The following is a selection of news reports and commentary from Iranian media and mainstream publications on developments pertaining to Iran. This weekly update includes a sampling of published reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media*as well as relevant articles from the international press.
Zionists’ Iranophobia campaign foiled: Zarif
(Press TV – August 21, 2014)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on state television that his country has successfully thwarted an anti-Iran campaign led by Israel. “It has always been on the agenda of the Zionist regime and its supporters as well as certain parts of the US government and some Western countries to portray Iran as a security threat to the world,” Zarif said during the televised broadcast on Wednesday.
Iran worried over race discrimination in US
(Mehr News Agency – August 20, 2014)
Iran’s foreign ministry criticized the U.S. for blasting Iran’s human rights offenses as protests continued in Ferguson, Missouri. The foreign ministry said: “Race discrimination against African Americans by the US police and court system is an indicator of human rights violations in that country despite their claims for supporting human rights and their annual reports of human rights violations in other countries.”
IRGC commander warns Israel of deadly response
(Fars News Agency – August 20, 2014)
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the IRGC’s Air Force, threated Israel with retaliation in the event of an Israeli strike against Iran. “The Zionist regime might have a decision to make an aggression against Iran, but it will certainly come to the conclusion that it has taken an immature decision after studying the outcomes and consequences and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s much powerful reaction.”
Hujjat al-Islam Ebrahim Raeisi: “Americans have committed some of the worst crimes in the name of freedom”
(Rasa News Agency – August 19, 2014)
Ebrahim Raeisi, the first deputy of the Iranian judiciary, gave a speech in the city of Qom, stating, “The ignorant Americans have committed some of the worst crimes upon humanity in the name of freedom.” The cleric also claimed that the West is promoting the acceptance of homosexuality as a human right and as “a sign of freedom and a characteristic of a civilized, liberal and modern society.”
Iran’s civil, air defense bodies sign agreement to cooperate in defending N. sites
(Fars News Agency – August 19, 2014)
Gholam Reza Jalali, the head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, announced this week that his organization has signed an agreement with other air defense bases to establish a defense system to protect the country’s nuclear sites. “Our enemy uses intelligent power and we should make use of an intelligent air defense system as well,” Jalali said during the signing ceremony.
IRGC top advisor hails Iran’s missile power
(Fars News Agency – August 19, 2014)
General Komeil Kohansal, a top advisor to the IRGC, said during a visit to the northern city of Sari on Tuesday, that, “Today, Iran’s missile systems are ready to respond to any enemy threats.”
Committing crimes now habit for Israel: Top cleric
(Press TV – August 19, 2014)
Senior Iranian leader and former President Ayatollah Rafsanjani said during an anti-Israel protest in Tehran on Tuesday that, “Committing crimes has grown into a habit for Israel, and silence and supporting criminals has become routine in international communities.”
Iran’s integrated air defense system impenetrable
(Fars News Agency – August 18, 2014)
General Ali Reza Sabahifard, the lieutenant commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, boasted to reporters about Iran’s military prowess, stating, “At present, every part of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s airspace is connected to the integrated air defense network and the smallest movements cannot go unnoticed by the eagle eyes of the air defense base.”
Israelis control major world banks: Analyst
(Press TV – August 18, 2014)
During an interview with Iran’s English-language propaganda network this week, Kenneth O’Keefe, a London-based virulently anti-Israel activist, spewed anti-Semitic comments when he said: “It is beyond absurdity that treasonous governments have been allowed to actually sign off the power of the people to print their own money through their representative government and instead give it to private bankers. The fact that they happen to be Jewish is not an opinion, it is a fact. And it is that use of that money, that power that has been given to them that they use to be able to dominate the world as I have said buying the media, the police, the military, the courts, the corporation, all of it.”
Understanding Iran’s internal divisions
(The Wall Street Journal, Op-Ed – August 20, 2014)
Haleh Esfandiari, the director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, wrote that the recent imprisonment of several Western journalists by the Iranian authorities signifies the greater power struggle between President Hassan Rouhani and conservative elements in the regime.
Iran cleric: Westernized Iranians no different than IS
(Al-Monitor – August 20, 2014)
Alireza Panahian, a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said during a ceremony for an Iranian documentary this week, “The Westoxified among us are no different from takfiris and ISIS,” and that Westoxified Iranians are “Zionist fifth columnists.”
Remembering poet Simin Behbahani, the ‘Lioness of Iran’
(The Washington Post – August 20, 2014)
Earlier this week Iran lost one of its most celebrated poets, Simin Behbahani, who was known for her feminist views and poetry that expressed her love for Iran.
One result of the Gaza conflict: Iran and Hamas are back together
(Time – August 19, 2014)
After a falling out nearly three years ago over Hamas’s support for Syrian rebels, the Palestinian terrorist group and its foremost patron Iran appear to be on the path toward reconciliation. The new thaw is purportedly due to Hamas’s ongoing conflict with Israel, and Iranian leaders have begun voicing their support of “the Palestinian resistance in different ways.”
Billionaire named in suit against anti-Iran group
(The New York Times – August 18, 2014)
United Against Nuclear Iran, a leading organization fighting to enforce sanctions against the Islamic Republic by publicizing companies that do business with Tehran, is facing a defamation lawsuit by a Greek businessman. Last year the anti-Iran group had publicized Victor Restis’s alleged business dealings with Iran.