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Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his assistance in compiling)

Social, Religion, and Culture

Politics

  • Rafsanjani on students protesting: “Public opinion can not be controlled by dictators.”
  • Ali-Akbar Velayati, foreign policy advisor to Supreme Leader: “It would have been better if [Larijani] had not resigned [from the National Security Council of the Islamic Republic].”
  • 180 parliamentarians sign a letter of support to Larijani.
  • Ebrahim Azizi appointed deputy chief of human resources at the Iranian presidency.

Press

Economy and Trade

  • Report of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran: “During the first four months of the year, Ninety Five percent of bonds issued by the Central Bank were not sold.”
  • Deputy Minister of Economy: “Iran lacking behind in the international banking system.”
  • Luxury airplane, bought by Iran from the Sultan of Brunei, fails to reach Iran due to U.S. sanctions.
  • Iran to lure UAE investors.
  • Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister in China.

Diplomacy

  • Foreign Minister: “Those countries who provided [former Iraqi president] Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons components should be punished.” More, in English.
  • Ahmadinejad: “The coming [Annapolis conference] peace negotiation is a trap.”
  • Armenia endorsing Holocaust denial? Armenian University grants Ahmadinejad an honorary doctorate. More.

Nuclear Issue

Military

Human Rights and Labor

  • Human rights and civil society activist “Emad al-Din Baghi convicted of spreading lies,” “disclosing classified material,” and “working against the national interests of Iran.” Wife and daughter of Baghi face charges ranging from: “participating in a subversive work shop in Dubai,” and “working against the national interests of Iran.”
  • Mansour Oslanlou, imprisoned Iranian labor leader, blind in one ye after denial of medical treatment.
    • International unions condemn.
    • Condoleezza Rice’s State Department refuses to issue any comment, statement condemning Iranian labor crackdown.

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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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