Political and Diplomatic Affairs
Ahmadinejad: “Questioning the Holocaust was part of the Iranian tactics to target the soft points of the enemy "
Addressing a group of teachers in Tehran, Iran President Ahmadinejad said: "Instead of making compromises, the best thing to do is to decide to repel danger with full force, and to try to target the soft points of the enemy. This is the culture of Iranian war tactics. We identified the soft points of the enemy, and tried to pressure those areas. We asked a couple of questions. We asked: Where did this Holocaust issue come from? They started to raise their cries, and we realized that we had made the right choice." (Press TV in English, May 31)
Iranian analyst: “Any aggression by the Zionist regime against Iran would merely accelerate Israel's demise”
Senior analyst on international relations Sa'dollah Zaree'I argues that Israel has been left alone in its threats against Iran. According to Zaree'I: "Netanyahu acknowledged that there is no will and power in the world community to confront Iran's might and influence in the Middle East region and this shows that the visit by the Zionist regime's prime minister to Washington and the meeting he had with U.S. President Barack Obama were completely fruitless… Any aggression by the regime against Iran could merely accelerate Israel's demise… Israel threatens Iran from a weak stance but it should know that even a small attack by the regime will be reciprocated by Iran's pounding response… Iran's response will not be limited to the Zionist regime but its allies will also be within Iran's range and [will be included in the] military confrontation and will pay for their support for this criminal regime.”
Ahmadinejad: Khatami’s "policy of compromise" concerning nuclear issues was "the worst kind of humiliation" after the 1979 revolution"
Ahmadinejad attacked the previous Iranian government's "policy of compromise" on the nuclear issue, saying that this policy humiliated the Iranian nation. He said that Iran's acceptance of the (additional) protocol under Reformist President Mohammad Khatami, under which the International Atomic Energy Agency could freely inspect all the country's nuclear facilities, was "the worst kind of humiliation" after the 1979 revolution. Ahmadinejad said that the protocol was illegal, as it had not been approved by Iranian parliament. The president said that the United States had included Iran in the "axis of evil," despite the Khatami government's policy of compromise and its support for Washington in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ahmadinejad also defended his tough foreign policy, which, he said, had "pushed the threat away from Iran’s soil without any cost." He said: "The West believed that we would retreat if they pressed us… They wanted to intimidate and isolate Iran." He reiterated that the nuclear issue in Iran is "over," adding: "All of them admitted that Iran's nuclear issue is over. But they are arrogant and cannot accept that they have failed."
VIDEO: Students chant “Death to the dictator”
During clashes between students and security forces at Amir Kabir University ahead of an address by presidential candidate Mehdi Karoubi that university officials tried to prevent, a few participants chanted “Death to the dictator.”
After long break, Ahmadinejad goes back to blogging
Following a lengthy pause, the Iranian president has returned to his personal blog. He apologizes for having been too busy to write and adds: “The truth is, I do not have extensive financial means for the expenses of election propaganda; and personally, and thank God, I refrained from accepting donations to this end. I do not believe in huge expenses in this field – as we have seen these days. I apologize to my modest partners who make such an effort in the executive mechanisms and have become a target of hate on the part of certain groups. I choose to refrain in order to satisfy the will of God. I am very familiar with those who are involved in destructive activities and the spreading of rumors, and I know why they bear a grudge towards our government and are angry with me… One cannot expect anything different from those people whose illegal interests are threatened by our government.”
Priorities from a popular Iranian perspective
This is a campaign video made by supporters of Karrubi-Karbaschi team. Regardless of whether these promises can be achieved or not by any president within the current framework of the Islamic Republic, it demonstrates beautifully the list of priorities of what some of the very minimum demands of Iranian people are. Each point is demonstrated with the lifting of a poster which spells out the change with a relevant film footage in the background. The demands in the order shown in the film footage:
- Protection of our Civil Rights
- Help for the Deprived
- 'Nationalisation of Oil Income'
- Reducing tensions in the global arena
- Free access to information
- Protection of women who are supporting their families
- Condemnation of domestic violence against women
- Education for all
- Improving public safety and security
- Rights for religious and ethnic minorities
- Support for NGOs
- Public participation
Former deputy oil minister: Gas deal with Pakistan must be reviewed by Majlis
According to former deputy oil minister Hadi Nezhadhoseynian, the Majlis has to approve the deal and the government was too quick to reach an agreement to export gas to Pakistan and India. He charged that it did not first properly consider the terms of the contract.
