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leader: wye plantation accord is a humiliating agreement (30.12.1998)

tehran, oct. 30, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i, said here today that the (wye plantation) accord between the head of the palestinian authority and the zionist regime is a humiliating agreement to the prejudice of palestinians, the arabs and the moslem world. ayatollah Khamene’i who was addressing thousands of worshippers as leader of the 1,000th friday congregational prayers here since the victory of the islamic revolution said in his second sermon that the broadcast and print media in iran must dwell on the details of the agreement for the information of the people of iran so that they would know its true implications. he said the americans had worked hard to bring about the agreement between the palestinian authority and the zionist regime to make good on the current immorality scandal that had plagued the u.s. president. he said additionally the american diplomacy for the middle east, too, had proved ineffective which justified every effort on their part to strike an agreement between arafat and the zionist regime as a foreign policy success for them. he said the (wye plantation) accord committed the palestinian authority to arrest and prosecute every struggling palestinian and report it to a zionist court on a bi-weekly basis a task which, he said, had hitherto been the duty and the preoccupation of the zionists. the leader of the islamic revolution said since its creation by the americans and the britons in 1948, the zionist regime had felt insecurity on the occupied lands, and commented that the accord now commits yasser arafat to maintain guarantee security for the occupiers of the palestinian lands.

ayatollah Khamene’i said the zionist regime is out to offer only a one-way deal with the people of palestine, that is, to allow them to live in their home country only on condition of being servants of and subservient to the zionist regime. he hoped that the people of palestine and strugglers for the cause of god, and the moslem world would get back the genuine dignity and the station that they deserve.

leader: iranian army, standout in terms of faith, piety (28.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 28, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei, here on wednesday termed the iranian army the class of the world armies in terms of possessing the largest corps of faithful and pious personnel.

speaking at the graduation ceremony of the imam ali military college, the leader stressed the importance of having a strong military, noting that the lack of it has caused some nations to lose their achievements and independence despite their scientific and economic strength. ''a great civilization and culture can be hopeful about its development and independence if besides having vigilant and conscientious fundamental institutions, it enjoys a powerful and conscientious army to defend the national honor,'' the leader said. the commander-in-chief of the armed forces further praised the iranian armed forces for being fully prepared to carry out their grave responsibility.

during the ceremony, the graduates, just completing the zolfaqar-2 military training, received their new ranks from ayatollah khamenei. the ceremony was attended by the joint chief of staff of the armed forces major general hassan firouzabadi, army commander major general ali shahbazi and the commander of the islamic revolution's guards corps, major general yahya rahim safavi.

leader casts vote, says people will again disappoint enemy (23.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 23, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah Ali Khamene’i here this morning cast his vote in the elections for the third assembly of experts. casting his ballot at imam Khomeini husseinieh in downtown tehran right after the polls opened at 8:00 am, the leader said that this time around the people will also disappoint the enemy, who since the victory of the islamic revolution in 1979 has been hatching all sorts of plots to undermine the islamic revolution. the leader advised the electorates to go to the polls as soon as possible and select their candidates wisely.

the leader of the islamic revolution described the scene of the revolution and politics as a scene of a full-fledged war of its own kind. the iranian nation is wise and alert and knows the enemy, said the supreme leader adding that despite the mischievous attempts of the enemy, the nation will act upon the interests of the nation and will not surrender to the enemy.

tehran has 16 members in the 86-member assembly who is empowered with the task of naming or dismissing a leader whenever such a need arises. a total of 167 are contesting in the elections, out of which 86 will be elected for an 8-year term.

Assembly Elections (23.10.1998)

Tehran (IRIB NEWS) - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamene’i here Friday morning cast his vote in the elections for the third assembly of experts. Casting his ballot at Imam Khomeini Husseinieh in downtown Tehran right after the polls opened at 8:00 am, the leader said that this time around the people will also disappoint the enemy, who since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 has been hatching all sorts of plots to undermine the Islamic Revolution. The leader advised the electorates to go to polls as soon as possible and select their candidates wisely.

