Monthly archives: October, 2011

United States’ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with Kambiz Hosseini of VOA

The Obama administration’s “soft power” strategy on Iran

Source: ISNA , Date: 29 October 2011 In interviews with Voice of America (VOA) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), United States’ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the launch of a number of initiatives which appear to be aimed at reaching out to the Iranian people. These initiatives include the creation of a “Virtual Embassy”…



Ali Motahari, the representative in Iran’s Majlis and a prominent Traditional-Principalist

Motahari discusses his resignation from the Majlis, accuses Presiding Board of acting illegally

Source: ILNA , Date: 25 October 2011 Ali Motahari, a representative in Iran’s Majlis [legislature] and a prominent Traditional-Principalist, discussed his recent resignation from the Majlis in an interview with ILNA. In the interview, Motahari talked about the petition he sponsored to bring President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad before the Majlis for questioning, and expressed frustration with the…



Ahmed Shaheed. United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran

Iran, human rights and international relations

As Iran faces international pressure over allegations of its involvement in the plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, and an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report which may contain more damaging revelations about its nuclear program, a third specter may soon come to haunt it: Human rights. Iran’s abysmal human rights…



Ali Ardashir Larijani the chairman of the Iranian parliament.

Larijani supports a parliamentary system to restrict the president

Source: Mehr News , Date: 22 October 2011 Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has echoed a recent statement by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said that it may be better for Iran to move from the current presidential system, in which the executive is directly elected by the people, to a parliamentary one in which…



Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli-Larijani, the head of Iran`s Judiciary

Larijani defensive on Islamic Republic’s abysmal human rights record

Source: ISNA , Date: 19 October 2011  Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli-Larijani, the head of Iran`s Judiciary, has joined President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a multitude of other senior figures in the Islamic Republic in declaring US accusations of Iranian involvement in an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington as a means of dividing Iran and…



Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi

Salehi fears dangers ahead for Iran, attempts to lower regional tensions

Speeches by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali-Akbar Salehi this week have confirmed the cautious approach Iran is taking to responding to allegations by the United States that Iran masterminded a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Washington. While Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has used harsh rhetoric…



Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, the head of the Islamic Revolution Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Political Bureau and editor of Sobh-e Sadegh

Javani: US wants to further isolate Iran

Sources: Sobh-e Sadegh , Date: 17 October 2011 In a front-page interview with Sobh-e Sadegh Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, the head of the Islamic Revolution Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Political Bureau and editor of Sobh-e Sadegh, gave his analysis of the recent allegations by the United States against Iran. Javani denied that Iran had played any…



Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejects the American allegations.

Iran Terror Plot: Iran’s senior leadership strongly rejects allegations

As discussed in our analysis yesterday, allegations by the United States of a plot to assassinate a foreign dignitary on its soil by the Islamic Republic of Iran has forced the latter to reorient much of its diplomatic efforts toward giving a convincing response. The tremor which these accusations have sent through Iran is reflected…



US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that US agents had foiled a terror plot tied to Iran

Iran Terror Plot: The US counterattacks Iran in post-Arab Spring Middle East

As the details of the alleged bomb plot by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force against Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, emerges, one is left wondering where this leaves US-Iran relations. Expert and media skepticism While many of the details have yet to emerge, the basic narrative of the…



Peyman Aref, the Iranian student activist lashed 74 times

Student flogging controversy: Ahmadinejad denies involvement

Peyman Aref, the Iranian student activist lashed 74 times Source: president.ir , Date: 11 October 2011 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s official website has strongly criticized the flogging of university student Payman Aref, calling claims that Mr. Aref was flogged for allegedly insulting the president “…an absolute and ill-intentioned lie.” The statement went on to say…