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MP: Majlis will never okay Ajorlou

Asr Iran | August 24, 2009

Seyyed Mehdi Zamani, a member of the Majlis Social Commission, said given Fatemeh Ajorlou's track record, he does not believe she will receive a vote of confidence from parliament to steer the Welfare and Social Security ministry.

"The 10th administration's picks nominated by [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad come as a surprise. We expected the ministerial lineup to be far more capable than that of the ninth administration, and yet they are not," Zamani told Mehr news agency.

"The individuals chosen by Dr. Ahmadinejad are not even comparable with the previous administrations... His picks do not correspond with what he discussed with lawmakers earlier."

"I do not know what expertise and qualifications Ms. Ajorlou possesses for Ahmadinejad to designate her as welfare minister. Aside from being a lawmaker, Ajorlou has never served in any ministry to gain the required experience."

"We will wait to see Fatemeh Ajorlou defend her past [actions] and her future plans in Majlis."

Zamani noted that Ajorlou is a suspect in the Palizadar case and may be sentenced to four and a half years in prison. "I do not know why Ahmadinejad insists on designating a suspect, one whom the court has conceded to her crime," he added.

"The recent minster picks show that the president is not after experience, expertise and capability. Rather, he seeks ministers who lack these qualities so they will not react [to anything]."

Cleric: Not short on men, no need for women ministers

Asr Iran | August 22, 2009

Seyyed Mostafa Tabatabayinejad, a member of the Combatant Clerics faction of Majlis, slammed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision to appoint three female ministers to his cabinet, saying there is "not a shortage of men" in the Islamic Republic.

"If Mr. Ahmadinejad believes himself to be a Principlist, he must reconsider his decision to appoint female ministers," Tabatabayinejad said.

"The sources [of emulation] have inferred from juristic views that there is religious [juristical] doubt about the presence of female ministers. Therefore the Majlis and government must consider themselves [duty] bound to comply with the views of the sources."

He went on to say that as male ministers had not been successful in the ministries of health, education, and welfare, "how can it be expected of women to accomplish anything?"

"In the Islamic Republic there is not a shortage of able-bodied men for us to resort to appointing female ministers," said Tabatabayinejad.

Ayatollah Khamenei informed about 'prison violence'

Mowjcamp | August 23, 2009

One of the detainees of the post-election unrest in Iran informed a source close to Iran's Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei of the torture techniques used on him in prison.

The unnamed former detainee, a photojournalist who was recently released, informed the Supreme Leader through one of his confidants that while in custody he was sexually violated with a baton.

The unnamed photojournalist has also said that members of the security forces urinated on his face while in custody.

Many believed that Iran's Leader was unaware of the torture, violation, and murder of protesters arrested in the aftermath of the country's June 12 presidential election.

MP: Qom Ayatollahs will not stand for female minister

Tabnak | August 21, 2009

Mohammad-Taqi Rahbar, head of the Majlis Combatant Clerics faction, said sources of emulation and scholars in Qom want Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to reconsider his decision to appoint female ministers.

"Based on the information I obtained, many of the scholars and sources of emulation, including Ayatollahs [Ali] Safi-Golapyegani and [Naser] Makarem-Shirazi, have juristical doubt about the appointment of female ministers and would like Ahmadinejad to reconsider his decision."

"Although appointing female ministers is a new idea floated by Ahmadinejad, the juristical doubt about the capabilities and managerial skills of women must be taken into account by the government," the Isfahan representative said.

"Previously when the issue of increasing female inheritance was discussed in Majlis, the sources of emulation in Qom voiced their disapproval, but the Supreme Leader was in favor of the plan and therefore Majlis complied with the Leader's wish."

Rahbar went on to note that the sources had not announced their official stance on appointing female ministers. "If the sources make known their official stance on the issue and should the Leader remain silent, Majlis will take under advisement the views of the sources in giving votes of confidence to the female ministers," he said.

Lawmaker rejects report of secret protester burials

Parleman News | August 22, 2009

Lawmaker Farhad Tajjari said the Majlis truth-finding committee has found transparency in the manner of detentions and denied the report about the secret burial of killed protesters.

According to Nourouz website, dozens of protesters killed in the July 12 and 15 demonstrations have been secretly buried in section 302 of the Behesht-e Zahara cemetery.