The leader of the Islamic Revolution described the scene of the revolution and politics as a scene of a full-fledged war of its own kind. The Iranian nation is wise and alert and knows the enemy, said the supreme leader adding that despite the mischievous attempts of the enemy, the nation will act upon the interests of the nation and will not surrender to the enemy.

leader: massive turnout at polls will disappoint enemies (21.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 21, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, here on wednesday said that a massive turnout for the forthcoming experts assembly elections would carry a special weight in disappointing the enemies of the islamic republic. addressing an audience of thousands, the leader stated ''over the past year, the enemy has been trying to discourage people's active presence at the polls so as to make the experts assembly an institution without popular support.'' a suitable reaction, the leader said, would be for the nation to turn out in huge numbers at the polls, which would also be a display of national maturity and dynamism. all the iranian elections and people's turnout at them are important to the enemies but the experts assembly elections carry a special weight because they have witnessed its decisive role, ayatollah Khamene’i added.

the leader commended the assembly for quickly filling the leadership vacuum following the passing away of imam Khomeini, the founder of the islamic republic. on the election atmosphere prevailing in the country, the leader said ''very clearly, we can see that the mature and intelligent nation of iran has understood the sensitivity of the country's situation at this juncture. ''as before, the nation knows what it's facing, so beyond any doubts, the people, by their huge turnout at the experts assembly polls would inject a new life into the revolution.''

ayatollah Khamene’i thanked political groups, ulema and other prominent personalities for their efforts to encourage a massive turnout at the experts assembly election. the islamic republic of iran, thanks to people's support and their continuous presence on the scenes, has always enjoyed political and spiritual strength, the leader noted.

elections for the 86-seat assembly of experts will be held on friday.

leader: enemies in ambush to harm nation (18.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 18, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, here on sunday praised the forces serving in the islamic revolution's guards corps (irgc) as sources of pride for the islamic motherland, further calling the forces as models of humanity and faith for others. in an address to irgc's 'seyed-o shohada' special forces at their morning flag hoisting ceremony, the leader said ''the faithful and revolutionary youth at the army of islam, with an illuminating heart, free spirit and strong faith have tread a path transforming them to exemplary figures for others.'' stating that ''the torch for jihad remains lit years after the sacred defense,'' ayatollah Khamene’i said that jihad is a prerequisite for ''resisting dangerous encroachments in the world of politics and economy.''

the commander-in-chief of the armed forces further referred to irgc as possessor of a vast pool of model human beings who give jihad a real meaning. elsewhere in his address, ayatollah Khamene’i warned ''the enemies are in ambush and if they can, they will harm the iranian nation by imposing a war. ''the flag that the iranian nation hoisted gave the world muslims a sense of dignity and identity, the sign of which can today be witnessed throughout the world. ''therefore, we should not think that the enemy has given up, the camp would deal a blow whenever it can.'' stressing the necessity ''to preserve the spiritual assets and to strengthen the faith,'' the leader said that with by grace of Allah, the enemy once again would suffer defeat in its confrontation with the camp of islam.

ayatollah Khamene’i today led the morning congregational prayers of the seyed-o shohada forces.

a dialog session with esteemed leader (14.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 14, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, here this week participated in a dialog session with a group of women on the occasion of the birth anniversary of hazrat Fatemeh Zahra (as), the noble daughter of prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). the cordial session saw several women active in the cultural and political arena including university professors, students, journalists, artists, physicians and some just ordinary people express their outlooks on various issues facing the nation. the short werspeeches drew comments by the esteemed leader who also answered questions posed by the audience and issued guidelines on various subjects.

