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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  International

Iranian NGO ‘Justice-Seekers without Borders’ sent a letter to fugitive former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden inviting him to visit Iran to reveal the details of Washington’s espionage operations against the country “Since one of the United States’ illegal actions disclosed by you is spying…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  International

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Ali Larijani has said that “The EU’s move towards Hezbollah is a dual approach that will be recorded in the West’s black deeds against Muslims. Of course, by adopting such an approach, the EU has damaged its reputation among Muslims”. He added that the EU has…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  International

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Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi said that following recent remarks made by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution about a lack of trust in the US that ‘We believe that the Europeans are not trustworthy either.’ He said the European Union has unjustifiably placed Lebanon’s Hezbollah…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  International

 A Jomhuri-e Islami editorial titled “Hezbollah’s Winning Card and the Evidence of the European Union’s Disgrace” discusses the listing of the Lebanese organization on the EU’s terror list, arguing that “Previously, Hezbollah’s political branch was also supposed to be added to the EU’s list of terrorist…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  International

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An IRGC-affiliated Javan commentary titled “Europe Seeks To Contain Iran’s Long Hands in Lebanon” maintains that the EU listed Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization in order to contain Iran.  “England spearheaded the plan for placing Hezbollah on the European terrorist list…The decision is part of the quest…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  International

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A Siyasat-e Ruz commentary titled “Sedition Against Lebanon” maintained that  the recent EU decision that “The EU’s claims (for listing Hezbollah) were aimed at sowing discord  within Hezbollah ranks and to excuse their hostile actions against Hezbollah, which the Lebanese people see as the protector of…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Military

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Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said that the inclusion of Hezbollah in the EU’s list of terrorist groups is due to the desperation of the West “History of the recent decades shows that much more inhumane crimes and terrorist actions have…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Military

The suspects were allegedly plotting to assassinate high-ranking police officers and public figures and had planned multiple explosions at strategic locations, including Bahrain International Airport. Five businessmen in their 30s arrested in Oman and handed over to Bahraini authorities have already spent 145 days in custody….

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Economy

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Hamshahri commentary titled “This Game Has No Winner” discusses Ahmadinejad’s efforts to propagate positive economic statistics about his two term presidency and argues that this effort has rankled his critics to the point that supervisory organizations, such as Majlis committees, are now reviewing his statements for…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Economy

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Rouhani’s economic adviser Mohammad Bagher Nobakht said that  next year’s budget bill is optimistic. “It seems that the budget bill for  next year (March 2013-March 2014) has increased and, in comparison with the last (Iranian year)  budget, is very optimistic.” Nobakht added that the new budget…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Economy

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Chief Prosecutor and Judiciary Spokesperson Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said that the three defendants were arrested for allegedly manipulating and intervening in the foreign exchange market are currently facing judicial trial. Mohseni-Ejei said that one of them had disrupted the currency and foreign exchange market, the second had…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Human Rights

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Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has said that “if Iranians who left the country after June  return to the country, they will face charges as soon as they arrive.” Iranian journalist Masih Alinezhad, who lives in theUK, published a letter to Mohseni-Ejei on her website, saying that she discussed…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Human Rights

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Former President Mohammad Khatami used a Ramadan speech to call for the lifting of the 29-month house arrests of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi,   “During the holy nights of Ramadan, we take refuge in the Lord praying for an even…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Human Rights

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A part of Fatemeh Karroubi’s letter addressed to Habib-Allah Asgaroladi, the leading figure in the right-wing Islamic Motalefeh Party (IMP), reads  “I do not allow myself to remain silent when insulting words are repeated about my detained husband.” Asgaroladi had previously said that Mousavi and Karroubi…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Human Rights

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Hussein Ronaghi Maleki, a political prisoner behind bars in Evin Prison and who suffers from kidney and prostate disease, is in very poor health….

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Domestic

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Majlis Principlist faction released a statement that listed some characteristics of what it considers the qualities of an “eligible” minister. The qualities include “having played no role in the “sedition” (conservative supporters’ use the term “sedition” to refer to post June 2009 presidential election) and having…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Domestic

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Director general of elections at the Ministry of Interior Mohammad Ali Moshaffeq maintains  in a commentary in Shargh (reformist) Daily  titled “Threatening the One Elected by the Nation” that, irrespective of the majority’s demand for change, some Principlists who dislike “moderate methods” are trying to create…

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Thursday, 25 July 2013  /  Domestic

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E’tedaal (News website close to Rouhani) published a list of eight names, saying that they were “all but certain” to be members of the next cabinet. E’tedaal added  that “almost all” the ministers of the eleventh cabinet had been appointed. First Vice-President: Eshaq Jahangiri Minister of…

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