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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  International

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The 21st International Conference on Persian Gulf will be held in Bandar Abbas on March 5-7. This year’s confab is to focus on recent developments in a number of Muslim states over the past two years and their far-reaching impact on global Muslim geopolitics. Scholars from Ukraine,…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  International

Members of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee (NSFPC) plan to visit the three islands of Lesser and Greater Tunbs and Abu Musa in the Persian Gulf on March 7-8.  …

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  International

According to Press TV, Eutelsat has ordered satellite provider, BHS, to take Iran’s Al-Alam Arabic channel off the air from platform AB7 on February 27. This comes just days after Eutelsat ordered the Satellite Telecommunications Network (STN) to terminate the broadcasting of Al-Alam or face consequences….

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Military

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Still long way to go: In response to Iran’s proposals, the other side presented some proposals that actually addressed only some of the points to which Iran had referred. Some of the points mentioned in their answer were more realistic that what was said in the…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Military

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Military

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Iran and the 5+1 agreed to hold an experts meeting in Istanbul and then continue their talks at the level of their top negotiators in Kazakhstan, in the future….

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Military

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Under the headline “Overtaking One’s Shadow!” Hossein Shariatmadari discusses the latest round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 and concludes that since the West does not have any intention of reaching an agreement in these talks, Iran should alter its approach. He maintained, “It can…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Military

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Brigadier Amir Ali Hajjizadeh, IRGC Aerospace Commander, said that the downing of American drones was the “serious demand” made by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He added that Khamenei “emphasized that the drones are not seen, but they collect information. Therefore striking and downing them was part…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Economy

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Next year’s budget bill was submitted to the Majlis Wednesday morning by Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs, Lotfollah Forouzandeh. The bill was received by Majlis Deputy Speaker, Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi Fard, who chairs the Majlis in the absence of the Speaker, Ali Larijani, currently on a…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Economy

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An editorial in Javan by Hadi Gholamhosseini, titled “Foreign Currency Must Be Put into the Budget at Its True Value,” criticizes the gap between official foreign currency rates and open market rates in Iran’s economy and urges the government to include foreign currency at its open…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Economy

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Mahmoud Bahmani, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, said during a conference on monetary policy and the challenges facing manufacturing and banking in Iran that the current rate of inflation now exceeds 28.7% and will surpass 31% by the end of the Iranian year, March…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Economy

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All the economists lecture at large universities in Iran. In their letter to the President, they discuss the economic situation in recent months. The writers of the letter, the content of which will be published in the coming days, criticized the President’s lack of attention to…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Economy

Iran currently exports 8 billion cubic meters of gas every year, a number expected to exceed 35 billion cubic meters in three years in light of understandings reached with countries such as Pakistan and Iraq, as well as several Gulf nations.  …

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Economy

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Es’haq Royyar, Manager of the Public Relations Department of the Petroleum Ministry, said that new version of Shana (affiliated with the Public Relations Department of Iran’s Petroleum Ministry) news website would be available on Saturday (March 2). He added that current Shana website was launched in…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Human Rights

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Iran released on bail Reyhaneh Tabatabayi and Akbar Montakhabi, two journalists who were arrested in the wave of arrests that swept over employees of reformist newspapers and websites. Tabatabai, a reporter for Bahar newspaper, was arrested on January 31 at her home. She was previously arrested…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Human Rights

Samku Khalghati, the 32-year-old, was surprisingly moved from his cell and taken to an unknown location without being able to take his personal items from his cell. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of activity against national security, because of spying for…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Human Rights

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Amir Taeeb Merham was sentenced to six years in prison in exile on charges of supporting the Kurdish party.  …

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Domestic

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An Iranian website belonging to the government newspaper Iran has commented on the anti-presidential political stance recently adopted by the IRGC and claimed that Iran is perhaps the only country in which some of those in the military, as much as they wish and whenever they…

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Thursday, 28 February 2013  /  Domestic

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Ali Akbar Velayati, Advisor to the Supreme Leader on International Affairs, spoke about the “alliance of the three” (the   three-member coalition of principlists, which also includes former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati and incumbent Majlis member Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel), and said that the alliance between him,…

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013  /  International

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The Iranian attack on the film Argo, which focuses on smuggling American hostages out of Iran during the takeover of the US Embassy . Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini discussed the Oscar win of the film Argo, saying that Argo is an anti-Iranian…

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