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Mesbah's allies; Jalili didn't 'negotiate'; Ahmadinejad met with spies?

10 Nov 2009 22:021 Comment

Mesbah Yazdi's friends and allies

Tabnak | Nov. 9, 2009

Raja News announced the names of Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi's students, confidants and political companions. [Raja News is a source very close to Ahmadinejad and Mesbah Yazdi]. The list includes the following names:

Hojjatoleslam Gholam-Reza Fayazi (philosophy teacher)
Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Mahmoud Nabavian (Islamic thought expert)
Hojjatoleslam Mahmoud Rajabi
Hojjatoleslam Morteza Aqa-Tehrani (Mysticism expert and a graduate of a Canadian school; long-term former resident of Canada and US)
Seyyed Mohammad-Reza Tabatabayi (director of the Jameat al-Zahra women's seminary)
Dr. Abbas-Ali Shameli (assistant professor at the Imam Khomeini Institute)
Dr. Seyyed Ahmad Rahnamayi (information deputy at the Imam Khomeini Institute)
Dr. Mohammad Fanayi-Eshkevari (assistant professor at the Imam Khomeini Institute)
Dr. Shomali (assistant professor at the Imam Khomeini Institute)
Dr. Mohammad-Javad Zarean (head of the Imam Khomeini Institute publications)
Akbar Mir-Sepah (professor of Quranic sciences)
Seyyed Mohammad Qaravi (head of the psychology faculty of the Imam Khomeini Institute)
Mohammad-Hossein Bahjati-Ardakani (Friday Prayers Leader of Ardakan)
Ali Mobasheri (head of the Islamic Revolution Courts of Tehran)
Parviz Davoudi (former first vice president and head of the Imam Khomeini Institute's economics faculty)
Manouchehr Mohammadi (deputy foreign minister- head of the Imam Khomeini Institute's faculty of political sciences)
Abbas-Ali Kadkhodayi (Guardian Council Spokesman and head of the Imam Khomeini Institute's faculty of law)
Gholam-Hossein Elham (former government spokesman and Guardian Council member)
Ebrahim Fayaz, Hossein kachouyan, Mousa Najafi , Qasem Ravanbakhsh, Mohammad-Naser Saqayi-Biriya, Ali-Reza Panahian, Mohammad Fanayi-Nematsara, Mahmoud Namazi, Hossein Jalali, Mohammad-Hossein Borjian, Mahmoud Dehqani, Mojtaba and Ali Mesbah-Yazdi, Ahmad Jahan-Bozorgi, Abdolmajid Eshkevari, Abolhassan Haqqani, Ali Masouminia, Hamid Kasiri, Abdoljavad Ebrahimi, Mohammad-Mehdi Naderi, Ahmad and Ali Abutorabi, Hamid Rasayi and Ahmad Rahdar.

Saffar-Harandi unwelcome in Gilan

Tabnak | Nov. 9, 2009

Students at Gilan University objected to a visit from Hossein Saffar-Harandi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's first Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The former Ershad minister's visit came on the heels of a frosty [hostile] welcome from students at Khajeh Nasir Toosi and Tehran University earlier.

According to the Fars News Agency report, Harandi's speech was interrupted with cries of "O Hossein, Mir Hossein," and "Liar Liar," to which he responded by saying, "If I'm a liar, then why is it that your minister of culture and Islamic guidance has fled the country?"

He was referring to Ataollah Mohajerani who has been vocally discrediting the Ahmadinejad administration from abroad.

"Is someone walks in here without warning they will see who the real aggressors are," Harandi said.

"Can the cry of 13 million people silence the voices of 24 million voters?" he asked.

At that point, student supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi reacted by chanting, "O Hossein, Mir Hossein" again. Ahmadinejad supporters then responded by shouting "Saffar, we love you." Mousavi supporters demanded that Harandi leave the venue.

Saffar-Harandi responded to them by saying, "I haven't come here upon your invitation to leave after your dismissal." Students interrupted him this time by singing the "yare dabestani" [childhood friend] song.

"This song was written by Mr. Jam in opposition to the US and the Shah at the beginning of the revolution and he must be praised for his work," said Saffar-Harandi.

Students shouted "No to Gaza, No to Lebanon, only Iran."

An irritated Saffar-Harandi responded, "Whomever loves Iran must love Gaza and Lebanon because they are standing thousands of miles away and are defending the borders. If it was not for them, you would have had to fight on the borders."

