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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Editorial

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Last week, another round of talks between Iran and the 5+1 (five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany) on Iran’s nuclear program ended in Kazakhstan. This was the first round of talks to be held after a hiatus of almost one year, during which…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  International

A Siyasat-e Ruz editorial maintains that US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Egypt is being made at a time when the US has a special agenda for Egypt, because of its geographic location and prominent role in the Arab world. Moreover, whatever happens there…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  International

Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, IRGC Navy (IRGCN) Commander, has assured that direct talks with the US will never happen unless “Americans become like us or we become like them.” Mohammad Reza Naqdi, Basij (volunteer) Force Commander, rejected direct talks with the US. “Speaking about negotiations between…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  International

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Military

Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, IRGC Navy (IRGCN) Commander, has warned against instability in the Persian Gulf and said that in the given the situation in Europe and the US as well as the Islamic Awakening (Iranian term for the Arab Spring) in the region, the US is…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Military

At a memorial service for the Nafa 2 martyrs in Tehran, Assistant and Chief Advisor to the Supreme Leader Yahya Safavi, said that the blood of the martyrs today has led to the collapse of the enemies outside the region and in the Islamic region, as…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Military

Head of the Ideological-Political Division in the Office of the Supreme Leader, Hojatoleslam Gholamreza Safaei, at an opening ceremony of the internet training system in the Ministry of Defense’s Political-Ideological organization, discussed the enemy’s heavy assault against the Islamic regime, adding that global imperialism is now concocting various…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Economy

According to the draft budget for next year, government revenues from the sale of crude oil will total 6469 billion tomans, and daily exports will total 900,000 barrels of oil at a price of USD 95 per barrel. The report further reveals that the budget of…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Economy

Ahmadinejad chaired the meeting for the first time and discussed ways of regulating the market on the eve of the New Year after the sudden hike in the prices of staple foods and cars. Executive managers of Irankhodro and Saipa, two leading car makers in Iran, were called…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Economy

The Iranian Oil Ministry plans to issue USD 10 billion worth of bonds to finance oil and gas projects in the next Iranian calendar year, which begins on March 21. The plan is in line with next year’s national budget bill, which was recently submitted to…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Economy

Following volatility in the foreign currency market and the many violations committed in this sector by elements involved in the field, the Intelligence Ministry has launched a new portal designed to prevent and block such violations and abuse. Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi announced that the portal…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Economy

The Director General of the Iran Gas Engineering and Development Company discussed the current status of the project to construct a gas pipeline to Pakistan and announced that by the end of next year, construction of this pipeline would be completed, allowing Iran to export gas…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Iranian actors who performed in Jafar Panahi’s film Closed Curtain, Kambozia Partovi and Maryam Moghadam, were prohibited from leaving Iran. The restriction was imposed on the two following their return from Berlin, and they will no longer be allowed to travel overseas to promote the film…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Hooshang Rezaei was transferred from Rajaei Shahr prison to an unknown location, and there is concern that he will be executed. Rezaei was sentenced to death on charges of collaborating with the Kurdish Kumala party in a trial in which he was not allowed to receive…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Nejad was charged with anti-security activity, anti-regime propaganda, inciting public opinion and insulting the Supreme Leader. Ghorban’s other nephew, Ali Behzadian Nejad, was also sentenced to two years in prison.  …

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Four individuals charged with rape were executed in Gachsaran Prison. One prisoner executed in Sari Prison for drug-related charges Prisoner charged with drug-related crimes executed in Semnan Prison Two prisoners executed in Sari and Kashan…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Domestic

The disruptions worsened over the weekend. Internet users in Iran are reporting multiple disconnections, severe slowdowns in Internet speed and blocked access to some ports. These reports cover many areas in Tehran and the outlying areas.  …

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Domestic

Reports from over the weekend discuss widespread clashes between farmers in East Isfahan and security forces. According to the reports, farmers in the province have launched a protest in light of water allocations, and when their protests went unheeded, they began protesting before the water pipeline…

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Monday, 4 March 2013  /  Domestic

Mohsen Hashemi-Rafsanjani, son of Hashemi Rafsanjani, said that “My father (Hashemi Rafsanjani, Head of the Expediency Council, former President and ex-head of the Assembly of Experts) has emphasized that he has not thought even for a second of heading the Assembly of Experts again… Mr. Hashemi…

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