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  1. TIMES In full: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ‘alternative’ Christmas message – Full text of Iranian President’s Christmas message to be broadcast on Channel 4 
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 
    In the Name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful.
    Upon the anniversary of the birth of Jesus, Son of Mary, the Word of God, the Messenger of mercy, I would like to congratulate the followers of Abrahamic faiths, especially the followers of Jesus Christ, and the people of Britain.
    The Almighty created the universe for human beings and human beings for Himself.
    He created every human being with the ability to reach the heights of perfection. He called on man to make every effort to live a good life in this world and to work to achieve his everlasting life.
    On this difficult and challenging journey of man from dust to the divine, He did not leave humanity to its own devices. He chose from those He created the most excellent as His Prophets to guide humanity.
    All Prophets called for the worship of God, for love and brotherhood, for the establishment of justice and for love in human society. Jesus, the Son of Mary, is the standard-bearer of justice, of love for our fellow human beings, of the fight against tyranny, discrimination and injustice.
    All the problems that have bedevilled humanity throughout the ages came about because humanity followed an evil path and disregarded the message of the Prophets.
    Now as human society faces a myriad of problems and a succession of complex crises, the root causes can be found in humanity’s rejection of that message, in particular the indifference of some governments and powers towards the teachings of the divine Prophets, especially those of Jesus Christ.
    The crises in society, the family, morality, politics, security and the economy which have made life hard for humanity and continue to put great pressure on all nations have come about because the Prophets have been forgotten, the Almighty has been forgotten and some leaders are estranged from God…

    1. JPAhmadinejad’s speech on British TV draws government rebuke
      In Channel 4 Christmas address, Iranian leader says Christ would have opposed “bullying, ill-tempered and and expansionist powers.”

    2. EJPIran’s president to deliver Christmas message on British TV
      Israel’s ambassador in London, Ron Prosor, condemned the message as a ‘scandal and a national embarrassment.

    3. HA’ARETZAhmadinejad Christmas address to U.K. viewers sparks row 
      Channel 4 to air Iranian President’s message as ‘alternative’ to what many view as Queen’s ‘benign’ speech.

    4. Deutsche Welle – Ansprache von Irans Präsidenten im britischen TV
      LONDON: Der Präsident des Iran, Mahmud Ahmadinedschad, hat in einem privaten britischen Fernsehsender eine Weihnachtsansprache gehalten. … 
      Siehe auch:
      Channel 4s Weihnachtsgesabber

      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – Ahmadinedschad-Rede
      Kurier – Weihnachtsgrüße von Ahmadinejad – Mega-Aufreger – England: Streit um Ahmadinedschad
      Netzeitung – Jesusversteher Ahmadinedschad
      RIA Novosti – Queen und Ahmadinedschad richten Fernsehansprachen an Briten
      FOCUS Online – London: Ahmadinedschad auf Channel 4
      Die Jüdische – Channel 4 offenbar nicht nur wirtschaftlich insolvent
      Times Online – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Christ would have been on our side
      WELT ONLINE – Ahmadinedschad-Show im britischen Fernsehen
      ZEIT ONLINE – Britisches TV: Aufregung um Ahmadinedschads Weihnachtsansprache
      Kleine Zeitung – Britische Regierung kritisiert TV-Sender wegen Ahmadinejad-Rede
      Die Presse – Ahmadinejad: “Jesus würde gegen vorherrschende Systeme kämpfen”
      WELT ONLINE – 
      Heftige Kritik an TV-Rede von Ahmadinedschad

  2. RIA Novosti – Teheran führt neue Sportdisziplin ein – “Schuhwerfen auf Bushs Porträt”

    TEHERAN, 24. Dezember (RIA Novosti). Der Iran hat eine neue Sportdisziplin eingeführt. An diesem Freitag sollen in Teheran Wettkämpfe im “Schuhwerfen auf Bushs Porträt” ausgetragen werden, berichteten örtliche Medien am Mittwoch.
    Das Turnier findet auf dem Gelände der Teheraner Universität nach dem traditionellen Freitagsgebet statt. Zum Reglement der Wettkämpfe wurden bislang keine Angaben gemacht.
    Ortsbehörden zufolge hat das Turnier zum Ziel, “Solidarität mit dem mutigen irakischen Reporter” Montasser al-Saidi zum Ausdruck zu bringen, der US-Präsident George W. Bush am 14. Dezember bei einer Pressekonferenz mit Schuhen beworfen hatte. Dazu hatte er gerufen: “Das ist der Abschiedskuss für Dich, Du Hund.” 

