Egypt supports expansion of banking ties between Egypt and the Islamic Republic.
Assadollah Asgar-Owladi, chairman of Iran-China Chamber of Commerce: “The Chinese authorities no longer open trade credit accounts for Iranian businessmen…This harms the economic relations between the two countries.”
Demand for U.S. dollar in the Iranian market grows to a new record, 9,500 rials per dollar, even as the Iranian president tries to boycot the Dollar in oil deals.
A French diplomat leaks information about the latest round of EU-Iran nuclear crisis negotiations. He describes the talks a “catastrophe,” says Said Jalili told EU’s Javier Solana that Iran would not honor agreements between Iran and the EU made by former Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani.
Ahmadinejad: “We have shown that development is possible without U.S. assistance…There is not going to be a third [UN Security Council] Resolution.”
Vice Speaker of the Iranian parliament, Abou-Torabi Fard: “Our victories in the nuclear field, especially after entering the nuclear club, are bigger than our victory in the ‘Sacred Defense’ [the Iran-Iraq war].”
Former Iranian parliamentarian Mohsen Armin wonders why not a single member of the parliament protests against the death of the young student activist, Zahra Bani-Yaghoub who allegedly was raped and murdered in police custody. Zahra Bani-Yaghoub’s father is a retired member of the Revolutionary Guards and has started a campaign against the perpetrators.
Religion, Society, and Culture
Supreme Leader: “Theological seminaries should train students to propagate Shi’ism in the international arena.”
Davoud Ahmadinejad, the president’s brother, who directs the Special Investigative Bureau of the Presidency, said that “World Imperialism has formed a united front against Islam” and said a “committee” in the United States has initiated a work “assassinating the character of the Imam of the Age.”
While Tehran Metro seems to have reached a compromise with Tehran Theater and the theater community of Tehran in the dispute regarding expansion of Tehran metro, Hezbollah demands that Tehran Metro digs nearer to the Theater with no regard to pre-revolutionary architecture. The artists and art lovers should ”Listen to the words of the Imam [Khomeini] and perform the art of sacrifice… sacrificing their own interests for the benefit of the greater public good.”
Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Alam al-Hoda, Friday Prayers Leader of Mashhad and member of Assembly of Experts: “Expedition of Iranian sports women to tournaments abroad is the same as expedition of Iranian women to the path of lust and prostitution…Women’s participation in sports is religiously impermissible.”
Mohammad Qouchani, editor of Iranian weekly Shahrvand, says the Iranian student movement is dead, since the students pursue scientific goals, not political ideologies, and leave politics to politicians.
Controversy surrounds parliamentarian’s declaration: “As a parliamentarian, I have the right to criticize Mr. Ahmadinejad’s government. Even if Imam Hossein should return to this world to form a government in Iran, I’d criticize him [Imam Hossein] if he would violate the Constitution. This is my right and duty as a parliamentarian.”