15.4 percent consider Khatami’s nuclear policy a success.
Asked to rate social justice:
45 percent of the respondents consider Ahmadinejad’s policies “socially just”
25.1 percent say the same of Khatami’s.
Asked: “Which presidential candidate will gain the largest popular support [in the next elections]?
40.3 percent said Ahmadinejad
17.9 percent said Rafsanjani
14 percent said Khatami.
Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, speaker of parliament, informs the “infuriated” public that he has convened “a special committee” to investigate a speech made by A’lami, deputy from Tabriz, who said not only does he have the right to criticize Ahmdinejad, but he would even criticize the Imam Hossein if the third Imam would return and form the Islamic Republic’s government.
Turkey desires to import Turkmen natural gas through Iran.
Society, Culture, and Religion
Ministry of Education spokesman for Women’s Affairs: “Veiling women should the foundation of social engineering in Iran.”
Ayatollah Sane’i: “Repetitive marriages [polygamy] without the knowledge and permission of the first wife is religiously impermissible and a sin from my point of view.”
Ahmadinejad, visiting poor villages in the Ilam province: “Cultural development the main objective of our society.”
Attending the Revolutionary Guards theoretician Hassan Abbasi’s lecture “I am an imperialist, therefore I am,” members of the Student Basij staged a demonstration at the Technical University of Tehran.
Ayatollah Kashani, Tehran’s Friday Prayers Leader, quotes Senator Joseph Biden’s remarks on Iran extensively: “This Senator correctly says Israel could not suppress the Hezbollah in Lebanon, [so] how can the U.S. stand face to face to a nation of 70 million? This is the blessing of the Velayat-e Faqih [Government of the Supreme Jurist]… which plants such thoughts in the hearth of U.S. senators and forces them to make such confessions.”
RAJA protests against a television series broadcasted on the National Television of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which says the Safavid Dynasty founded the state of Azerbaijan, and claims parts of the territory of present day Iran as parts of that republic.
Ala al-Din Boroujerdi, chairman of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, “Negotiations with the United States are not a red line for Iran.”
Ali-Akbar Velayati, former foreign minister and advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “We should not expect the foreigners will protect our interests… Let’s not make a saint out of ElBaradei.
Ali Ahani, Iran’s ambassador to France: “The National Intelligence Estimate Report provides the Bush administration with an opportunity to correct mistakes of the past.”