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Headlines: Music Fails to Chime with Islamic Values, Says Khamenei

03 Aug 2010 19:021 Comment

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Music fails to chime with Islamic values, says Iran's supreme leader

Guardian | Aug 2, 2010

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today that music is "not compatible" with the values of the Islamic republic, and should not be practised or taught in the country.

"It's better that our dear youth spend their valuable time in learning science and essential and useful skills and fill their time with sport and healthy recreations instead of music," he said.

Houshang Asadi, a former cellmate of Khamenei before the Islamic Revolution said: "He hated the music from the beginning."

"There were times I sang a song by Banan (a popular vocalist) for him and he told me to avoid music and instead pray to God", said Asadi, who shared a cell with Khamenei for four months in Moshtarak prison in Tehran in 1976 and stayed friend with him for several years after the revolution. "The only music he liked was revolutionary and religious anthems," said Asadi.

U.S. Blacklists 21 Iranian Companies

WSJ | Aug 3, 2010

The U.S. Treasury blacklisted 21 state-owned Iranian companies as part of a growing and coordinated international effort to undercut Tehran's ability to use units in Europe and Asia to facilitate financial transactions and weapons development.

The Obama administration's point man in its financial war on Iran, Stuart Levey, also announced Tuesday U.S. sanctions against key leaders in Iran's elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well measures targeting Iranian foundations accused of supporting militant groups in Lebanon, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories.

Iran 'spying trial' opens in Kuwait

BBC News | Aug 3, 2010

Six men, including a Kuwaiti soldier, and one woman have gone on trial in Kuwait accused of spying for Iran.

Three members of the alleged spy ring are Iranian, two are stateless, one is Kuwaiti and the other is Syrian, the AFP news agency reported.

Kuwaiti police uncovered the alleged spy cell in May. Local newspapers said the group was spying for Iran's Revolutionary Guards -- a claim Iran has categorically denied.

MP against population growth

Mehr | Aug 3, 2010

MP Majid Nasirpour has criticized government's policy to increase the population, saying it will yield negative consequences for the country.

Nasirpour referred to the Atiyeh Mehr plan proposed by President Ahmadinejad, saying it's good to help people financially, but injecting that sum of money to certain groups will create a sense of discrimination in society.

Ali Karimi left out of Iran squad

Press TV | Aug 3, 2010

Steel Azin's Ali Karimi has been left out of the Iranian squad as it is set to leave for Armenia to participate in an upcoming friendly match.

Reports say Karimi has been left out of the Iranian squad due to his objections about Iran holding a training camp in Austria, which critics believe, had no positive result.

Karzai to attend summit in Tehran

Press TV | Aug 3, 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is planning a trip to neighboring Iran "in the near future," his spokesman Wahid Omar has said.

Omar said Tuesday that President Karzai would attend a summit of Persian-speaking states during his official visit to Tehran, a Press TV correspondent reported.

IRGC Documentary Video (Farsi)

Uskowi | Aug 3, 2010

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1 Comment

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Reza / August 4, 2010 7:13 AM