Iran

Spotlight on Iran - A text message contest organized by the Irancell telecommunication services company causes a storm among Iran’s Sunnis

Issued on 21/07/2013 Type Article
A prize contest held by the Irancell mobile phone carrier has drawn anger from Iran’s Sunni minority and prompted calls for a boycott of the company in recent days.
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Spotlight on Iran - From Islamic filmmaker to “propagandist working for the Zionists”: Film director Makhmalbaf’s visit to Israel sparks controversy in Iran

Issued on 16/07/2013 Type Article
In recent days Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s visit to Israel for the Jerusalem International Film Festival is causing a public and media outcry in Iran and in the Iranian exile community.
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Spotlight on Iran - The rise and fall of radical cleric Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi

Issued on 08/07/2013 Type Article
Since the Iranian presidential election, Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah Yazdi, considered the radical right-winger of the conservative religious establishment, has come under growing criticism from top figures in the religious establishment, the political system, and the conservative media.
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Spotlight on Iran - From Niavaran Street to the president’s office: Hassan Rowhani’s economic team

Issued on 04/07/2013 Type Article
During the campaign for president of Iran, Hassan Rowhani expressed views consistent with a liberal outlook on economy.
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Spotlight on Iran - The killing of Shi’ites in Egypt gets a tame official reaction from Iran and draws severe criticism from the media against the Egyptian government

Issued on 26/06/2013 Type Article
The death of four Shi’ites in a village in Giza, Egypt has provoked strong reactions in Iran. On June 23, an angry mob attacked the house of Hassan Shehata, one of the leaders of Egypt’s Shi’ite community.
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Spotlight on Iran - Analysis of the Iranian presidential election: researchers engage in discourse at a conference of the Iranian Sociological Association

Issued on 24/06/2013 Type Article
On June 23 the Iranian Sociological Association held a special conference on “sociological analysis of citizens’ behavior in Iran’s presidential election”.
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Exporting the Islamic Revolution was one of the Iranian revolution's original, basic objectives. Iran seeks regional hegemony and dominance of the Muslim world, and to that end has developed a network of underground organizations and terrorist groups within Islamic (especially Shi'ite) communities in the Middle East and around the world, including Africa, Latin America, Asia and beyond.
As one of Iran's main tools for exporting the revolution, Iran supports countries and organizations using terrorism to attack Israeli, American and Western interests; Iran seeks to destabilize and subvert pro-Western regimes to promote its own interests.
Israeli-Iranian relations had their ups and downs. During the reign of the Shah of Iran the two countries were allied politically. After the revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic, Iran revoked its recognition of Israel and ended all official relations with it. Khomeini often publicly expressed his extremist anti-Israeli, anti-Zionist positions even while living in exile. Relations between Iran and Israel became even more strained when Ahmadinejad rose to power in 2005. The regime in Iran repeatedly states its intention of destroying Israel and its policies, which include Holocaust denial, are both anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic.
To implement its anti-Israeli policies Iran has broadened its ties to the terrorist organizations operating against Israel. Iran encourages the terrorist organizations, especially the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, to attack Israel, and finances and arms both organizations. In recent years large shipments of weapons from Iran have been intercepted as they were en route to the Palestinian terrorist organizations.
To promote its regional and global interests and aspirations, Iran is developing military nuclear capabilities and developing long-range missiles and war heads which can reach Israel, the rest of the Middle East and Europe.