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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  International

Ali Akbar Salehi said that his colleagues are monitoring US stances and practical behavior precisely and continually, but thus far no practical change has been noticed in the antagonistic policies of the US against Iran and the Iranian nation… Various US officials and governments usually act…

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  International

Ali Velayati, top international affairs advisor to Khamenei, told ISNA, “Today the EU has become a tool in America’s hands and from a foreign policy perspective is meaningless and only listens to the White House… This is political colonialism; …These countries can’t even make a decision on…

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  International

Former Ambassador to Jordan, Nosratollah Tajik, who had been “under house arrest in the UK for 6 years” will arrive in Tehran on Wednesday (December 19). Fars News agency argued that Tajik “had been falsely charged with buying night-vision goggles” …Thanks to the efforts of the…

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Hussein Zarifmanesh, IRGC Imam Hussein University chief, has urged increased investment in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz to counter the enemies’ plots to reduce the region’s geopolitical weight and importance. He said that Iran’s enemies want to downgrade Iran’s weight in…

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Military

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the Supreme Leader’s top military advisor and former IRGC Commander, said during the Conference on Geography, Development, Defense and Security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz that “Iran uses these  islands (Qesham, Hormuz, Abu Musa and the lesser…

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Hussein Salami said, “The US has now been spending money for ten years without earning anything. That is why it has the largest debt, i.e. USD 16 trillion, among the world governments.” He added that US war in Iraq, Saddam’s overthrow and expulsion of…

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Economy

Mehdi Abu’I, Deputy Head of the Committee for Countering Smuggling of Goods and Foreign Currency, said that “The Committee for Countering Smuggling of Goods and Foreign Currency has proposed setting up gas stations in collaboration with the Governor Generals’ offices in some border areas, where fuel…

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Economy

Iran’s Governor for OPEC, Mohammad Ali Khatibi, rejected foreign media speculation that Iran had withdrawn its candidate for the position of OPEC Secretary General, vowing Iran’s strong support for its nominee for the post.  …

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Economy

Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Ahmadinejad’s Advisor has held talks with Syrian Secretary General of Prime Ministry on bolstering mutual economic, commercial relations and taking immediate steps to export necessary goods to the Syrian market, including agricultural products, power supplies and hospital equipment. The two officials decided to…

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Asal Ismael Zadeh was charged with organizing a protest and conspiring against the regime. She was also arrested last spring by plain clothes officers upon her return home and spent 31 days in solitary confinement….

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Behnam Momtazi was arrested by security forces, and his personal effects and computer were seized.  …

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Human Rights

The transfer of Abdollah Momeni, a political prisoner in Evin Prison, to the hospital was prevented despite the fact that all approvals required for his hospitalization have been issued. Momeni, who has been imprisoned for the past three years, without even one day of furlough, suffers…

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Human Rights

One week into his second hunger strike and after remaining in solitary confinement for over 40 days, Mahdi Khazali’s family has still not been given permission to visit him. According to the report, the family of this political prisoner, on this Thursday, which is visiting day…

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Early Saturday morning, three prisoners from the central prison of Ourmiyeh who had been convicted of drug trafficking were executed….

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Domestic

Iranian Supreme Leader joined the social network Facebook. Khamenei is already connected to Twitter….

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Domestic

Mostafa Mohammad Najjar announced that the presidential election would be held on June 14, 2013. Registration for presidential candidates will begin on May 7, 2013 and last for five days….

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Domestic

Prosecutor General, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, said that the trial of Mehdi Hashemi, son of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, would be held “soon.” Hashemi was released earlier this week on bail after 2 1/2 months in detention on charges of financial and electoral fraud. Hashemi’s lawyer, Mahmoud…

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012  /  Domestic

The dubbing artists for the Harime Sultan series, who translated it in Iran were arrested and sent to trial. According to the report, the series is very well known and recently became extremely popular in Iran. The series is aired on one of the satellite stations and…

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