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Headlines: Ahmadinejad Man Takes Over Sharif University

20 Aug 2010 04:071 Comment

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Chancellor of Sharif University resigns

Fars | Fars | Sharif | Aug 18, 2010

roostaazad.jpgCiting "knee problems" and "old age," the 67-year-old Chancellor of Iran's elite Sharif University resigned from his post. The vacancy was filled by an ally of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"Because of my knee problems and old age, I asked the minister of science to replace me with someone else as the new chancellor of Sharif University," said Dr. Saeed Sohrabpour. "After 39 years of experience, 31 years of which were after the Islamic revolution, I have a record number of years working as a deputy minister, vice minister, vice chancellor and university chancellor."

Dr. Reza Roosta Azad (pictured), the previous vice chancellor of research and a professor at Sharif's chemical engineering department, was selected as the new university chancellor.

Roosta Azad is also a senior member of the central council of Isargaran Society which is a powerful principlist organization that has President Ahmadinejad as one of its founding members.

In an interview on August 15 with Fars News, Dr. Roosta Azad supported the recent ban on broadcasting Mohammad Reza Shajarian's famous prayer by Seda-o-Sima, the state-controlled national network of radio and television. "His [Mohammd-Reza Shajarian's] actions during the recent sedition [post-election unrest] has upset [Iranian] people," he said. "Hence Seda-o-Sima is right to ban him on the national broadcasting network."

Roosta Azad referred to Shajarian's interviews with BBC and VOA as "disgraceful stains."

New prerogatives for Revolutionary Guard: more control over economy

Al-Arabiya | Aug 18, 2010

Well-informed governmental sources informed Al-Arabiya that the Iranian National Security Council headed by Ahmadinejad issued two orders allowing the Revolutionary Guard to expand its control over the economic sectors in the country.

Germany Charges Two for Shipping Rocket-Linked Goods to Iran

Business Week | Aug 19, 2010

German authorities filed charges against two men accused of arranging the shipment to Iran of heating equipment that the Persian Gulf nation could potentially use to support its long-range missile program.

The two men -- identified as Heinz Ulrich K., a German citizen, and Iranian national Mohsen A. -- are accused of violating an arms embargo and the European Union's export ban on dual-use equipment to Iran, prosecutors in the southwestern city of Karlsruhe said today in an e-mailed statement. The two shipped a vacuum sintering furnace in July 2007 for 850,000 euros ($1.1 million), according to the charges.

Caracas to continue Iran gas export

AJE | Aug 19, 2010

Venezuela will continue to supply Iran with gasoline despite the threat of international sanctions.

David Velasquez, Venezuela's ambassador to Tehran, said on Thursday that his government would not be "bullied" into halting gasoline shipments.

"We are at the service of Iran, and whenever Iran needs, we will supply it with gasoline," Velasquez said in an interview with the semi-official Fars news agency.

Iran to Build Biggest Quranic Complex in World

Fars | Aug 19, 2010

Iran is due to begin the construction work for building the world's largest Quranic complex in the capital city of Tehran next week.

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1 Comment

Is it just me or do all these Islamic Republic officials look like they've been dead for a while. Not a very long time, just like a few days or so. Take a good look at the guy in the photo and tell me I'm wrong.

Cy / August 20, 2010 8:35 AM