Iran Weekly: Selected News & Developments

  • March 26, 2014

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.

Iran­ian Media

Israel strike on Iran would spell doom for US empire: Analyst
(Press TV – March 25, 2014)

Kevin Barrett, an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists and frequent contributor to Iran’s English-language propaganda news network, Press TV, wrote “The US is still doing the bidding of the Zionist bankster oligarchs who are the real power behind the Western throne.”

A topic from the Supreme Leader’s Nowruz speech*
(Mashregh News Agency – March 24, 2014)


In an editorial examining the Supreme Leader’s comments on the Holocaust, Mashregh News posits the question, “Was the killing of the Jews during World War II a systematic killing, or were the Jews killed part of the millions who were killed during World War II?” In a follow-up question posted by the newspaper, the figure of 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis is doubted, “Could the figure of 6 million Jews killed in World War II be true? Some researchers even believe that the systematic killings of the Jews during WWII is true, although during that era there were not 6 million Jews living in Europe to kill.”

We are not pessimistic about nuclear negotiations*
(Tabnak – March 24, 2014)

In an exclusive interview with Tabnak, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani, said, “I am not pessimistic in regards to the direction of negotiations, but we must be sensitive to the negotiations because there are many aspects.” Larijani added, “We must accept the fact that in the United States that there is an influential and effective Zionist current.”

What was the most important and memorable statement made by the Supreme Leader in the 1391 (2013)?*
( – March 24, 2014)

Supreme Leader Khamenei’s office asked supporters to vote on their favorite statement from the last year. The winning statement was from Khamenei’s 2013 Persian New Year address where he threatened, “If the Zionist regime makes a wrong move, the Islamic Republic of Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

Iran’s foreign policy priorities for the new year*
(Fars News Agency – March 24, 2014)

Professor Reza Simbar, the head of Gilan University’s Political Science and International Relations Group, wrote that among the primary goals for the Islamic Republic the new year is “supporting the downtrodden, fighting Israel, supporting the rights of the people of Palestine, rejecting the unjust economic tricks of the world, and fighting America who is the leader of the global arrogance.”

Iranian MP warns against foreign interference in Ukraine
(Fars News Agency – March 24, 2014)

Esmayeel Kossari, a member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said in an interview with Fars News that, “The bullying and interference of the Westerners has no boundary as they want to practice hegemony over every part (of the world).” Kossari added, “The Americans and Westerners will no way attain their goals in Ukraine because the Ukrainian people will not allow them to interfere in their country’s domestic affairs.”

Interior Minister: Enemies unable to impose will on Iran
(Fars News Agency – March 23, 2014)

Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Iran’s Interior Minister, boasted that “The enemy is not in such conditions that it can impose anything on us and we, in line with the guidelines of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, will not step back from our principles and rights.” Fazli also claimed that it was “The Islamic Republic’s might and power and its insistence on people’s inalienable rights” that have “made the enemy come and sit to the negotiating table with an equal footing.”

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s Nowruz message to the nation*
( – March 21, 2014)

During his annual speech to the Iranian nation to mark the start of the Persian New Year, Ayatollah Khamenei said the historical reality of the Holocaust is “unknown” and questioned if it “actually did

A new scenario to combat West’s possible violation of nuclear agreement*
(Fars News Agency – March 20, 2014)

During an interview with Fars News, Ali Larijani, the speaker of the Iranian parliament, said that American claims that sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table are for its own public consumption. Larijani added, “[Talk of sanctions by the U.S.] were also meant to shut the mouths of the many Zionists that heavily lobbied [for sanctions].”             

International Media

Iran Standard Time: A day at the Kerman bazzar
(The Guardian – March 26, 2014)

A look into the once bustling markets of the city of Kerman.

Iran alcohol ban doesn’t keep moonshine away
(Ha’aretz – March 26, 2014)

Alcohol consumption may be officially banned according to Iranian law, but locals continue to skirt the ban by brewing at home.

Iran resumes monetary aid to Hamas
(Al-Monitor – March 24, 2014)

The Islamic Republic resumes financial support of Hamas, but at lower levels than what was given before the two sides had a falling out over the Syrian civil war. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal will also visit Iran and meet with Supreme Leader Khamenei in the near future.

Born in the U.S., playing for Iran
(The New York Times – March 22, 2014)

An Iranian-American, Steven Beitashour, has accepted an offer to potentially play for Iran’s national soccer team during the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

Iranians ignore government limits on holiday celebrations
(Al-Monitor – March 21, 2014)

Iranians continue to ignore government warnings against celebrating ancient Persian New Year customs.

Iran’s leader preaches self-reliance in face of sanctions in annual Nowruz speech
(The Washington Post – March 21, 2014)

Supreme Leader Khamenei’s new year message to Iranian citizens calls for national strength. “If a nation is not strong, it will be bullied and trampled,” Khamenei said.

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