Archiv für den Tag 24. Juli 2011

The Latest from Iran (23 July): A Furlough in Repression

1840 GMT: The Slain Scientist — Confusion Alert. We have been working throughout the day on the initial report that the scientist slain today in Tehran was a 35-year-old “Professor of Physics” named Dariush Rezaei, as initially reported by Iranian media (see 1503 and 1530 GMT).

This led us to Dariush Rezaei, also identified as Dariush Rezaei-Ochbolagh, a faculty member at Mohaghegh Ardabili University (see 1600 GMT). However, there is a curiosity in Rezaei’s profile — he is listed as 46 years old.

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The Latest from Iran (24 July): Confusion over a Murdered “Nuclear Scientist”

Dariush Rezaeinejad & Daughter0545 GMT: Reformist Watch. According to Mehr, reformist MP Mohammad Reza Khabbaz has said that reformists who are loyal to the Islamic system’s principles, including velayat-e faqih (clerical supremacy), will take part in Parliamentary elections in March: “The reformists don’t intend to take a low-profile during the election campaign and regard participation in the elections as their legal right.”

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Iran Feature: Supreme Leader Says “Read”…As Books are Banned and Publishers are Closed

On Wednesday, the Supreme Leader said, “Iranian officials should encourage the youth to read useful books….Reading should become an everyday habit among all Iranians, and the youth in particular.” Pointing to Iran’s long history of publishing books, he expressed disappointment at the current figures of book publication and reading.

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