Friday, 18 May 2012

The Latest from Iran (18 May): Helping Damascus

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad & Bashar al-Assad0639 GMT: Foreign Affairs (Saudi Front). Mohsen Rezaei --- Secretary of the Expediency Council and Presidential candidate in 2009 (and in 2013?) --- has been vocal this week in his denunciation of the spectre of Saudi-Bahraini union. In his latest statement, Rezaei warned, "If Saudi Arabia continues like this, the Islamic Republic will lose its patience."

0631 GMT: Death-to-the-Rapper Watch. Sobh-e Farda, a students' magazine at Tehran University, has been banned because of its defence of the rapper Shahin Najafi, condemned to death by clerics and hard-line media for his song "Naqi".

Meanwhile, the prominent songwriter, playwright, and theatre director Iraj Jannati Ataie has publicly supported Najafi.

0625 GMT: Economy Watch. How serious is the problem of inflation? Baztab Emrooz reports that prostitutes in northern Tehran are now charging 200,000 Toman (about $165 at official rate).

0620 GMT: For the second day in a row, we begin with a look at Iran's manoeuvres on the Syrian front, this time with a side benefit for the Iranian economy. We post a separate feature, "How Tehran is Shipping Syria's Oil".


from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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