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leader hails people's role in law making process

tehran, may 31, 1999 irna — the supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei told deputies and staffers of the Islamic consultative assembly (majlis) here on monday that people's role in law making is an important achievement of iran's islamic revolution. ayatollah khamenei hailed the majlis as a center representing public votes and will and true manager of the country on the basis of laws. the paramount leader said that legislation used to be an artificial job for years before the triumph of the (1979) islamic revolution in iran.

the iranian people did not have a chance before the Islamic revolution to contribute to the administration of the country in the form of law making and everything in those times was ''superficial, false and artificial,'' the leader added. the leader of the islamic revolution added that however, one of the great achievements of the islamic revolution has been people's contribution to the legislation process to the effect that one can claim that former terms of majlis have been unique and of great significance in "iranian history. independence of the legislature does not mean enmity and opposition to the government or executive officials, said the supreme leader, adding: ''rather independence is not meant to sacrifice the interests of the country and people for any other issue. ''majlis has always been duty-bound to specify carefully the means for execution of affairs. i feel duty-bound to appreciate the majlis representatives, its presiding board and the majlis speaker for running majlis sessions in the best possible manner.''

he called on majlis deputies to avoid any forms of dispute, conflict, unrest and ugly behaviours which are rife in many parliaments of the world and to observe piety. touching on the role of people's religious faith in the triumph of the 1979 islamic revolution, the leader said that god almighty empowers anyone who strives in his path and tries to fulfill his

religious duties. the iranian nation has experienced such an evident reality in the course of the islamic revolution. the imposed war and struggle against the arrogance, said ayatollah khamenei. the leader said that islamic revolution is gradually getting more powerful and attracts more muslims day by day. all of these point to the path set and trodden by the late imam khomeini in islamic iran.

ayatollah khamenei called on all those believing in the principles of islam and the islamic revolution values to strive to seek god's consent and said only under such conditions the revolution would not be harmed. if the criteria is selfishness and arrogance, hundreds of

loopholes would be created through which the enemy can infiltrate and people would be deprived of divine guidance, warned the leader.


leader paid tribute to imam musa sadr (30.5.1999)

qom, may 30, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei and president mohammad khatami, in separate messages sunday paid tribute to imam musa sadr and lauded his great services. the messages were read at a congress to commemorate imam musa sadr held at mofid university of qom sunday. the supreme leader said holding of the congress can be considered as an appropriate measure to appreciate part of the services rendered by this great thinker to shia muslims and lebanon in over 20 years on social and political scenes of that country. praising imam musa sadr's personality, the leader said giving identity to shia muslims in lebanon, promoting co-existence and mutual respect among followers of divine religions and political tribes in that country and his outspokenness in introducing the real nature of the zionist regime and his affection to and respect for the late imam khomeini created an all-embracing personality in this great thinker. the leader's message was read by hojatoleslam rasouli-mahalati at the congress. meanwhile, president khatami termed imam musa sadr as a great man that one should take lesson from his steadfastness and piety. in his message read by mohammad taqi meibodi, khatami added that imam musa sadr showed that religion is capable of addressing various needs of humanity and that shia seminaries have the potential to train persons able to administer society. he expressed the hope that the congress would serve as a step to better familiarize with the ideas and outlooks of imam musa sadr and all religious scholars that our history is indebted to their personalities and efforts.

dr. arefi: leader has authorized donation of body organs (30.5.1999)

tehran, may 30, irna -- iranian heart and coronary specialist hassan arefi said on sunday he had obtained religious permit from the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah seyed ali khamenei for donation of body organs of clinically dead people. he said transplant of organs from those declared brain dead will serve to save many lives. he said the islamic consultative assembly (majlis) has yet to pass legislation to legalize the transplant of organs, but, from the religious point of view the leader has authorized the practice. the veteran heart surgeon said a few days ago the surgeons succeeded in saving 16 lives, using the organs of a single man who had been clinically dead. after legalizing the transplantation by the parliament more lives will be saved, dr. arefi said.

introducing imam khomeini's personality to neutralize enemy conspiracies (29.5.1999)

tehran, may 29, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyed ali khamenei said on saturday that introducing all aspects of the late imam khomeini's personality would serve as a key to neutralize enemy conspiracies. in a meeting with members of the headquarters in charge of holding the 10th anniversary of departure of the late imam khomeini, the leader said the late imam khomeini was the symbol of the islamic values for the iranian nation. the late imam khomeini passed away in 1989. "the late imam was a rare example for the iranian nation in terms of the islamic, cultural, political and the historical values," the leader said. ayatollah khamenei said that the founder of the islamic revolution always observed piety in his decision-making, behavior and attitude. "piety is that every human being should be given the islamic dignity. piety is very important in guiding the the society," the leader said. "we should observe piety to reach victory and deserve the blessing of the almighty. since the late imam khomeini came into the social scene in iran, piety has been observed in the form of keeping oneself consistent with religious criteria in every aspect of social life," the supreme leader said. on the political and historical values observed by the late imam khomeini, the leader said the imam held iran and the great iranian nation in high reverence. the late imam never heeded to the material aspect of life and only relied on the grace of the almighty. the leader of the islamic revolution said the enemies of the iranian nation were against the spiritual heritage of the late imam khomeini. the organs in charge of world order along with hidden and influential hands in international politics, or in other words, owners of world's economic, media and propaganda companies had their own plans for iran and the region, but, the late imam khomeini, widely supported by the iranian nation, established the islamic system and foiled their long-term or medium term scheme against iran and the region. ayatollah khamenei said the prominent personality of the late imam khomeini have been institutionalized in the the islamic system of government. elsewhere in his speech, the leader glorified the works done by the forces loyal to the islamic republic in the cultural, political and intellectual fields and said, "very worthy jobs have been accomplished in iran which led the enemy to disenchantment. one of the jobs that disappoint the enemy is honoring the memory of the late imam khomeini," the leader said. prior to the leader's speech, head of the headquarters in charge of holding the commemoration ceremony mohammad ali ansari gave a report on the programs to be implemented in commemoration of the father of the islamic republic.

