Iran, July 15: Rouhani — Know The Enemy, Don’t Just Shout About It

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President-elect Hassan Rouhani said Monday that it was not enough for Parliament and politicians to speak against the enemy. Instead, Iran needed to know the enemy and its plans.

Reiterating a concept used in his campaign, Rouhani told MPs that what was needed was “management” to help devise a response to the enemy’s plans, and that speaking and shouting against the enemy were “certainly not enough”.

He declared, “Today, the country has a difficult and complicated situation partly because of domestic policies and partly because of unfair foreign pressures.”


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Rouhani Advisor: “Economic Situation of the Country is Worse than Previously Thought”

An advisor to Hassan Rouhani has reinforced the President-elect’s message (see earlier entry) about mismanagement and problems, saying, @The economic situation of the country is worse than previously thought.”

Akbar Torkan, a former Minister of Defense and Minister of Oil under Presidents Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad, is in charge of the transition from the Ahmadinejad administration to Rouhani’s.

Saying that one of the primary challenges of the new Government will be to “secure basic goods”, Torkan blasted the current President’s camp:

We all saw that they were partners in Ahmadinejad’s policies. Okay, stand like a man and say, “We made a mistake.”…You mean this economic situation that is so deplorable in this country, only Ahmadinejad is at fault? This is not acceptable.

The Rouhani advisor said the budget for 2013/14 is unrealistic — neither the earnings nor the conditions attached to it”, accusing the Government of securing funds for support payments for subsidy cuts “from illegal places”. He said, “Rouhani’s first challenge immediately when he takes office will be [the subsidies],” including the raising of energy prices.

(http://iranpulse.al-monitor.com/index.php/2013/07/2432/iranian-economy-worse-than-thought-says-rouhani-advisor/)

Rouhani Points to Scale of Economic Problems, Blames Ahmadinejad Government

President-elect Hassan Rouhani, trying to assert control over economic matters even before his inauguration, has declared that problems are greater than admitted by the Ahmadinejad administration.

“We asked current officials about the situation of the country but their reports and those of our teams were very far from each other,” Rouhani said in remarks published by the pro-reform daily Shargh.

Rouhani challenged President Ahmadinejad’s claims of creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, saying only 14,000 were created annually between 2006 and 2012.

Inflation, Rouhani said, is 42% per year —- above the previously-reported 32% and the Central Bank’s estimate on Sunday of almost 36%.)

Iran Looks Back on Failure of “Islamic Awakening” in Egypt

With the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian military, Iranian officials are making some telling comments about the failure of the “Islamic Awakening” in Cairo.

Soon after the 2011 uprising that toppled the Mubarak regime, the Supreme Leader proclaimed an “Islamic Awakening” in which Egypt and other countries in the “Arab Spring” would follow the model of Iran’s 1979 Revolution. In particular, they hailed an alliance with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

Instead, both the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces and the Brotherhood-backed Morsi Government maintained a cautious approach toward Iranian advances. The relationship was strained by the Syrian conflict: in August 2012, Morsi embarrassed Tehran when he told the Iran-hosted conference of the Non-Aligned Movement of the “bloodshed” caused by the Islamic Republic’s ally in Damascus.

“We thought the Muslim Brotherhood would take a different approach with regard to Israel,” a senior Iranian diplomat said on Saturday. “Syria was one reason for falling apart, but we had many other commons to agree, though this didn’t happen.”

“There was a need for a clear stance,” the diplomat continued. “The Brotherhood refused all our offers to enhance ties, they dealt with us in a hostile manner.”

He said of Morsi’s visit to Iran, “It was meant to change history but the Egyptian president gave us the impression that he was [former Egyptian leader Anwar] Sadat visiting Israel.”

As for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Cairo, “The visit gave us a clear indication that the old Muslim Brotherhood had changed, and not only them but even some of our close allies who are affiliated with them.”

The diplomat concluded:

The Muslim Brotherhood regime was not different from Mubarak. They didn’t cut relations with Israel, President Morsi calls the Israeli president “my dear friend” and moreover, they incited hatred among Muslims. How are we going to support them?

We respect the Muslim Brotherhood as a group, as an ideology, history, struggle, but not the current leadership.

Rouhani Vows To End Bickering Between Legislative, Executive Branches

President-elect Hassan Rouhani has promised to put a stop to the constant feuding between the legislative and executive branches of government Mehr reports.

“The future government will not think of confrontation with parliament, nor will it think of, God forbid, fooling parliament with inaccurate statistics…Certainly solving the country’s problems will not be possible without cooperation between parliament and the executive branch,” Rouhani told deputies in a speech late Sunday.

Caption Competition

On Sunday, the Supreme Leader held a farewell meeting with the Cabinet of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

According to Press TV, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Some…deny the administration’s concrete actions, but what matters is that the efforts and attempts be expressed and recorded in the country’s public scene.”

But what do you think should be the caption on this farewell photograph?

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Diplomat Released from Prison

Veteran Iranian diplomat Bagher Asadi has been freed after nearly four months in prison.

The reason for the imprisonment of the 71-year-old Asadi, an ally of former President Mohammad Khatami and a senior diplomat at Iran’s United Nations mission, was never given.

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  1. Says Mahmud to Ali Khamenei: “I did not mean to blackmail, but if you do not quickly increase my last salary, I have to write my memoirs …”

  2. Caption Competition

    Ahmadinejad: Any openings in your foundations?
    Khamenei: It was always the joker in you that I liked.