  3. Deutschlandradio – Perthes plädiert für Dialog mit dem Iran
    Der Direktor der Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Volker Perthes, hat sich für einen Strategiewechsel im Umgang mit dem Iran ausgesprochen. … 

  4. RIA Novosti – Russland plant Investitionsabkommen mit Iran, Namibia und Turkmenien
    Russland will im kommenden Jahr mit Iran, Namibia und Turkmenien Verträge über die Förderung von gegenseitigen Investitionen abschließen. … 

  5. WELT ONLINE – Iran und Russland gründen Gaskartell
    Aber der Iran sei auch “gänzlich bereit”, wollte die dritte Gasgroßmacht nicht zurückstehen. Schließlich setzte sich Katar durch. Sieben Jahre nach seiner … 

  6. Deutsche Welle – Neun Häftlinge in Teheran hingerichtet
    Der Iran ist nach Angaben von Menschenrechtsorganisationen nach der Volksrepublik China das Land, in dem die Todesstrafe am häufigsten vollstreckt wird. …

    1. Tirol Online – Acht Menschen im Iran hingerichtet
      Im Jahr 2007 wurden im Iran mehr als 290 Menschen hingerichtet, viele von ihnen öffentlich. Das Land lag damit hinter China an zweiter Stelle der weltweiten … 

  7. IranVNC Germany revising business dealings with Iran
    Washington, December 22, 2008 – Germany has been criticized for its double standard towards the sanctions against Iran. While it announced it would push for further sanctions if Iran does not back down on its nuclear enrichment activities, the country’s exports to Iran are soaring, earning second place after China. But, Germany now is revising its business dealings with Iran.

  8. TIP Iran-backed Palestinian Groups Continue Attacking Israel  In 3 Days Following End of Ceasefire, Hamas Steps Up Strikes on Civilians
    In the three days since Israel’s ceasefire with Iran-backed Hamas formally ended Friday (Dec. 19) Palestinian terrorists have fired 45 rockets and mortars at Israeli civilians, wounding a foreign worker who was hit by shrapnel. Hamas and other Iran-backed terrorist groups claimed responsibility for the attacks, which also hit a home and struck near an elementary school.[1]
    During the past year, Iran-backed terrorist groups in Gaza have fired more than 3,000 rockets and mortars at Israeli civilians in the southern Negev region, killing four people and wounding more than 270.

  9. Plans to boost trade in Iran  By TEH ENG HOCK
    ESFAHAN (Iran): Malaysian trade to Iran will receive a huge boost when governments of both countries find a solution to provide financing to investors here.
    Malaysia ambassador to Iran Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin said many investors faced a local credit problem, and found it hard to secure financing for their businesses here.
    Iran has a sophisticated and well-oiled banking sector, but with mostly local banks as no international banks had been set up here.
    However, Syed Munshe said there were plenty of investment opportunities in Iran and trade between both nations had been encouraging.

  10. AFP Iran using Venezuela ties to duck UN sanctions: report
    ROME  — Iran is using its warm relations with Venezuela to dodge UN sanctions and use Venezuelan aircraft to ship missile parts to Syria, an Italian newspaper reported Sunday.
    Citing US and other Western intelligence agencies, La Stampa said Iran is using aircraft from Venezuelan airline Conviasa to transport computers and engine components to Syria for use in missiles.
    The material comes from Iranian industrial group Shahid Bagheri, listed in the annex of UN Security Council Resolution 1737, adopted in December 2006, for involvement in Iran’s ballistic missile programme.
    The resolution instructed all nations to “prevent the supply, sale or transfer” of all material or technology that could be used for Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme and the development of weapons to carry nuclear warheads.

