Monthly archives: August, 2011

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Abd al-Hakim Belhaj: the Libyan people are Muslims and their revolution is an Islamic one

Source: Fars News Agency , Date: 31 August 2011 Fars News Agency, in an interview in Tripoli posted on 29 August 2011 with Abd al-Hakim Belhaj, the commander of Tripoli’s Military Council, quoted him as saying that the rebellion which overthrew Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime is an ‘Islamic’ revolution. According to Fars, Belhaj stated that: “It is…



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Ali Akbar Salehi: We have been aiding the Libyan revolutionaries

Source: Jam-e Jam , Date: 28 August 2011 In an interview with Jam-e Jam newspaper on 28 August 2011 Ali-Akbar Salehi, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (IRI) Minister of Foreign Affairs, revealed for the first time that Iran has been supporting the “revolutionaries” in Libya. According to Salehi: “Prior to the fall of Gaddafi we were in…



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Iran and the Arab Spring: Opportunities and dangers

For the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), the Arab Spring, which it calls the Islamic Awakening, appeared as a tsunami that has been battering away at the authoritarian Sunni regimes underpinning the American order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). When popular protests spread from Tunisia, where they had begun in December 2010,…



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Disunity strikes the Principalist Unity Committee

Source: Fararu and ILNA , Date: 17 and 20 August 2011 The Seven Plus Eight Committee/Principalist Unity Committee, an election committee that is supposed to coordinate the Principalist faction’s election strategy for the 2012 Islamic Consultative Assembly (or “Majlis” election), has begun to splinter apart even before its work can begin. As discussed here on 2 August…



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Momen-Nasab: Beware the evils of Google+!

Source: IT Development and Digital Media Center , Date: 19 July 2011 In an interview with Neday-e Enghelab website Ruhollah Momen-Nasab, Head of the Internet Division of the IT Development and Digital Media Center of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, warned Iranian Internet users about the dangers of Google+, the new social-network by Google. Momen-Nasab categorized…



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The reform movement in Iran: Origins and horizons

The story of the Reform Movement begins in the mid-1990s when the Islamic Revolution was sputtering out and the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) was facing social unrest, with social forces such as students and women seeking to change Iran’s authoritarian political system, rigid social mores, and stagnant economy.  Then in 1997 Mohammad Khatami, Minister of…



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IMF & Alef: Social inequality down, standard of living up during Ahmadinejad’s presidency

Source: Alef Date: 16 August 2011 According to the Iran Statistics Center (ISC) during President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s two terms in office, social inequality in Iran decreased by a noticeable margin and household access to amenities such as appliances, utilities and vehicles, increased. In a presentation to the Planning and Budget Commission of Iran’s national legislature (the Islamic…



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Beyond sanctions and war: US policy options toward Iran

Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the Iran hostage crisis, the key component of the United States policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has been “containment”. This was, and continues to be, executed through a number of means including a balance-of-power strategy during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), the creation of an American-backed…



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The ‘deviant current’: Illusion or reality

This week’s front-page editorial in Sobh-e Sadeq, the main organ of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), written by the head of the IRGC’s Political Bureau Yadollah Javani discusses how the organization views the “deviant current” (a reference to Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei and his circle) and shines some light on the recent struggles within the…



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Mohammad-Ali Jafari calls IRGC “vanguard” of the economy

Article Source:  Rahbord News Article Date: 07 August 2011 At a Sunday farewell ceremony Brigadier-General Rostam Ghasemi stepped down as commander of the Khatam-al Anbia Headquarters, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) main economic arm, to take charge of the oil ministry in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Cabinet. He was replaced by Abolghasem Mozaffari Shams. …