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Iran

A narcissistic US, an anxious Saudi Arabia and a hysterical Israel

Source : Amal Saad-Ghorayeb | Al Jazeera | 03 Dec 2013

For far too long now, members of the Resistance Axis (Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas) have been the objects of the West's psychopathologising gaze, as I have documented on my blog, ASG's Counter-Hegemony Unit. While the Syrian government has been pathologised as "delusional" and "detached from reality", Iran has similarly been anthromorphised and classified as an "irrational" actor whose foreign policy behaviour closely resembles a person suffering from Anti-Social Personality disorder.

Revealed: Iranian supreme leader’s $95 billion business empire

Source : Reuters Exclusive | 12 Nov 2013

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around $95 billion - a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation’s current annual petroleum exports - a six-month Reuters investigation shows.

The little-known organization, called Setad, is one of the keys to the Iranian leader’s enduring power and now holds stakes in nearly every sector of Iranian industry, including finance, oil, telecommunications, the production of birth-control pills and even ostrich farming.

Tehran says United States sponsors terrorism in the Middle East

Source : Al Arabiya with Agencies | 01 Jun 2013

Slamming a U.S. State Department report linking Iran to a series of international terror attacks, Tehran on Friday said the United States backs terrorists in the Middle East.

“It should be mentioned that the U.S. government has no merit to label other nations of sponsoring terrorism as it has along ... record (of) supporting terrorist groups in our region as well as Israeli state terrorism,” Alireza Miryousefi, spokesman for Iran’s U.N. mission, told Reuters news agency.

Iranian cleric says women can’t be president

Source : Agencies | 18 May 2013

U.S. to block sale of gold to Iran in sanctions clampdown

Source : Al Arabiya and Reuters | 15 May 2013

The United States is to rigorously enforce a ban on gold sales to Iran from July 1, in a further tightening of sanctions over Tehran's disputed nuclear activities.

David S. Cohen, the U.S. Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, told lawmakers in testimony there had been an increase in gold sales to Iran in response to the sharp depreciation in Iran's currency, the rial.

Saudi Arabia’s plan to demolish Masjid al-Nabawi, Israel plan: Iran MP

Source : Presstv / 12 Feb 2013

An Iranian lawmaker has warned that Saudi Arabia’s plan to demolish Masjid al-Nabawi [the Prophet Mohammad’s Mosque] is part of a US and Israeli scenario.

In a Monday interview, Seyyed Nasser Mousavi Largani pointed to the plans by the Wahhabis and Al Saud regime to bulldoze three of the world’s oldest mosques around Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina under the pretext of expanding the holy site.

Ahmadinejad: First Iranian leader to visit Cairo in more than 30 years

By Al Arabiya with Reuters | 05 Feb 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Cairo Tuesday to attend the Islamic Solidarity Organization conference, a step that marks the first visit of an Iranian president to Egypt in 34 years.

President Mohamed Mursi kissed Ahmadinejad as he disembarked from his plane at Cairo airport, footage broadcast by Egyptian state television showed.

On the sidelines of the summit, Ahmadinejad will also meet Al Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmad el Tayyeb, head of Egypt’s leading Sunni Islamic institute.

Iran starts navy drills near Strait of Hormuz

By Al Arabiya with agencies | 28 Dec 2012

Iran started on Friday six days of naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz, the official IRNA news agency reported, maneuvers aimed at showcasing its military capabilities in what is a vital oil and gas shipping route.

Naval commander Habibollah Sayyari said the “Velayat 91” drills would last until Wednesday across an area of about 1 million square kilometers in the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman and northern parts of the Indian Ocean, IRNA said.

‘Pause to Pray:’ Iran bans flights during call to Islamic prayer

By Reuters | 27 Dec 2012

Iran's parliament has banned on airplanes from flying in the country during the Azan call to Islamic prayer, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Wednesday.

"According to the new directive, airplanes are banned from flying during Azan, especially during the call to morning prayers," Mehr quoted the spokesman for parliament's cultural committee Ali Taheri as saying.

Iran responds to accusations by Gulf Arabs

Source : Agencies | 26 Dec 2012

Iran rejected accusations from Gulf Arab states that it was meddling in their affairs, saying those countries were "running away from reality", an Iranian news agency reported on Wednesday.

Six U.S.-allied states demanded Iran end what they called interference in the region, in a statement on Tuesday at the end of a two-day summit of the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), reiterating long-held complaints.

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