Friday, September 21, 2012

21-Sep-12: Speaking of troublesome neighbours: Iran

Iranian army troops march in a military parade commemorating the start of the Iraq-Iran war 32 years ago
just outside Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) [Image Source]  
A brief round-up of latest developments in Iran.

New York Times - Rick Gladstone and Christine Hauser
Fereydoon Abbasi, who heads Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, said in an article published Thursday in Al Hayat: "We presented false information sometimes in order to protect our nuclear position and our achievements, as there is no other choice but to mislead foreign intelligence... Sometimes we present a weakness that we do not in fact really have, and sometimes we appear to have power without having it." 
NBC NewsRobert Windrem and Jim Miklaszewski
National security officials told NBC News that the continuing cyber attacks this week that slowed the websites of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America are being carried out by the government of Iran. Senior U.S. officials acknowledge that Iranian attacks have been the subject of intense interest by U.S. intelligence for several weeks. Last week, the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Intelligence Directorate confirmed continuing Iranian cyber attacks against U.S. financial institutions in a report described as "highly classified." 
PressTV Iranian news agency
Iran’s Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi says although Israel is the main reason behind all international problems, Washington continues to support the Zionist regime... 
We wonder whether he has the following challenges in mind when he refers to "all international problems"...

Unemployment mounts as Iran's economy falters | Inflation running at 25 percent officially, hundreds of thousands have lost jobs
Reuters - September 19, 2012
Iranians are reeling under tough economic sanctions imposed by Western countries since the start of the year over the Islamic Republic's pursuit of its nuclear program, which Washington says is a drive to develop a weapons capability. Inflation is running at 25 percent officially, and could in reality be double that, economists say, and hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs as trade embargoes have curbed export prospects and made it difficult for many Iranian companies to obtain vital raw materials. Even when they do so, a plunge in the rial currency - which has halved in value over the last 12 months - has pushed up overheads, forcing employers to cut payrolls. "We're close to seeing mass unemployment in cities and queues for social handouts. There are few alternatives for those people and many will end up on the bread line," said Mehrdad Emadi, an Iranian-born economic adviser to the European Union, who is based in the U.K. A series of conversations conducted by Reuters with Iranians by telephone reveal how widespread unemployment is becoming. They requested that their identities or the names of their employers not be revealed because of the sensitivity of the issue...

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