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Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh and Omeed Jafari for their assistance in compiling)

Economy

  • Parliament debates privatization.
  • National Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran asks for permission to issue 100,000 rial bills due to inflation, declining value of the Iranian currency.
    • Currency in free-fall because of government adherence to IMF recommendations, Ahmadinejad’s parliamentary faction says.
    • Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi looks at Turkey as a model to tame inflation.
  • Iran Statistics Office supports Ahmadinejad’s claim that unemployment rate has dropped to 9.9 percent.
  • Iran to import 15 million liters of gasoline per day due to refinery shortage.
  • Saudi Arabia and Malaysia to build power plants in Iran?

Politics

  • Head of the Ideological Indoctrination Office of the Iranian Army: “The army should abstain from involvement in politics.”

Foreign Affairs

  • Iran and Russia share common perspective on international affairs.
  • Foreign Minister Mottaki: “The United States is creating an atmosphere of fear surrounding Iran…U.S. policy makers know what will happen in case of strikes against Iran.” English summary.
  • Hamas embraces Supreme Leader’s call for boycott of “collaborating with the U.S.” [in context of Condoleezza Rice’s peace conference].
  • Egyptian cleric Yusuf Qaradawi: “It is obligatory on all Muslims to resist any possible attack the U.S. might launch against Iran,” calls for “Jihad.”
  • Rafsanjani to publish 12 secret letters exchanged between the Iranian and Iraqi leadership in the months before the 1988 armistice between the two countries.

Human Rights

· Labor news update.

o White House, State Department remain silent on imprisonment, torture of Mansour Osanlou, Iran’s Vahed union head.

· Spokesman of the Iranian Student Association, Advar Tahkim-e Vahdat, condemns arrest of human rights activist Emad al-Din Baqi.

Photo of the Day:

· American delegation visits Iranian vice president in Tehran.

o Is that Condoleezza Rice’s former Policy Planning Iran portfolio head?

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