The Corner

Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his compilation and Meir Javedanfar for his suggestions)

Economy and Trade

  • Agahsazi publishes the complete report of the parliamentary commission investigating public sector corruption in Iran.
  • Iranian parliament holds special session to discuss housing market crisis.
  • Shafi’i, head of the internet communications in Tehran, says individual internet providers are to blame for lack of internet access in certain neighborhoods of Tehran.
  • Executive Director of the Dairy Products Cooperatives says the price control policies of the Ahmadinejad government are threatening the dairy products industry in Iran.
  • Commenting the natural gas pipeline to Pakistan and India, the so-called Peace Pipeline, the Iranian president said China’s participation in the project is under consideration.
  • Iran-UAE trade tops $12 billion.

Politics

Religion, Culture, and Society

  • Shaffeqqat, governor of Mazandaran, says public servants dressed deficiently will be fired.
  • Mohammad-Ali Ayyazi, member of the Society of the Professors and Scholars of the Elmiyyeh Theological Seminary says Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, who has criticized the Iranian universities as “the den of secularism and liberalism,” knows little about the real state of affairs at Iranian universities.
  • Esfandiar Mashayee, head of the Cultural Heritage Foundation of the Islamic Republic: “It is a deviation to believe that beauty can serve evil…? If we believe we are right, why should the foreign tourists enter to our country install fear in our hearts? There are those who still think if the headscarf of a woman is removed a bit the entire cosmos will be in chaos, but this [notion] is not in religion…Beauty can never serve evil, and this logic is flawed. Poverty, misery and ugliness… they serve as the instruments of Satan. We must search for God in beauty and science…Tourism makes the population of the world brothers and sisters…Do you understand the meaning of mysticism now?”

Military and Security

Diplomacy

  • The Iranian president arrives in India.
  • Persian Gulf Day and small protest in Tehran at UAE embassy.
    • Former president and chairman of the Expediency Council, Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani: “No individual or country is allowed to forge the name of the Persian Gulf.”
  • Pour-Mohammadi, outgoing minister of interior, tells Saudi deputy minister of interior that security cooperation is to the benefit of both countries and the region.
  • Switzerland, after signing $20 billion gas deal with Iran, accepts Iranian nuclear package.

Human Rights and Labor

Photo of the Day

  • Demonstration in front of the embassy of United Arab Emirates on the occasion of the Persian Gulf Day.

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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