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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  International

A Keyhan editorial titled, “The Dead-End of Secularism” refers to the recent report published by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) (Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds) and points to the centricity of “America’s confrontation with political Islam and the wave of Islamists coming to power” in this…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  International

Ali Larijani, in separate telephone conversations with his Iraqi counterpart and Vice President, discussed the current health of Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani. Larijani expressed hope that President Talabani’s physical condition would improve quickly, and described him as one of the great and influential figures in the…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  International

The 2nd Tourism Fair of the Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is slated for December 20-23. Mohammad Parvin, an official with the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran, said that Iran is planning to introduce its history and rich…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  International

Laleh Eftekhari, a member of the Majlis Cultural Committee, said that the Majlis is studying some bills to back elite women as part of its desire to help promote the independence of Islamic states. Eftekhari added that Iran’s rules and regulations on women and family have…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Military

Acting Commander of the IRGC Naval Forces, Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, declared that IRGC’s submarines will operate in the Persian Gulf in the near future. The IRGCN gear also includes fast boats (used in swarm attacks) armed with various types of rockets (and missile) systems, reconnaissance…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Military

IRGC Navy (IRGCN) Commander, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, announced that the IRGC “will hold drills in the Strait of Hormuz by the end of this (Iranian) year (which ends on March 20)” to reporters on the sidelines of a conference on security of the Persian Gulf…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Military

Defense Minister, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, unveiled dozens of research projects in various defensive and scientific fields at the Defense Ministry’s Malek Ashtar Industrial University. The unveiled projects are in fields as diverse as aerospace, lasers, power, electronics, chemistry and boost materials, high-tech materials, cyber defense…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Economy

Ahmad Tavakkoli, a principlist Majlis member and former head of the Majlis Strategic Research Center, said that “Liquidity disproportional to national production, (western) sanctions, the trend of fluctuations combined with the incompetency of the government’s monetary and economic affairs officials have been the key factors behind…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Economy

Volumes for next year have not yet been decided….

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Economy

Abulqassem Mozafari, Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Development Headquarters of the IRGC, announced that his organization is constructing the 315-meter-long dam in southwestern Iran, and it is the world’s tallest double-curvature concrete dam. He said, “The dam will be constructed on the Bakhtiari River, a tributary of…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Economy

The Managing Director of Khodro car manufacturing group, Ali Sheikhzadeh, said that Iran will build a subway and steel mill in Iraq based on an agreement that will soon be finalized. He further stated that Iran is also willing to enter international car manufacturing markets. The…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Economy

Massoud Hendian, Persian Gulf Mining and Metal Industries Special Zone CEO, said that “We have informed Omani officials and the visiting delegation that we are ready to receive Omani investment companies in this region.” An Omani delegation visited the Persian Gulf Economic Zone in western Bandar…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Following inappropriate behavior towards two political prisoners who refused to wear prison uniforms and shackles, Majid Asadi decided to launch a one-week hunger strike. Majid complained that the families of his friends were prevented from visiting them in prison after having waited several hours. He demanded…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Human Rights

The authorities at Sanandaj Prison have moved Pedram Nasrolahi to solitary confinement and prevented him from meeting with his family. The prisoner’s family asked to see him and were refused. They were told that he had been moved to solitary confinement, and they would not be…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Saeed Haeri was arrested three years ago along with other activists, Shiva Nazar Ahari and Kouyr Goudarzi. After 80 days in solitary confinement, he was released on bail. Haeri was charged two years ago with public disorder and conspiring against the regime….

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Five Kurdish prisoners (Ahmad Jahangir Badozadeh, Ali Ahmed Sleman, Yousef Kakememi, Ahmed Temoi and Mostafa Ali Ahmed) from Ourmiyeh Prison were transferred to the Intelligence Ministry in the city. Following their interrogation and despite no poof having been found, they were charged with communication with the…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Domestic

Mehdi Davatgari, who led the Majlis probe into the death in prison of blogger Sattar Beheshti, said that the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee report on the findings will be read out at the open Majlis session on December 23….

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Domestic

A Khorasan editorial titled, “Why Don’t You Remove the Filter from Facebook?” argues that “When the policy of Western and Arab media is to completely censor Khamenei’s statements, it would be irrational for us not to use the very appropriate platform of Facebook to publish his “deep,…

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Domestic

A protest has followed the launch of Khamenei’s Facebook page: Khamenei is a dictator, and Facebook is not a place for dictators….

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Friday, 21 December 2012  /  Domestic

Eight miners have been confirmed dead as a result of a mine explosion in a coal mine Tabas (Yazd Province).  …

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