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Iran Press Review: 12 Feb.


  • Commentary on the Revolution Day rallies:
    • Kayhan editorializes: "Last Sunday ... Supreme Leader of the Revolution, receiving commanders of the Air Force, commented on David Cohen's claim ... that 'economic sanctions have put Iran's back against the wall.' He said: 'On February 11th, you will see the presence of the Iranian nation, and it will be clear if the Iranian nation has it's back against the wall.' Yesterday, the people, with their epic tens of millions presence on the anniversary of the Islamic revolution ... trampled on the declared hopes of the United States and its allies with slogans such as: 'We are revolutionaries,' 'America can not do a damned thing,' 'neither sanction, nor humiliation, but honorable negotiation,' 'enough flexibility, not it's time for heroism,' and the like." Referring to President Hassan Rouhani's call for a referendum on the nuclear issue,Kayhan concludes: "This is the referendum!" 
    • Javan exclaims: "The Iranian nation deals a blow to America!" 
    • Sharq editorializes: "Where ever one can speak [freely] and articulate the point, there is no fear of someone monopolizing [the venue]. At a time when the nuclear negotiations have reached a decisive point, the people's chanting of the serenade of unity can not be monopolized by any faction ... by distancing ourselves from such vocabulary [of monopolizing public events for a specific faction] we should remind ourselves of what can be achieved through unified presence, and what perils lack of presence has for us all."
    • Jomhouri-ye Eslami: "Joining the rally ... is the best protest against those who sabotage the government." 
    • Resalat comments: "The enemy does know Iran and the Iranians ... they wrongly think the economy is on the verge of collapse because of the sanctions ... conclude Iran has no other choice but to withdraw in the face of the Global Arrogance ... and believe the Iranian nation is ready to bow to America ... but they are wrong!" 
    • Etemad reports on "marginalization" of critics of the Rouhani government's nuclear negotiations. 

Military and Security

  • Hadi al-Amiri, Iraqi Badr Corps chief:
    • "Qassem Suleimani has great experience fighting al-Qaeda in Bosnia, Chechnya and Syria. He is a brave man, and is different than all those military advisers who only pursue [the path of] receiving aid from the United States ... His presence in Iraq is because of the security agreement between Iran and Iraq." 
  • Hojjat al-Eslam Mahmoud Alavi comments on the widespread use of pamphlets making accusations against members of various political factions:
    • "For the sake of preserving the revolution, one cannot ignore the commandments of Islam. It is not in anyway acceptable to lie, libel, accuse or spread false rumors in order to defeat our political rivals ... There are some, who are doing things which they think serves the revolution, Islam and Guardianship, but the Supreme Leader himself has condemned such moves." 

Nuclear Issue

  • Ali-Akbar Velayati, foreign policy adviser to the Supreme Leader:
    • "John Kerry is an unwise person whose words are not stable. In Geneva, his behavior was positive. But when he left the negotiations, he spoke against Iran at the press conference. Therefore, he has two personalities. Behind the closed doors and during negotiations, he smiles and utters positive words, but outside, in front of the journalists he speaks differently ... Prolonging the negotiations is the tactic of the Americans." 
  • Javid Ghorbanoghli, former Foreign Minister Director General, in Sharq:
    • "It does not take the wisdom of Plato to realize that at a time when the Prime Minister of the Zionist regime, who certainly and doubtlessly is aware of the entire negotiations process and is opposing any potential agreement between the P5+1 and Iran, this agreement is in the national interests of Iran, and is opposed to the interests of that fraudulent regime." 

Religion, Society and Culture

  • Music video dedicated to Major General Qassem Suleimani, IRGC QF chief commander. 

Photos of the Day

  • Revolution Day rally in Tehran.
  • Funeral of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's mother.