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- Iran-Iraq trade reaches $2.8 billions.
- The Islamic Republic to increase natural gas export to Turkey.
- (E) Iran wants $20 billion trade with Turkey
- Tabnak News Agency asks why Tehran parliamentarian Tavakoli only protests against closure of web sites when his own mouthpiece Alef News is banned.
- Parliamentarian Ahmad Tavakoli says Alef News Agency’s website has been banned because of the agency’s disclosure of the fake Oxford degree of Iranian interior minister Ali Kordan.
- Following censoring of Alef News Agency on Iran-based servers, the news agency has decided to continue its news service for users outside Iran.
- Tabnak News warns against activities of Saudi-financed MBC satellite transmissions to Iran.
- After closure of Hamshahri Asr, Hamshahri-ye Javan weekly edited by the son of former parliamentary speaker Haddad Adel, is banned.
- Raja News does not rule out possibility of Ayatollah Rafsanjani’s candidacy for the 2009 presidential elections.
- Kayhan editor Hossein Shari’atmadari attacks Rafsanjani’s claims that the Supreme Leader had urged him to tolerate the Ahmadinejad government ”for some time.”
- Tabnak News Agency repeats rumors on Davoud Ahmadnejad’s dismissal from Investigations Bureau of the Presidency.
- According to Shahab News, Davoud Ahmadinejad, brother of the Iranian president, will soon leave the Inspections Bureau of the Presidency. Shahab News claims the imprisoned Abbas Palizdar –whose revelations of clerical corruption scandalized society– has confessed to have been motivated by the Iranian president’s brother. Shahab News also refers to other news agencies claiming Davoud Ahmadinejad is violently opposed to the appointment of interior minister Ali Kordan.
- Head of the Office of the President, Abdol-Reza Sheikh al-Eslami, says that Davoud Ahmadinejad’s is leaving the Presidency’s Bureau of Investigations due to a medical condition.
- Tehran City Council divided on naming a street after Mossadeq.
- Student Basij at Imam Sadeq University expresses disappointment about Vice President Mashayee’s declaration of friendship with the people of Israel.
- Students demonstrate against Mashayee.
- Vice president Mashayee fails to get the cultural affairs committee of the Iranian parliament endorse his friendship with the people of Israel.
- Two hundred members of the Iranian parliament condemn vice president Mashayee’s expression of friendship with the people of Israel.
- Rajabi, wife of government spokesman Elham, says vice president Mashayee secretly works for former president Khatami.
- Asr-e Iran publishes the letter of Mashayee to the Iranian parliament explaining his position.
- Islamic Student Associations demand speedy dismissal of vice president Mashayee.
- Sheikh al-Eslami takes the responsibilities of the brother of the president.
- Expediency Council chairman Ayatollah Rafsanjani calls for establishment of a fatwa council to supervise policies of the Ahmadinejad government.
- Tehran parliamentarian Ali-Reza Zakani says the doctorate of the legal and parliamentary advisor to the Iranian president Mohammad-Reza Rahimi is false like that of newly appointed interior minister Ali Kordan.
Religion, Culture, and Society
- At the first international conference of “The Final Savior,” a Mr. Stephen Michael St. John, who claims to be a 9/11 survivor, claims the attacks against New York were “conspiracies of Zionists” and that according to “prophecies” the “emergence of the final Savior will end the existence of Zionists.”
- Following what is considered as spread of “satanism” authorities in the city of Jolfa produce and distribute a CD Rom serving as a practical guide to exorcism.
- Law Enforcement Forces prohibit use of mobile phone video recordings in the force’ fight against immorality.
- According to IRNA, a certain Seyyed Kazem Mousavi who is presented as expert in contemporary Iranian history, claims to have gained access to secret official documents on foiled attempts of the Bahais in Iran to conduct terrorist acts.
- Speaking at a seminar on millenarianism, Hojjat al-Eslam Mahdi-Pour says emergence of the Imam of the Era, in opposition to popular myth, does not entail violence.
- Shi’a News warns of the start of marketing of a book called “Jewel of Medina” depicting one of the wives of prophet Muhammed Ayesha written by Cherry Jones. According to Shi’a News the book has been called “the second Satanic Verses” by some observers.