  11. Tehran’s wish is law to Brussels   If the politicians who run the European Union were found to be acting repeatedly in gross breach of their own it would be thought worthy of some attention, writes Christopher Booker.
    Christopher Booker
    If the politicians who run the European Union were found to be acting repeatedly in gross breach of their own law, to appease one of the nastiest regimes in the world – and a senior British minister was found to have seriously misled Parliament in the same cause – might this not be thought worthy of some attention? Yet again last week, unreported here in Britain, the EU was reprimanded by its own courts for refusing to obey their ruling that it had acted illegally in outlawing Iran’s main democratic opposition movement, the People’s Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI).

  12. XinhuaReport: Egyptian FM criticizes Iran on Palestinian issue  
    CAIRO, Dec. 14  — Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Sunday strongly criticized Iran on its practices to the Palestinian issue, saying Iran “does not want any good for the Palestinian people.”
    Abul Gheit made the remarks prior to his departure to Europe for a visit to Prague on Sunday, the state MENA news agency reported. 
    “Iranians want to impose and spread their own ideology in the region,” Abul Gheit was quoted as saying. 
    Commenting on some Iranian officials’ remarks on the Palestinian issue, the Egyptian top diplomat said “They provide nothing for the Palestinian cause, save hollow speeches and unfounded allegations.”

  13. Xinhua Iran eyes European markets via Balkan partner 
    TEHRAN, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — Iran’s Minister of Commerce Massoud Mir-Kazemi said on Monday that Iran favored the access to European markets via Balkan partner, the official IRNA news agency reported. 
    Mir-Kazemi expressed hope that “Iran would expand its presence in the Balkan region so that it could reach the European markets.” 
    The remarks were made after Iran’s Mir-Kazemi and Bosnian Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Mladen Zirojevic signed a preferential tariff agreement here Monday evening.

  14. Xinhua Iran seeks expansion of ties with Latin America  
    TEHRAN, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) — Iran’s First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi said on Saturday that his country is seeking expansion of ties with Latin American states, the official IRNA news agency reported. 
    “The expansion of ties with Latin America is a priority of Iran’ s foreign policy,” the report quoted Davoudi as saying. 
    “The Latin American states are powerful countries that can play key role in international arena,” he said, adding that therefore, “promotion of trade and industrial cooperation with developing states, particularly the revolutionary Latin American countries, is a principle of the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy.”

    1. Latin America brushes off Iran sanctions
      Seven Latin American countries have held a trade fair in Tehran in a symbolic rejection of sanctions imposed on Iran. The picture shows Latin American leaders posing for a picture at an ALBA summit in Caracas on November 26, 2008.
      Members of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) have held a trade fair in Tehran to increase cooperation with the country.
      ALBA was launched in 2005 by Venezuela as a counterpunch to the Bush administration launch of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
      Some 81 companies from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Cuba, Bolivia, Honduras and Nicaragua have participated in the four-day event.
      The exhibition was launched as a symbolic objection to US sanctions imposed against Tehran over its nuclear activities.

  15. KSTADialog mit Iran  Seltsame Gesprächspartner
    Von Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, 22.12.08, 09:43h, aktualisiert 22.12.08, 09:51h
    Die Universität München hat in letzter Minute eine Veranstaltung mit irnaischen Theologen abgesagt. Hat sie damit aus einem falschen Reflex gegen das iranische Regime heraus die Gebote von Toleranz und wissenschaftlichem Austausch verletzt? Oder hat sie einen schweren politischen Fehler verhindert?
    Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, geb. 1957 in Ludwigsburg, ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der “European Foundation for Democracy” in Brüssel. 2003 promovierte er an der FU Berlin.
    Der Dogmatikprofessor Bertram Stubenrauch sieht nicht weniger als den „freien Gedankenaustausch an den wissenschaftlichen Hochschulen des demokratischen Rechtsstaates” gefährdet. Grund: Die Münchner Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität hatte einen für den 10. Dezember geplanten Austausch zwischen deutschen und iranischen Theologen abgesagt, nachdem Menschenrechtsgruppen, christliche Organisationen und die jüdische Gemeinde dagegen protestiert hatten. Die katholische Fakultät hatte Professor Mohammad Legenhausen eingeladen, der am Imam- Khomeini-Institut in der Stadt Kum arbeitet.