"What we have seen over this period is transparency in the method of detentions and in the treatment [of detainees]," Tajjari said.

"Everything is clear about the detentions and there is no ambiguity."

He went on to deny reports of missing protesters having been buried in the Behesht-e Zahara. "The original report is a lie and so they cannot determine who was buried where," he said.

Nourouz claims that with the help of cemetery employees, it has obtained the registration numbers of the burial permits issued for section 302 on July 12 and 15 and will make the information public if necessary.

"These rumors are in line with creating ambiguities to get the public in a panic," the lawmaker said.

Regarding the list of the names of 69 protesters who have gone missing or were killed in the post-election unrest, Tajjari said, "Mr. [Ali-Reza] Beheshti was supposed to give us the complete list and he has not done so to date."

When asked if the truth-finding committee had the names of the missing protesters, Tajjari said, "We have asked families to come to Majlis if there is something to report to us. But no families have come forth."

Ahmadinejad avoids Expediency Council meeting

Parleman News | August 22, 2009

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad failed to participate in an Expediency Council meeting, apparently in response to council chairman Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's absence at his endorsement and swearing in ceremonies.

As the Iranian chief executive, Ahmadinejad must be present at Council meetings and seated next to Ayatollah Rafsanjani. The pictures taken at the meeting held on Saturday clearly show the absence of the Iranian president.

Over the past four years, whenever Ahmadinejad had a disagreement with the head of the Expediency Council or Ayatollah Rafsanjani, he would refuse to attend meetings.

Official: Abtahi must be dieting

Fararu | August 22, 2009

Presidential aide Ali-Akbar Javanfekr said he believes detained opposition figure Mohammad-Ali Abtahi's noticeable weight loss is the result of reflection and dieting.

"When someone is obese he may come to realize in prison that obesity is bad for the body and soul. Maybe Mr. Abtahi has used this opportunity to lose some weight," Javanfekr said in an interview with ILNA.

In response to a question about why figures such as Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani have come under attack in recent months, Javanfekr said, "Everyone must be respected, and no one has the right to unreasonably damage the reputation of anyone, be they an establishment official or an ordinary citizen."

"Of course this issue is not restricted to Mr. Hashemi. In the four-year term of the ninth administration we saw instances of such behavior toward the president," he added.

"In the recent incident concerning [Mr. Esfandyar Rahim] Mashai, we saw the same radical reactions. Certain parties went against the president and tried to dictate their views and opinions and impose their beliefs in the name of the Supreme Leader."

Javanfekr concluded by saying, "When there is freedom in a society, everyone gives an opinion and announces it from media outlets."

Governor: Judiciary ready to deal with Karroubi

Blog Watch | August 22, 2009

Tehran governor Morteza Tamadon says the judiciary has taken steps to request documentation from Mehdi Karroubi, hinting at the senior cleric's possible detention.

"[Karroubi] must be able to offer evidence to back his allegations. If he cannot, then the issue must be pursued within a legal framework," Tamadon said Wednesday afternoon on the sidelines of the Sociopolitical Dialogue of the Women's Basij conference.

Karroubi has come under attack by a number of Iranian officials for exposing shocking information about sexual assaults being carried out against detainees. Many have called for his prosecution.

"If someone makes a claim that plays with public chastity and the sentiments of society and [if he] does not have proof of his claim he must be dealt with according to the law and legal methods must be used against him."

Tabatabai prefers death over witnessing strife in Iran

Tabnak | August 21, 2009

Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Mehdi Tabatabai says he wished he had died but not seen the post-election incidents in Iran.

Speaking at the second anniversary of the death of former deputy judiciary chief Ayatollah Marvi, Tabatabai, who was nearly in tears, said, "Peace be upon him [Marvi] who departed and did not see these [post-election] events. I wish I had also died so I would not have to see it either."

His remarks drew reactions from those in attendance.

The anniversary of Ayatollah Marvi's passing was attended by Ali Larijani, Ayatollah Rasti-Kashani, Mohsen Razaei, Ebrahim Raeisi, and a number of judiciary officials.

Isfahan Prayers leader tells Majlis to reject female ministers

Tabnak | August 21, 2009

Isfahan Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Seyyed Yousuf Tabatabaeinejad criticized Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision to appoint female ministers and urged Majlis to not give them a vote of confidence.

