The progress of Iran’s economy is not contingent upon the removal of the Western sanction, as Tehran is already making headway in the economic arena due to its successful policies and diplomacy, a top Iranian official says.
“The Iranian economy does not await the lifting of sanctions and it is impossible to impose an economic embargo on Iran,” Mohammad Nahavandian, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff, said. Continue reading President Rouhani’s Chief of Staff: Iran’s Economy Will Progress Regardless of Sanctions Being Lifted
)- Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said Tehran has outpaced Washington in producing naval science.
Continue reading IRGC Commander: Iran Moving Ahead of US in Naval Science Production
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s personal website has republished an article by Kayhan newspaper that responded to reports about US President Barack Obama’s letter offering Iran cooperation against the Islamic State (IS) if a nuclear deal is signed by Nov. 24. Though the newspaper does not always specifically reflect Ayatollah Khamenei’s views, the fact that this article was republished on his website is a rare endorsement of some of the views expressed in the article.
Obama’s letter, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, initially received straightforward coverage from Iranian news agencies and brief mentions on Iranian TV. In recent days, there has been more coverage, especially the foreign media reacting to the letter. Continue reading Newspaper close to Iran Supreme leader reacts to Obama’s letter
The US delivered arms and aid supply to militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in eastern Iraq, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier claimed on Saturday, according to a report by the Iranian state news agency IRNA.
Describing the US’s fight against ISIS as a “lie,” General Massoud Jazayeri Jazayeri said “the US and the coalition air dropped weapons, ammunition, food and medical equipment to ISIS militants – which have been besieged by the Iraqi army – in Jalawla town of Diyala [in eastern Iraq] a few days ago.”
Jazayeri claimed that the US supported ISIS, currently in control of large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, since the beginning of the insurgency. Continue reading Iranian general accuses US of supplying ISIS with arms, aid
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