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Politics

  • In the last issue of Shahrvand-e Emrouz, since banned, Mohammad Qouchani laments weaknesses of the Iranian political system:
    • 1. Iranians suffer from lack of professional politicians. All our politicians desire to display themselves as men of piety who hate power, but in practice, they crave it…
    • 2. Iranians flee party political activity…
    • 3. Iranians fear disagreements. They prefer to be of the same opinion as each other than express an opinion conflicting with opinion of others…
    • 4. Iranian politicians are generalists… They love to talk about philosophy rather than comment on road building in Northern Iran, or about the arrest of a journalist…
    • 5. Iranian politicians have a very good memory, which is a weakness…they think more about past grudges than compromises paving the road to a brighter future…”
  • Acting Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli faces allegations that he acquired “fabulous wealth” through “speculation.”
  • Moetalefeh spokesman Badamchian says ousted Interior Minister Ali Kordan was ready to resign, but Ahmadinejad demanded he serve until impeachment.
    • Ayatollah Amjad says those involved Kordan’s impeachment are “sinners.”
  • Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani, brother of the former president, announces his candidacy for president.
  • Ahmadinejad travels to Mashhad to attend Imam Reza Cultural Festival, and plans trip to Mazandaran.
  • Grand Ayatollah Sane’i says Obama’s victory is the result of party political activity and the success of U.S. political life.

Media

  • Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani prohibits parliamentarians from delivering interviews to “counterrevolutionary Persian-language media.”

Economy

Trade

  • (E) Duhok, Barzani-led city in Iraqi Kurdistan, hosts Iranian trade fair.
  • (E) 13th meeting of China-Iran Joint Economic Commission.

Military and Security

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