The hardline Serat News close to the Kayhan Institute weighs in on the debate over David Petraeus’s resignation due to an extramarital affair with his biographer in an article titled “When the Terrible Organization kneels before a woman!”
“The forces that the CIA can bring to accompany it, the most elite of which can be seen with the existence of individuals like Petraeus, who even though the head of an important organization kneeled [when] confronted with an infiltrator and a woman whose spirit of militarism had distanced her from her family for years.”
“Paula Broadwell for close to ten years cooperated with the American military forces. Even though she has a husband and two children, but she enthralled herself to militarism and was present in countries like Afghanistan following Petraeus who was at the time the American commander in Afghanistan … If we look at the course of the lives of the past leaders and managers of the CIA it can be seen to be full of these type of people in positions of power with a brutal soul.“
The Deputy Commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Salami, at a ceremony in remembrance of Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, the so-called ‘father of Iran’s missile program’ who was killed in an explosion at Al Ghadir missile base, which killed 17 people in November 2011, told the audience in attendance, “Tehrani Moghaddam has forever taken away peace and calm from the Israelis.” Salami’s speech was published on Sepah News, the official news agency of the Revolutionary Guards.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has said that a “meeting for Syrian national dialogue” will take place next week in the Iranian capital, Tehran. Amirabdollahian claimed that different representatives of the opposition and the government will be present at the meeting. The meeting will take place under the banner of “No to Violence, Yes to Democracy.”
Alef, affiliated to Principalist and Ahmadinejad critic, Ahmad Tavakkoli, has claimed the United Kingdom has given £13 million to the “rebels of Syria.” Adding, “The recommendations put forward by David Cameron [i.e. the British Prime Minister] regarding the changes in the politics of the European Union against Syria whose aim is securing armaments for the terrorists under the pretext of officially recognising their right to self-defense … London has performed an important role in exacerbating the fire of unrest in Syria.”
Saeed Qassemi, a former Commander in the Revolutionary Guards in the Iran-Iraq war, now linked to the radical quasi-official vigilante group, the Ansar-e Hezbollah and formerly a staunch defender of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, told Asr-e emruz when asked about the prospect of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani running for office in the 2013 presidential election: “the history of Hashemi [Rafsanjani] and his hangers on has come to an end in the revolution…these things are being said [i.e. that Rafsanjani will run for the presidency in June 2013] so they can say “we are here” and if not both Hashemi [Rafsanjani] and [former President Mohammad] Khatami in our view are finished. ”
Javad Karimi Qodusi, a member of the Majles Commission, has claimed, that five political prisoners are the “probable agents” responsible for the death of blogger and online political activist, Sattar Beheshti, who mysteriously died in custody at the Kahrizak detention centre last week. Karimi Qodusi added, “this killing is suspicious and I am suspicious of the influence of the seditious movement [i.e. the name hardliners generally use when referring to the Green Movement and those deemed sympathetic to it] in this killing.”
Two preachers very well-known Tehran preachers, Mansur Arzi and Saeed Haddadian, who had been brought before court after President Ahmadinejad’s Chief of Staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, lodged a complaint against them for having threatened to kill him, have received their sentences. Arzi was acquitted and Haddadian was forced to pay a very small fine.
Ali Larijani, the Speaker of the Majles, has said that stopping the second phase of subsidy reform is a policy to surpass the pressure of Western-led sanctions.
MP Hojjat al-Islam Hossein Sobhani Nia has told the Islamic Republic News Agency that the date and time of President Ahmadinejad’s questioning over the state of the economy and his government’s economic policy, is still yet to be confirmed. It is unlikely that the time and date of the president’s appearance will be announced prior to the public holiday of Ashura, when Shi’is traditionally mourn the death of the third Imam and grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, Hossein.