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(Compiled with the assistance of Ali Alfoneh)

Nuclear Diplomacy

  • Iranian ambassador to Sweden and U.S. ambassador to IAEA debate at Swedish think-tank. debates Iran’s nuclear program with the U.S. ambassador to the IAEA at SIPRI, Stockholm.
  • Supreme Leader: Iran’s nuclear success angers arrogant powers.
  • IAEA and Iran wrap up technical talks on centrifuges.
  • Ahmadinejad says Russian foreign minister’s visit to Tehran not about Caspian Sea.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesman: “French Defense Minister made irresponsible remarks about Iran’s nuclear program while visiting Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.” Tabnak News Agency, reflecting thinking of former IRGC chief Mohsen Rezai: In the nuclear negotiations, “the fruit is ripe…If Iran does not act now, tomorrow may be too late and the fruit rotten.”
  • Ansar reports speech by new nuclear negotiator Said Jalili: “Some talk of ‘un-ideological’ foreign policy. I don’t understand this…”

Politics

  • When asked whether he would debate directly former presidents Khatami and Rafsanjani, both of whom Ahmadinejad has criticized, Ahmadinejad said: “We are in favor of dialogues in general.”
  • University of Tehran professor asks why Ahmadinejad wants to debate Bush, but not Iran’s former presidents.
  • New appointments: Ali-Akbar Mehrabian as Minister of Industries and Mining and Gholam-Hossein Nowzari as Minister of Petroleum.
  • Ahmadinejad announcing new administrative accountability: “Forty incompetent executives in the public sector to be ousted.”
  • Ansar says it has report of secret meeting among reformist factions coordinating strategy before upcoming parliamentary elections: “Rafsanjani, the real strategist of the reformist camp…, accelerated attempts to make Khatami run for parliament… More emphasis on individual skills of the reformist candidates than on slogans such as ‘reform’, etc… and infiltration of the mosque network in order to break the monopoly and competitive advantage of the fundamentalist camp.”
  • Commander Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, head of Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces: “[Ahmadinejad promises] Law Enforcement Forces’ salaries to be doubled.”
  • Former Iranian vice president, Mohammad ‘Ali Abtahi, asks Khatami to run for parliament.
  • Rafsanjani criticizes Larijani’s resignation.

Diplomacy

  • Iran to present a plan for Iraq stabilization at Istanbul summit in Istanbul.
  • Foreign Minister Mottaki sudden visit to Iraq related to five U.S.-detained IRGC operatives.
  • Supreme Leader Khamenei: White House accusations that Iran has killed U.S. soldiers in Iraq is “a blatant lie.”
  • Head of Iran’s National Fishing Organization: “Death of dolphins in the Persian Gulf, may be caused by pollution… [but] may be due to U.S. attempt at utilizing the dolphins in marine espionage.”
  • Ayatollah Taskhiri: “Resistance movements should not be included in the list of terrorists.”
  • Tabnak, voice piece of former IRGC commander Rezai, says Americans in Iraq commit atrocities while dressed in Iranian uniforms, and are assisted by the Mujahedin al-Khalq.

Economy and Trade

Society, Religion, and Culture

Human Rights and Labor

  • Mansour Osanlou, first independent trade union leader in Islamic Republic, sentenced to 5 years.
    • Short film on Osanlou case.
    • Does Condoleezza Rice’s silence suggest she supports abandoning Iranian labor activists?
  • 1,100 seasonal sugar cane workers on strike over two months’ unpaid wages.
  • Hadi Ghabel released on bail.
  • Iranian intellectuals condemn arrest of Emad al-Din Baghi, civil-society and human rights activist.

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