"I hope Majlis will not take into consideration the president's explanations about female ministers," Tabatabayinejad said. "I hope lawmakers will be alert and will prevent such a thing from happening."

"Majlis must not give a vote of confidence to some of the ministers proposed by Ahmadinejad," the cleric added.

Tabatabaeinejad went on to suggest that the president's intentions were definitely to serve the nation. "We must take into consideration [the laws of] Islam. A woman who becomes a minister will no doubt have to interact with her male deputies and thus will not be able to completely comply with religious requirements."

Ban on Sanei treatise imposed, lifted

Tabnak 1 | Tabnak 2 | August 22, 2009

Reports initially circulating suggested that the sale of Ayatollah Yusufali Sanei's treatise was banned at the 17th International Quran Exhibition in Tehran, but an official rejected the rumor as false.

Farda website had revealed the decision of exhibition officials to prevent the sale of the treatise in this year's event.

Head of the public relations of the exhibition, Reza Rezai, rejected the report as baseless.

Ayatollah Sanei, who is a Shia source of emulation, has been making headlines in recent weeks for voicing support for opposition figures and criticizing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Just last week Sanei called Ahmadinejad a bastard causing clerics in Qom to plan a demonstration rally after the Friday Prayers on August 21, 2009. Qom's interim prayers leader, Ayatollah Ahmad Amini, however, prevented the gathering with his sermon.

Janati: Connections saved opposition leaders from arrest

ILNA | Tabnak | August 22, 2009

Ayatollah Ahmad Janati, Tehran's interim Friday Prayers leader, said the opposition leaders, who wanted to repeat the 'August 19' [1953] coup in Iran, have not been brought to justice because of their connections.

"In the recent unrest atrocities were not committed against the individual; atrocities were committed against the nation and injustices were done to the Basijis who work hard to safeguard the establishment."

He asked [rhetorically] why the instigators of the unrest and those "who everyone knows have fathered the turmoil" have not been arrested.

"Of course, these people [opposition figures] are well-connected that's why they are free. Considering that the [post-election] detainees said in prison that they were duped, why is it that the deceivers are not arrested?"

"I would like to tell their connections: Let these people be tried so that your honor is preserved," the head of the Guardian Council said in an apparent reference to Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

"They wanted to repeat [the coup] that took place on August 19 before the revolution [in 1953]. This time [after the recent election], they did not realize that the people had been enlightened like they are today. [At that time] people did not take to the streets and have their youth martyred and as a result they had to endure 25 years of oppression. But today our people have reached intellectual development and political maturity."

"I would like to advise Majlis to consider the interests of the people in carrying out its duties and not let political gains, their desires and grudges, or relations influence them [lawmakers] in this way," Janati said regarding the formation of the new cabinet and reports of Speaker Ali Larijani threatening to not give a vote of confidence to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet picks.

Detained activist told to cry for interrogator

Blog Watch | August 23, 2009

Reports suggest that Saideh Kordinejad, a young woman detained in Iran's post-election unrest, is being subjected to different humiliation techniques by her interrogator.

According to a Mowjcamp report, Kordinejad's interrogator told her to cry in front of him if she wants to be allowed to contact her family.

The report, written with the information provided by another one of the detainees, says that the interrogator calls Kordinejad 'Zahedani girl' to humiliate her.

Zahedan is the impoverished capital of Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan Province.

Kordinejad, a graduate student of economics, was arrested for her membership in Mir Hossein Mousavi's campaign headquarters and is currently held in section 209 of Evin Prison, which is completely under the control of the intelligence ministry.

Fatemeh Hashemi resigns from post

Mowjcamp | August 23, 2009

Former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's daughter, Fatemeh Hashemi, resigned from her position as the president of the Special Diseases Sports Federation of Iran. Fatemeh headed both the Foundation for Special Diseases and the Special Diseases Sports Federation.

While no reason has been provided for Hashemi's decision, speculation is running high that she has handed in her resignation because she did not wish to continue working with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's new administration.

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1 Comment

Burn the Burka! Make those women hating men in charge wear a "cage" all the time. How can it even be called clothing?

S. Gabris / August 26, 2009 4:43 PM