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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  International

Lotfollah Forouzandeh emphasized that Turkey is committed to a strategic friendship with Iran and has proven this on various occasions in the UN and in all matters related to nuclear energy. At the same time, he addressed criticisms and statements made by high-ranking Turkish officials against…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  International

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  International

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Following the candidacy of Ramin Mehmanparast in the upcoming presidential elections and his resignation from his position as the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Foreign Minister Salehi appointed Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, as Foreign Ministry Spokesman while allowing him to retain his current position….

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Military

Head of the IRGC Aerospace Organization, Mehdi Farahi, announced plans to deliver advanced cruise missiles with a range of over 300km to the IRGC Navy. According to Farahi, the IRGC Navy would soon be equipped with additional new weaponry with various ranges and exceptional capabilities. The…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Military

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In a speech before participants in a demonstration that took place in Tehran to protest the Israeli attack in Syria, Basij commander Naqdi said that the blood of the Islamic martyrs harms the Americans today and is causing their humiliation on a daily basis. Naqdi addressed…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Economy

The foreign currency market is waiting with bated breath for the registration of candidates for the elections. One money changer website published that they could not report the price of the dollar until the candidacy or non-candidacy of Hashemi Rafsanjani was known. Experts believe that the…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Economy

Over the past 23 years since Qatar began producing oil in the joint South Pars oil field, its volume of oil production has passed one billion barrels, while Iran continues to dream about producing and delivering oil from this joint field. About ten years ago, a…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Human Rights

Political prisoners imprisoned in Zahedan central prison launched a hunger strike to protest their continued illegal imprisonment and prevention of their basic rights as well as in identification with the strike of political prisoners in Evin Prison. Several hours following the declaration of the hunger strike,…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Human Rights

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According to a human rights report, a special guard of the prison accompanied by Intelligence Ministry interrogators violently entered the cell of political prisoner Arjang Davoudi for a second time….

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Human Rights

In the two months since the illegal arrest of the brothers, Khosro and Massoud Kordpour, no information regarding the reason behind their arrest has been released and queries by the lawyers and families of the two journalists have produced no results. At the same time, there…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Uncategorized

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Former President and Chairman of the Expediency Council, Hashemi Rafsanjani, filed his candidacy just before the deadline — “at the last minute.” Rafsanjani said, “I have come to serve.”…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Uncategorized

Hashemi Rafsanjani, in his first electoral move, has issued a statement about the presidential election. The statement reads: “I put myself before your votes and judgment in the 11th presidential election, following months of consultation with real and legal entities, and in response to the direct…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Uncategorized

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Rafsanjani’s website uploaded a post titled, The US President’s Message to Hashemi, referring to George Bush’s 1989 “goodwill” message. The message maintained that the US would respond positively to Iranian help on the (American and Western) hostages, including the release of Iranian frozen assets….

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Uncategorized

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The analysis of Entekhab newspaper regarding Hashemi’s candidacy: there is no doubt that the last-minute candidacy of Ayatollah Rafsanjani in registration of candidates represents a turning point in the history of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Iran is at the most sensitive juncture in its history…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Uncategorized

Expediency Council Chairman, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and Supreme National Security Council Secretary, Saeed Jalili, who is also Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, registered for Iran’s upcoming presidential election in the closing hours of the process on Saturday, and many political analysts say the race has entered a…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Uncategorized

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Uncategorized

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The office of Hassan Rouhani, an ally of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, has denied he has withdrawn from the race in favor of Rafsanjani. “Any election-related news regarding Hassan Rouhani will be announced by the spokesperson of his campaign headquarters… Hassan Rouhani has not withdrawn, yet.”…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Uncategorized

Former member of the Guardian Council (the agency that vets and approves presidential candidates), Ayatollah Abbas Kaabi, listed the criteria for approval of presidential candidates and emphasized that belief in Iranian nationalism and nationality (hinting at Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, Ahmadinejad’s candidate for president) at the expense…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Uncategorized

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On Saturday, which was the deadline for registration of candidates, reports were circulating regarding the presence of many security forces around the office of former President Mohammad Khatami. According to the report, plainclothes police and security forces demonstrated a tremendous presence around his office, creating an…

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Monday, 13 May 2013  /  Uncategorized

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Ali Fallahian, member of the Assembly of Experts and Minister of Intelligence under Akbar government formally registered for presidential elections. Fallahian was behind Iran’s notorious “chain murders” of dissidents and is wanted by Interpol in connection with the deadly 1994 bombing of AMIA Jewish center in…

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