A letter to you

In the name of God, the Beneficent the Merciful
To the Youth in Europe and North America,

The recent events in France and similar ones in some other Western countries have convinced me to directly talk to you about them. I am addressing you, [the youth], not because I overlook your parents, rather it is because the future of your nations and countries will be in your hands; and also I find that the sense of quest for truth is more vigorous and attentive in your hearts.

I don’t address your politicians and statesmen either in this writing because I believe that they have consciously separated the route of politics from the path of righteousness and truth.

I would like to talk to you about Islam, particularly the image that is presented to you as Islam. Many attempts have been made over the past two decades, almost since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, to place this great religion in the seat of a horrifying enemy. The provocation of a feeling of horror and hatred and its utilization has unfortunately a long record in the political history of the West.

Here, I don’t want to deal with the different phobias with which the Western nations have thus far been indoctrinated. A cursory review of recent critical studies of history would bring home to you the fact that the Western governments’ insincere and hypocritical treatment of other nations and cultures has been censured in new historiographies.

The histories of the United States and Europe are ashamed of slavery, embarrassed by the colonial period and chagrined at the oppression of people of color and non-Christians. Your researchers and historians are deeply ashamed of the bloodsheds wrought in the name of religion between the Catholics and Protestants or in the name of nationality and ethnicity during the First and Second World Wars. This approach is admirable.

By mentioning a fraction of this long list, I don’t want to reproach history; rather I would like you to ask your intellectuals as to why the public conscience in the West awakens and comes to its senses after a delay of several decades or centuries. Why should the revision of collective conscience apply to the distant past and not to the current problems? Why is it that attempts are made to prevent public awareness regarding an important issue such as the treatment of Islamic culture and thought?

You know well that humiliation and spreading hatred and illusionary fear of the “other” have been the common base of all those oppressive profiteers. Now, I would like you to ask yourself why the old policy of spreading “phobia” and hatred has targeted Islam and Muslims with an unprecedented intensity. Why does the power structure in the world want Islamic thought to be marginalized and remain latent? What concepts and values in Islam disturb the programs of the super powers and what interests are safeguarded in the shadow of distorting the image of Islam? Hence, my first request is: Study and research the incentives behind this widespread tarnishing of the image of Islam.

My second request is that in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaigns, try to gain a direct and firsthand knowledge of this religion. The right logic requires that you understand the nature and essence of what they are frightening you about and want you to keep away from.

I don’t insist that you accept my reading or any other reading of Islam. What I want to say is: Don’t allow this dynamic and effective reality in today’s world to be introduced to you through resentments and prejudices. Don’t allow them to hypocritically introduce their own recruited terrorists as representatives of Islam.

Receive knowledge of Islam from its primary and original sources. Gain information about Islam through the Qur’an and the life of its great Prophet. I would like to ask you whether you have directly read the Qur’an of the Muslims. Have you studied the teachings of the Prophet of Islam and his humane, ethical doctrines? Have you ever received the message of Islam from any sources other than the media?

Have you ever asked yourself how and on the basis of which values has Islam established the greatest scientific and intellectual civilization of the world and raised the most distinguished scientists and intellectuals throughout several centuries?

I would like you not to allow the derogatory and offensive image-buildings to create an emotional gulf between you and the reality, taking away the possibility of an impartial judgment from you. Today, the communication media have removed the geographical borders. Hence, don’t allow them to besiege you within fabricated and mental borders.

Although no one can individually fill the created gaps, each one of you can construct a bridge of thought and fairness over the gaps to illuminate yourself and your surrounding environment. While this preplanned challenge between Islam and you, the youth, is undesirable, it can raise new questions in your curious and inquiring minds. Attempts to find answers to these questions will provide you with an appropriate opportunity to discover new truths.

Therefore, don’t miss the opportunity to gain proper, correct and unbiased understanding of Islam so that hopefully, due to your sense of responsibility toward the truth, future generations would write the history of this current interaction between Islam and the West with a clearer conscience and lesser resentment.

Seyyed Ali Khamenei
21st Jan. 2015


22 years later, no apology for IR655

Twenty two years ago, 290 Iranian civilians were killed by an American navy ship, an incident the US has refused to apologize for.
As US President Barack Obama issues new sanctions against Iran, he offers these words of encouragement to the Iranian people:
"In Iran and around the world, the United States of America will continue to stand with those who seek justice and progress and the human rights and dignity of all people."

