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Iran News Round Up

[Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his compilation; (E) signifies English link]

Military and Security


Human Rights and Labor

  • (E) Lengthy report on ongoing Iranian labor issues (.pdf) from the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran.
  • Student activist Ahmad Ghassaban transferred to Section 8 of Evin prison.
  • Donya-ye Eqtesad analyzes announced proposal of capital punishment for “disturbing the psychological security of the society.”
  • Kayhan ridicules Voice of America Persian’s interview with tortured Iranian student activist Ahmad Batebi.
  • Seven criminals hanged.

Religion, Culture, and Society

  • Question to Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad-Sadeq Rowhani: “Distribution of pornographic journals smuggled into the country cause corruption and prostitution. In case the sole way of [dealing with such problem] is through purchase of those journals with sahm-e Emam [religious taxes paid to the clergy claiming the money for the Lord of Era], should it be allowed?”
    • Answer: “In the name of God. No problem.”
  • Government spokesman Elham says “some people want to forget Mahdi-hood.”
  • Seyyed Hassan Khomeini says cultural activities should result in more religiosity in the society.
  • Sand storm nears Tehran.
  • According to a new study of suicide patterns in the Islamic Republic, married individuals more prone to suicide than singles.
  • Shi’a News now exempt from filtering, operates freely again. More.
  • Authors Ebrahim Hassan-Beygi and Reza Rai’si who specialize in the Iran-Iraq war, discuss the role of censorship.

Nuclear Issue





Photo of the Day

  • Girls playing chess in Tabriz.

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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