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Iran News Round Up

[Compiled by Ali Alfoneh; (E) signifies English link]


Military and Security


Nuclear Issue

  • Kargozaran faction spokesman and former Tehran mayor Karbaschi says insistence on the right to nuclear energy is not an invention of the Ahmadinejad government but something the reformists have insisted upon ever since prime minister Mousavi in the 1980′s.
  • United Arab Emirates calls upon international expertise to develop nuclear energy.
  • According to the Egyptian presidential spokesman, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak have discussed Iran’s nuclear aspirations and urge Iran not to follow the path of Saddam Hussein.
    • According to Asr-e Iran, Egypt stresses upon the Islamic Republic’s right to develop nuclear energy.
  • According to Hurriyet, the Turkish president urged Ahmadinejad to accept the incentive package of the 5+1 Group to end the nuclear crisis and avoid “escalation of the crisis into a serious situation for your country and your people and for the region.”
  • In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, the Islamic Republic says the sanctions against the financial sector of Iran are not legally mandated.

Human Rights and Labor

  • According to Abrar, “due to the intervention of the Wise Leader of the Islamic Revolution” imprisoned student activists Majid Tavakoli, Ahmad Ghasaban and Ehsan Mansouri are pardoned and released.
  • Imprisoned Office of Strengthening of Unity activists Mohammad Hashemi and Bahareh Hedayat freed.
  • Seminar on mass executions of 1988 in the Islamic Republic to be held in Sweden.
  • The home of Emad al-Din Baghi, who is on medical leave from prison, becomes center of political discussion.
  • (E) Union protests intensify against floggings and executions.

Religion, Society and Culture


  • Seyyed Hassan Khomeini says Iran’s extra regional power should also be reflected on the dinner tables of the Iranians.
  • Media advisor of the Iranian president Javanfekr says the entire issue of interior minister Ali Kordan should be explained by Kordan himself.
  • Agah-Sazi publishes a background interview with Hashem Aghajari of the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.



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