    1. n-tv “Spione”Iran: BBC-Reporter verhaftet
      Wie der israelische Rundfunk und andere israelische Medien meldeten, hätten die internationalen Medien diese Geschichte bislang nicht aufgegriffen, …

    2. YNET Iran: BBC reporters in Tehran are spies
      Top offical accuses British broadcasting giant of attempting to set up espionage network in Islamic Republic; says probe ongoing, arrests made
      Dudi Cohen Published:  12.22.08, 12:36 / Israel News 
      A top Iranian official said Monday that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) operations in Iran were nothing but a cover for the UK’s espionage efforts in the Islamic Republic.
      “The Iranian Intelligence has recently learned that the BBC was not in Iran to report the news, but to operate an espionage ring sanctioned by the British Embassy,” Muhammad Karim Abadi, of the Iranian Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Policy, was quoted by several Iranian publications as saying.

  16. BBC reporters arrested in Iran on suspicion of espionage
    At least one team of British reporters for the BBC have been arrested in Tehran, Iran. Officials there say the reporters are suspected of spying on Iran and had the assistance of the British embassy in Tehran.

    A number of other teams are under investigation for espionage.
    “Iran’s security agencies have revealed that several BBC reporters intended to engage in espionage in the Islamic Republic of Iran with the support of the UK embassy, said Foreign Policy and National Security Commission of the Iranian parliament member, Muhammad Karim Abedi. He was speaking during an interview on Iran’s top news agency, the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA).
    Abedi did not say how many were arrested and did not specify any names. He alleges the reporters were staying in a hotel under false names, and were planning to organize groups of people that were not in favor of the practices of the Iranian government. He also alleges that the BBC is not in Iran to report on news events, but are in the country “recruiting individuals for intelligence activities.”

  17. Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC) Export der iranischen Revolution in den Libanon

  18. Iran hails Russia military aid to Lebanon
    A senior Iranian diplomat welcomes a Russian military aid to Lebanon, saying Tehran favors a strong Lebanese army which can counter Israeli threats.
    Russia said on Wednesday that it will donate 10 used MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter planes to Lebanon.
    The head of the Russian federal military cooperation service, Mikhail Dmitriyev, said also Russia and Lebanon were holding talks on a deal for the Arab country to buy Russian military hardware.
    “The Russian move to help strengthen the Lebanese army is in the line with polices of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said Iran’s ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Reza Sheibani, after a meeting with Lebanon’s Marada Movement leader, Suleiman Franjieh, in Beirut.

  19. Let Russia Stop Iran   By ODED ERAN, GIORA EILAND and EMILY LANDAU
    NINE months have passed since the United Nations Security Council approved its most recent resolution imposing sanctions on Iran. That resolution, like its two predecessors, has failed to deter Tehran, which will soon be in a position to create a working nuclear weapon. Western intelligence establishments estimate that date as not later than mid-2010.
    The problem with any Security Council resolution is that Russia and China, two of the five permanent members, have refused to adopt biting measures. Without tougher sanctions, there is no hope that Iran will reconsider its determination to make a bomb and finally begin to negotiate seriously with the West. Sanctions that would hurt Iran, like an embargo on its imports of gasoline, could deter Tehran from pursuing the bomb.

    1. RP ONLINE Russland liefert Iran Raketen
      Israel habe Moskau auf die iranischen Medienberichte angesprochen, teilte ein Sprecher des israelischen Außenministeriums am Montag mit. …


    2. Rücken stärken mit Raketen
      Ein Angriff auf die iranischen Atomanlagen wird damit für Israel oder Amerika wesentlich riskanter. Es gibt Anzeichen dafür, dass die Installation der S-300 …

    3. Russland versorgt den Iran mit Raketen
      Russland liefert nach eigenen Angaben Abwehrraketen an den Iran. Unklar bleibt, ob auch Langstreckenraketen vom Typ S-300 an Ahmadinedschad verkauft werden.
      Es handele sich allein um Waffen zur Verteidigung, darunter Boden-Luft-Raketen, erklärte die für die Ausfuhr zuständige Behörde am Montag. Zu Berichten in iranischen Medien, dass auch hochentwickelte Langstreckenraketen vom Typ S-300 zu der Lieferung gehörten, nahm Rosoboronexport nicht Stellung.

