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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Domestic

Hojatelseslam Ali Fallahian (former Intelligence Minister), member of the Assembly of Experts, discussed the appearance of the Chairman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting  before the Assembly of Experts at the 13th conference and said that one of the roles of the broadcasting authority is…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  International

Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, Head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee (NSFPC), quoted Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as saying that “the conditions of the sanctions and the Westerners’ stance show that the sanctions will be eased in the near future, and the Kazakhstan…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  International

Iran’s esiding Representative at UN Offices in Vienna, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said that Iran was elected at the session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna. Iranian Interior Minister and Secretary General of Iran’s Anti-Narcotics Headquarters, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, addressed the CND meeting as…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Military

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Fereydoun Abbasi, mentioned reports about the closure of Bushehr power plant, stressing that the plant is in its experimental stages, and that its connection and disconnection of the station to the grid is a natural part of this…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Military

Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, Commander of Khatam Al-Anbia Air Defense Base, said that the sites are the areas we defend by use of portable, tactical or fixed radar systems; interception systems either portable, fixed or flying; extended surveillance systems equipped with electronic systems as well as…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Military

Nosratollah Saif, head of the Basij Forces for Operations, spoke about the latest maneuvers of the Basij forces for the current Persian year, saying that the al-Maqdis battalions will be holding the 31st maneuvers in the El Bayt al-Maqdis (towards Jerusalem) series in Kerman Province, on…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Economy

Ahmadinejad thanked his cabinet and the government’s economic team for their “valuable services,” urging them step up their efforts to curb high prices in the next few weeks. He admitted to high prices. “It is true that unfortunately prices are high” in the market and said…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Economy

Majlis members elected Gholamreza Mesbahi-Moghadam as the head of the committee. Elyas Naderan and Gholamreza Tajgardoun were elected as the first and second deputies of Mesbahi-Moghadam, respectively. The committee will hold its first session immediately after the Iranian New Year holiday to discuss next year’s budget…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Human Rights

The six are Azita Rafizade, Payman Kooshbaghi, Nazanin Nikooseresht, Nasim Bagheri, Tolou Golkar and Ahmmad Golzar. The six are linked to the Open University and have been questioned in the past by security officials.  …

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Human Rights

After several weeks of intense pressure and threats against the Firoozian family in Semnan by the Intelligence Ministry, their daughter Golrokh Firoozian, a member of the Baha’i community who lives in Tehran, turned herself in to the revolutionary court in Semnan and was transferred to the…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Masoud Kurdpour and his brother, Khosrow Kurdpour, Director of the Kurdish News Agency Mukyran were arrested by Intelligence Ministry agents in Mahabad .  …

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Human Rights

Last week, five labor-rights activists and members of the Coordinating Committee for Establishing Trade Unions were arrested during a raid by plainclothes agents on their homes and are currently being detained at Intelligence Headquarters in the city.  …

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Domestic

The Assembly of Qom Seminary Scholars and Researchers  issued a statement ahead of the upcoming elections, calling on former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Expediency Discernment Council Chairman Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani to run for president in order to save the country….

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Domestic

Deputy Majlis Speaker, Mohammad Reza Bahonar, has officially announced that he will run for president in the upcoming presidential elections in June 2013. Bahonar was nominated by the Followers of the Line of the late Imam (Khomeini)….

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Domestic

The Moderation and Development Party announced that Hasan Rowhani, a senior member of the Expediency Council (heads the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research), as its candidate for the upcoming presidential election. Rowhani, Iran’s former chief nuclear negotiator, said that “Making important decisions will encounter serious…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Domestic

Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamadani, a lecturer at Qom religious seminary, said in a sermon at the Great Mosque of Qom that the reminder given to the Iran Broadcasting Authority, on behalf of the College of Religion and the Clergy, was well intended, adding that the holiday…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Domestic

Criticism continues in Iran over Ahmadinejad’s conduct at Hugo Chávez’s funeral. In a sermon delivered at the Great Mosque in Qom, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi said that distressing and unfortunate  things are happening these days, and it is difficult to deal with them. “The painful…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Domestic

Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi, Secretary of the Supreme Council of Virtual Space, announced that a website will soon be launched for private individuals to register requests to operate legal VPNs. He said the Communications Infrastructure Company is responsible for providing legal VPN services, and its current technical…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Domestic

An informed source has reported the arrest of one of the important links between the Fitna elements (the name given to the Iranian protests after the presidential elections in 2009) inside and outside Iran. According to the source, after several months of tracking the person abroad,…

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Thursday, 14 March 2013  /  Domestic

Following a decision by the members of the Cultural Council in Gachsaran, gender separation will be implemented in internet cafes across the city. Statistics reveal that 270 internet cafes operate across the city. From this point forward, they will be men-only and women-only cafes. According to…

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