08 Nov 2009 20:12
IRGC General says Pakistan arrested, released Rigi
Uskowi | Oct. 8, 2009
The deputy head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards alleges that Pakistan arrested and then released the leader of Jundallah a few days before a suicide bombing claimed by the terrorist group.
"We have precise information about the movement and places where terrorists are hiding," Fars news agency quoted Brigadier General Hossein Salami as saying.
"On September 26, Abdul Malik Rigi was arrested in one of the streets of Quetta but after one hour he was released following the intervention of the intelligence service of our neighboring country," he said.
Mashai: God does not unite men
Tabnak | Nov. 7, 2009
Presidential chief-of-staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashai has upset religious sentiments once again by rejecting the notion that humans are united through the divine.
Speaking at an annual convention at Payam Noor University, Mashai referred to a speech he had made at an American university and said, "I explained there, and I reiterate here today, that God is not what unifies humans. If men had reached unity, we would not have wars and bloodshed today."
"Archeological research shows that while man had faith in God, the almighty did not serve as a unifier. I believe that the problem lies in that there is a God for every single human being, and each man's God, based on his understanding, varies from the God of others. Throughout history nations have not worshiped one God because humans have different Gods."
[Note: This interpretation of God is not accepted in the Islamic faith. Such remarks are considered blasphemy, a crime punishable by the death penalty.]
Hossein Karroubi rejects anti-Mousavi interview with IRNA
Parleman News | Nov. 7, 2009
Hossein Karroubi, the son of opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi, rejected a report that he gave an interview to IRNA, a state news agency, in which he slammed lead opposition figure Mir Hossein Mousavi.
IRNA claimed that Hossein Karroubi had accused Mousavi of not participating in the Nov. 4 rallies out of "cowardice."
Speaking to the news site Tagheer, Karroubi's son said he had not conducted any interviews with IRNA and would never conduct interviews with the Islamic Republic News Agency, as its only objective is to "spread lies in society."
"State media intends to downplay the presence of the Green Movement on Nov. 4 ...by running false reports," he said. "Their only aim is to deceive public opinion."
Meanwhile, IRNA posted an MP3 file of the alleged interview on its website.
In Tehran, 270 classrooms closed over swine flu
Press TV | Nov. 7, 2009
Iranian Health officials have reported 19 new student cases of A/H1N1 in Tehran townships, resulting in the closure of 270 classrooms in the province.
According to the head of the Tehran Education Organization, Seyyed Ali Yazdikhah, more than 31 students have already tested positive for swine flu in Tehran townships. Some six students were also reported to be infected with the flu virus in Tehran.
He added that of the 19 new cases identified in the past week, 12 students are still in hospital.
While expressing his concern over the issue, Yazdikhah stressed that no school had yet been closed because of swine flu in the city of Tehran.
Khatami visits Karroubi over Nov. 4 incidents
Tagheer | Nov. 7, 2009
Former Iranian president Seyyed Mohammad Khatami visited opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi to console him over the injury he received during the Nov. 4 rallies.
Khatami expressed sorrow over the assault of Karroubi and his companions and body guards and praised Karroubi's revolutionary background.
In separate telephone conversations with Karroubi, Former Minister of the Interior, Hojjatoleslam Abdollah Nouri, and Baqer Golpaygani also expressed their distress over the Nov. 4 incidents.
Karroubi visits Hengameh Shahidi
No-Andish | Nov. 7, 2009
Mehdi Karroubi, secretary general of the Etemad-e Melli Party, visited Hengameh Shahidi, his campaign aide on women's affairs, who was recently released from jail on bail.
Shahidi was released early last week as she entered the eighth day of her hunger strike. She was immediately hospitalized due to her physical condition. She was discharged on Thursday after partial recovery.
Karroubi visited Shahidi at her home after she was discharged from hospital and consoled her for having endured four months in Evin prison.
Hajjarian: I was released because I was a better actor
Farda News | Nov. 7, 2009
Reformist strategist, Saeed Hajjarian, said he was released from detention because he played his role better than other detainees.
According to the Javan online report, when asked by his visitors why he was released sooner than the rest of the Reformist figures held in custody, Hajjarian said, "Just know [this], that I played my role very well."
Javan online claims that an informed source told the website that given his security and intelligence background, confessions made by Hajjarian while in prison were pure "deception" and authorities ought to look into the matter.
AFP reporter freed in Iran
Press TV | Nov. 7, 2009
An Iranian national reporting for the Agence France Presse, who was taken into custody during the rallies outside the former US Embassy in Tehran, has been released.
Farhad Pouladi was arrested during the 30th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover on Wednesday.
Report of attack on Khomeini family vehicle rejected
Ayande News | Nov. 7, 2009
The public relations department of the late founder of Iran's revolution denied that plainclothes forces attacked the vehicle carrying the Khomeini family during the Nov. 4 rallies.
According to the Jamaran website, the statement reads, "It is hereby publicly announced that the reports surfacing on a number of websites yesterday claiming that forces known as 'plainclothes' attacked the vehicle carrying members of the Khomeini family and the wife of Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Hassan Khomeini on Nov. 4 in Haft-e Tir square, which has caused public concern and worried those devoted to the Imam, have no basis in reality and are false."
Protester graves vandalized
Parelman News | Nov. 7, 2009
Some of the families of those killed after the election have reported that victim gravestones have been vandalized.
The Abbasi family, whose son Saeed was one of the victims, contacted Hayat-e No daily decrying the state of their son's gravestone, which had been smashed. They provided before and after photos of the grave.
Isfahan student activist transferred to Dastgerd Prison
Mowjcamp | Nov. 7, 2009
A student activist from Isfahan University detained during the Nov. 4 rallies was transferred to Isfahan's Dastgerd prison.
Morteza Rezai, who was severely beaten while being taken in by security officers, was not released along with some of the other Nov. 4 detainees. His bail has been set at $50,000.
Rezai was previously suspended for one semester by the disciplinary tribunal of the university.
Top Iran lawmaker: UN-proposed nuclear deal still on table
AFP | Nov. 8, 2009
Proposals from world powers to supply nuclear fuel for a research reactor in Iran are still on the table, a leading lawmaker said on Sunday a day after suggesting that Tehran could reject the deal.
"Our first option is to buy fuel of 20% (enrichment)," ISNA and Mehr news agencies quoted Alaeddin Borujerdi, the head of parliament's national security and foreign policy committee, as saying.
"But if we cannot buy it we could make a limited exchange on condition that first we get fuel of 20%," he added.
On Saturday, Borujerdi said that Iran has decided to reject proposals from major powers for the supply of nuclear fuel, in a serious setback for UN-brokered efforts to allay Western concerns about its atomic ambitions.