    4. Iran confirms deal on air defence system with Russia   Europe News – Dec 21, 2008, 8:19 GMT
      Tehran – Iran on Sunday confirmed a deal with Russia for delivery of a new air defence system to the Islamic state, the official news agency IRNA reported.
      The deputy head of the parliament’s security commission told IRNA that after several years of negotiations, Iran reached an agreement with Russia for delivery of an S300 system – also known as SA20 – in the near future.

  20. Russland versorgt den Iran mit Raketen
    Moskau – Russland liefert nach eigenen Angaben Abwehrraketen an den Iran. Es handele sich allein um Waffen zur Verteidigung, darunter Boden-Luft-Raketen, erklärte die für die Ausfuhr zuständige Behörde am Montag. Zu Berichten in iranischen Medien, dass auch hochentwickelte Langstreckenraketen vom Typ S-300 zu der Lieferung gehörten, nahm Rosoboronexport nicht Stellung.
    Gegen den möglichen Export von S-300-Raketen haben die USA und Israel protestiert. Sie fürchten, dass damit das militärische Gleichgewicht in der Region empfindlich gestört würde.

  21. bbc Iran closes human rights centre 
    Iran’s judiciary said Ms Ebadi’s group did not have the required legal permits
    Iranian police have raided and closed the office of a human rights group led by the Nobel laureate, Shirin Ebadi.
    Judiciary officials said the centre was acting as an illegal political party, and had contacts with local and foreign organisations, local media reported.
    The raid came shortly before the centre was to host a celebration for the 60th anniversary

  22. Middle East Times  2009’s Most Pressing International Issue: Iran  – By OLIVIER GUITTA
    While the recent focus of the world’s media has been on the global economic crisis, another issue of major concern is looming: Iran and its nuclear program. The incoming U.S. administration of Barack Obama is going to have to tackle this issue in the first days of office. Indeed, even though it did not get much coverage, the French National Assembly issued an alarming report which assessed that Iran could get its first nuclear bomb between 2009 and 2010. This assessment is the result of a one-year research where numerous experts were interviewed both in Iran and outside of Islamic Republic.

  23. Release Hossein Derakhshan
    A number of bloggers published an open letter calling for Hossein Derakhshan’s ‎immediate release and voicing serious concern over the detained journalist’s conditions. ‎
    The signatories of the letter emphasized, “The disappearance, detention at an unknown ‎location, prohibition from contacting family members or defense lawyers and refusal to ‎release clear information about the aforementioned individual’s possible charges all are ‎causes for concern for us.” ‎
    Noting their disappointment with repeated confrontations of bloggers in Iran, the authors ‎write, “Unfortunately, in recent years, many websites and weblogs have been ‎systematically filtered by Iranian officials and a number of bloggers have been subjected ‎to detention and intimidation.” The bloggers and authors of this letter emphasize that ‎‎”Hossein Derakhshan’s arrest is only the latest instance of such confrontations and seems ‎to have been carried out in order to create fear and silence bloggers.”

  24. Iran set to build 5 new nuclear reactors   Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visiting the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility
    Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEO) says the country plans to construct five additional nuclear reactors in the next five years.
    AEO Deputy Head Mohammad Qannad revealed Sunday that the agency has been tasked with meeting 10 percent of the country’s energy demand — approximately 20,000 megawatts — through nuclear energy in the near future.
    “For the next five years, Iran plans to produce 5,000 megawatts of [nuclear] energy,” he added.
    Iran suffers from an electricity shortage and adopted a rationing program in the summer to ease the problem by scheduling power outages across urban and rural areas in the country.


