Iran Daily, Dec 14: Rouhani Attacked Over “Corruption” & Revolutionary Guards

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Iran’s regime hardliners continued their attack on President Rouhani on Saturday, targeting his remarks about “corruption” and the Revolutionary Guards.

At a conference on corruption earlier this week, the President warned that money once “given under the table now is being given on the table“. He called for the “elimination” of monopolies: “Anything which does not have rivalry or whose management is monopolised is flawed. This is wrong and the problem has to be uprooted.”

On the surface, those remarks were not controversial, given that Iran has been shaken over the last three years by scandals which include a $2.6 billion bank embezzlement and the conviction of President Ahmadinejad’s officials such as 1st Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi in fraud cases. The Supreme Leader also spoke at the conference and called on all regime officials to be responsible and vigilant.

However, the President was far more provocative when he said that “when weapons, wealth, and media are in control of a single institution, an inevitable result would be corruption”.

The comment was taken as a jibe against the elite Revolutionary Guards, who have expanded their involvement in Iran’s economic institutions and companies.

An EA correspondent said, “I believe that soon we will witness attacks on Rouhani and his Government from Sepah and their allies.”

The fightback against Rouhani began in the Tehran Friday Prayer, when Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami sniped, “Corruption will not be eradicated by just holding conferences.”

And on Saturday, the critics began a direct assault. The head of the Basij militia, Mohammad Reza Naqdi, challenged Rouhani:

Unlike what some politicians say, the Basij and Revolutionary Guard need to be present on all grounds including the “defensive economy”. It is only this way that corruption can be eradicated.

MP Mohsen Sarami Foroushani taunted, “Fighting corruption has to start from the President’s office”. He claimed that Rouhani was increasing the Government budget for 2015/16 so he could use the funds for his agenda in the next Presidential election.

Rouhani’s senior advisor Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht responded, “If we wanted to do any work for our election campaign, we know how to do things and we don’t need to do these things [using the Government budget].


Supreme Leader’s Chief of Staff: “Our Military Consultants Saved Karbala, Najaf, and Baghdad” in Iraq

The Supreme Leader’s Chief of Staff, Hojatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, has said that Iran’s military “consultants” saved Iraqi cities from an Islamic state offensive.

Golpayegani told a ceremony in Shiraz that the “consultants” had helped “devoted Iraqi forces” pushed back “the Takfiri terrorists” so cities hosting Shia shrines were untouched: “[They] saved Karbala, Najaf, and even Baghdad.”

He continued, “In Syria, too, the same conditions prevail, and in addition, if Syria had not been supported, today both Syria and Iraq were captured by the Takfiri forces.”

Iran Hosts Deputy UN Envoy, Presses For “Realistic Views” To Solve Syrian Crisis

Iran has hosted the deputy UN envoy on Syria, Ramzy Ezzeddin, as discussions continue on a UN proposal for a “freeze” in fighting in Syria’s largest city, Aleppo.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian called for a political resolution with “realistic views based on what is existing on the ground”.

At the same time, Abdollahian tried to define an “acceptable” opposition for any talks including the Assad regime: “There must be a distinction between terrorists and domestic opposition”. He added:

While [UN envoy Staffan] de Mistura’s plan to “freeze” the fighting in Aleppo is in progress, the foreign-backed arming and training of the moderate opposition is in stark contrast to this plan, and the UN must officially decry the arming of the opposition.

Ezzeddin was cautious in his remarks on Iran’s proposals, saying they were “noticeable”.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Human rights and justice are unkown by Rouhani

    According to her husband

    Nasrin Sotoudeh

    was arrested on Wednesday at the International Human Rights Day. Sotoudeh has been campaigning for those who have become victims of the Iranian regime, such as minors, sentenced to death, human rights activists and political prisoners.
    Convicted of “breach of national security”

    Sotoudeh was sentenced to six years in prison and a ten-year work ban in 2011. The charge was then on “offenses against national security and propaganda against the regime”, which is a widely used reproach against dissidents in Iran.

    The lawyer was also convicted of membership in the center of the Defenders of Human Rights of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, who lives in exile in the meantime.

    http://derstandard.at/2000009324218/Empoerung-nach-Verhaftung-von-iranischer-Sacharow-Preistraegerin-Sotudeh

  2. Suspended activist lawyer nasrin Sotoudeh arrested on Human Rights Day

    Iranian human rights lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was briefly arrested along with husband Reza Khandan on Wednesday December 10.

    Sotoudeh has been staging daily protests in front of the Iranian Bar Association since her licence was suspended, demanding the right to work and dissent.

    Reza Khandan reports on his Facebook page that on their way to the Bar Association, their car was stopped by Intelligence Ministry forces and the couple was arrested.

    http://archive.radiozamaneh.com/english/content/suspended-activist-lawyer-arrested-human-rights-day

  3. Let the Regime begin to stab each other in the back. Once the Iranian people smell the blood of this corrupt and wounded cornered animal, perhaps they will at long last march against them. And who can stop them, when most of their armed and command wings are fighting their dead end wars in Syria and Iraq! So strike now while their back is turned. They can’t possibly win a war on depleted resources and squeezed between two fronts! Time the Iranian people themselves knew the power they had in finally smashing this criminal Islamic Gestapo that only rules by fear and robbing the Nation to stuff their own back pockets!

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