- Shi’a News says an unreleased computer game that culminates with the killing of the Prophet Muhammad is a conspiracy following the Danish cartoons, Dutch politician Wilder’s movie Fitna, and other “conspiracies against Islam and Muslims.”
- According to Shi’a News “Jewish groups” travel secretly to Iraq as an act of pilgrimage.
- In an attempt to scare off criminals, Tehran police makes arrested local strongmen Rahim and Said make rounds in Yakhchi Abad and Nazi Abad neighborhoods of Tehran.
- Speaking to Jahan News, Hojjat al-Eslam Shajouni of Mo’talefeh says “Iran has everything but a Navab Safavi [Islamist terrorist fighting secularists and liberals]…had Navab been alive today he would not allow all these newspapers who freely express their secularist thoughts.”
- Ahmad Khatami says anyone who claims contact with the twelfth Imam is a charlatan.
- Torture of a 5 year old boy at the hands of his stepfather causes widespread disgust among the Iranian public.
- The Iranian foreign ministry’s Seyyed Mohammad Sadr explains the state of Iran-U.S. negotiations.
- (E) Tories hope for better Anglo-Iranian ties.
- In a comment to Fars News Agency’s background article on the Iranian president’s visit to Turkey, Iranian academic Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh says the visit isolates the “Zionist regime” further.
- (E) Ahmadinejad arrives in Turkey
- Israel and the fight against terror dominate CNN Turkish and NTV’s interviews with Ahmadinejad.
- Iranian academic Hassan Lasjerdi says Turkey is searching for a model based on Islamic authority.
- See also Diplomasi-ye Irani’s interview with Assadollah Athari.
- Shahab News claims the United States is imposing a naval blockade against the Islamic Republic.
- Israeli defense minister Barak says the U.S. has declared it will not support Israel in case of air raids against the Islamic Republic.
- Foreign Ministry deputy Manouchehr Mohammadi denies ever having claimed the Arab regimes of the Persian Gulf are going through a legitimacy crisis which will be their undoing.
- Egypt denies visas to Iran’s Computer Olympiad team.
- Jomhouri-ye Eslami warns against “the old imperialist England” conspiring to divide Shi’as and Sunnis.
- President Ahmadinejad says the West has retreated from earlier positions in the nuclear crisis.
- Speaking to youth leaders, Ahmadinejad says: “We need the high ambitions of the youth…when the Imam [Khomeini] made the prophecy of [collapse of the Soviet Union] there were those who did not believe him, but the prophecy was realized and when there is speech of collapse and dissolution of the world order there probably are those who do not believe this. But they will decline and become invisible thanks to divine insight. The most important thing is that we choose a goal….You know the nuclear issue of the country well and I believe it is related to divine teachings.”
- Foreign ministry spokesman Ghashghavi says the world must reconcile with a nuclear Iran, and that the people of Iran are ready to pay the price.
Military and Security
- (E) Hizbullah will help Iran fend off threats.
- Speaking to a select group of civil servants working in the Intelligence Ministry, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called the ministry “One of the best and most loyal institutions of he Revolution,” and added that the people of Iran have “a very good opinion about the Intelligence Ministry, unlike the fear and terror the people of Iran felt towards the intelligence service of Taghout [revolt against God, reference to the pre revolutionary era].”
- Pupil’s Basij leaders convene in Mashhad.
- Pupil’s Basij deputy Colonel Momtahen claims 4.6 million pupils are members of this branch of the Basij.
- Sobh-e Sadegh’s Yadollah Javani explains under which conditions the Islamic Republic will close the Hormuz Strait.
- Commander Assadi, the Revolutionary Guards Ground Forces commander, says the world must think of what will happen to sixty percent of the world’s oil if some one does something “stupid” against the Islamic Republic.
- 30 percent reduction in saffron production due to drought.
- Rafsanjani urges the Ahmadinejad government to pay its debt to Astan-e Ghods foundation in Mashhad.
- (E) President enlists parliamentarians to help him reform the economy.
Human Rights and Labor
- (E) Canadian union condemns flogging of Iranian workers.
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