Iran News Round Up November 15, 2012

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by Ali Alfoneh and Ahmad Majidyar. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online.

(E) = Article in English    


  • Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei, director of Ahmadinejad's office, addresses the people from Mazandaran at a meeting in Tehran: 
    • On his decision to run for the president, Mashaei said: "No one can stop me!"
    • "Offense is the best defense... We are intending to constantly be on the attack and we will not be gentlemanly towards anyone."
    • "The gentlemen have no documentation whatsoever when it comes to a fantastical movement called 'the current of deviation.' Just as Ahmadinejad has declared it, I too have prepared myself for martyrdom."
    • "We have been active for the past seven years. We will not so easily hand over the eleventh cabinet to [Mohammad-Baqer] Qalibaf."
    • "We have things [prepared files on] all those people who have attacked the cabinet during the past seven years."
    • "Every once in a while I cry because of the innocence of Ahmadinejad. The pressure is very hard. Had it not been for the support of the president I would most certainly have resigned."


  • Iranian Deputy foreign minister condemns Israel's "cowardly attacks" on Gaza.
  • [E] Iran called on the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) to return to talks instead of paving the wrong path of pressures and sanctions against the Iranian nation.

Military and Security


  • The parliament passes a bill prohibiting the amount of the cash handout in 2013. 
  • Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani addresses war veterans:
    • "One of the problems in our country is inflation and [un]employment. As long as liquidity is not directed towards production... inflation and unemployment will not be solved. For this to happen, one must ease the economic conditions and investment [opportunities]. Should this happen, our nation could most certainly leave the problems [caused by the] sanctions behind and reach development and progress."
  • Parliamentarian Halimeh Ali warns against drought, unemployment, poverty and insecurity in Sistan va Baluchestan province.


Religion, Society and Culture

  • Policy analyst Sadeq Zibakalam and Hojjat al-Eslam Hossein Khosrowpanah discuss the role of religion in society: Video

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