This time students began chanting, "Death to Israel, Death to the dictator" and one of the pro-Mousavi students took off his shoe to toss at Saffar-Harandi.

This time Saffar-Harandi said, "Montazer al Zaydi's coragous act of throwing his shoe at the occupier of his country does not mean that you can take your friend's shoe and hide behind him to throw it at your compatriot."

Supreme Leader grants interior minister control over police

Press TV | Nov. 10, 2009

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution has appointed Iran's interior minister as deputy commander of the country's Armed Forces in charge of police forces.

In a decree issued by Commander-in-Chief of Iran's Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday, Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar was handed the post of deputy commander.

"In line with the critical responsibilities of the interior minister to ensure public security and order and as the close connection between this ministry and the police would ensure order and security [in the country]" I call on the commander-in-chief to allow the interior minister to assume control over the civil forces, Mohammad-Najjar wrote.

In response to the letter, Ayatollah Khamenei wrote "I appoint you as deputy commander of Armed Forces in charge of police forces."

The Leader added that further details about the official duties of the post would be announced shortly.

Jalili says he didn't 'negotiate' with Burns

Tabnak | Nov. 9, 2009

The Leader's representative to the Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, said his encounter with US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns was not considered a negotiation.

Speaking to seminary students in Qom on Monday, he said, "In the Geneva meeting, Mr. Burns and I exchanged a few words about Iran's nuclear issues, but I told him the [proper] framework is the [International Atomic Energy] Agency; these issues require expertise and they have no place here."

"One of the issues raised by the 9th government was that with respect to the nuclear and other international issues, our stance should be that of a claimant and not the accused."

When asked what percentage of the nuclear negotiations was in line with the views of Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Jalili said, "No one has the authority to take any action that is not in line with the views of the Leader."

"God willing our foreign policy will continue on the path set by the Leader," he said.

Shakeri: Ahmadinejad met with spies, not politicians

Tabnak | Nov. 8, 2009

Mojtaba Shakeri, a member of the Revolution's Altruists Society, rejected Mehdi Karroubi's remarks about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's meeting with 50 important US officials. Shakeri said they were CIA spies posing as journalists.

"This meeting was with a number of American thinkers and journalists and in my opinion the reporters attending such events are CIA operatives," he said.

"Such meetings are not unprecedented as they also took place during [Ali Akbar] Hashemi [Rafsanjani]'s and [Mohammad] Khatami's terms in office."

"The British, American and French intelligence services use reporters to ask their guided questions at such meetings," said Shakeri, questioning the reason why an Iranian president should meet with CIA spies.

"I believe what Ahmadinejad says about resuming relations with the U.S. are reflective of the establishment's opinion. The establishment has decided to resume ties if there is a change in US behavior toward Iran and the Iranian nation," he said, explaining the Ahmadinejad government's change in stance toward talks with the US.

When asked why despite the lack of US policy change toward Iran, the government was still welcoming the prospect of mending Tehran-Washington ties, Shakeri said, "Those who make such claims [about the lack of policy change] must bring proof for their claims... and it should not be forgotten that announced policies and decision-making is up to the Supreme Leader; the government, as part of the establishment, will work within the framework [set by the Leader]."

When asked to what extent fear of military action and sanctions influenced the government's decision to [pursue] relations with the US, Shakeri said such threats had no effect because Iran had been confronted with more difficult periods and it had been proven that "sanctions and war are ineffective in making Iran budge".

He added that the Iranian establishment made decisions on international issues based on its interests.

Journalist faces deteriorating health in detention

Mowjcamp | Nov. 10, 2009

Detained journalist Fariba Pajooh was advised by prison doctors to take Xanax for a heart condition she has developed in captivity.

"While Ms. Pajooh's case was referred to the Revolution Court on Thursday, she is still under a lot of pressure. While she is no longer being interrogated and is therefore entitled to one phone call or visit every other day, she is still being prevented from it," an informed source told Mowjcamp.

"The indecent behavior of one of her female wardens has also exacerbated the situation," the source added.

The prison doctor has prescribed Xanax for a heart problem Pajooh has developed in prison. However, since the drug is not being administered on a regular basis, the doctor believes it will cause more severe health problems for her.

Pajooh is a journalist and blogger who has been in detention for 80 days. She has been under pressure from her interrogators. At times she had been threatened with immediate execution to confess to a wide range of crimes including having illicit sexual relations.

Iran 'frees Danish media student'

BBC | Nov. 10, 2009

The authorities in Iran have released a Danish media student arrested last week, the state news agency Irna says.

