Commander Yahya Rahim Safavi, advisor to the Supreme Leader and the Joint Chiefs of Staff has stated, “the Americans think they must have a presence in West Asia and North Africa to ensure the survival and security of the Zionist regime and to create a strategic rival in confrontation with Iran, this rival is Turkey”.
Referring to a 2012 United States’ National Security Report approved by President Barack Obama, Safavi said, “in this document of the Americans they introduced this as the biggest economic and security threat to America and in this same document Iran is mentioned as a regional threat and they have strengthened the Fifth naval fleet in the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean, so they can preserve their dominance in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans and control the global economy and energy”.
Safavi emphasized further, “in regional issues and matters, the Americans don’t want Iran to be the first power of the region, and because of this they created the issues in Syria and with the money of some Arab countries and the politicking of America and deputyship of Turkey, they pursue Syria’s destabilization”.
Mohammad Ali Amani, the newly appointed deputy leader of the Islamic Coalition Party has compared the “team” of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which includes such figures as Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei & Hamid Baqai, to the arch-nemesis of the Islamic of Republic, the exiled People’s Mojahedin of Iran. In the first half of the 1980s the Mojahedin and Khomeini’s followers took up arms against one another in a battle for the state, and the latter having lost the battle inside the country eventually joined forces with Saddam Hussein in the course of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war.
In the article published in Shoma, the Coalition’s official publication, Amani argues that the two groups have numerous similarities. For example, he alleges that while the Mojahedin instrumentally used Imam Ali’s well-known collection of sermons, the “Peak of Eloquence,” the “deviant current” use the Hidden Imam to further their political agenda.
Serat News, a hardline outlet often critical of the president and his administration and said to be close to Kayhan, launches an attack against several of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s allies including, First Vice Minister, Mohammadreza Rahimi and Press advisor, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, who has been recently jailed. The main object of derision is their allegedly “eulogising” of political figures they turned against once they obtained high office in the Ahmadinejad government.
Former President Khatami, in a letter to the secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, has condemned the making of the controversial video, “The Innocence of Muslims,” which has sparked controversy across the Muslim world. Many have held the video to be the chief reason for several attacks against American targets across the region, the most dramatic being the assault on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of the American ambassador, Chris Stevens.
On the Domestic Front Deputy Speaker, Mohammadreza Bahonar, has claimed it likely that former Majles Speaker and former presidential candidate Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, will run for the presidency in 2013. Bahonar also greeted the prospect of Tehran Mayor, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, running. Nateq-Nouri has long been targeted by President Ahmadinejad and his allies. Most recently, Nateq-Nouri delivered a speech in Mashhad during the month of Ramadan, which was overrun by plainclothes partisans of hardline IRGC ideologue Saeed Qassemi, an act which has been criticized by prominent Conservative establishment figures. Continue reading →