(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his assistance in compiling)
Social, Religion, and Culture
- Rafsanjani on students protesting: “Public opinion can not be controlled by dictators.”
- Ali-Akbar Velayati, foreign policy advisor to Supreme Leader: “It would have been better if [Larijani] had not resigned [from the National Security Council of the Islamic Republic].”
- 180 parliamentarians sign a letter of support to Larijani.
- Ebrahim Azizi appointed deputy chief of human resources at the Iranian presidency.
Economy and Trade
- Report of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran: “During the first four months of the year, Ninety Five percent of bonds issued by the Central Bank were not sold.”
- Deputy Minister of Economy: “Iran lacking behind in the international banking system.”
- Luxury airplane, bought by Iran from the Sultan of Brunei, fails to reach Iran due to U.S. sanctions.
- Iran to lure UAE investors.
- Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister in China.
- Foreign Minister: “Those countries who provided [former Iraqi president] Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons components should be punished.” More, in English.
- Ahmadinejad: “The coming [Annapolis conference] peace negotiation is a trap.”
- Armenia endorsing Holocaust denial? Armenian University grants Ahmadinejad an honorary doctorate. More.
Human Rights and Labor
- Human rights and civil society activist “Emad al-Din Baghi convicted of spreading lies,” “disclosing classified material,” and “working against the national interests of Iran.” Wife and daughter of Baghi face charges ranging from: “participating in a subversive work shop in Dubai,” and “working against the national interests of Iran.”
- Mansour Oslanlou, imprisoned Iranian labor leader, blind in one ye after denial of medical treatment.
- International unions condemn.
- Condoleezza Rice’s State Department refuses to issue any comment, statement condemning Iranian labor crackdown.
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