At the height of the Iran-Iraq war, the USS Vincennes in the Strait of Hormuz blew up Iranian airliner 655, killing all 290 citizens on board, including nearly 70 children. At the time of the deadly incident, the US Navy said it was a case of mistaken identity and believed the plane to be an F-14 fighter jet, the same ones the US sold to the Shah of Iran just ten years earlier.
“The bold face lies about the plane was descending, it was approaching an altitude where it was prepared to attack the ship. If it was flying at that low of an altitude, it clearly would have been seen for what it was, not an F-14,” says Iranian-American Navid Nasr, who refers back to the initial investigation.
It absolutely was a cover, but even the cover-up itself was denied, not only the fact that a mistake happened, but the fact that a cover-up happened to cover-up the mistake was also denied
Like millions of Iranians around the world, Navid will mark July 3rd as a day of mourning.
"We are showing the Iranian government that its actions have consequences. And if it persists, the pressure will continue to mount, and its isolation will continue to deepen," said President Obama during the announcement of new Iranian sanctions.

USS Vincennes
The charred bodies of Iranians civilians floating in Iranian waters did not evoke the same reaction when the Lockerbie bombing occurred just five months after the IR 655 incident.
Years later, the US expressed deep disgust when the Lockerbie bomber was released.
Referring to convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi in August of 2009, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, “The images we saw in Libya were outrageous and disgusting."
Speaking on the US reaction to the downing of IR 655, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Ronald Reagan, Admiral William J.Crowe, Jr. said, "I believe given the operating environment, Captain Rogers did exactly what was expected of him in defense of his ship and crew."
In response Navid said, “When you look for example at the very different response to the Lockerbie incident as opposed to this incident, it’s clear that the lives of some people are inherently of greater value then the lives of other people. It’s sad and it’s unfortunate, but it’s true"
The crew of the USS Vincennes was later awarded combat action medals and the captain of ship was awarded the Legion of Merit medal. No one from the USS Vincennes was ever penalized for taking down the plane.
The cover-up, the medals, it just speaks to a large mentality that is at play here, which is not only can we [US] do no wrong, but all of our actions are inherently right,” said Nasr.
The US later settled the case with the Iranians with $131 million dollars compared to the near 3 billion Libya paid the United States for the Lockerbie Bombing.
RT contacted the Department of Defense to inquire about why an apology was never issued. The DoD sent us to the Navy, the Navy sent us to the Department of State and then the State department finally sent us back to the DoD. We never received a response as to why the US refuses to issue an apologize for the incident.
The fact that former President George H. W Bush said that for example, I will never apologize for the US no matter what the facts are. It’s not about apologizing for the US, it’s a matter of admitting a simple wrong-doing,” said Nasr.
And so as the US gears up to celebrate their Independence Day on the fourth of July, the Islamic Republic of Iran will be mourning 22 years since the US Navy killed nearly 300 of their people.

Cyrus Safdari , an independent analyst and blogger for IranAffairs.com said that this past incident is just another example of American hypocrisy and its double standard on Iran.
Safdari argued that the Iranian sanctions are also an example of this continuing double standard.
His [Obama] statements that Iran needs to play by the international rules, he doesn’t specify what rules because Iran is not in violation of any rules. Iran has the perfect right to enrich uranium in accordance with the terms of the nonproliferation treaty and in fact Iran’s nuclear program started with the assistance of the United States. It is not an illegal or violative program,” said Safdari.
Safdari said that most Americans can barely find Iran on a map and that most have no idea that the IR655 incident even occurred.
Every day here we are bombarded by the latest Iran news; however this news is never placed in any kind of context which would allow it to be understood. Instead, it’s constant fear-mongering and scaremongering and as a result Americans may know what happened 20 minutes ago, but they don’t remember what happened two years ago,” said Safdari.


the US is in no position to pass judgment on Iran’s electoral process

Iranian political commentator Mohammad Marandi says as a supporter of dictatorships across the world, the US is in no position to pass judgment on Iran’s electoral process, Press TV reports.

“The United States does not criticize Israel for being an apartheid regime. It does not criticize Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and the other dictatorships,” Marandi said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.
The Iranian analyst added that US allies in the region such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar “not only do not have democracies or elections, they do not even have a constitution. They spread extremism both at the religious level as well as terrorism as we are now seeing in North Africa and in Syria.”

Marandi added that the US also supported former Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak and the ousted Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali until the very end.

Referring to Washington’s support for militants in Syria, Marandi stated that the US is funding the same terrorists and al-Qaeda forces whom it used as a pretext to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, causing “misery for millions of people in this region, [and] killing endless numbers of people.”

“So there is no reason to think that the United States really cares at all about the will of the Iranian people,” the Iranian analyst said.

US State Department spokesman, Patrick Ventrell, on May 21 criticized Iran’s Guardian Council over its vetting of presidential hopefuls.

A total of 686 individuals had registered from May 7 to 11 for the Islamic Republic’s 11th presidential election, which will be held on June 14.