the session was opened with recitation of some verses of the holy quran by ms. tahmasby, the memorizer of the whole quran, who is a dentistry major. she was the fifth overall amongst the students passing the university entrance exam in the major this year. tehran's az-zahra university professor ms. faqih continued the session with some poetry in admiration of the sublime lady of islam, hazrat Fatemeh (as). ms. khalesi, mother of three martyrs of the iraqi-imposed war, then congratulated the leader on the birth anniversaries of hazrat Fatemeh (as) and the late imam khomeini. managing the session was ms. mohtashami who also congratulated the leader on the auspicious birth anniversaries and further thanked ayatollah Khamene’i for granting the group the opportunity to meet with him. next on the podium was the editor-in-chief of the magazine 'zan-e rouz' (today's woman), ms. mehri savizi, who touched on the issue of culture. ''in actuality, culture is the group identification of a nation,'' she said, adding that all are duty-bound to defend the culture against assaults. this responsibility, she said, belongs to both the officials and the people from all walks of life. ms. savizi specially singled out the press as having a grave responsibility to safeguard the nation's values. on the question of freedom of the press, ms. savizi termed the freedom as a means for the corps to carry out its mission. the mission of the press should not be reduced to efforts to achieve unlimited and unchecked freedoms, she added. ms. savizi further noted that enemies of the islamic republic have explicitly stated that they intend to bring down the system through a cultural assault.

following ms. savizi's remarks, the leader commented that development of culture can be achieved by making a habit of promoting and emphasizing the values in the cultural arena and in the press. by the same token, the leader cautioned, the enemies seek to erode the nation's values through repeating their counter-value measures in the cultural arena.

the next speaker, writer fatemeh rajabi, also focused on cultural invasion by the enemies of the revolution, stating that the enemies have targeted the islamic principles and people's faith. they also try to induce the notion that the western civilization is in agreement with islamic principles. the third approach by the enemies is promoting secularism in the society, she added. she further referred to the feminism promoted by the west as atheistic and stemming from the philosophy of humanism. the next speaker was a chinese student studying persian literature in tehran university. ms. somayeh avari, a recent convert to islam, expressed appreciation for the opportunity presented to her in iran to expand her knowledge of the religion.

ayatollah Khamene’i commended ms. avari for her command of the farsi language, and wished her success in enhancing her knowledge of islam and the farsi language.

the next speaker bahareh ranjbaran, daughter of a martyr of the iraqi-imposed war, spoke of some islamic values including islamic dress code for women 'hejab'. she criticized the west for not allowing their citizens the liberty to observe hejab. another daughter of a martyr, fakhri allah-iari, asked the leader to explain how to achieve 'ekhlas' (spiritual purification).

the leader stated that ekhlas is achievable through foregoing selfishness and material motives for noble spiritual objectives. this, he said, like many other things needs persistence and practice. responding to the question by a student on how to read and understand the holy quran, ayatollah Khamene’i remarked that the holy quran is rich with deep ideas. to fully grasp the contents, he added, one should read, pause and ponder the meanings very carefully and patiently.

the same student asked the leader to give guidelines on criteria for choosing a spouse. ayatollah Khamene’i said that in choosing a husband or a wife, one should not attach importance to wealth, connection to a prominent family or just superficial beauties. of course, the leader added, there should be an attraction between the two which would serve as a foundation for an emotional attachment throughout their common life.

the next speaker, medical student atefeh mivehchi, asked the leader for guidelines on political activities by university students. ayatollah Khamene’i stated that students should not be indifferent towards issues pertaining to their societies. for instance, the leader asked, how can they be indifferent towards presidential elections or problems caused for the country by arrogant powers? students should care about and ponder the issues and subsequently adopt positions on them. for instance, they should have a stance towards the palestinian issue, about what happened in bosnia-herzegovina or europe's approach to islamic hejab, the leader remarked. ayatollah Khamene’i however cautioned against entering political activities with motives other than learning the truth.

