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Iran News Round Up

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


  • Rafsanjani criticizes the Ahmadinejad government: “During the war with Iraq, we could not develop the country, but our job was easy as soon as the war was over. During the past three years on the other hand we have not developed…”
  • Hojjat al-Eslam Do’a-Gou, Friday prayer leader of Shemiranat, says the Palizdar affair was the “campaign trick” and a “conspiracy to marginalize the clergy in the politics of the Islamic Republic.”




  • (E) Vietnam to develop Iranian oil field.

Human Rights and Labor

  • Jannati: “Only those in the service of the foreigners and living abroad criticize hangings in Iran.”
  • (E) Kurdish teachers protest against death sentence for Kurdish teacher.

Religion, Culture, and Society

  • The Supreme Leader’s personal representative in Ardebil says Wahabis are to blame for discord among Muslims.
  • Dean of Theological Seminary of Qom Ayatollah Moqtadayi warns against what he calls “false mysticism” and “untrue sects” who “spread corruption and superstition” as a “special service to the enemies.”

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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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