    1. RIA Novosti Iran will mehr AKWs bauen – „Gazeta.Ru”
      … Israel haben den Bau des Atomkraftwerkes Bushehr immer als einen verantwortungslosen Schritt Russlands kritisiert, zumal das iranische Atomprogramm …

  25. YNET – Report: Ahmadinejad squandered $140 billion – Iranian president’s fiscal policies come under attack by opposition claiming he depleted Islamic Republic’s reserve fund, meant to help needy 
    Iranian President
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s financial policies came under attack recently, as those opposing him within the Islamic Republic claimed that he has singlehandedly driven the country into financial ruin.
    Several weeks ago, Ahmadinejad appeared before his parliament in order to defend his policies and announced that his government will allot the failing Iranian market a bailout plan, which will allow it, and the weaker socioeconomic classes, to get back on their feet…

  26. JTA Is it time to prepare for a nuclear Iran?  By Ron Kampeas · December 18, 2008
    WASHINGTON  — Get ready for a nuclear Iran, but don’t concede it.
    That’s a view emerging from the conservative end of the spectrum of Middle East policy thinkers here at a time when the pro-Israel community is grappling with how to deal with the issue between presidential administrations.
    John Bolton, the former Bush administration U.N. ambassador and nuclear proliferation negotiator, raised eyebrows when he said as much at a forum two weeks ago at the American Enterprise Institute, where he is a fellow. This week he elaborated in a conference call organized by The Israel Project.
    “I think unfortunately it’s pretty close to inevitable,” Bolton said, referring to Tehran’s developing a nuclear weapon. “Iran has completely indigenous mastery over the nuclear fuel cycle, all the way from enrichment to nuclear weaponization. By the end of this year they’ll have enough for two more [weapons] — and that’s just what we” and the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, know.

  27. Women challenge Iran’s iron ceiling  Hamida Ghafour  
    As calls for the improvement of women’s rights in Iran have escalated in recent years, the government has shown less tolerance towards activists. Hassan Ammar / AFP
    Esha Momeni, an American postgraduate student of Iranian origin, travelled to her homeland in October to research the women’s rights movement for a master’s thesis.
    Instead, Ms Momeni, 28, a dual citizen, was arrested by the Iranian authorities and thrown into jail in Tehran on charges of “acting against national security”.
    Only after her father put up the family home in Tehran as US$200,000 (Dh720,000) collateral was she released on bail, but instead of returning to California, she remains virtually under house arrest because the authorities refuse to return her passport.

  28. europa.euDeclaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the repeated violations of human rights in Iran
    The European Union is deeply concerned at the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The multiple violations committed by the Iranian authorities testify to the erosion of the rights of the individual there.
    The European Union reiterates that such violations are unacceptable. It is particularly disturbed by :
    –        the simultaneous execution of ten Iranians at Evin prison on 26 November 2008;
    –        the judicial pressure which the Iranian authorities exert on women’s rights activists. Among the signatories of the “One Million Signatures” campaign who are victims of this harassment, Esha Momeni, an Iranian-American, has been arrested and had her passport confiscated;
    –        the situation of Hussein Derakhshan, an Iranian blogger arrested by the authorities without charge on 1 November 2008. His family has had no news of him for several weeks and has still not been told where he is being held;
    –        the recent refusal of the Iranian authorities to allow Mansour Ossanlou, an Iranian trade unionist sentenced to five years in prison for “acts against State security ” and “anti-regime propaganda”, access to the medical care which he needs.

  29. – Netanyahu says West has “duty” to defend Israel against Iran  Dec 21, 2008
    Benjamin Netanyahu met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and plans for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The leader of Likud Party told reporters, “A terribly dangerous threshold will be crossed” if Iran gains nuclear weapons. He said that in his meeting with Sarkozy he expressed the “duty” of French and Western leaders to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
    Netanyahu is the front-runner in polls ahead of the February elections ahead of Tzipi Livni of the Kadima Party and Ehud Bark of Labor in the prime ministerial race.

