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Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his compilation)

Politics: 2008 Parliamentary Elections

Political: General

  • Maryam Firooz, wife of the last General Secretary of the Tudeh [The Communist Party of Iran], Kianouri dies.

Diplomacy

Security and Military

  • Asr-e Iran reports of clashes between Iranian security forces and “counter revolutionary” and “terrorist cells” in Iranian Kurdish areas.

Religion, Society, and Culture

    • Ayatollah Khamenei: “After the end of the ninth solar year of the girl, in case having had a period, or if there has been pubic hair growth in the special place.”
    • Ayatollah Sistani: “The end of nine lunar years.”
    • Ayatollah Rowhani: “At the end of the ninth year and by entering the tenth year.”
    • Ayatollah Shahroudi: “At the end of the ninth lunar year and by entering the tenth year, girls enter the age described by the Shari’a.”
    • Ayatollah Mazaheri: “The colloquium of the religious scholars agree that for girls it is the end of the 9th year, and for boys 15.”
  • Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani condemns  Iranian religious innovator Abdol-Karim Soroush’s claim that the Quran is not the word of God, but the words of the prophet Muhammad as an act “worse than the Satanic Verses of Rushdie.” He adds: “If Soroush’ deed is in bad faith, the duty of the Muslims is clear [Soroush should be killed].”

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