that along with the entry of this company into the…

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Thursday, 13 December 2012  /  Domestic

First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said during the first international Lake Urmia Conference that the plan to save Lake Urmia is a national and not a political one. Rahimi said, “The government has allocated a special budget to resolve the problems facing Lake Urmia in…

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