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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  International

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Mostafa Kavakebian. Majlis deputy, head of Mardomsalari Party and possible presidential candidate, said that he “presented a program to the Majlis according to which Iran’s relations with the US would improve in six months and I still insist on it.” He added, “Certainly, I am also aware…

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  International

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Deputy Head of Palestinian Fatah party Jibril Rajoub met with the Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi. Rajoub stressed the further expansion of relations between Iran and the Fatah, and expressed hope that Palestinian lands would be released with the backing of Iran and other Palestinian…

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  International

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Mohammadreza Bigdeli rejected reports carried by a Turkish newspaper that Iran has promised the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) logistical and arms support if they withdraw from peace talks with the Turkish government. He said Iran believed the issue of PKK possessing arms or not is not…

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  International

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Ali Larijani stressed in a meeting with his visiting Syrian counterpart his confidence that the Syrian nation would surely meet victory due to the resistance of both people and the government. Larijani added that the two years of resistance against “all-out aggression and full-scale war that…

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  International

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Yadollah Javani, Advisor to the Supreme Leader’s Representative to the IRGC, said that “Sparking crisis in Syria is a kind of confrontation exercised by the western-Arab-Zionist front against the Islamic Awakening (Iran’s term for the Arab Spring). He added that the said coalition tried to use…

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  Military

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Ayatollah Morteza Moghtadai, a member of Assembly of Experts has called Iran’s nuclear achievements as “remarkable.” He said that the efforts to develop nuclear technology, which had started with previous governments bore fruit in ninth and tenth terms of the government, thanks to perseverance of the…

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  Military

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The Information Technology and Communications Unit of the Basij (the IRGC’s voluntary paramilitary force) blamed “agents of hegemonic powers” (West) for organizing, ahead of the June 14th presidential elections, a series of cyberattacks on Basij websites, and specifically the official Basij website. The Basij statement maintained…

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  Military

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Habibollah Sayyari said that that 25th Iranian fleet of warships has entered Bab el-Mandeb Strait. He added that the Iranian Navy’s (IRIN) fleet will move towards southeastern Asia, Mediterranean Sea and South Africa. The 25th fleet of warships comprises the Alborz missile warship and Larak logistics…

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  Economy

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  Human Rights

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Contrary to Mr. Sadegh Larijani’s assertion, many executions of political prisoners have taken place during his own tenure as judiciary chief. In many cases, the bodies of the victims were not even returned to family members. Among these are Farzad Kamangar, Shirin Elmhooi, Jaafar Kazemi, Ali Aghayari,…

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  Human Rights

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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former President and head of the country’s top administrative assembly, the Expediency Council, urged dissident jailed blogger Mehdi Khaz’ali to end his hunger strike….

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  Domestic

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Hassan Rowhani, head of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research (CSR), former nuclear negotiator and presidential candidate, said that “Mr. (Ali Akbar) Hashemi (Rafsanjani) and Mohammad Khatami (former presidents) will definitely not be candidates in the upcoming elections.” Earlier this week, Rafsanjani hinted that he…

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Thursday, 2 May 2013  /  Domestic

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Hossein Shariatmadari, Keyhan‘s Editor-in-Chief and Khamenei’s representative to Keyhan (Khamenei’s mouthpiece) slammed former President Mohammad Khatami, calling him (and other reformists) a fifth column in the hands of  the US, UK and Israel. He argued that “corrupt on earth” (in the Islamic system a person can…

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