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Iran Press Review: 08 Sept.


  • Stories pertaining to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei's hospitalization and surgery for his prostate were upload to his website:
    • Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's statements to the press prior to hospitalization: "In the name of God the merciful the compassionate. Yes, I have a surgery, and I'm heading to the hospital. Of course there is no reason for concern. This does not mean that the people should not pray [for my health], but there is - God willing - no reason for concern. It's a normal operation... This is the only issue, and God willing, the work will go well because of kindness of God." 
  • Dr. Ali-Reza Marandi, Khamenei's personal physician comments:
  • "In the wake of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution's operation this morning, Dr. Marandi, the head of his medical team, in an interview expressed his full satisfaction concerning the prostate operation conducted. He said: 'This operation took place without anesthesia, and only local anesthesia was used. The general condition of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution is completely good and natural... Prostate operation is normal among the elderly or even the mid aged, which in most cases necessitates removal of the prostate... For some time, this problem was observed in the Leader of the Revolution and it was the medical opinion that now was the right time for operation, and the Supreme Leader of the Revolution followed the opinion of the physicians... The operation in question took place in less than half an hour, with local anesthesia, and without total anesthesia, and with no issue... The Leader of the Revolution was completely awake under the operation and was talking. He is also in good condition right now and asked me to declare [the news of] his health to the people... The Leader of the Revolution [who was operated in a public hospital] insisted that the operation should not create unease for other patients. This is why the operation took place in the early morning hours... Usually, post operation care for this operation is between three to five days at the hospital, which also will be applied to him... Following return [home] just like any other patient, there will be some restrains when it comes to the work pressure, in spite of His Excellency being extremely hard working, but he must reduce the work load and remove some items [from the agenda] but his own will is to return to normalcy as soon as possible..."
  • President Hassan Rouhani visits Supreme Leader Khamenei in the hospital. Expressing his "satisfaction with the general condition of the Leader of the Revolution and the successful operation he said: All the people must pray for the sake of health, long life, and his success in serving the people of Iran and the world..." With respect to his planned visit abroad Rouhani said: "I was inclined to remain in Tehran, but the Supreme Leader himself said that the visit should take place as planned." 
  • Video reportedly showing Khamenei receiving Rouhani after his surgery and Rouhani’s comments to the press. 
  • Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council and former president, visits Khamenei.

Foreign Policy

  • Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei addresses the pilgrims heading to Saudi Arabia:
    • "Unfortunately, some Muslims - be it Shia and Sunni - out of ignorance and lies help the enemies of the Islamic community of believers and take steps in the service of the interests of the United States and Zionism... But Muslims should, through solidarity, disarm the enemy." Referring to the Islamic State, Khamenei continued: "Takfir [reference to Sunni extremism] is the stratagem of the lackeys of the enemies of Islam [serving the purpose of] creating division amongst Muslims so they fight with each other and ignore the issue of Palestine, and serve the interests of the Zionist regime..."   
  • Kayhan editorializes:
  • "They [the United States] only understand the the language of force and power and not the language of collaboration, flexibility and begging. This is why when they found themselves in the quagmire of Iraq and Syria because of the 'Islamic awakening and resistance,' they invite to understanding and negotiations. But even there, they don't remain true to their promises, just like they did not with regards to Afghanistan and Iraq. All this taken into consideration, should the optimists, or the timid ones skeptical of the home front of strength not reconsider their analyses and policy recommendations?"
  • President Hassan Rouhani leaves Iran for Kazakhstan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.
  • "The Cold-War between the governments of Iran and [Saudi] Arabia causes the disappointment of Muslims and the wasting of Muslim resources."
  • With whatever perspective we choose to view the Muslim world, Iran and [Saudi] Arabia are of the biggest and most-important Islamic countries."
  • Resalat-News reports comments by Ayatollah Rafsanjani on Iran-Saudi strategic competition:
  • Resalat-News runs a headline quoting Abbas-Ali Mansouri, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s [Majlis] National Security and Foreign Policy Committee: "The Middle East will reach security under the gleam of Iran."