Earlier this week, Iran’s Interior Ministry issued the list of eight candidates approved by the Guardian Council to run for president.

The candidates include Iranian lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, President of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi and former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.


Iran Displays Latest Military Achievements in Army Day Parades

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Army displayed its latest home-made military tools, weapons and equipments in large military parades in Tehran on Thursday.

The ceremony took place at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, in Southern Tehran.

During the parades, the Army units displayed different weapons and military tools and equipment, including different kinds of fighters, choppers, drones, ground-to-ground missiles, air-to-ground missiles, surface-to-surface missiles, tactical and armed vehicles, surface and underwater vessels, electronic and telecommunication equipment, light and mid-light weapons, different kinds of artillery and mortar-launchers, air defense systems and engineering and logistic equipment.

Various units of the Islamic Republic Army started military parades in Tehran and other cities across Iran on Thursday morning to mark the National Army Day.

Senior Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as a host of top military commanders attended the ceremony.

The occasion marks the establishment of the Islamic Republic's Army.

The Iranian army has recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipments, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.

Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran's wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor, specially at a time of heightened threats by the US.

FarsNews Agency


Units of Iranian Armed Forces Start Annual Parades to Mark Army Day

TEHRAN (FNA)- Various units of the Islamic Republic Army started their annual military parades in the Iranian capital city of Tehran and other cities across the country on Thursday morning to mark the National Army Day.

In the capital, the ceremony is taking place at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, in Southern Tehran.

Senior Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as a host of top military commanders attended the ceremony.

The occasion marks the establishment of the Islamic Republic's Army.

The country's latest indigenous military hardware including missiles, drones and air defense systems will be on display during the parades in Iran's capital, Tehran.

During the parades, the Iranian armed forces display different weapons and military tools and equipment, including different kinds of fighters, helicopters, drones, ground-to-ground missiles, air-to-ground missiles, surface-to-surface missiles, tactical and armed vehicles, surface and underwater vessels, electronic and telecommunication equipment, light and mid-light weapons, different kinds of artillery and mortar-launchers, air defense systems and engineering and logistic equipment.

Fars News Agency


Iran president unveils Qaher-313 indigenous fighter jet

Iran's Qaher-313 indigenous fighter jetIran's Qaher-313 indigenous fighter jet
Iran's Qaher-313 indigenous fighter jet
Sat Feb 2, 2013 7:8AM
Iran’s defense might does not serve purposes of expansionism and aggression against other countries.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran has unveiled a new domestically-designed and developed fighter jet, which is said to be similar to a US-made warplane.

Qaher-313 (Conqueror-313) advanced military aircraft was put on display during a ceremony on Saturday in the presence of Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Ataollah Salehi, Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) Brigadier General Hassan Shah-Safi on the occasion of the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations commemorating the victory of 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who addressed the unveiling ceremony, reiterated that Iran’s defense might did not serve purposes of “expansionism and aggression against other countries” and it was “deterrent” by nature.

Ahmadinejad also stated that the fighter jet had been completely designed and manufactured by Iranian experts.

Qaher-313 is said to be similar to the US-built F/A-18, although its appearance is similar to F-5E/F Tiger II.

The new single-seat bomber has been manufactured based on state-of-the-art technologies and modern defense achievements.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems.

Azarakhsh (Lightning) is Iran’s first domestically-manufactured combat jet.

Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) fighter jet is a follow-up aircraft, derived from Azarakhsh. Iran unveiled its first squadron of Saeqeh fighter bombers in an air show in September 2010.

Tehran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.



Specification of Pishgam rocket carrying monkey to space

TEHRAN, Jan. 29 (MNA) – Iranian scientists were able to take a big step in the field of space technology and biological space research by sending monkey to space, which only handful of countries are able to do.
The project of sending living species to space was done by Iranian Space Agency and its hard working management team.
The Pishgam (Pioneer) spacecraft lunched by Aerospace Industries Organization of Ministry of Defense and followed by its scientists step by step during the lunch, achieving anticipated speed, acceleration and the desired height and again returning to earth. All species traveling with the spacecraft, recovered successfully upon return.
The Pishgam spacecraft consist of four section

1) Engine, part of tail encasement, stabilizer wings, Height control block and engine nozzle.

2) Lunch pad for the probe

3) Ground control to communicate with the probe in real time.

4)  The cargo capsule for species and separate recovery module for them.

The Pishgam
spacecraft took monkey to over 120 KM into space, Indigenization of design and space technology, engineering and lunching the probe, successful recovery of species, environmental metrics data, presence of biological and imagery data during all phases of lunch and determination of acoustics sources were some of the objective of this mission.



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