Headlines: Ahmadinejad Man Takes Over Sharif University
20 Aug 2010 04:07
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Chancellor of Sharif University resignsSharif 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.