  30. MEMRI BLOG Cartoon In Iranian Online Daily Rooz: ‘Nightmare’ 
    Cartoonist: N. Kosar
    Source: Rooz, Iran, December 24, 2008
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  31. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Prominent Iranian-American Introduces New Book, Walks On U.S. Flag 

    The man stepping on the U.S. flag, and in the other photos by the Iranian news agency Fars, is Prof. Hamid Molana, an advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who holds both Iranian and U.S. citizenship.
    On December 23, 2008, Molana introduced his book Iranian Foreign Policy During the Ahmadinejad Presidency.Molana arranged for Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia University in September 2007, and has also worked together with Rutgers Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, another dual U.S.-Iran national, who is founder and president of the American Iranian Council and leader of the initiative to open a U.S. interests office in Tehran.
    Source: Fars,, December 24, 2008

  32. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Egyptian Shura Council Chairman: Iran Is Stirring Up Our Internal Affairs
    Egyptian Shura Council chairman Dr. Safwat Al-Sharif has accused Iran of attempting to revive the old Persian Empire and of interfereing in Egypt’s internal affairs, with the aim of distracting attention from its own crisis.
    Al-Sharif wondered how Iran, which itself is occupying territory of Arab lands, wanted to negotiate over the Palestinian matter.
    Source: Asr-e Iran, Iran, December 24, 2008

  33. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Former Lebanese Minister: Topple Saudi Royal House
    Wiam Wahhab, leader of the Tawhid stream in Lebanon, which is part of the Lebanese opposition, has called to topple the Saudi royal house, saying that otherwise “there will be no quiet in the region.”
    He also called to remove the places sacred to Islam from Saudi control, and to transfer them to an independent element that will represent all the schools of Islamic thought.
    Wahhab even accused Saudi Arabia of attempting to spark civil war between Sunnis and Shi’ites in Lebanon, of funding global terror, and of responsibility for what was happening in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Palestine.
    Source: Fars, Iran, December 24, 2008

  34. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Iranian Daily: Turkey’s Mediation Between Israel and Syria Is Betrayal
    The Iranian daily Jomhouri-e Eslami stated that Turkey’s mediation between Israel and Syria is betrayal of the Palestinians, in light of Israel’s crimes in Gaza.
    The paper added that the mediation was in vain, because peace according to Israel meant the continuation of the occupation and submission to its demands.
    Source: Jomhouri-e Eslami, Iran, December 25, 2008

  35. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Ahmadinejad: Thousands Continue In Path Of Mughniya
    At a meeting with the family of ‘Imad Mughniya, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, “the thousands of ‘Imad Mughniya” were now continuing in his path, with steadfastness and resistance, until the “ultimate victory.”
    Source: Fars, Iran, December 24, 2008

  36. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Iran: Apprehended Spies Not British
    IN response to an Iranian report on the capture of British spies, Iranian Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejehei said that the spies who were apprehended were not British nationals. (see “Iran: We’ve Arrested British Spy Network“).
    Source: Fars, Iran, December 24, 2008

  37. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Former Pakistani Military Intelligence Chief: U.S. Wants Israel To Be Only Nuclear Power In Middle East 
    In an interview published December 22, the former director of Pakistan’s military intelligence organization, Hamid Gol, said that the U.S. was acting to advance its goals in the region, particularly in Afghanistan, by weakening the Pakistani security and governmental apparatuses.
    Gol said that the U.S. was seeking “to destroy Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities, and to strengthen Israel as the only nuclear power in the Middle East.”
    Pointing at the pressure by the Western governments, particularly that of the U.S., on Pakistani intelligence following the Mumbai attacks, Gol said, “The White House must understand that Pakistan is not its servant.”
    Source: IRNA, Iran, December 22, 2008

  38. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Executions Continue In Iran
    Eight men and a woman, all charged with murder, were hanged this morning in Evin prison.
    Source: Fararu, Iran, December 24, 2008

  39. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Iranian Presidential Advisor: U.S., Israel Behind Piracy In Gulf Of Aden
    Ali Reza Zaker-Isfahani, advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and head of the Iranian presidency’s Strategic Research Center, has stated that the U.S. and Israel are arming the pirates in the Gulf of Aden in order to assure their control there.
    He said that Iran’s sending of a military force to the Gulf of Aden would weaken the control of the U.S., England, France, and Germany there.
    Source: Fars, Iran, December 24, 2008

