The Corner

Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his compilation)

Politics

  • Javan-Fekr, the media advisor to Ahmadinejad, says Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting fails to report on the service of the government to the nation.
  • Resalat editor Kazemloui: “People are in need of a new way of thinking,…and new topics…This parliamentary election showed that Khatami and Karrubi failed to convince the public that they are the ones delivering the new mentality and new topics.”
  • Esma’il Gerami-Moghaddam, deputy leader of the National Trust Party: “If the eighth parliament truly wants to show servitude to the public, it should propose [a motion declaring the] incompetence of the president.”

Security and Military

Human Rights and Labor

  • For the first time in its history, the Islamic Republic judiciary defines political crimes. More here.

Economy

  • Alef News Agency’s Mohsen Mehdian presents the “Manifesto for the National Bank’s Independence.”
  • In an open letter to first vice president Davoodi, Tehran parliamentarian Gholam-Reza Mesbahi-Moghaddam demands the president control liquidity.

Diplomacy

  • Iran and Saudi Arabia begin security negotiations in Tehran.
  • Kayhan’s Mehdi Mohammadi warns Syria against abandoning Iran and Lebanon for the sake of the Golan Heights.
  • Iran celebrates the “Persian Gulf Day.”

Religion, Culture, and Society

  • Head of the Organization of Pilgrims to Syria and Iraq says his organization has no supervision over pilgrims to Lebanon, but everybody who pays 400,000 rials to the organization can travel to Lebanon through Syria.
  • Speaker of the parliament, Haddad Adel stresses the importance of enforcing the Islamic dress code while delivering a speech to the members of the Law Enforcement Forces.
  • Hojjat al-Eslam Dorri Najafabadi warns against Barbie dolls, Batman, Spiderman and Harry Potter in an open letter to first vice president Parviz Davoodi, and demands a strategy to preserve Islamic culture and revolutionary values.

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