[Thanks to Ahmad Majidyar for his compilation from Afghan Dari and Pushtun websites; (E) signifies English link]
- Parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani says 500,000,000,000 rials missing from government funds to build the metro of Qom is now recovered, but the mayor of Qom remains “vanished.”
- Representative of the Supreme Leader in Shiraz Hojjat al-Eslam Ha’eri Shirazi speaking on occasion of the Qods Day says “We have been experiencing Islamic socialism for the past three decades. The banking system wants to demand interest rates in exchange for loans to the people. We will not let them do so. And should a couple of banks go bankrupt as a result, so what? …What is worse anyway, closure of factories or banks?”
- Parliamentary speaker Larijani on the other hand, at a press conference stresses that “Socialism does not solve the inequality problems of the society.”
- Speaking in Shiraz Ayatollah Mohi al-Din Shirazi demands closure of private banks in Iran.
- Iranian economists warn of stagnation.
- Labor minister says the Islamic Republic will go through eight months of stagnation after which the economy will recover.
- According to Aftab-e Yazd, Tahmasb Mazaheri’s letters warning Ahmadnejad about the economy led to his resignation from the Central Bank. See also Donya-e Eqtesad’s analysis.
- Commenting on the resignation of the Central Bank director general Tahmasb Mazaheri Ahmadinejad says “coordination of the economic team of the government was necessary.”
- Agah-Sazi analyses ousting of Central Bank director Mazaheri.
- Agah-Sazi publishes another letter from now dismissed Central Bank director Mazaheri to Ahmadinejad warning against disastrous consequences of the government’s economic policies.
- Bahmani, newly-appointed director general of the Central Bank, dismisses claims of inflationary tendencies from public cash injection into the banking sector.
- The Iranian parliament’s research institute recommends the government to use some elements from the recommendation package of the Central Bank.
- Newly-appointed Central Bank director general announces decision of printing money with higher denominations, dismisses any talk of inflationary tendencies.
- Following dismissal of Central Bank General Director Mazaheri the Iranian parliament warns the government against “uninhibited transfusion of money into the economy” and threatens to “take the Central Bank from the sphere of competence of the presidency.”
- Donya-ye Eqtesad reports on the chaotic proceedings of the Conference Investigating Hindrances to Investment in and Development of the Industrial Sector. Minister of Labor gets support of the industrial sector upon his declared policy of “opening the coffers of the Central Bank.”
- Economy and Finance minister Shams al-Din Hosseini promises to “unlock the coffers of the Central Bank” and provide “loans.”
- Iran electricity reserves reduced to zero.
- Zanjan Chamber of Commerce says increased taxation of profits increases the size and scope of the black market.
- Larijani responds that the law on increased taxation of profits will not be changed.
- Presidential candidate Hassan Rowhani warns against increasing number of Iranians living bellow the poverty line. More here.
- Social welfare minister Mesri commenting on the official statistic that 14 percent of Iran’s population live below the absolute poverty line, says the statistics are not representative and do not mean that those people live under the absolute poverty line permanently.
- The Revolutionary Guard’s contracting arm, Khatam al-Anbia Construction Base, wins €320 million bid for building a natural gas pipe line from Isfahan to Khorasan Razavi.
- 57 prominent Iranian economists to write a “secret letter” to Ahmadinejad to warn against the consequences of the economic policies of the government. The letter is the third of its kind, but will – opposed to the two earlier letters – not be published in the Iranian press.
- The earlier letters criticized the government for not abiding by the principles of good governance, worsening of the atmosphere for investments and negative effects of the policies of the government for the labor market and employment, explosive rate of foreign imports, inflationary monetary policy, crisis in the capital market, chaotic state of the banking system, incorrect interventions in the labor market, wrong regional policies, and unhelpful attitude toward the international community.
- IAEA director general El-Baradei tells a German paper that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons capability because of the prestige such capability entails.
- Said Jalili, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, dismisses the importance of the latest 5+1 Group’s decision to pursue a new resolution against the Islamic Republic: “This paper has been prepared at a time when the 5+1 Group has called its negotiations with the Islamic Republic constructive and progressive and they have announced that Iran’s questions are logical and that they will discuss and answer them.” Jalili continues: “They make up sanctions because they are incapable of answering our questions…” More here.
- Sobh-e Sadeq weekly praises the “cautious tone” of the latest IAEA report on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities.
- In reaction to new sanctions against the Islamic Republic, the Iranian government cancels Aghazadeh’s (head of Iranian Nuclear Energy Organization) visit to the IAEA.
- Parliamentary speaker Larijani slams the 5+1 Group’s “declaratory and dual policies” towards the Islamic Republic.
- (E) Larijani calls new UN resolution folly.
- Moetalefeh’s Asgar-Owladi says the Ahmadinejad government has split the Principalist Alliance into two groups, those supporting the government and those who don’t. Asgar-Owladi also dismisses rumors on candidacy of parliamentary speaker Larijani for presidential elections.
- Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani stresses the importance of popular participation in elections in Iran, warns against alienation of the citizenry.
- According to Baztab, former interior minister Abdollah Nouri will not run for presidency.
- Former Defense Minister Shamkhani refutes reports on his candidacy for presidential elections.
- Parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani opens an office in Qom, appoints Ali-Akbar Fasihi Radmandi as head of the bureau.
- Tehran governor-general Kamran Daneshjou replaces Revolutionary Guards commander Ali-Reza Afshar as political deputy of the Interior Ministry.
- Afshari appointed cultural deputy at Interior Ministry.
- Interior Ministry dismisses earlier reports on Tehran governor general Kamran Daneshjou’s appointment to political deputy of the ministry.
- Parliamentary speaker Larijani says the report on authenticity of Interior Minister Kordan’s Ph.D. probably reached his office, but he has not seen it yet.
- Larijani meets representatives from the private sector.
- Allameh faction of Office of the Strengthening of Unity student organization says it will redirect its activities from politics to the cultural field.
- Deputy speaker of the Iranian parliament Bahonar says governmental institutions under supervision of the presidency should be transferred to supervision of ministries.
- Attempts at impeachment of the agriculture minister.
- Expediency Council recommends re-establishment of Councils and Supreme Councils abolished by the Ahmadinejad government or incorporated organizationally in the President’s Office:
- 1. Supreme Council of Science, Research and Technology
- 2. Supreme Council of Education
- 3. Supreme Judicial Council
- 4. Supreme Information Technology Council
- 5. The Nuclear Energy Council
- 6. Supreme Council of Energy
- 7. Economic Council
- 8. Supreme Council of Employment
- 9. Supreme Council for Non-Oil Exports
- 10. Supreme Council of Social Welfare and Security
- 11. Supreme Council of Insurance
- 12. Supreme Wate Council,
- 13. Council of Trustees of the Foreign Currency Reserve
- 14. Council of Money,
- 15. Supreme Tourism and Cultural Heritage Council
- 16. Supreme Council for Standards
- 17. Supreme Environment Council
- 18. Supreme Informatics Council.”
- Mohsen Rezai, former chief of the Revolutionary Guards, suggests a cabinet composed by the Principalist Alliance including Qalibaf, Haddad Adel, Larijani, Tavakkoli and Rowhani.
- Supreme Leader Khamenei names the fourth decade of the Islamic Republic “Decade of Progress and Justice.”
- Khatami says he allows himself to criticize the Islamic Republic because he believes he belongs to it, adds he does not yet know if he will run for presidency.
- Agah-Sazi publishes Persian translation of New York Times’ interview with the Ahmadinejad which asked some of the questions also posed by presidential candidate Hassan Rowhani.
Religion, Culture, and Society
- Hajj Mamousta Molla Abou-Bakr Tina, Sunni Friday prayer leader of Mahabad, assassinated.
- According to Alef News Agency “the Wahabis” have “trained monkeys to attack Shi’a pilgrims to Mecca and steal their belongings.”
- The Iraqi government to announce the city of Najaf as cultural capital of the Shi’a world in 2012.
- According to Shi’a News “300 Wahabi websites have been hacked.”
- Shi’a News reports expansion of Shi’a and Sunni cyber warfare.
- According to Shi’a News the “Wahabis” are using “$87 billion in the world in order to create discord among Muslims.”
- Egyptian newspaper Al-Jumhurriya urges the Egyptian government to expel the Shi’as.
- Shi’a News warns against activities of more than 70 ”Satanist sects in Iran.” Political deputy of Sistan va Balouchestan governorate discusses destruction of the Sunni theological seminary in the province.
- Shi’a News slams a certain Mrs. Fatemeh Sadat’s female group of worshippers who read the Quran aloud in Persian and also perform their prayers in Persian instead of Arabic.
- Yaser Rafiqdoust, son of the former Minister of the Revolutionary Guards, appointed economic deputy of Football Federations in Iran.
Military and Security
- Former chief of the Revolutionary Guards Rahim Safavi says ”future maps of the region will not include Israel.”
- Ali Larijani says Iran’s deterrence capabilities have improved.
- Assassination attempt on Revolutionary Tribunal prosecutor of Khash fails.
- Interior minister transfers a 1,000,000 rial bonus to Basij members among the employees of the ministry.
- Seyyed Al-Shohada Revolutionary Guard Unit Deputy Commander Morteza Shaneh-Saz says Iran’s defense doctrine is being taught at universities [as a role model].
- Basij Resistance Force launches www.noorestan.net marketing books and audio-visual materials on the Islamic Resistance of Lebanon and Palestine, the Islamic Revolution, Sacred Defense, millenarianism and ideological issues. More here.
- Islamic Republic of Iran Navy Chief Habibollah Sayyari says “The Strait of Hormuz is under our total control.”
- Commander Mousavi appointed human resources deputy of Basij.
