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Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his compilation)

Politics

  • According to Mowj News Agency, Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi attacks “those who have managed to build empires of wealth” in the Islamic Republic. “There are those, who because of their special conditions, have managed to erect economic empires for themselves, and even enter the international scene [of business]. Are such people ready to forsake their own interests [for the interests of the country]?” Ayatollah Mesbah added: “After the passing of the years since the realization of Islamic rule, we hoped some individuals would struggle to strengthen the Islamic regime, but no serious job has been done. As soon as they got hold of power they lost themselves. They were commanders of war, ready to sacrifice their lives during the war and fought, but later, when they got hold of money and position they forgot [everything.] They even forgot halal and haram [religiously permissible and impermissible sources of income] and said [we do business], and some others will theorize and legitimize it…”

  • In a vague attack against Palizdar, who has accused Iranian clergy of economic corruption, Friday prayers leader of Tehran Mohammad Emami Kashani says the plotters and accusers are bound to be punished by God. More here.
    • Ansar News Agency republishes reports that Palizdar who has exposed economic corruption of some clergymen is not the same person who, according to the Islamic Republic of Iran Judiciary, is involved in economic corruption regarding a dairy products factory.
  • Partov-e Sokhan attacks Hojjat al-Eslam Mohtashamipour and condemns his critical remarks on Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi.
    • The Student Basij supports Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi in his feud with Hojjat al-Eslam Mohtashami-Pour.
    • Partov weekly, of the Imam Khomeini Research Institute, headed by Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi defends the ayatollah against attacks of Hojjat al-Eslam Ali-Akbar Mohtashami-Pour. The writer of the article, Said Moghaddam stresses that Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi has signed several letters of protest against the Imperial regime prior to the victory of the revolution in 1979, that the ayatollah is not against the popular vote, but is more concerned about the fundamental question of authority and obedience in Islam, that the ayatollah’s thoughts are not retrograde and he is not a reactionary, and that Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi has been present at the front during the Iran-Iraq war.
  • Tehran mayor Qalibaf congratulates Ali Larijani upon his assumption of the speakership of the parliament.
  • Grand Ayatollah Makrem Shirazi says the most important job for the new parliament is to control inflation.
  • According to Alef News Agency, “answering the call of Los Angeles based counter revolutionary satellite televisions, [150] hooligans staged an illegal demonstration in front of the Mellat Park [in Tehran].” Alef continues: “Due to the intervention of the Law Enforcement Forces, and by arresting some of the demonstrators, the gathering is being dispersed.” According to the news agency, the demonstration was an act of protest against arrest of Abbas.
    • Asr-e Iran reports “an extreme smell of tear gas” and “heavy traffic due to the demonstration,” which according the news agency says os staged by “monarchists.”
  • Speaking in Chahar-Mahal va Bakhtiari province, the Iranian president said he will announce the reasons behind rising prices.
  • The Islamic Association of Medical Faculty of Tehran University announces a conference called “Inflation on the tables of the people,” referring to the Iranian president’s election promises of “bringing the oil money into the tables of the people.”

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Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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