Iranian ‘Time Machine’ Scientist Outsmarts Media


On April 6 Fars News reported that Ali Razeghi had created a time machine called the “Aryayek Time Travelling Machine.” Several Western media outlets immediately picked up the story of the man who claimed that his time machine “easily fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details of the next five-eight years of the life of its users” with 98% accuracy. The story then went viral on social media.

In a second interview, this time with Shargh newspaper, which was republished by Mehr, it appears that the Iranian “Time Machine” scientist has outsmarted both Iranian and Western media.

The 27-year-old Ali Razeghi sat down with the Iranian paper to clarify his original Fars News interview, which has been removed from their website since. The Q&A format of the interview took an almost comical tone, with many incredulous follow-up questions. The Shargh reporter also wrote into the story moments when Zareghi broke into laughter himself.

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Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei on Argo


Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, the chief of the Secretariat of the Non-Aligned Movement and a controversial ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has defended his recent spate of meetings with foreign leaders, claiming that they were “always in the office of the President”.

Mashaei also commented on the Oscar winner for Best Picture, Argo, claiming that “there is no doubt that in these kinds of things politics has a role, but [to reckon] every action is entirely political is also not the case and it is not possible to judge…I have not seen this film and only heard that it is against Iran, but I have not seen it [to know] what its anti-Iranian dimensions are…If it has questioned Iranian smarts it has made a big mistake. If Iranians did not have a great intelligence, the name ‘Iran’ would now no longer exist”.

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Ahmadinejad Foe Replies to Critics

Former President Rafsanjani at the 12 meeting of the Assembly of Experts

Former President Rafsanjani at the 12 meeting of the Assembly of Experts

The Reformist daily Etemaad and Khabar Online report on the speech of Mostafa Pourmohammadi at the 13th meeting of the Union of Independent Student Societies throughout the country. Pourmohammadi was forced to resign from his position as minister of the interior by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and has since been appointed national chief of the Organization for the Inspectorate. Since the former interior minister’s break with Ahmadinejad, Pourmohammadi has been among the president’s most vociferous detractors, and recently addressed a letter to the Supreme Leader alongside other disgruntled ex-ministers, calling for the president’s executive powers to be transferred to a council. In the course of his speech, Pourmohammadi replied to his critics, many of whom are in government, and accuse Pourmohammadi of acting out of revenge against his former boss. “Those who clash with me and believe that I’m acting politically don’t want the country to have a desirable political atmosphere. They blunt the work of [government] supervision, because unlike my reports they are operating politically.” Continue reading