leader makes 3 appointments with iranian army (14.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 14, irna -- in three separate decrees wednesday, the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i, made three appointments with the iranian army. ayatollah Khamene’i appointed brigadier general nasser arasteh deputy commander of the army, brigadier general mostafa torabipour head of the joint headquarters of the army, and brigadier general mehdi montazeri head of the information security organization of the army. the leader wished all of them success in their future undertakings.

students, academics should be provided with cultural support (12.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 12, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i said on monday that the leader's representative offices at universities are providing the students and academics with intellectual and cultural support. in a meeting with the leader's representatives at the universities, the supreme leader said the enemy has targeted the faith of the youth, specially that of young students in a bid to undermine the islamic republic.

the leader recommended his representatives at the universities to exercise insight and make coordination with students in cultural and intellectual issues and help the students find answers to their questions. ayatollah Khamene’i said iranian population is young and it is a good factor in social progress and development. the enemy has targeted the faith of the youth in an attempt to strike a blow to the islamic republic, therefore a cultural campaign is underway between the corps of the revolution and that of the counter-revolutionaries.

the leader said those interested in islam and the islamic republic should honor the youth by paving the way for their vigilant presence on the scene.

lebanese martyrs families call on leader (12.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 12, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i received a group of families of lebanese martyrs here monday. the lebanese families performed their noon prayers under the leadership of ayatollah Khamene’i. the bereaved families of lebanese martyrs expressed their pure feelings towards the islamic revolution and renewed their allegiance to the leader of the islamic revolution. the lebanese families have already attended the mausoleum of the founder of the islamic revolution, the late imam Khomeini and paid homage to him, and paid pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (as), the eighth imam of the infallible household of the holy prophet of islam (peace be upon him) in mashhad, khorasan province and the holy shrine of hazrat masoumeh (a.s.) in qom. they also visited central museum of martyrs in tehran.

leader receives religious eulogists (11.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 11, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, here on sunday received a group of religious eulogists and religious mourning groups on the occasion of the birth anniversary of hazrat Fatemeh Zahra (as), the noble daughter of prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). in an ambient filled with spirituality and love for the prophet's (pbuh) household, some of the eulogists recited poetry in admiration of hazrat Fatemeh (as), highly admired for her piety and many contributions to promotion of the last of Allah's religions. the birth anniversary of the sublime lady of islam is observed in the islamic iran as the women's and mothers' day. addressing the audience, the leader paid tribute to hazrat Fatemeh and touched on the many contributions to islam by her and her husband hazrat Ali (as), the first imam of the household of prophet Mohammad (pbuh). ayatollah Khamene’i also praised the role of religious eulogists in the islamic society.

leader pardons 57 convicted women (11.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 11, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution and supreme religious jurisprudent, grand ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i, on the auspious occasion of the birth anniversary of the blessed lady of islam, hazrat Fatemeh (sa), pardoned 57 convicted women of the public and revolution courts.

the move is in response to the appeal made by the judiciary chief, ayatollah mohammad yazdi in accordance with clause 11 of article 110 of the constitution of the islamic republic of iran.

leader: those misusing freedom of expression should be stopped (7.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 7, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyed ali khamenei said on wednesday that certain conspirators misusing freedom of expression should be confronted. in a meeting with officials of the construction jihad ministry, the leader said certain elements have embarked on sabotage in the government's economic programs, launching an offensive against the security, cultural and military structures in an attempt to undermine

the main pillars of the islamic republic of iran. the supreme leader said the conspirators are trying to weaken the youth's hope for their future and misuse every means to strike a blow at the islamic republic. the leader said expressing views different from that of the government is something and treason and conspiracy are something else. ''we have said time and again that expressing views on every issue is free and those having objections to the government's plans are entitled to publish their objections and no one will stop them. but there exists a fundamental difference between objection and sabotage,'' the leader said.

