The Corner

Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his assistance in compiling)

  • Riot police and armed thugs prevent moderate cleric, Hojjat al-Islam Mohsen Kadivar from leading prayers marking the end of Ramadan.
    • Former Foreign Minister Ebrahim Yazdi comments, “During the Shah’s time no one prevented Mehdi Bazargan from praying his prayers, but a Friday prayer is prevented in the Islamic Republic.”
    • Riot police explain, “Only the prayer leaders appointed by the Supreme Leader are allowed to lead prayers.”
  • Ali-Akbar Velayati, Former foreign minister and current advisor to Supreme Leader, “If there was not a nuclear issue, the West would make up another issue to pressure Iran, such as Iran’s missile technology.”
    • Former IRGC commander Mohsen Rezai: “America wants a permanent crisis in the Muslim world.”
  • Caspian conference to open on Monday.
  • Condoleezza Rice’s conference is a Zionist plot.
  • Technocratic elites warn against “the chaos of this [Ahmadinejad] government”
    • Hossein-Ali Shahriari, member of the Parliamentary Health Commission: “Public health has never been a priority” in the Islamic Republic.
    • Roads and Transportation Minister claims: “there are no potholes in our roads.”
    • Civil society activists inside Iran call the recent “law and order” campaign “carnivals of fear and terror.”
  • Border crossing to reopen between Iran, southern Iraq.
  • Kurdish terrorists kill Iranian police officer.
  • Mercedes Benz to flood the Iranian market with cheap cars.
  • Photo of the Day: Eid al-Fitr women’s prayers.

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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