by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
At an Imam Ali University for Army Officers commencement ceremony, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told young officers to prepare themselves to further the Iranian military’s scientific progress.
According to Khamenei.ir, discussing the “spiritual capabilities, the scientific abilities, power of ingenuity and resolution” of Iran’s armed forces during the Iran-Iraq war, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The world counts on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces and takes it seriously because it knows that in any area of responsibility … the armed forces will do their best.”
He did not elaborate on any specifics, but encouraged the students to “elevate Iran’s military organization” by taking advantage of the country’s scientific abilities. Ayatollah Khamenei also tackled Islamophobia at the ceremony, noting that, “Global ill-wishers and bullying powers are trying to use art, politics, militarism and all [other] means to keep the voice of pure Islam from being heard, but the voice has been heard, and an indication of that is hegemonic powers’ growing fear. The enemies promote Islamophobia by creating armed groups that massacre civilians in the name of Islam.” Continue reading Khamenei says world relies on Iran’s armed forces
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
The head of Iran’s parliamentary nuclear committee said during the latest nuclear talks in Oman that the United States presented an 8-page recommendation that took the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) “back to zero.” Continue reading Iran official: US proposals in Oman ‘back to zero’
by Trevor LaBonte, Whatsupic
Yet again, “Israel” and the Zionist-controlled media are blood-libeling Iran in the press with misleading and inflammatory headlines such as “Iran leader’s call to ‘annihilate’ Israel sparks fury as nuclear deadline looms.” “Israel’s” game is all-too-obvious at this point. Genocidal, terroristic, racist, and illegitimate as the Zionist regime is, its survival strategy consists of painting itself to be the “only democracy in the Middle East,” while portraying everyone else as “hostile Islamic nations” that want to “massacre all the jews.” Of course, Iran is also portrayed in the media as a “nuclear threat”, even though the top 16 Western intelligence agencies have all stated unequivocally that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons. In fact, Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei has issued a legally binding fatwa (a religious decree) against nuclear weapons, citing that they are “un-Islamic.” Meanwhile, the hypocritical, usurping Zionist entity “Israel” is known to be sitting on it’s own enormous cache of illegal, unregistered nukes. Continue reading Iran Calls for Palestinian Freedom Referendum, Zionist Entity Cries “Holocaust”
by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Global Research
Iran Trip: September – October 2014
Marcel Proust said: “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” During the past two decades, I visited Iran on numerous occasions staying 10-14 days at a time. This time around, I stayed for 2 months and heeding Proust, I carried with me a fresh pair of eyes. I discarded both my Western lenses as well as my Iranian lenses and observed with objective eyes. It was a formidable journey that left me breathless.
Part I – Women of the Islamic Republic of Iran
It is hard to know where to start a travel log and how to describe a newfound world in a few pages. However, given the obsession with the status of women, it is perhaps appropriate to start with the women in Iran as I perceived them.
Western media with help from feminists and Iranians living outside of Iran portray Iranian women as being “oppressed” — foremost because women in Iran have to abide by an Islamic dress code – hijab. Yes, hijab is mandatory and women choose to either wear either a chador or to wear a scarf. But what is crucial to understand is the role chador played in pre 1979 versus the post Revolution era. Continue reading Discovering Iran: Women’s Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran