Spotlight on Iran - Politics and modesty: the debate on Rafsanjani’s Mercedes

Issued on 19/05/2013 Type Article
The launch of Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s presidential bid has his political opponents stepping up their efforts to paint him as a corrupt politician, being part of a campaign to undermine his legitimacy in the eyes of the public.

Spotlight on Iran - “Circles of the righteous”: a vehicle for the Basij to potentially influence the presidential election campaign

Issued on 16/05/2013 Type Article
The Supreme Leader’s representative to the Basij announced this week that, if the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij want to intervene in the coming elections for the president of Iran, they will be able to do so through the “circles of the righteous”, study groups for ideological and religious training run by the Basij.

Spotlight on Iran - The Holocaust denial policy has become one of the bones of contention in the Iranian presidential elections

Issued on 02/05/2013 Type Article
President Ahmadinejad’s policy of Holocaust denial has become one of the bones of contention in the Iranian presidential elections, slated for June 14. In recent days it has been criticized by the president’s political rivals, who said that it causes damage to Iran’s foreign policy and plays into Israel’s hands.

Spotlight on Iran - Who do Iranians blame for the blocking of Samsung’s app store in Iran?

Issued on 30/04/2013 Type Article
Samsung announced last week that, starting next month, it intends to block its Iranian users from the company’s app store.

Spotlight on Iran - Men in women’s clothing: public outcry ensues after a criminal was forced to march in women’s clothing

Issued on 21/04/2013 Type Article
A massive public outcry emerged after internal security forces dressed a Kurdish man in women’s clothing and marched him in the streets of his home town.

Spotlight on Iran - Elections 2013: president’s supporters step up their activity ahead of the elections, prepare for massive show of strength

Issued on 14/04/2013 Type Article
As the political arena is gearing up for presidential elections slated for June 14, the president’s supporters are intensifying their activity and preparing to hold their first significant show of strength.
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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.