Military and Security

  • Ramezan Abdollah, The General Secretary of  Palestinian Islamic Jihad General Secretary, answers questions concerning the Islamic Republic's role in the latest conflict in Gaza on the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting station,:
    • "I begin answering this questions by hailing the dear leaders of Iran and at the helm of them His Excellency Mr. Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I also hail the Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Rouhani and all the honorable officials who were in contact with us in the course of this war and aggression. Mr. Dr. Larijani, the parliamentary speaker, and Mr. Dr. Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, and commander Shamkhani, Supreme National Security Council secretary, Mr. Dehqan, the minister of defense and the chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards and all those brothers who extended assistance with all the capacities available to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Before all this, I thank the great Iranian nation, which took the party of the Palestinian Resistance with its financial capacities and support, its political positions, prayer and rallies... In Islamic Jihad, we overtly declare that no one denies the support from the Islamic Republic of Iran. There is no doubt in this regard. The issue [of the Islamic Republic supporting Islamic Jihad] hardly deserves mention, and we are also well aware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not expecting anyone to thank them - not even us... God and history witness to the fact that the Resistance we see today would not have been there had it not been for the support from the Islamic Republic for the past twenty years... The issue would have been done at the Oslo Agreement... And Israel would have extended its influence all over the region..." 
  • In an interview with Danish Radio, Ayatollah Rafsanjani answers questions on the likelihood of U.S.-Iran cooperation against the Islamic State (IS/ISIS/Daesh) in Iraq:
  • "If America shows sincerity from itself, it will be possible to work together, however, if it engages in deception, it will not be possible. Iran has more than any country suffered due to terrorism…"
  • "I consider Iran a bigger problem than ISIS. ISIS is a group of adventurers with a very aggressive ideology. But they have to conquer more and more territory before they can became a strategic, permanent reality. I think a conflict with ISIS — important as it is — is more manageable than a confrontation with Iran."
  • NPR reports comments by former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger on the threats posed by Iran and ISIS:

Nuclear Issue

  • Hamshahri runs a backgrounder on acts of sabotage against Iran's nuclear facilities. 
  • Abbas Araqchi, senior member of the nuclear negotiations team, gives an interview on the Rouydad program on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting radio:
    • Dismissing rumors concerning the Islamic Republic's accept of reduction of the number of centrifuges to 7000 Araqchi said: "There is still no agreement concerning the number of Iran's centrifuges..." 
  • Sobh-e Sadeq condemns Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's statements concerning Iran's recognition of the Additional Protocol, along with Rafsanjani's call for "lenience" of the regime towards political prisoners:
  • "There are many who consider Mr. Hashemi's seeming support for the sedition as an attempt to excuse his not so pleasing behavior in the course of the sedition of 2009, and his support to the seditionists as a means of pressuring the regime in order not to deal with his son, meaning Mehdi Hashemi... A person, who apart from economic allegations [against him,] also has a record of supporting and engaging in the sedition of 2009... On the one hand, he [Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani] desires to reduce the great and complicated sedition of 2009 to a mistake committed by the regime... When it comes to his statements concerning the Additional Protocol... he just wants to attract attention. He does not want to remain in the periphery, and desires to influence affairs of the state and the regime - even if [those issues] are outside his sphere of responsibility - but such statements of Mr. Hashemi... will only further isolate him in the public opinion..."
  • Esmaeel Kowsari, Deputy-Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in Iran’s Parliament [Majlis], demands stopping of the nuclear negotiations in case the United States imposes new sanctions against Iran. 
  • AP reported: "Iranian authorities have arrested a Ukrainian national suspected of sabotage at the country's sole nuclear power plant, an Iranian newspaper reported on Sunday. The report in the Hamshahri daily said the "Ukrainian expert" was affiliated with a Russian contractor that works in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, which went online in 2011 with Russian aid. "

Human Rights

  • The Toronto Star reports on Maryam Malekpour and her story, as she is now residing in Alberta, Canada.
    • “At 27, the striking, dark-haired mechanical engineer had a university degree, a reliable job at a Tehran oil and gas company, a husband, a devoted family and a lively circle of friends. Days were a mellow round of work, swimming, tennis and hanging out in the city. But all that changed on Oct. 4, 2008, when her brother, Canadian resident Saeed Malekpour, vanished into a dark vortex that would drag Maryam down into its depths and alter her life forever.”
  • AFP reports that: “More than two thirds of young Iranians are using illegal software to reach websites that are officially banned, government research cited by media said Monday. The study, by the research centre of the Ministry of Sport and Young People, was publicised just one day after President Hassan Rouhani said existing Internet controls were counter-productive.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Khamenei’s website broadcasts two photos, allegedly from right before and right after his operation.
  • Fars News Agency displays a visit by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani to the bedside of Supreme Leader Khamenei.
  • Fars News Agency highlights pilgrims at the Shrine of Imam Reza, the 8th Imam of Twelver Imam Shi’ism in Mashhad, who flocked to the shrine in honor of the Imam’s birthday.





Contributor(s): Ali Alfoneh & Behnam Ben Taleblu 

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