  40. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG IRNA: Arab Countries Fear U.S.-Iran Closeness
    The official Iranian news agency IRNA stated that the nine Arab countries had agreed to discuss the issue of Iran with the 5+1 representatives because of their fear of increased closeness between Iran and the U.S. and of the possibility of renewed Iran-U.S. relations.
    IRNA added that the countries had explained to the U.S. that if it got closer to Iran it would do itself damage in the Middle East, including the loss of Arab support.
    Source: IRNA, Iran, December 21, 2008

  41. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Fars News Agency: U.S. Troops Ask IRGC for Training

    The Iranian news agency Fars reports, citing a senior IRGC official, that U.S. officials in charge of security of a European airport have asked for airport security training courses by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.
    According to Fars, IRGC Security Unit deputy commander Brig.-Gen. Ahmad Haq Talab told reporters that “U.S. troops deployed in a European airport have requested the IRGC’s Airport Security Unit to train their troops.”
    “Due to the very good performance and experience of IRGC troops in airport security and continued security on Iranian flights, different Asian, African and European countries have made similar requests from Iran,” Haq Talab is quoted as saying, adding that Iran has so far given a positive response to the Asian and African countries in this regard.
    Source: Fars, Iran, December 23, 2008

  42. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Iranian Daily: No Iranian Believes Iraq Will Remove Mojahedeen-e Khalq
    The Iranian daily Jomhouri-e Eslami states that no one in Iran believes the Iraqi government’s promise that it will remove the Iranian opposition group Mojahedeen-e Khalq from its territory (“Iraq: No More Mojahedeen-e Khalq“), and that Iraq has promised this before.
    The paper called this a propaganda move on the eve of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki’s visit to Iran.
    Source: Jomhouri-e Eslami, Iran, December 23, 2008

  43. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Fars Article Calls On Palestinians To Upgrade Their Missiles
    An article on the website of the Iranian news agency Fars has called on Palestinian resistance groups to exploit Israel’s failure to intercept the short-range Qassam rockets and to equip themselves with advanced rockets that are faster and have a greater range.
    Source: Fars, Iran, December 23, 2008

  44. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Iranian Blogger Who Insulted Khamenei Imprisoned
    An Iranian court last month sentenced an Iranian blogger, Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, to two and a half years in prison for insulting Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
    News of the case was only recently made public.
    Source: Rooz, Iran, December 20, 2008

  45. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Ahmadinejad Denies Iranian Brain Drain
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that Iran is not experiencing a brain drain and that academics going abroad are proof of the spread of Iranian culture in the world.
    It is estimated that every year 150,000 to 180,000 people with higher education leave Iran.
    Sources: Rooz, Iran, December 23, 2008; IRNA, Iran, December 22, 2008 

  46. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Iranian Official: 5+1, Arab Countries’ Talks ‘Betrayal’
    Iranian Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy committee deputy chairman Esmail Kowsari has called the talks between representatives of Arab countries and the 5+1 “betrayal,” saying that the meeting was anticipated in light of the American and Zionist infiltration of these regimes, which showed the Arab regime heads’ dependence on foreigners.
    Source: ISNA, Iran, December 21, 2008

  47. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Iran Launching New Ministry To Investigate Online Character Assassination Of Presidential Candidates
    In advance of the presidential election in the country, Iran’s prosecutor general Saeed Mortazavi has announced his intention to open a new ministry to investigate propaganda constituting character assassination against presidential candidates, that is spread either online or via text messages.
    During the 2005 election cycle, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad complained that he had received jokes about himself via text message.
    Source: Rooz, Iran, December 20, 2008

  48. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Report: Senior Iranian Official Meets With Obama Advisors
    The Iranian daily Etemad reports, citing a knowledgeable source in the Iranian Foreign Ministry, that during his recent visit to New York, Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaii met with advisors to U.S. president-elect Barack Obama to discuss U.S.-Iran normalization, but that no agreement on the matter was reached.
    The source said that Obama did not comply with Mashaii’s request to meet with him.
    Iranian Majlis Chairman Ali Larijani rejected the idea of opening a U.S. interests office in Tehran, saying that the region needed strategic change, not tactical change.
    (See also “
    Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman: VP Didn’t Meet With Americans.”)
    Sources: IRNA, Iran, December 21, 2008; Etemad, Iran, December 15, 2008
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