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Iran News Round Up

[Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his compilation.  (E) signifies English-language link]


  • Labor and Social Affairs Ministry claims unemployment has been reduced to 9.6 percent.

Human Rights and Labor

  • On the anniversary of the 1999 student riots, Iranian authorities arrest a number of student activists in Tehran and Mashhad:
    • Ali Gholizadeh, secretary of the Islamic Student Association of Shahroud University
    • Ali Saberi, former secretary of Islamic Student Association of Polytechnical University
    • Salman Sima, Azad University student activist,
    • Mehdi Khodayee, Azad University student activist
    • Reza Arab, Mehdi Qodsi, Amir Sarabi, Majid Asadi, Mojtaba Emadpour, Bayat, Towhid Dowlatshenas, Mohammad Zera’ati, Farzad Hassanzadeh, Sajjad Rajabi, Mohammad Mizban, Ashkan Arshian, student activists
    • Mohammad Ehsani, both Sistan va Balouchestan University student activist and also the former secretary of the Islamic Student Association.
  • Judiciary absolves Hamadan prison authorities of responsibility for death in custody of young doctor Zahra Bani-Yaghoub.
  • Alireza Zakani, former head of Student Basij and Mostafa Tajzadeh, reformist politician recall the student uprisings of 1999.
  • (E) Labor Union leader Osanloo, head of Islamic Republic’s first independent trade union, marks end of 1st year in prison.

Military and Security

  • Tabnak News Agency publishes video of the Revolutionary Guards Navy’s latest war games in the Persian Gulf.
  • Asr-e Iran reports the Revolutionary Guards launched another missile launch.
  • According to Aftab the case of former Greater Tehran chief of Law Enforcement Forces Zare’i (caught in a house of ill-repute with naked women whom he said he was praying with) has not been sent to the Armed Forces Court.
  • Chief of the Revolutionary Guards says the latest war games of the IRGC should be a lesson to the enemy.
  • Tabnak News Agency claims the Revolutionary Guards Navy has tested the fastest “submarine missile,” which “not even the Americans have managed to produce.”
  • Law Enforcement Forces call for applicants for Police Academy.






  • Commenting the Persian home page of Al Arabiya television, Tabnak News warns against the “Saudi cultural onslaught” against Iran.

Photo of the Day

  • Funeral of Ayatollah Eshtehardi in Qom.

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