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03 Mar 2010 22:153 Comments

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In a poster which serves as a backdrop to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and staff, the green strip of the Iranian flag is covered almost completely in black.

New word coined for Iranian police force

IRIB | March 2, 2010

The social deputy of the Iranian police force said instead of the use of the word "police" the word "pas var" will be used to refer to the Iranian civil forces. Brigadier Gen. Bahman Karegar told reporters that, "After the revolution, a word had not been coined for 'police' and in his visit to the police headquarters in 2007 the Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khameni] stressed the need to choose a suitable word to replace the word 'police.' After this we [the police] gathered 1,500 words."

Karegar added that police commanders had chosen "pas var" from among 114 words, taking into consideration the ease in pronunciation and its Persian root.

"This word was presented to the Leader and he approved it, and the commander-in-chief informed the civil forces that as of today the word 'pas var' would be used instead of police."

He added that police uniforms and cars would bear the word "pas var" henceforth and only police officers stationed on borders and airports would be allowed to print the word "police" under "pas var."

Shia Source: Police must act with authoritative compassion

Asr Iran | March 3, 2010

Shia Source of Emulation Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi urged Iranian police officers in Qom to treat citizens with authoritative compassion.

"Police officers must behave in a manner that draws people to the Islamic establishment because this will cause people to cooperate more with the police and the good behavior of the police officers can be used as publicity for Islam," he said in a meeting with police officers and police chiefs of Qom Province.

"With Islamic ethics we can fix society," he said. "Of course there are those individuals who need to be dealt with authoritatively."

Rafsanjani: without Supreme Leader, we can't hope to resolve crisis

Khabar Online | March 3, 2010

Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, head of the Assembly of Experts and Expediency Council, stressed solidarity as the most important thing for the Muslim world today.

In a meeting with the prayer leaders from Tehran Mosques, Rafsanjani said, "The victory of the revolution was made possible by the Imam [Khomeini] because of popular support. We see today that the enemies of Islam and the Islamic Revolution have made it their goal to separate the people from their love for the Imam, the establishment and the Just Jurisprudent.

He went on to say that under the present circumstances the most important responsibility of the clergy was "maintaining their relationship with the people and making efforts to preserve the most important characteristic of the Islamic establishment which is being popular."

"During the worst times in Iranian history the clergy have always been the [source of support] for the people and weakening this relationship [between the people and the clergy] is what the domestic and foreign devils want and countering it [their efforts] requires vigilance."

"Unity in the country will not be achieved with words. Unity requires certain tools to determine the course of action [that must be taken to resolve issues] and make it happen."

"The young generation needs more attention. We must answer their questions with reasoning and logic and justify them as any other approach aside from this is bound to fail."

"In order to surpass the current situation in the country and resolve the issues that sprung from it are [things] within the power of the Leadership. And without his guidance and the support of all [political] figures and parties in the country we cannot hope to resolve the [country's] problems."

"The repetition of the Constitution Era incidents in the country is a real threat. The threat today is that a group pretending to support Islam, the revolution and defend the establishment are plotting against the Islamic Republic."

Saffai-Farahani returns to Tehran Chamber

Tabnak | March 3, 2010

Mohsen Saffai-Farahani, a member of the Trade, Industries and Mining Chamber of Tehran, participated in the 33rd meeting of the Tehran Chamber representatives.

Saffai-Farahani attended the Monday meeting after several months in detention. He was arrested after the 10th presidential election in June and recently released on bail.

Norway expels Iranian diplomat in Tehran response

Reuters | March 3, 2010

Norway's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it had asked Iran to remove one diplomat from Norway after Iranian authorities demanded one Norwegian diplomat leave Tehran.

Norway said Iran had protested against Norway granting political asylum to a former senior Iranian diplomat who quit last month in protest at a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators in Iran.

"Norway reacts strongly to the fact that Iranian authorities have requested a Norwegian diplomat to leave Tehran because of an asylum case in Norway," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Italy: Arrests over Iranian arms trafficking

CNN | March 3, 2010

Authorities arrested seven people and issued warrants for two more suspected of arms trafficking to Iran, Italian police said Wednesday.

The suspects include both Italians and Iranians. The Italians work in the arms import-export business and at least some of the Iranians are thought to be members of the Iranian secret service, police said.

Arms exports to Iran are banned under a United Nations embargo.

Those arrested are five Italians and two Iranians. The warrants are for two Iranians thought to be in Iran, police said. One of the arrested Iranians was accredited as a journalist working in Rome, police said.