- Pupil’s Basij of Kerman chief Mehdi Ganjouyee says 95 percent of the school children in Kerman – 253,155 total – are members of the Basij.
- Basij deputy commander in chief Commander Hossein Hamedani speaks of integration of the Basij members within the military structure of the Revolutionary Guards.
- Former defense minister Shamkhani, commenting the controversial letter of former chief of the Revolutionary Guards Mohsen Rezai to Grand Ayatllah Khomeini (first published by Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, and afterwards by Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani), says the letter was not meant as an argument for Iran’s accept of U.N. Security Council Resolution 598 ending the Iran/Iraq war, but rather an argument for continued warfare. More controversially, Shamkhani says Abol-Hassan Bani-Sadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic, was not a traitor, but “became a traitor through cooperation with the Monafeqin [hypocrites; i.e., Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization.]
- Basirat discusses the relationship between the regular army and the Revolutionary Guards during the Iran/Iraq war.
- Agah-Sazi publishes interview with former Revolutionary Guards minister Mohsen Rafiqdoust.
- Hossein Hassani Sa’di, deputy coordination chief of the Joint Armed Forces Headquarters, says the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting does not do justice to the regular Army when it comes to the history of the Iran-Iraq war and the role of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ground Forces.
- Unofficial mouthpiece of the Revolutionary Guards analyzes Khomeini’s views on war:
- “His holiness the Imam considers war as a necessity and welcomed it. His interpretation of the war was positive and considered it as a condition of development and broadening of divine vice regency, since one can’t spread monotheism worldwide without employing the method of war and struggle…
- This mentality is never restricted to the political geographic boundaries which in essence is imposed on the oppressed nations, and permanently seeks expansion of the power of Islam in the world. It is only natural that the strategy of such government is all out struggle with infidels. It is upon this foundation that his holiness continuously presented struggle with the enemy as a means to expansion of power.
- With such characteristics, one can’t consider such strategy racial, national or political power projection since the goal of the governing principle of sch strategy is nothing but expansion of the world wide power of Islam.
- These words are apparent clearly in the words of the Imam. In the view of his holiness war is an instrument of individual and general cleansing at international level. War is the Bab al-Jannah [the gate to heavens]…”
- Mashhad Friday prayer leader Ayatollah Alam al-Hoda claims the goal of Israel is “annihilation of Islam.”
- Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani and Hojjat al-Eslam Nateq Nouri warn Israel against attacking Iran. Nateq Nouri adds that should Israel attack, retaliation will not exclusively be aimed at Israel.
- Shahab News Agency publishes reports of Qods Day demonstrations in Iran.
- Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh sends a message to the Qods Day demonstrations in Iran, praising attempts to liberate Palestine under the leadership of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
- Alef News Agency publishes the final official Qods Day pronouncement.
· Pajhwok describes an Iranian-sponsored rally in Kabul on Quds Day
o As many as 100 children staged a peaceful march in Kabul to show solidarity with Palestinians. They chanted slogans against the killing of children in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.
o The committee officials described the march as a “self-provoked, sentimental act,” but the children said they were organized by Khomeini’s Emdad Committee, an Iranian charitable organization.
- Senior Presidential Advisor Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi discusses the results of Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York.
- Hamadan Friday prayer leader says Ahmadinejad’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly has “raised a storm.”
Afghan News Agency Pajhwok reports on allegations of ‘mounting Iranian interference in Afghan affairs’
o Afghan security officials accuse Iran of “increased interference” in Afghan affairs, especially in western provinces. (Full text of current news items is available only to subscribers. It could be retrieved from their archive tomorrow, however)
- Ahmadinejad returns to Tehran, is greeted by Ali-Akbar Velayati, foreign policy advisor to the Supreme Leader.
- (E) McCain changes stance on Iran.
- [October Surprise Conspiracy theorist and Carter-era NSC official] Gary Sick: “The weak Bush government is interested closer relations with Iran.”
- India expresses interest in importing natural gas from the Islamic Republic.
- Energy minister to initiate final negotiations with Turkmenistan regarding the price of natural gas imports from that country.
- Russian GAZPROM executive director stresses importance of Iran/Russia cooperation in natural gas and oil sector.
- An Iranian cement factory to open in Nasiriya, Iraq.
- Iran-Turkey trade reaches $7 billion.
- According to Abrar, each oil refinery with the capacity of producing 100,000 barrels per day requires a $2 billion investment.
- Deputy trade minister announces 3.5 million ton grain imports from the United States.
- Iraqi Kurdistan’s Dohuk province to host an Iranian trade exhibit.
Human Rights and Labor
- Labor activist Ossanlou hospitalized, handcuffed.
- Khajeh-Nasir University student activist Hasti Khezravi arrested, to be tried at the Revolutionary Tribunal.
- Student activists expelled from the universities and barred from academic studies in the Islamic Republic stage a demonstration in front of Ministry of Higher Education.
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