the leader said, ''if someone brings under question the legitimacy of the islamic republic in his or her writings and questions the sacrifices and the bloods dedicated for the cause of islam, it is in fact a conspiracy. critique and criticism of the government's policies are not bad, but, when someone attempts to undermine the foundations of the government it is a treason and not freedom of expression...the enemy's hands are seen in such practices.'' the leader said, ''some wrongdoings are perpetrated by ignorant friends who are not enemy. but i earnestly ask them to open their minds and think it over and recognize who is the enemy today? what it wants? what it does? what it plans? the wisdom requires us not to do something that may benefit the enemy. why are you doing the enemy's job? our emphasis on having a political analysis is because it prevents someone from making mistakes.

ayatollah khamenei warned the enemies under the mask of friends do what they can to tarnish the upcoming elections of the assembly of experts. ''the global arrogance seeks low turnout in the (october 23) elections. this is what everyone with any political attachment can understand and stand against it. therefore everyone should participate in the election to indicate the people's presence on the country's political scene,'' the supreme leader said. the leader said massive turnout in the elections has always insured the country, disappointed the enemy and neutralized foreign conspiracies against iran.

ayatollah khamenei called on the political wings and those faithful to the islamic revolution and the late imam khomeini to put aside their differences and demonstrate their solidarity in the elections for the 86-seat assembly of experts. ''i don't believe in the right wing or left wing definitions among those faithful to the islamic republic, but, i ask all political wings right, left or moderates to put aside brother-with-brother differences and not to allow the enemies to misuse their discrepancies,'' the leader said.

elsewhere in his address, the leader appreciated the services rendered by the construction jihad ministry. the leader said the ministry is the reminiscent of the late imam and the ministry's employees who sacrificed their lives for construction of the country. ayatollah khamenei reiterated the almighty's help for the iranian nation in critical situations. the almighty has always helped the iranian nation until now and is kind enough to do so again, the leader said.

Message to the congress of islamic associations of university students (01.10.1998)

Tehran, Oct. 1, 1998 IRNA - The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, said here Thursday that the main objective behind all propaganda launched by the arrogant and Zionist propaganda machines is to weaken the faith of the young generation and their emotional bonds with main centres of the Islamic republic.

The supreme leader made the remark in his message to the second nation-wide congress of Islamic associations of university students which kicked off here today.

The leader added that indications of this ominous and, god willing, futile attempt can be seen in the cultural, news and propaganda activities of the identified and unidentified enemies of the Islamic republic.

Based on a deep analysis which is the outcome of the experiences of foreign political strategists in the past two decades, all enemies of the Islamic Iran have reached the conclusion that the only way to dominate the Islamic republic and infiltrate the system is to weaken the faith of the young generation, their emotional and mental bonds with the main centres of the Islamic republic and their educational motives, the leader concluded.

Leader stresses planning by qom seminary to respond to questions (01.10.1998)

tehran, oct. 1, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei, thursday stressed the need for planning by the high management council of the qom seminary to respond to religious and political questions.

the supreme leader said that at present a new atmosphere has been created in iran offering harmful attitudes as well as ambiguous religious and political questions. simultaneous with this new atmosphere, foreign radios are constantly raising suspicious and ambiguous questions and are encouraging their elements to do the same inside the country.

raising questions is not bad in itself and is sometimes a blessing in disguise because this compels some persons to give answers to such questions, the leader said. using its past experiences and by making planning, the seminary can give accurate responses according to the needs of the time to questions relating to the ideological bases of the islamic republic and religion, the leader said.

ayatollah khamenei also laid emphasis on long-term and medium term planning and policy-making by the seminary. the supreme leader also stressed establishment of orderly and regular contacts between the qom seminary and the youth, the educated ones in particular, saying that the council must make planning for loser and more sincere contact between the youth and the theologians and prevent opportunists from creating a spiritual wall between

these two main strata of the society.

the leader also termed as valuable and essential presence of ulema among university students to respond to their questions.

 
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