The Corner

Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his assistance in compiling)

Nuclear Issue

Diplomacy

Politics

  • Iranian political analyst and member of the Sixth Convention of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, Ahmad Pour-Nejati: “Current attacks against president Khatami’s concept of dialogue among civilizations are thoughtless…as a foreign policy doctrine, denial of the Holocaust is a self-defeating (an own goal).”
  • Seyyed Habiballah Taheri, member of the Assembly of Experts, passes away.

Economy and Trade

Religion, Culture, and Society

  • Ayatollah Khorasani: “Maddahi [praise singing in honor of Shi’ite Imams] should not be sexually inciting.”
  • Tabnak criticizes the Ahmadinejad government for accepting praise from Argentine footballer Diego Maradona, whom the agency accuses of “moral corruption and addiction.”

Military

  • Commander in chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army: “The threats have made our army even stronger.”

Human Rights and Labor

  • Imprisoned civil society activist Emad al-Din Baghi believed to have recovered from a heart attack.
    • Baghi reports suicide attempt by an imprisoned student activist in Evin.
  • Condemnation of Britain’s Trades Union Congress of Iranian imprisonment of labor activist Mahmoud Salehi makes Iranian press.
    • White House, State Department silent.
    • Background of Salehi case.

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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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