Iran News Round Up (Nov. 29-30)
Military and Security
- Student Nima Dehghani lampoons Iranian politics in a poem at a seminar encouraging former president Khatami to run for president.
- Former Interior Minister Abdol-Vahed Mousavi Lari warns against “forged opinion polls.”
- Principalists’ Alliance members criticize Ahmadinejad’s policies.
- Rasanjani warns against “dogmatism” which “arose after the deathof the Prophet” and added: “Even today, when we have access to the exact words of the Imam [Ayatollah Khomeini], there are still people who attribute whatever they want to him.”
- Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi says “political pluralism is the invention of the Pharaoh.”
- Presidential candidate Hassan Rowhani suggests installation of closed circuit cameras to supervise ballots for the 2009 presidential election.
- Former Finance Minister Davoud Danesh-Ja’fari and former head of the (dissolved) Management and Planning Organization Farhad Rahbar, the current dean of Tehran University, are active in Tehran Mayor Qalibaf’s presidential campaign.
The Nuclear Issue
- Hassan Rowhani, presidential candidate and representative of the Supreme Leader in Supreme National Security Council: “Twenty years ago, we officially asked Europe to transfer enrichment technology to Iran, which they didn’t. We then approached the Russians, but they also did not engage in transferring the know-how to Iran. After that we approached China and at the very last moment they did not do so because of U.S. pressure. All these negotiations were done officially and publicly. Despite this, the Western world accuses us of being secretive…When the entire world failed us, we decided to develop a national capability. This was a difficult task and at the time a good number of experts told us it is impossible. Had it not been because of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani and his persistence along with the support of the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, we would never have succeeded. Finally in 2000, we managed by our own hands to achieve the technology...The trouble started a year after we achieved a legal technology and know-how which forty other countries also possess.”
- Ahmadinejad to visit Qatar.
- Tabnak News reports popularity of Iran in Germany.
- (E) Ahmadinejad blames terrorism on unfair world order.
Religion, Culture, and Society
- Health minister Kamran Bagheri Lankarani warns against an AIDS epidemic in Iran.
Human Rights and Labor
- Four students at Allameh University on hunger strike at Evin Prison after their arrest.
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