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Thursday, 15 August 2013  /  International

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Rouhani’s FM nominee Mohammad Javad Zarif was grilled during the Majlis session convened to discuss Rouhani’s list of ministers. Nasrollah Pejmanfa. One Majlis member said that “our enemies have set their greedy eyes on Zarif and Americans have termed him (Rouhani’s decision to nominate him) as…

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Thursday, 15 August 2013  /  International

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei expressed “concern” regarding recent developments in Egypt “being pushed toward a Civil War and it’s a disaster”,  advising Egyptian to find solution of their own away from foreign intervention.  Khamenei incites the Muslim world against “US and the Zionists”, saying they are…

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Thursday, 15 August 2013  /  Military

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In his Majlis address, Rouhani’s nominee for the post of Defense Minister Hussein Dehqan said that “Iran’s national security faces a collection of various threats, and an effective deterrence strategy that can convince the enemy that any hostile move would lead to a proportionate threat to its…

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Thursday, 15 August 2013  /  Military

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The head of Russia’s state arms export company Rosoboronexport Anatoly Isaikin stated that there is no deal to replacer the S-300 missile defense systems. “I can only speak about that if there were any deals or when there would be deals but there are none.” The…

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Thursday, 15 August 2013  /  Military

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Deputy Head for Cultural and Propaganda Affairs of Supreme Leader’s representative office in the IRGC Mohammad Ali Asadi said that the IRGC has assembled approximately 17,000 people to confront “soft warfare”.  Asadi further stated that 17,000 guards currently active in the literature, cultural and arts fields…

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Thursday, 15 August 2013  /  Human Rights

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Faran Hesami who has a four-year-old child, Maryam Akbari Monfared mother of three girls ages seven, thirteen and fourteen; Sadigheh Moradi who has a fourteen-year-old daughter and Fariba Kamalabadi, a mother of a sixteen-year-old daughter are political prisoners who have been denied visitation with their children….

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Thursday, 15 August 2013  /  Human Rights

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Mostafa  Purmohammadi, who heads Iran’s General Inspectorate Organization, joined former President Ahmadinejad’s cabinet as Interior Minister in 2005. Rouhani included him in his proposed cabinet based on a nomination from the judiciary (under Iran’s Constitution, the justice minister is selected from among individuals proposed by the…

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Thursday, 15 August 2013  /  Human Rights

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Two indictments were handed down to prominent pro-reform blogger who was charged with acting “against the system” (Islamic Republic) and “disrupting security”. Mehdi Khazali, son of prominent Assembly of Experts member Ayatollah Abolqasem Khazali, known for his activities against former President Ahmadinejad, was arrested on October…

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Thursday, 15 August 2013  /  Domestic

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Majlis member Kamaleddin Pirmoazzen said that a “10-page” night letter against Rouhani and his proposed ministers was distributed during the Majlis open session. In this letter, Rouhani and his ministers were included in the ‘seditionists list’ (those who were involved in organizing the 2009 post-election protests)….

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Thursday, 15 August 2013  /  Domestic

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Radio Free Europe correspondent and editor of Iran Blog Persian Letters Golnaz Esfandiari twits following bloody events in Egypt :  “Man in Iran tells me: tragic events in Egypt another reminder why we decided to push for  change through elections despite limited choice”. (open link to…

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Thursday, 15 August 2013  /  Domestic

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Internet speed increased from from 73 gigabytes per second (463 STM1) to 83 gigabytes per second (527 STM1). Engineer Hasan Karimi, Director General of the Engineering and Data Network Coordination, Communication Infrastructure Co. said that “this capacity will be granted to infrastructure bandwidth customers, including PAP…

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