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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  International

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Foreign Policy magazine has named Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as one of the top 100  global thinkers of 2013. Rouhani comes in at number 18 on the “decision-maker” section of the annual list.  …

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Military

Ali Motahari (one of Ahmadinejad’s strongest critics) said that although there is criticism against Ahmadinejad’s disorganized management of the economic and finance, his management in the nuclear arena is admirable. According to Motahari, Ahmadinejad’s insistence in the nuclear arena has benefited Iran. Regarding ties with the…

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Military

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At the Iran Command and Control Scientific Conference at Imam Hussein University of Science and Technology in Tehran, Hossein Dehqan said that our people has sent one principle message to all of Iran’s enemies and ill-wishers – it is strong and will continue to march with…

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Military

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Mohammad Ali Jafari: we are doing everything needed in Syria to protect the Syrian regime, and we now have a professional force in Syria to offer knowledge and experience, something that we publicly declare since Syria is on the front lines the Islamic resistance. Jafari discussed…

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Military

On Thursday, the fifth stage of the “Towards Jerusalem” drill being conducted by the Basij Forces will take place. This stage will focus on 4 districts in southern and western Iran (Khuzestan, Ilam, Lorestan and Bushehr). This stage will last two days.  …

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Economy

Head of the Committee to Review Iran’s Oil Contracts in the Ministry of Oil Mehdi Hosseini believes that oil sanctions against Iran will be lifted sooner or later. He claims that international reputable oil companies can serve as Iran’s most important lobby to pressure Western governments…

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Economy

Venezuela’s ambassador in Iran discussed the last meeting of Iran’s Oil Minister Zanganeh with his Venezuelan counterpart during OPEC conferences, and said that the decision was made to update the 10 agreements signed in the past between Iran and Venezuela in oil activity between the two…

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Economy

Former oil minister in the Ahmadinejad government Mir Kazami is claiming that due to the extensive changes made in the Ministry of Oil following Rouhani’s election, and in light of the fact that the new staff in the Ministry of Oil is unfamiliar with the complicated…

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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IRGC intelligence arrested musician Mehdi Rajabian, his brother, and Yousef Emadi, who managed BargMusic on October 12 in the northern city of Sari.  The prisoners were transferred to IRGC’s Ward 2-A inside Tehran’s Evin Prison. The three were involved in the production, distribution, and promotion of…

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Human Rights

Masoud Kardapour referred to his prolonged imprisonment and the pressures applied to him by security and legal mechanisms, noting that unfortunately, the government’s suffocating policies has shut down any legal possibility for protest and criticism while securities policies have shown no flexibility, and these have triggered…

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Human Rights

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7 people convicted of murder, armed robbery & drug trafficking were hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison on December 11.  …

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Domestic

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Addressing a gathering of Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, Khamenei urged caution in dealing with the cultural onslaught launched against Iran by the enemies - particularly the US - and emphasized the need for vigilance in the face of “activity of at least hundreds of audio, video,…

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Domestic

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Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi, who had issued a fatwa (religious decree) on the use of FaceBook, has provided an explanation on why membership in Facebook could be considered a “sin”. Makarem-Shirazi  compared FaceBook to a “city without gates…even spies and ‘corrupt on earth’ (punishable by death)…

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Thursday, 12 December 2013  /  Domestic

Secretary general of “The Workgroup on Identifying Criminal Content” Abdol-Samad Khoramabadi  said that while the government had not to date received an official request to lift the filtering on FaceBook, it called such a request “inappropriate” and termed  FaceBook as an espionage site and a tool…

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