Iran’s Hezbollah Issues Warning to Rouhani

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Hossein Allahkaram, head of the coordination council for Hezbollah, spoke to Fars News about Hassan Rouhani’s election on Friday in which he addressed president-elect’s foreign and economic policies and the role of “radical Reformists.”

Allahkaram criticized the “capitalist” policies of former presidents Mohammad Khatami and Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani “which helped the rich factory owners.” He warned, “If Rouhani wants to move toward the economic policy of that era, he should expect that the people who were patient during Ahmadinejad’s era will take to protests.”

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14 Points On Saeed Jalili According to Hezbollah

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Foreign-based Persian language news site Digarban has picked up social media post by an individual who claims to be a former student of nuclear negotiator and presidential candidate Saeed Jalili. The former student from Imam Sadegh University – where many Sepah (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) have graduated from – describes Jalili as “a good man, but not for the presidency.”

According to the student, many of the 14 points on Jalili were confirmed by “research and interviews with individuals who know him from the Foreign Ministry.” Although the 14 points “are presented by a friend,” the former student adds his own observations in parenthesis. [My comments are in brackets.]

Jalili’s surprise last-minute registration and approval by the Guardian Council has caught some analysts off guard. He has presented himself as a hardliner on religious, social and foreign policy issues. Some on foreign Persian language media sites and others on social media have speculated that Jalili’s presence and position in the elections is a ploy to convince more liberal voters to turn out to vote for their own candidate to increase voter participation, something which is desired by the Iranian government. Continue reading

Qusair Victory ‘More Valuable’ Than 2006 War With Israel

untitled The Syrian army has reportedly retaken control over the city of Qusair in Homs province after a year of Syrian rebels controlling the city. Qusair witnessed heavy fighting and many casualties on both sides, and stood out especially due to the heavy presence of Lebanese Hezbollah’s fighters who fought on the side of the Syrian army. Iran has invested heavily in keeping President Bashar al-Assad’s government in power and is the main sponsor of Hezbollah. Continue reading

Khamenei Advisor: Syria ‘Golden Link in the Chain of Resistance’

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At an “Islamic Awakening” conference in Mashhad Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s top foreign-policy adviser said that “today, the arrogant powers have targeted Syria, which in reality is the golden link in the chain of resistance.” Iran believes itself to be in an “Axis of Resistance” with Syria and Hezbollah against Israeli and American hegemony in the region. They also refer to the “Arab Spring” uprisings as “Islamic Awakenings.”

Ali Akbar Velayati, who is also the secretary-general of the World Assembly of the Islamic Awakening, added that the “[arrogant powers] had the goal from the beginning, under the name of “Arab Spring” to overthrow the [Syrian] government, but with the support of Israel and Saudi Arabia, in actuality something else took place.”

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Ahmadinejad’s one-time ardent supporter bids farewell to politics

Fatemeh Rajabi, one of President Ahmadinejad most ardent defenders in the Iranian media, has announced that she is bidding farewell to politics. Rajabi is also the wife of Gholamhossein Elham, another tenacious supporter of the president, who acted as government spokesman during Ahmadinejad’s first term.

Azim Mahmoudabadi’s article for the Reformist daily Etemaad, points out that Rajabi is most famous for her book “The Miracle of the Third Millennium , the “miracle” in question was none other than Ahmadinejad himself. She penned the book after the Ahmadinejad’s unanticipated election victory in 2005.

However, since the beginning of Ahmadinejad’s second term and in particular since the president’s public falling out with the Supreme Leader, Rajabi has taken a back seat, where previously she had gone so far as to attribute Ahmadinejad’s management of the country to the 12th Imam of Shi’ite Islam, who Twelver Shi’is believe currently resides in Occultation, and will one day return to save humanity.

Mahmoudabadi writes scathingly: “Silence is not justifiable or logical from any point of view. Why if the praise, compliments, and acclaim were correct, even though now the life of the Ahmadinejad government is nearing its end, the very least expectation of yesterday’s backers of Ahmadinejad is that in these circumstances they don’t leave their “Third Miracle of the Millennium” alone. [Furthermore], that they bravely defend their statements expressing the righteousness of the president and his close circle – of course not from the Reformists, but from the side of the Principalists.”

“In the event that [Rajabi] after seven years has understood her mistakes regarding an individual [i.e. Ahmadinejad], again, the least expected is that she openly accepts her mistakes and in a logical way expresses regret over those mistakes and shows contrition.”

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Revolutionary Guard Chief Holds Press Conference

Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) delivered an important speech at a press conference on Sunday, which has been reported by virtually all of the Iranian news outlets. What follows below is a summary and translation of the key parts of the Commander’s speech and some of his answers to journalists’ questions. The speech should be regarded as significant and news of the press conference was announced on several news agencies a number of days in advance.

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