May 2009

Iranian Presidential Candidate Moussavi: Respect Freedom Or Iran Will Be A Police State

In a campaign speech aired live by Iran's Press TV yesterday, Iranian presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi criticized the government for what he called the adoption of a security-oriented approach in managing universities.

He told supporters at Tabriz University, in northwestern Iran, "The security of universities is important, but the security of students is more important... Within the framework of our common [Islamic] values, we declare that the government's security is important but that of the nation is more important," he added.

In harsh criticism, he added that if the government does not heed this word, it will become a police state.

Source: Press TV, Iran, May 26, 2009

Date Posted: May 26, 2009
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Iran Presents Military Innovations; Iranian Official: Iran's Aerospace Industry To Be Best In West Asia By 2025

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s latest homemade attack helicopter, the Shahed (Witness) 285, has joined Iran's aerial fleet.

According to the IRGC, the state-of-the-art helicopter is capable of taking part in seaborne and airborne combat operations.

The Shahed 285 can carry auto-cannon, machine guns, guided missiles, anti-armor missiles, and air-to-air and air-to-sea missiles.

The "100-percent domestic-made all-weather aircraft" has a slick aerodynamic design and is capable of taking off in harsh conditions.

Iran launched a cannon production line for its warships on May 24.

"The range of the 40-millimeter cannon, named Fath (Victory), is 12 km, and it fires 300 projectiles per minute,“ Defense Minister Mohammad Mostafa Najjar said.

The weapon is an anti-aircraft low-altitude weapon used on warships.

Also last week, Iranian Aerospace Organization director Reza Taqipour said that Iran’s aerospace industry will be the best in West Asia by 2025.

He added that through the implementation of the 10-year national plan for the aerospace industry, Iran will be able to achieve major successes in the future.

Source: Press TV, Iran, May 24, 2009; Iran Daily, Iran, May 25, 2009; Mehr, Iran, May 22, 2009

Date Posted: May 26, 2009
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Iranian Government Blocks Facebook, Other Websites

In the past few days, Ahmadinejad's government has blocked access to Facebook, Twitter, the online newsletter of the student union at Amir Kabir University in Teheran, and the Iranian news website Fararu, in an apparent attempt to obstruct the campaigns in support of Ahmadinejad's rivals in the upcoming presidential elections.

Source: Rooz (Iran), May 24, 2009; ILNA (Iran), May 23, 2009; Amir Kabir University newsletter (Iran), May 23, 2009

Date Posted: May 24, 2009
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In Iran Friday Sermon, Rafsanjani Urges Massive Voters Turnout For 10th Presidential Elections

In his sermon today, Tehran interim Friday prayer leader Hashemi Rafsanjani called on the public at large to vote in the 10th presidential elections, set for June 12.

He told worshipers at the Tehran University campus, "Non-presence in the ballot stations and refusal to vote will solve nothing and will benefit nobody. People’s votes in any elections will raise the credit of the Islamic Republic system. The strong presence of all those who love their country and the Islamic revolution will disappoint the enemies."

He added, "Rest assured that announcing high voter turnout a day after the elections will help our system move several steps forward, and will disappoint enemies.”

Rafsanjani also urged the media to be fair and unbiased, and candidates to be fair in their campaigns.

He also said that although the country's elections law had already been amended several times, it might still contain certain shortcomings.

Source: IRNA, Iran, May 22, 2009

Date Posted: May 22, 2009
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Iran To Supply Pakistan With Free Electricity

Iran plans to supply Pakistan with 100 megawatts of electricity free of charge, Iranian Ambassador to Islamabad Mash Allah Shakeri has said.

"All the groundwork in this connection has been completed and the power supply would start as soon as Pakistan finalizes work on transmission lines," Shakeri said in a meeting with Pakistani Federal Minister for Communications Arbab Alamgir.

According to the Pakistani Dawn newspaper, Shakeri said his country would transfer the electricity to Gwadar Port to ease Pakistan's growing power crisis.

Iran agreed last year to export 1,100 megawatt of electricity to Pakistan to help it overcome shortages in areas bordering Iran, especially in Gwadar.

Tehran has suggested the establishment of joint venture companies in water and electricity sectors between Iran and Pakistan, and has expressed Iran's desire to have a sizable investment in hydroelectric plants.

Source: Fars, Iran, May 22, 2009

Date Posted: May 22, 2009
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Iran's Presidential Candidates To Launch Campaigns Today

The Iranian presidential candidates are to launch radio and television campaigns today.

Radio Iran will host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today, and Channel 1 will broadcast programs and an interview with candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi.

Candidates Mohsen Rezai and Mahdi Karroubi will give TV interviews on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The presidential elections, Iran's 10th, are slated for June 12.

Source: IRNA, Iran, May 22, 2009

Date Posted: May 22, 2009
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Iranian Majlis Spokesman: U.S. Must Apologize To Muslims; Obama's Support For Israel Cancels Promises For Change

Iranian Majlis spokesman Ali Larijani has said that the U.S. must apologize to Muslims for supporting terrorists in Iraq, and to the Iranian regime for supporting anti-Iran terror organizations.

He said that U.S. President Barack Obama's declarations regarding the "independent state of Israel" cancelled out all his promises for change.

Source: IRNA, Iran, May 20, 2009

Date Posted: May 22, 2009
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Executions Continue In Iran

The Iranian authorities have executed five people on murder charges in Shiraz, in southwestern Iran.

The online reformist daily Rooz reported that in the past 20 days, 20 people have been executed in the country.

Source: Rooz, Iran, May 209, 2009

Date Posted: May 22, 2009
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Ahmadinejad: Iran Will Turn Enemy Bases into Hell

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that Iran would crush any country used as a launching pad for a possible military operation against Iran.

He said, "Today, Iran has the power to turn any base that fires a bullet at Iran into hell." Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the central city of Semnan on Wednesday.

"In the past some (world powers) threatened Iran but today they cannot threaten Iran with their military power," he said.

"Today we declare that no country has the power to threaten Iran," MNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

"Unfortunately, today there are some people who think that compromise with enemies will remove threats, but experience has shown that whenever Iran softens its stance the enemies are emboldened," he added.

"If we want the threats to be removed we should steadfastly resist against the enemies," Ahmadinejad concluded.

Source: Fars, Iran, May 21, 2009


Date Posted: May 21, 2009
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Iran Launches Production of 30 Hi-Tech Military Devices

The Iranian news agency Fars reports that Iran yesterday launched production of 30 important military tools and equipment, including electronic, telecommunication and radar devices.

The Fars report quoted Iranian Defense Minister Brig.-Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Najjar as saying, "The exact and coherent planning by the defense industries, specially electronic industries of the defense ministry, in recent years caused the production of more qualitative and varied products by the defense industries of the defense ministry."

"These new production lines and products are related to electronic warfare, anti-electronic warfare, radar and sonar systems, air and sea cruising and positioning, electro-optical and laser systems and different advanced and thermal night goggles, military communication and simulators," he added.

Source: Fars, Iran, May 20, 2009

Date Posted: May 21, 2009
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