June 2007

Rage In Iran Over Rushdie Knighthood

In protests in Iran following the granting of a knighthood to Salman Rushdie, activists from the Basij paramilitary organization gathered on June 16 near the British Embassy in Tehran to call for the ambassador's expulsion, and expressed their willingness to wage jihad.

They also prevented invitees to a ceremony marking the Queen's Birthday from entering the building.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini noted that giving Rushdie a knighthood harmed the feelings of the Muslims, and that it would cause conflict between British politicians and Islamic societies.

Also, the secretary-general of the Iranian Organization for the Preservation of the Martyrs of the World Islamic Movement, Firooz Rajai-Far, announced an increase in the reward for anyone assassinating Rushdie, from $100,000 to $150,000.

Sources: Rooz, Aftab, Iran, June 17, 2007; IRNA, Iran, June 18, 2007

Date Posted: June 18, 2007
Read on
Share:
  • Print version

Saudi Interior Minister: Iran Holding Wanted Saudis

Syrian Interior Minister Prince Naif bin Abd Al-'Aziz has said that his ministry has information that wanted Saudis are being held by the Iranian authorities.

He said, "We have a security agreement with the Iranians, and I requested a second time from the Iranian ambassador, in a meeting with him last night, that they be handed over [to Saudi Arabia].”

Source: Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2007

Date Posted: June 18, 2007
Read on
Share:
  • Print version

Iranian Majlis Cultural Commission Chairman Dismissed

Iranian Majlis Cultural Commission chairman Emad Afrough was dismissed from his post after telling the Fars news agency in an interview that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei tended more towards actualizing interests while Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni had striven more for truth than for compliments and being liked.

Afrough's statements were harshly criticized by the editor of the Iranian daily Kayhan, which is close to Khamenei, and by websites affiliated with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Afrough claimed that he had also received death threats.

Sources: Fars, Iran, June 2; Kayhan, Iran, June 7; Aftab, Iran, June 10, 2007.

Date Posted: June 13, 2007
Read on
Share:
  • Print version

Iran FM To U.S.: Release Erbil Detainees Immediately Or You’ll Be Sorry

Iranian Foreign Minister Menouchehr Mottaki said: "If the Americans don't immediately release the five Iranian diplomats [arrested at Erbil in January 2007], we will make the U.S. regret its repulsive and illegal action against Iran."

Source: Kayhan, Iran, June 13, 2007

Date Posted: June 13, 2007
Read on
Share:
  • Print version

Five Police Killed In Clash With Revolutionary Guards In Iran

Five Iranian policemen were killed in June 10, 2007 clashes with Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces near the town of Mahabad in northwest Iran.

The Revolutionary Guards forces were called to the area following a report of highwaymen hiding in the mountainous region nearby and attacking travelers. Revolutionary Guardsmen thought that they were opposition forces, but interrogation of individuals arrested in the clashes showed that they were police forces.

So far, there has been no official Iranian statement on the incident.

Source: Rooz, Iran, June 13, 2007

Date Posted: June 13, 2007
Read on
Share:
  • Print version

In Open Letter To Ahmadinejad, Iranian Economists Criticize Policies

In an open letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 57 university economics lecturers from various Iranian universities expressed their profound concern over his economic policy, which has increased inflation and failed to achieve the government's goal of a more equitable distribution of Iranian wealth.

In the letter, they also criticized the government's disregard for the professional opinion of economics experts, and wrote that the government’s foreign policy had led to the U.N. sanctions over the dispute with the West on Iran's nuclear plans.

During the past year, inflation in Iran has risen to over 17%. Foreign institutions and some Iranian companies have expressed their concern about investment in Iran.

Sources: Rooz, Iran, June 13; KONA – the Kuwaiti News Agency, June 13; Jomhouri-ye Eslami, Iran, June 12, 2007

Date Posted: June 13, 2007
Read on
Share:
  • Print version

Saudi Figures Reject Iranian Statements On Attacking Gulf Countries If Attacked By U.S.

Members of the Saudi Shura Council and Saudi academics and commentators have rejected statements by former Iranian foreign minister Ali Shamkhani, who is today security advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, in which he threatened to attack the Gulf countries in response to a U.S. attack.

They said that these statements would undermine the security between the leaders of the Gulf countries and Iran, would place the Gulf residents in conflict with Iran, and would distract attention from the danger of the real conflict – that is, the conflict between Iran and the U.S.

Source: 'Okaz, Suadi Arabia, June 12, 2007

Date Posted: June 12, 2007
Read on
Share:
  • Print version

Kuwait Won't Permit Attack On Iran From Its Territory

Following the Iranian Shura Council chairman's threats against the Gulf states if they permitted the U.S. to use its bases in the Gulf to attack Iran, Kuwait's interior minister has said that Kuwait would not permit any side to use its territory to launch an attack on any other side.

He stressed that if the U.S. asked to attack Iran from Kuwaiti territory, its request would be denied.

Source: Al-Rai, Kuwait, June 12, 2007

Date Posted: June 12, 2007
Read on
Share:
  • Print version

Saudi FM To Visit Tehran

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini has said that Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal is to visit Tehran in the coming days, in order to discuss a number of issues, first of all the Lebanese issue.

Source: Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, June 12, 2007

Date Posted: June 12, 2007
Read on
Share:
  • Print version

Iranian Website Condemns Saudi Cartoons Against Iranian Religious, Political Symbols

The Iranian website Baztab has condemned the circulation of cartoons directed against Iran's religious and political symbols in the Saudi press.

The website also criticized regime officials for their "indifference to the Saudi audacity" because, he said, these cartoons were being published with the knowledge and permission of the Saudi Interior Ministry.

Sources: Arab News, Saudi Arabia, June 10, 2007; Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, June 10, 2007; Baztab, Iran, June 10, 2007

Date Posted: June 11, 2007
Read on
Share:
  • Print version
Twitter
Facebook
MEMRI TV Featured Clips