14 Nov 2009 22:36
Tehran Municipality, City Council demand airtime
Khabar | Nov. 13, 2009
Officials from the Tehran Municipality and the Islamic City Council requested airtime to respond to the televised controversial remarks made by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the Tehran Metro Company.
According to Safirnews, after the Iranian president severely criticized the management of Tehran and the Metro Company on IRIB's channel five "Tehran 20" program, members of the Tehran City Council requested airtime to appear on the same program and respond to Ahmadinejad's accusations.
Other members of the City Council have, however, dismissed Ahmadinejad's remarks, saying it was an attempt to distract the Municipality and the Council from doing their jobs.
Mousavi-Ardebili criticizes disregard for clerics
Tabnak | Nov. 13, 2009
Shia Source of Emulation Ayatollah Seyyed Abdolkarim Mousavi-Ardebili criticized the disregard of politicians for the views of Qom scholars and clergy.
In a meeting with municipality officials from Tehran and Qom, Mousavi-Ardebili said that in the past authorities would seek and act according to the views of the clergy on the country's affairs.
"Now things have changed in a way that they have no regard for the decrees and opinions of religious scholars who have spent years of their lives mastering Islamic governance through hadith [sayings of the prophet and his family members]."
He further criticized state broadcaster Seda va Sima for deviating from the right path in its performance and expressed hope that IRIB would resolve such shortcomings in the near future.
PEJAK separatists create mayhem in Sanandaj
Tabank | Nov. 13, 2009
Members of the outlawed Kurdistan Democratic Party (PEJAK) staged an illegal gathering in the city of Sanandaj, barricading a street and clashing with security forces.
According to Safir, on Thursday afternoon and following the execution of one of the group's members, PEJAK separatists barricaded one of the streets in Sanandaj and attempted to rally public support for their cause.
People, however, made a number of civilian arrests and handed the PEJAK members over to police. With the help of Sanandaj citizens calm and order was restored.
PEJAK is an offshoot of the Turkish Kurdistan's Worker Party (PKK), which has been blacklisted internationally as a terrorist group.
MP accuses Rafsanjani of colluding against Ahmadinejad
Asr Iran | Nov. 13, 2009
Hamid Rasaii, a Tehran representative in Majlis, criticized Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani and questioned Mehdi Hashemi's three-month trip to the UK.
"How many branches does the Islamic Azad University have in England for it to require Mehdi Hashemi to stay there for three months? And why is it that when any one asks a question about this, they tell us ... we are jeopardizing national unity?"
Rasaii, who was speaking in Qom at the meeting of the Supreme Leader's university representatives, said, "What has Mehdi Hashemi been doing in the UK throughout this time and what message does he want to send from there?"
He then turned to the issue of velvet revolutions and post-election incidents in the country. "In soft wars, recognizing the enmity of the enemy is important. Many of the revolutionaries who were once close friends of the Imam [Rouhollah Khomeini] failed to recognize the enmity of the enemies and as a result are now the friends of the enemy," he said.
Rasaii took swipes at the influential head of the Expediency Council and Assembly of Experts, and former president Mohammad Khatami. "Because Khatami was a figure who could be easily influenced, Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani counted on him and used him after the Construction Government's term in office ended."
"The Reform Government had political and cultural development on its agenda, and like the spendthrift Hashemi government, the Khatami government... spent too much money."
Rasaii touched on the issue of the displeasure of Qom clerics with the Ahmadinejad government. "While the 10th government's inability to properly treat [please] the clergy has led to a confrontation with the Sources of Emulation, we must not forget that this insignificant disagreement [of the 10ht administration with the clergy] cannot be considered on a par with previous disputes and the disregard for the clergy in the past," he said.
"Ahmadinejad does not and did not believe in one-upmanship between Principlists and Reformists; he believes that [competition is] between poverty and affluence. He believes in fighting decadence."
"The 10th presidential election was a competition between Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad. On the one hand, Mr. Hashemi was using certain individuals to take away votes from Ahmadinejad. And on the other hand, he gathered these votes and cast them in the ballot boxes of people like [Mir Hossein] Mousavi. But he was more in favor of Khatami."
"Mousavi's views were revolutionary ones in the beginning but his confidants convinced him that Ahmadinejad is also saying pro-revolutionary things every day and you will not win votes this way and this caused him to switch paths."
"The top-tier, after finding out that Ahmadinejad would be elected president again, began to stage the velvet revolution scenario."