Protestor in danger of execution as Iran flouts Human Rights standards

IHR | March 3, 2010

An Iranian protestor prosecuted in a post-Ashura trial on charges of Moharebeh, or "enmity against God," is in danger of imminent execution, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

The identity of the protestor sentenced to death was not yet certain as the Iranian Judiciary purposefully refuses to provide accurate information regarding ongoing prosecutions and sentencing. On Feb. 9, 2010, the Iranian Judiciary announced that nine post-election protestors had been convicted: one sentenced to execution and the other eight protestors were sentenced to prison.

The news website Irangreenvoice.com reported that an appeals court has upheld a death sentence for 20-year old Iranian student Mohammad Amin Valian, who was convicted of the charge of Moharebeh, or "enmity against God" on the basis of photographs showing him throwing rocks during a demonstration.

Germany doesn't want Iran in UN human rights body

AP | March 3, 2010

Germany's foreign minister says countries should vote against Iran when it seeks a seat later this year on the United Nations' Human Rights Council.

Guido Westerwelle says having Iran in the 47-nation body would be an "affront" to human rights.

Westerwelle told the council Wednesday that Iran was undeserving because it has violated many of its citizens' human rights, including during a post-election crackdown on protesters last year.

Germany protests arrest of Iranian filmmaker

AP | March 3, 2010

Germany's foreign minister called Wednesday for the release of acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who was arrested in Tehran this week.

Panahi, who has supported his country's opposition, was arrested Monday and accused of committing unspecified offenses.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle condemned the arrest and appealed to Tehran "to do everything so that Mr. Panahi is freed without delay."

"The Iranian leadership is called upon to comply with the international commitments it has made to protect the civil and political rights of its citizens," Westerwelle said in a statement.

Saffar-Harandi criticized lifting ban on films

Fararu | March 3, 2010

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's former Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister spoke out against the new policies adopted by Ershad. This was the first time Hossein Saffar-Harandi has spoken out since departing from the President's cabinet.

When asked his opinion about the lifting of the ban on films that were forbidden during his reign, Saffar-Harandi said, "Our policy with regards to banning these films was a good policy and I wholeheartedly defend it."

"Those who criticized us for banning these films have today held a festival that was criticized by many of the loyalists to the Revolution," he said.

Fars: Mottaki visits Ayatollah Yazdi in hospital

Asr Iran | March 3, 2010

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki visited Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi in the hospital.

Ayatollah Yazdi, who is a member of the Assembly of Experts, was recently hospitalized.

Saudi Arabia refuses to issue visa for Iranian Hajj affairs chief

Khabar Online | March 3, 2010

Saudi officials have refused to issue a visa for the Head of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization.

According to Safirnews, despite a month having passed since a visa was requested for Ali Layali, the new head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, Saudi officials have so far refrained from answering the request.

"By behaving in this manner Saudi officials show that they aim to disrupt next year's minor Hajj pilgrimage and force the Islamic Republic to accept their degrading conditions for Iranian pilgrims," according to an informed force.

Let us not end up serving outsiders

Aftab-e Yazd | Feb. 27, 2010

Hossein Entezami editorialized in the reformist daily Aftab-e Yazd:

"For some years now joining foreign Persian-language media has become a dream for a sector of our national journalists, especially the younger ones. At one time these recruitments were not taken seriously for the government's negligence, and their security consequences were even naively denied. In those years journalists with talent or a promising future or dissatisfied journalists were invited to tours or tests outside the country and after being attracted and completing training courses, recruited by Persian-language foreign media. Many might have known what a dangerous game they were engaging in.

"At the time, the role of media bridgeheads in this process of identification, recommendation and absorption was undeniable, but gradually the situation experienced a pyramidal growth in these selections and invitations. Unfortunately the working atmosphere and state of the future in Iranian media encouraged this inclination. I do not deny the existence of restrictions in the media, or the absence of job security for journalists or the indifference shown to the dignity of the journalist's profession nor the potential for professional growth in foreign media or in working at an international level, or indeed the minimal benefit of these recruitments (learning a language); but I have always said to friends taking this direction: what is the price?

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They didn't mean to cover the flag's green with black. That's just the reflexion from Ahmadinejad's halo.

Ahvaz / March 4, 2010 7:52 PM

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Shah / March 5, 2010 12:54 AM

Which Yazdi? Mesbah?

Italian / March 5, 2010 3:06 AM