Monthly archives: April, 2012

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Ali Yaghoubi – A threat to the “Islamic principles” of the IRGC?

Speaking to leaders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Ali ibn Abi Taleb Division  in Qom province last Tuesday, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, one of the most senior Shiite clergymen in Iran, warned of the rising influence of an unorthodox religious doctrine in the IRGC. Makarem Shirazi praised the IRGC, calling it a…



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The Islamic Republic’s failed war on women

The summer is almost here and Iranians across the country are trying to find ways to escape the heat. But in Tehran, the coming of summer also signifies the beginning of something else: Police offensives against “immodestly dressed” women. According to greater Tehran police chief Brig. Gen. Hossein Sajedinia, the Iranian capital’s police force is…



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When it comes to fighting the “Soft War”, Iran only has hard tools

In an interview with Etedaal News Analysis Agency on 21 April 2012, Seyed Javan Zamani, spokesman for the social affairs committee of the Islamic Consultative Assembly or Majlis (Iran’s legislature), severely criticized the Iranian government’s current approach to dealing with illegal satellite dishes. Illegal satellite receivers, which transmit television programming from around the world to…



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Iran Cyber Front: Oil Ministry attacked by unknown cyber assailants

According to Mehr News Agency Iran’s Ministry of Oil experienced repeated cyber attacks on its Internet and communications systems over a 24 hour period yesterday. Mehr reported Hamdollah Mohammadnejad, the oil ministry’s head of passive defense, as stating that a crisis centre had been set up in response to the attacks and that cyberspace, intelligence,…



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Larijani: “Our differences of opinion with Turkey over the issue of Syria are not strategic”

In an interview with Al-Manar TV (reported by Mehr News Agency) Ali Larijani, the current speaker for Iran’s legislature known as the Islamic Consultative Assembly or Majlis, talked about a number of Iran’s most pressing regional foreign policy issues, including the disagreement with Turkey over ongoing violence in Syria, the furor over Iranian President Mahmoud…



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In the latest Iran-UAE diplomatic row, does the U.S. walk on shaky ground?

A visit earlier this week by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the island of Abu Musa has triggered a diplomatic row between the Islamic Republic and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb, and the Lesser Tunb are three islands in the Persian Gulf currently under Iranian control which are also claimed…



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Salehi: If sanctions are removed we can quickly resolve all outstanding issues

Sitting at the headquarters of the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA), Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi gave what can be considered the Islamic Republic’s first high-level official reaction to the outcome of the Istanbul round of talks with the P5+1 countries (consisting of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany) over Iran’s nuclear…



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IRGC general fires back at Rafsanjani on the state of US-Iran relations

In this Monday’s front-page editorial of Sobh-e Sadegh (09 April 2012, No.544), entitled “The Response of the Imam to Mr. Hashemi”, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani gave what could be considered the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) official reply to Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s controversial comments on the state of US-Iran relations reported last week. Rafsanjani’s…



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Salehi rejects P5+1 conditions before the start of negotiations, calls for all parties to find “common ground”

In an interview with Khaneh-ye Mellat, the Islamic Consultative Assembly News Agency (ICANA), Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali-Akbar Salehi discussed recent reports in the Western press that the P5+1, consisting of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany, would attempt to place inflexible demands from the outset on the upcoming negotiations with…



Rafsanjani: Why should we not negotiate with the United States?

Rafsanjani: Why should we not negotiate with the United States?

As reported by Shargh and a number of other Iranian media outlets on 03 April 2012 (15 Farvardin 1390), ex-President and Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani has spoken out on a number of the Islamic Republic’s most pressing foreign policy issues in a recent interview with the International Studies Journal. Rafsanjani’s interview,…