Niels Krogsgaard, 31, was detained on 4 November at an anti-government protest that coincided with a rally marking 30 years since the US embassy seizure.

On Monday, Iran's prosecutor general said Mr Krogsgaard had falsely claimed that he was a journalist when arrested.

Group asks Iran judiciary to halt execution of Ehsan Fatahian

HRI | Nov. 10, 2009

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today appealed to the chief of Iran's Judiciary, Ayatollah Larijani, to halt the execution of Ehsan Fatahian, whose execution is scheduled for 11 November at Sanandaj prison.

"We consider Mr. Fatahian to be a prisoner of conscience, who has been unjustly charged, sentenced in violation of Iranian law, and been convicted without due process and in the absence of evidence to prove the case against him," stated Aaron Rhodes, a spokesperson for the Campaign.

"The Judiciary should halt the execution and review the case to institute safeguards so similar miscarriages of justice will not occur again," he said.

Ehsan Fatahian, 28, is a member of Iran's Kurdish minority. He was initially arrested and tried in the first branch of the Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj on the charge of conspiring against national security by being a member of an armed opposition group.

Mehdi Ahmadinejad's site filtered

Peymane | Nov. 9, 2009

Saniyehnews, a website allegedly belonging to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's son, Mehdi, was filtered. Mehdi Ahmadinejad is also the son-in-law of Esfandyar Rahim-Mashai.

The website had recently claimed that the Ayandehnews website belongs to Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani.

Nateq-Nouri visits Kordan in hospital

Tabank | Nov. 9, 2009

Hojjatoleslam Ali-Akbar Nateq-Nouri visited the disgraced former Ahmadinejad interior minister Ali Kordan in the hospital.

Kordan, who has repeatedly undergone chemotherapy abroad for various illnesses, was hospitalized when his cold turned into something more serious.

So far Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Esfandyar Rahim-Mashai, Manouchehr Mottaki and a number of former and current ministers along with lawmakers such as Mohammad-Reza Bahonar and Alaeddin Boroujerdi have visited Kordan.

Rahnavard: Social problems led to Meshkatian's early demise

Tabnak | Nov. 9, 2009

Opposition figure Mir Hossein Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, said the death of musician Parviz Meshkatian was not unrelated to the present situation in the country.

Speaking at the commemoration ceremony held for the Master Santour player at Tehran University, Rahnavard said, "The fragile souls of artists [such as Meshkatian] are unable to endure such social problems and so they become sick and leave the earthly plain."

"This was the fate of Meshkatian and the others who spread their wings and flew away from us before their time."

A lack of diplomatic etiquette?

Blog Watch | Nov. 9, 2009

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad awaited the arrival of Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Turkish Prime Minister's palace.

This is while diplomatic etiquette prevents the president of a country, as the highest ranking-executive power, to be left waiting for the prime minister of another country.

Reuters photos show the president waiting.

Iran's 2nd satellite scheduled for 2011

Press TV | Nov. 10, 2009

Iran has drawn up its final schedule to launch a semi-domestic research satellite, the Mesbah in 2011, part of Tehran's effort for an independent space program.

"The completion of the semi-domestic research satellite Mesbah is another recent achievement of Iranian aerospace experts," General Mehdi Farahi, head of Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO) told Mehr News Agency.

"Mesbah (meaning 'Lantern' in Persian) has a lifelong of three years. It is equipped with a store and forward communications receiver that can gather information from various parts of the planet and transmits it back to earth," he said.

Iran October inflation rate down to 16.7%

| Nov. 10, 2009

Inflation in the Islamic Republic fell to 16.7% in the Iranian month of Mehr, ending October 22, down from 18.5% during the previous month, AFP reported Tuesday, citing Iranian state television.

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(slightly corrected) Quite a hatchet job listing. What pray tell is the point of posting of this list without comment or context? The implication left is that anyone over the years who has worked with IKERI is somehow "in bed" with Mesbah-Yazdi -- that they somehow are all robots to his approach to the world, and/or to deeper debates with the Islamic Republic.

What's next are you going to also attack all those scholars, including many prominent ones in the US and Europe, who participated over the past decade or so in "dialogue" sessions there at IKERI? (including many reformist and moderate voices who went there not in agreement with Mesbah, but because they stood in disagreement...)

Ah, but that might be too fine a point for somebody putting together hit lists. Modern day McCarthyism

Picard / November 11, 2009 11:37 PM