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Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his compilation)

Politics

  • Nosazi News Agency presents Abbas Palizdar as “a decent man,” “not close to the president,” and a “man who used his savings to start a dairy products factory.”
    • Nosazi adds that people who accuse Palizdar of economic corruption are the people who constantly pursue a policy of “Bani-Sadrization of President Ahmadinejad.”
  • Akbar A’lami, member of the seventh parliament whose candidacy for re-election was blocked by the Council of Guardians, confirms that Abbas Palizdar indeed was a member of the investigations committee of the Iranian parliament. A’lami adds that the cases Palizdar has pointed to are old cases to which no one had earlier paid much attention. Listing all the cases raised by Palizdar A’lami says no one can dismiss such facts, and challenges other members of the investigative committee to come forward and dismiss Palizdar’s accusations under oath.
    • See also Shahrvand Emrooz’ report on the Palizdar affair.
    • Mohammad Niazi, head of the Supreme Organization of Investigation, says Palizdar was an employee of his organization, but says he does not share Palizdar’s views on economic corruption in the Islamic Republic. But indirectly, while answering some specific questions on the issues raised by Palizdar, Niazi confirms Palizdar’s information.
    • Condemning Abbas Palizdar’s “disclosures” of economic corruption in the Islamic Republic, Tehran mayor Qalibaf says playing with the honor and reputation of well known people is not the way to fight corruption and only generates “a crisis of trust.”
      • Iran attacks the Tehran mayor and depicts his article as a smoke screen for “economic corruption in Tehran municipality” by “a former military commander who has utilized every channel to advance his career and gain wealth.”
  • Judiciary chief Shahroudi says economic corruption must be fought with measures, not by slogans.
  • Breaking Ahmadinejad supporters’ monopoly on disclosing economic corruption, Elias Naderan demands investigation on the long absence of “Soltan-e Shekar,” an unnamed clerical member of the parliament who has been on leave for some time.
  • Ahmadinejad holds a nightly meeting with student activists supporting the government.
  • Recently-ousted Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi discloses secrets of his tenure:
    • Regarding Revolutionary Guards intervention in the bureaucratic composition, Pour-Mohammadi writes: “When I talked to then commander in chief of the Guards, Brigadier General Rahim Safavi, he said that Mr. Zolghadr, deputy commander-in-chief of the Guards enjoys a certain position and respect. Now that he is going to the Interior Ministry, we in the Guards ask you preserve his [elevated] position and respect in the ministry. I agreed and said that I accepted. Mr. Zolghadr’s personality, and the respect that the Revolutionary Guards enjoys deserve such arrangement.
    • At any rate, noting the occupational history of Mr. Zolghadr, I demanded that he should be given the security affairs department of the ministry and become deputy minister of interior. This was a very successful period.”
    • Asked how commander Zolghadr was transferred from the Guards to the ministry Pour-Mohammad says: “Senior military commanders, and anybody appointed by the Supreme Leader, must also be transferred by the order of and acceptance of the Supreme Leader.”
    • Pour-Mohammadi also says that he wrote a report to the Supreme Leader commenting on the latest parliamentary elections in the Islamic Republic, but does not believe his dismissal was been because of this report.
  • Head of the National Trust Party Mehdi Karrubi defends Mohtashami-Pour who is engaged in a fierce battle against Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi.
  • Moetalefeh’s Badamchian explains the ideological and practical differences between Moetalefeh and Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization.
  • Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani warns against making policy without listening to the experts.
  • Agah-Sazi publishes an article on the “Eclecticism discourse” in the years after the revolution, which led to marginalization of a number of political forces in the Islamic Republic.
  • Abdollah Ramezanzadeh defends the political legacy and track record of former president Mohammad Khatami.
  • Commander in chief of the Revolutionary Guards meets speaker of the parliament Ali Larijani.
  • Hojjat al-Eslam Hosseini Boushehri says the Ahmadinejad government has been subjected to increasing criticism by sources of emulation.
  • Rafsanjani publishes yet another volume of his memoirs.
  • The Iranian president’s sister gives an interview to Tabnak News Agency.

Religion, Culture, and Society

  • Association of Islamic Pupil’s Associations produce a computer game about murdering Salman Rushdie.
  • Nosazi criticizes archaic religious thinking limiting sexual freedom.
    • Nosazi also claims sexual morality of the religious leaders has had adverse effect on the youth and that masturbation, homosexuality, and illegal sexual relations flourishes in the Islamic Republic.
  • Kayhan condemns entrapment of the deputy dean executed by the Islamic Student Association of University of Zanjan .
    • According to the newspaper, a female student entered the office of the deputy dean responsible for disciplinary committees of the university, leaves the door open and engages in “unsuitable physical contact” with him, after which the office is flooded by students who record the scene with cameras and stage demonstrations crying out the sexual scandal.
    • More here. Video of incident and ensuing demonstration here.
  • Report on the execution of the second phase of the societal security scheme.
  • Member of the Assembly of Experts Seyyed Hashem Hosseini Boushehri says “Today, the enemy has come to the scene with all its being, and has targeted our youth through Zionist Christianity, cultural NATO and propagation of false Sufism.”
  • Mayor of Pasargadae says the Sivand dam has increased humidity at a city hosting the mausoleum of the founder of the Persian Empire, Cyrus the Great.

Economy

Trade

Diplomacy

Nuclear Issue

Military and Security

  • A member of Jundallah terrorist organization is executed in Zahedan.
  • The judge of the Criminal Court of Saravan is assassinated.

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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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