Monthly archives: November, 2011

Iran's Majlis vote on expulsion of British Ambassador

Iran’s Majlis downgrades ties with Britain

Source: ISNA , Date: 27 November 2011 Iran’s legislature, the Majlis, passed the “Downgrading Relations with Britain Plan” today with 179 yes votes, 4 no votes and 11 abstentions. Among other things, the plan calls for the Islamic Republic to significantly reduce economic relations and downgrade diplomatic ties with Great Britain from the ambassadorial level…



Ali Akbar Javanfekr, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s chief media advisor, chief executive of the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) and head of the presidential newspaper Iran

Tasers and teargas used as Judiciary officials attempt to arrest senior Ahmadinejad advisor

Yesterday, In a press conference to the Iranian public, Ali Akbar Javanfekr defended himself and the Ahmadinejad administration against attacks from ….. As we have written in the last few months, the conflict between Traditional Principalists, represented by figures like Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani, and Neo-Principalists, represented by President Mahmoud…



Internet freedom in Iran- Closing Iranian society

Internet freedom in Iran: Restrictions imposed on Iranian society

Since the 2009 presidential election crisis, the Islamic Republic of Iran has become an increasingly restricted society. Evidence of this this can be seen on a wide number of fronts, including freedom of communication, which has serious implications for freedom of speech and access to information. This has been accomplished by the government through measures…



Brigadier General Hassan Tehrani-Moghadam

The mysterious death of Brigadier General Hassan Tehrani-Moghadam

Since the release of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) report last week indicating that Iran may be developing the key components of a nuclear weapon, there has been much speculation on whether Israel will carry out an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities in order to delay or destroy its nuclear program. The idea of…



The Iranian nuclear program: Beyond the military option

This week the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its much anticipated quarterly report on the progress of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program and the level of its cooperation with the nuclear watchdog. The report in part summarized the IAEA’s findings as follows: “The Agency has serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to…



Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranian leadership takes defiant tone on IAEA report

Source: ISNA , Date: 09 November 2011 Senior Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, have taken a defiant tone toward this week’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report, which has indicated that Iran is pursuing the main elements of a nuclear weapon, albeit in a diffuse manner. In a meeting…



Coercion, payment and attraction: The US “smart power” strategy toward Iran

The United States of America under the Barack H. Obama administration is confronted with major challenges in its foreign policy toward Islamic Republic of Iran today. While the administration decided to continue the US policy of containment toward Iran in 2009, it also took steps to engage in limited dialogue which it hoped would begin…



The Chief of Staff of the IRI’s armed forces, Major General Hassan Firuzabadi

Iran does not fear imminent attack from West, Israel

Source: Fars News , Date: 02 November 2011 In a press conference on Tuesday, the Chief of Staff of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces, Major General Hassan Firuzabadi, responded to recent reports that the United States, Great Britain, and Israel may carry out military strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities. According to the Guardian, Britain’s…



Khamenei threatens to release 100 documents, implicate US in supporting terrorism 


Khamenei threatens to release 100 documents, implicate US in supporting terrorism

Date: 2 November 2011 In a meeting with students in Tehran on the anniversary of 13 Aban (04 November, a highly symbolic day which corresponds to the date of Iran hostage crisis in 1979), Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei once again addressed recent allegations by the United States against Iran, and gave an indication…