Headlines: Khamenei Urges 'Expat Elite' to Return
31 Aug 2010 23:55
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Supreme Leader urges expat elite to return
Leader.ir | Aug 29
Addressing thousands of university students in Tehran on Sunday, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appeared to acknowledge the "brain drain" phenomenon in Iran, explaining that it usually happened because of promises made abroad. But "some of these promises are tainted with anti-Iran motives," he said.
Khamenei said "religious and divine motives" could prompt "expatriate elite to return."
The Supreme Leader went on to tell students to distance themselves from the "political wrangling in the country," advising that "differences of opinion should not lead to divisions and friction." He also urged students to adopt a stance on key issues facing the country, including the "Tehran Declaration, the UN Security Council resolution on Iran sanctions and Washington's unilateral sanctions against Tehran."
Khamenei backs Iran plan to scrap subsidies
AFP | Aug 31
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has backed the Iranian government's plan to scrap subsidies in the coming weeks, despite concerns from some conservatives of its inflationary impact.
Khamenei has asked the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to "seriously apply... the plan for removing subsidies," state news agency IRNA reported late Monday quoting the all-powerful leader as telling members of the government, including Ahmadinejad.
"The people have embraced you (Ahmadinejad) for slogans such as those seeking justice, adherence to religion and fighting arrogance," Iran's spiritual guide added.
"Thus, you should attempt to maintain these policies with determination and intensity."
Iran distances itself from insult to Bruni-Sarkozy
AP | Aug 31
Iran has sought to distance itself from harsh remarks by a hard-line newspaper, which called France's first lady a "prostitute" for condemning the stoning sentence against an Iranian woman convicted of adultery.
In comments Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says "insulting" foreign dignitaries like Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is incorrect and not sanctioned by the government.
The Kayhan daily first called Bruni-Sarkozy a "prostitute" Saturday. It repeated the criticism Tuesday. Like the Iranian woman, it said, she too deserves to die.
Iran says it will make fuel for research reactor
AP | Aug 30
Iran claimed Monday that it will produce fuel for a research reactor that makes medical isotopes within a year, a project likely to add to Western concerns about the country's nuclear ambitions.
Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran will continue to enrich uranium to the level of 20 percent to produce fuel for the reactor in the capital Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported Monday.
"From today, we will produce the complete fuel required for the Tehran research reactor within one year," Salehi was quoted by IRNA as saying.
Mother of slain Iranian protester seeks justice
AP | Aug 30
The mother of a slain Iranian woman who became an icon for opposition protesters said she has no doubt that pro-government forces were to blame for her daughter's death, according to comments released Monday by a rights group.
"She went out to protest and was killed by their (government) forces. There is no other story," said Rostami in rare public comments to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, which has offices in New York and Washington.
In Iran, Brutal Repression Against Bus Drivers, Other Unionists Continues
In These Times | Aug 30
At least three members of the Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate are currently in prison and several others are facing suspended sentences or upcoming hearings that could lead to imprisonment. On August 1, bus drivers union leader Mansour Osanloo was sentenced to an additional one year term on charges related to supposed links with illegal opposition groups. He has been in and out of prison for the past five years. Osanloo's daughter-in-law has also been attacked and tortured.
Iran vs. U.S. is not a political game, Matic says
Tehran Times | Aug 30
Iran basketball coach Veslin Matic said today that the game against the U.S is not a political match.
"Everybody talks about the Iran- U.S match. In my opinion, this match is like the other matches. Basketball is just a game and it is not political at all," Matic added.
"Iran participated in the FIBA World Championships to make its dreams come true. That's why we took part in the event," Matic said.
Kurdish style 'Romeo and Juliette' to go on stage in Tehran
Mehr | Aug 30
Iranian stage director Amir Dejakam plans to stage a Kurdish version of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliette."
The play preserves the main concept of the Shakespearean original, but narrates the story in a contemporary style and adapts it to Persian culture, he added.