Aid program for ailing industrial plants
Deputy Industry Minister Afshin Roqani has announced that his office will be preparing a list of ailing industrial plants that are unable to pay their debts to the banking system. Under a program to help plants with debts of less than 2 billion toman, the ailing enterprises will be afforded a stay of up to a year. Thus far, the deputy minister’s office has drawn up a list of 2,200 industrial units.
Most popular cellphones on Iranian market in the last week
Cellular telephone distributors reported that the Nokia 5800, was the most popular model in the Iranian market last week. The Sony Ericsson T700 and Samsung M3510 came in second and third respectively. The official market price of the Nokia 5800 is $330.
Launch of boats, submarine and UAV
Defense Minister Mostafa Najar has announced that he will travel to Bandar Abbas on Sunday to launch a number of new Defense Ministry-made items such as speedboats, a submarine and a UAV. Najar said that today, the enemies of Iran are aware of its army’s successes and that the launching of the Sijjil 2 missile had stirred fear in the Zionist regime. He added that Iran publicized only some and not all of its military achievements..
Tehran Police define rumors about bomb blast in one of the Tehran's subway stations as “baseless"
The head of the Tehran Police Information Center, Colonel Mohsen Khancherli, rejected reports of an explosion in Mir-Damad Station, north of Tehran, and dismissed the rumors as "absolutely baseless.” He said that a suspicious car parked near Mir-Damad Station was the source of the rumor and that the staff of the station had called the police for help. A bomb squad unit was sent to the scene, he said. Khancherli said that the car was a stolen one and that an investigation had revealed that there was no bomb in it.
Khouzestan governor: Investigation into bomb on Tehran-Awaz flight underway
The governor of the Khouzestan Province, Jafar Hejazi, told reporters that clues had been found in the ongoing investigation into the thwarted bomb attack on a flight between Tehran and Awaz. He refused to elaborate, citing “security sensitivity.” He denied that the incident was related to a trip by Khatami, stressing that he was not on the flight.
Human Rights and Minority Affairs
Doctor writes of treating 13-year-old girl for serious injuries following 100 lashes
A doctor writing in his blog says that he recently treated a 13-year-old girl from the Tehran area who received 100 lashes and was suffering from severe pain in her back and kidneys. The girl’s mother said a court had sentenced her daughter to the punishment and that she had taken her to the clinic afterwards for treatment.
Man dies following torture at the hands of Internal Security forces
Abas Sadiqi, 25, died in police detention in Shahroud, in the Semnan Province. Internal Security officials said the man committed suicide in his cell, but his family claims he was tortured to death. Sadiqi’s family has filed a complaint with the commander of the Internal Security forces in the province, noting that his body was examined and clearly indicated that he died as a result of the torture he underwent.
Etemad reporter summoned for questioning after publishing report on her arrest by the Moral Police
Saba Azar Pryk, a reporter for Reformist daily Etemad, recently published an article describing her arrest by the Moral Police. Following publication of the article, two members of the patrol that arrested her filed a complaint against her, charging her with offending a police officer, libel and failure to adhere to police orders. She was summoned for questioning and about to come to a compromise, but Moral Police Chief Sardar Alipour rejected a deal and said he would take the matter “to the end.” She was released on bail after being warned that police are monitoring her political activities.
Two Kurdish-minority citizens jailed for broadcasting address by Kurdish political leader
Jamal Soleymani and Ali Khadarpour, two Kurdish-minority citizens from the village of Borde Rash, have been jailed for six months for disseminating Kurdish political propaganda. The two were arrested after they broadcast in the village mosque a speech made by a Kurdish political leader.
Freedom Movement member charged with disseminating anti-government propaganda
Four days after his arrest, Emad Bahavar, a member of the Iranian Freedom Movement and a Mousavi supporter, has been charged with membership of an illegal organization and disseminating anti-government propaganda. Bahavar’s lawyer said his client would be soon be released on bail.
Two Kurdish-minority activists summoned to Revolutionary Court
Two Kurdish-minority human rights activists, Arman Pour Mohammadi and Behzad Amin Tavakol, were summoned to the Revolutionary Court in the town of Saqez. They are accused of having ties with a Kurdish opposition party.