  3. Election Revives Washington’s Wariness Of Iranian Moderates
    http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/iran-at-saban/posts/2013/06/19-congress-iran-election

    “Earlier this week, as Iranians once again rushed to the streets in celebration – this time over a football victory rather than an election – the tone back in Washington was decidedly less effusive. The occasion was a hearing of the subcommittee for the Middle East and North Africa of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, focused on last week’s presidential election in Iran. The title of the hearing – “The Regime Cementing Its Control” – was decided prior to the election’s somewhat unexpected outcome, and the discussion highlighted the deep cynicism within the U.S. policy establishment toward the prospect of even the slightest bit of good news from Iran.”

    • The iranian Regime is cementing its control – this sentence is still true.

      What has effectively been changed – except that is suspected of a new nuclear plant appeared unannounced?

      • What has changed is that, after eight years of intense domestic repression, international isolation, and a rapidly deteriorating economy, the Iranian people have still chosen to channel their frustrations through the ballet box. After eight years of enduring humiliation by both their own leaders and foreign states, the people have still chosen dialogue and moderation over threats and extremism.

        Like it or not, the Iranian people have spoken, and the West must uphold its principle of democratic peace by responding with reasonable and constructive policies. The same goes for Iran’s leadership, who, it goes without saying, are also accountable to the Iranian people.

        What has also changed is the Middle East. Along with the obvious failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, the West’s traditional allies in the region are also experiencing very destabilising times – a result of which is that the West’s power projection capabilities throughout the region now barely extend beyond damage limitation. On the other hand, Iran’s position in the region, along with its relatively democratic credentials (the emphasis being on “relatively”) and rapidly growing human capital, provides the West with a wealth of potential to protect and grow its interests in the region, particularly as the US pivot toward Asia will leave behind a vacuum that other global powers will be more than happy to fill.

        • 1. The current Domestic repression is the same as before the
          14. June. There is no difference because the same people
          are in power cutting the freedom of the people as before.

          2. The isolation of the iranian nation is the same as before
          the 14.June.

          3. The people have chosen the lesser evil.
          Whether it was actually the lesser evil and if there will be real
          change is to be seen.

          4. It`s your and Rouhanis interpretation that people have
          choosen dialogue and moderation. Rouhani has used these
          concepts in the altercation with the hardliners. Otherwise, I
          have never doubted that the majority of Iranians prefer
          dialogue. Even the slogan from 2009 (Where is my vote) was
          the beginning of a dialog. But the same people who took that
          slogan to the occasion to act up still sit in power.

          resumen: It was never the question if the people like dialogue.
          There is only the question in how far Khamenei will allow a
          dialogue. Any answer?

          5. Please look to the last statement of Dennis Ross: “We should be prepared to accept Iran having a civil nuclear program but it can’t be a civil nuclear program where they have an unlimited right to enrich, because they will reach the point where that unlimited right to enrich will put them in a position where they can, very quickly, present the world with a fait accompli, a nuclear weapons fait accompli.”

          Thats the problem. But it was not the west who has changed this question tto a he seemingly unsolvable impasse.

          6. The Iraq war was a clearly mistake and from today’s perspective US and Eu would deal with the Afghanistan problem differently.

          7. What the hell do you mean saying “”Iran’s position in the region, along with its relatively democratic credentials (the emphasis being on “relatively”)?

          You know as well as I that the Iranian regime isn`t exporting democracy. The regimes interest is to export shia islam and their understanding of a theokratie. Iran operates islamization of whole regions in the Middle East. This can be studied on the example Syria and Iraq

          What does that have to do with democracy?
          Nothing.

  4. Mahmoud to Ali Khamenei: “You know – I feel a halo over my head. May I preserved to this even if I am no longer president?”

    ( In a visit to group of Ayatollahs in Qom after returning from his 2005 speech to the UN General Assembly, Ahmadinejad stated he had “felt a halo over his head” during his speech and that a hidden presence had mesmerized the unblinking audience of foreign leaders, foreign ministers, and ambassadors. According to at least one source (Hooman Majd), this was offensive to the conservative religious leaders because an ordinary man cannot presume a special closeness to God or any of the Imams, nor can he imply the presence of the Mahdi)

  5. Ali Khamenei answered Mahmoud:
    “Well, did you have had any difficulties during your presidency?”
    Mahmoud answered : “Not I, but the people”.

  6. It is sad but Morsi was infected by the Zionist Zombie virus and bit Ahmadinejad. Fortunately being a habitual brain eater he is immune to brain viruses. Germ warfare by UK spies has turned the Muslim Brotherhood into Zombies. World War Z will not defeat us.

  7. It is unfortunate but the “Islamic Awakening” has turned into a nightmare. Agents of Mossad have spread the MI6’s Zombie virus into Egypt. The awakening has become the night of the living dead. We warn our brothers in Egypt to avoid being bitten by women in Western style dress on their private parts. Do not be seduced by vampires of blood libel.

  8. Spokesman for the Steadfast Front Tells Rooz:
    Vote for Rowhani Was a No to the Principlists

    “Less than two years have passed since the creation of the Steadfast Front – a group made up of conservative hardliners who proclaim adherence to what they call are the original principles of the 1979 Islamic revolution – whose 20-man decision-making central council is said by its spokesperson to work under the direct supervision of a group of three clerics. Ultra conservative cleric ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi is one of the clerics who approves or rejects the rulings of the Front’s central council, the second cleric is said to have passed away while the name of the third cleric has not been publicly announced apparently on his own request as told to Rooz by the Front’s spokesman, who added, “I know the reason (why he does not want his name to be known) but would be revealing his identity if I did.””

    http://www.roozonline.com/english/news3/newsitem/archive/2013/july/15/article/vote-for-rowhani-was-a-no-to-the-principlists.html

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