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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  International

Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi has said that “US hostile actions against Iran are based on fixed strategy of supporting the Zionist regime (Israel) and are influenced by the Zionist lobby more than by a change of Secretary of State.”…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  International

Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi addressed the situation in Syria, and said that the Syrian people wanted stability and peace in their country and that the armed forces protecting the country’s civilians are enjoying great power. He emphasized that the…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  International

Mehmanparast stated (in Turkey) that the United States used to support dictatorial governments such as those in Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, and the Pahlavi regime in Iran. “How come the United States is expressing support for the people in the Middle East in the current situation and…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Military

IRGC Advisor Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi discussed sanctions, stating that according to the enemy, extremely harsh sanctions are being imposed on Iran but Iran is no stranger to sanctions. He did admit that “these sanctions were more extensive than in the past.” According to Harandi, Iran’s…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Military

IRGCN Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said that “In addition to the conventional capabilities of the submarines ….our vessels are equipped with several subsurface capabilities that differ from the regular features of submarines that no one knows about”. , Deputy Defense Minister for Industrial and Research Mohammad…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Military

Moussa Bakhtiari appointed head of the Coordination Division of the Khatam al-Anbia Defense Base, replacing Sardar Mohammad Hassan Mansourian….

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Military

Member of the Majlis Security and Foreign Policy Committee and former senior officer with the IRGC Esmail Khosari addressed statements made by President Ahmadinejad regarding the transfer of frozen assets of the IRGC and the army to the government, saying: “The information on which the President…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Economy

Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi has said that the first step in confronting sanctions was the establishment of an international insurance company that would insure Iranian oil tankers. By doing so, we have taken effective measures to get rid of these sanctions, and it is now evident…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Economy

Spokesman for the Foreign Currency Exchange Center Samad Karimi announced that in the first nine months of this Persian year, $2.5 billion was allotted by the Central Bank and other banks for pharmaceutical imports../../../2012/12/24/._._Minister_of_Health_Marzieh_Vahid_Dastjerdi_said_that_the_Government has_only__8230.css;

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Economy

        Reader responses on the Asre Iran website to statements made by Iran’s ambassador to the Ukraine, who said in a media interview that in Iran, the price of flour, bread, meat, fruit and poultry is stable and not rising: -       Wow, so…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Political prisoner Nasrine Sotoudeh was not allowed to visit her ailing mother, who died in hospital following a decline in her medical condition. During the first days of her arrest two years ago, Sotoudeh’s father died without managing to see her. Sotoudeh received a three-hour furlough…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Human Rights

According to a report by human rights activists in Iran, young 26-year-old Abbas Mahdi Kori, who suffered from extreme pain for two days but whose please and the pleas of his cellmates went unanswered by the prison guards, ultimately died after not having received medical treatment….

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Human Rights

The five are Jamal Minashiri, Ibrahim Mustafa Pior, Kassem Mustafa Por, Hadi Tanumanad and Mohammad Karimi….

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Kavodavanad Mohammad Sadiq Kavodavanad, who heads the Organization to Protect Kurdish Rights, went on his first furlough after having deposited 700 million Toman.  Kavodavanad was sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of harming national security by establishing the organization and conspiring with international human…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Human Rights

The Press Court has acquitted pro-reformist “Shargh” newspaper of insulting veterans of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War in controversial cartoons. The newspaper was closed on 26 September for the publication and its managing director, Mehdi Rahmanian, was imprisoned. The cartoon showed a column of men blindfolded in bright light and…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Domestic

Subsidy reform resulted in increased production. The government is willing to implement the reform in the national currency. The government was interested in fully implementing the economic plans including the subsidy reform law but events happened that prevented us from doing so (apparently hinting at obstacles…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Domestic

Conservative principlist Majlis member Ahmad Tavakoli discussed President Ahmadinejad’s television interview on Saturday night, claiming that the President’s statements contradicted the constitution. Tavakoli sharply criticized the president, saying that in his statements, during which he granted ‘special powers’ to the government regarding managing the economy, Ahmadinejad…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Domestic

The eight members - including Ali Motahari, Elyas Naderan, and Ahmad Tavakoli - wrote a letter to Labor Minister regarding the “illegal enterprise” of Saeed Mortazavi (Former Tehran Prosecutor who was responsible for detention and abuse of protesters at the Kahrizak centre that resulted in the death…

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Monday, 24 December 2012  /  Domestic

Ahmadinejad’s attempt to visit Ali Akbar Javanfekr  in Evin Prison was twice refused by head of the Judiciary. Saeed Mortazavi and Esfandiyar Rahim Masha’i (Ahmadinejad’s close aid and head of NAM Secretariat in Iran) also visited Javanfekr. Javanfekr was discharged from hospital on December 23 and…

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