Father of Lebanese Shuhada expresses his love to the Leader (26.5.1999)

IPIS 26.5.1999, Delmenhorst, Since a few weeks a new magazine called "Imamat" is published inside IRI. The director of this new magazine "Mohammad Ali Ramin" has made a trip to Lebanon to visit families of shuhada and during his visit in germany now he tolled us some events I would like to share them with my dear brothers and sisters:
He visited the father of two shuhada sons (both shahid during exploding zionist enemies to hell), and living near to the zionists occupied region. The father showed him the room within one shahid sons clothes. And he explained that this son always had a picture of Imam Khamene'i on his shirt on the place of his heart. One day the mother saw how the son removed this picture from his shirt during leaving for jihad. And she asked her son what has happened, that you remove this beloved picture? He answered that he saw in his dream, that he will be shot in his heart on that day, and he did not want the picture of his imam to fell on the ground nor to be demolished with his blood.
The same father always stand up, when the name of Imam Khamene'i was mentioned and when the visitor asked him why he did so, the answer was: "I do not really know the great value of Imam Khamene'i, otherwise I would be with my sons.
In a second situation Br. Ramin wanted to give some pictures of Imam Khamene'i to a family but they regretted very hardly turned back and the young girl of the house left the room immideately. Br. Ramin very astonished asked about the reason of this reaction. The family answered, that they don’t have "wudu" (ritual cleaning) so that they don’t allow themselves to look or touch such a holy picture. In that moment the girl came back with wet face just after "wudu" and enjoyed the gift.

irib chief reinstated for another 5-year term (26.5.1999)

tehran, may 26, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyed ali khamenei wednesday reinstated ali larijani, the director of the islamic republic of iran broadcasting (irib) for another five year term. larijani was appointed by the leader as the chief of the state radio and television organization in february 1994, replacing mohammad hashemi rafsanjani, brother of the former president and current chairman of the expediency council akbar hashemi rafsanjani. in his new decree to larijani, the supreme leader praised larijani and his colleagues at the irib for their "outstanding activities and painstaking efforts" in running "this sensitive and important center." the leader also said that part of the guidelines issued in his previous decree to larijani had been materialized "thanks to your efforts and management", adding that "the qualitative and quantitative improvement" in the organization in various areas was a fact that could not be denied. the leader said another part of the irib programs were expected to be accomplished "with your continued struggle and untiring efforts."

Marriage of Imam Khamene’is son (25.5.1999)

IPIS 25.5.1999, Delmenhorst, Based on safe sources some time ago the second son of Imam Khamene'i has married. For the marriage ceremony only about 40 persons have been invited. For the meal Imam Khamene'i had only given the permission for a simple meal and bread but no rice. For information it has to bee mentioned, that during public days (aschura, Id and so on) in the same house some hundreds of persons are provided with meal and rice as much they want. The director of Imam Khamene'is office then asked for permission to spend some rice for that simple meal, but Imam Khamene'i did not allow. Last not least the office director asked to give a few kilo of rice as marriage gift to the couple and then Imam Khamene'i gave his permission.
One school teacher of Imam Khamene'is sons (while Imam Khamene'i was President) tolled, that he saw the young boy how he wrote with such a short lead pencil, that it was nearly impossible to held it between the fingers. He asked the boy to change his pencil and he was ready to give him a new one. But the young boy answered that this was impossible, because he had to bring back the rest of it to his father to get a new one.

Councilors should spend all their times on serving masses (25.5.1999)

tehran, may 25, irna -- the supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei here on tuesday termed formation of the city/village islamic councils as a source of pride for the islamic republic and called on councilors to spend all their time on serving the masses. addressing officials in charge of islamic councils in urban and rural areas as well as organizers of the city/village islamic council elections on february 26, the supreme leader said that since its establishment 20 years ago, iran's islamic revolution has witnessed 20 elections. constant recourse to public votes means people's all-out presence on the scenes of action and decision making, said the leader, regretting that despite such an evident reality, the propaganda machines of arrogant powers have always accused the islamic republic of being dictator, despotic and unpopular, without acknowledging that the islamic republic relies on people. ''enemy's accusations, however, do not change the realities. officials now working in various sectors represent the iranian people,'' the supreme leader said. ayatollah khamenei also referred to the fact that the hands of the u.s. and other world devouring powers have been cut off the iranian nation's rich resources. the leader said: ''the islamic revolution cut off the hands of plunderers. that's why they (plunderers) are angry with the people and officials of the islamic republic and are constantly trying to impose their hegemonic dominance on the iranian nation once again. the iranian nation, however, is vigilant and ready to foil the enemy's plots to plunder its resource.'' stressing the importance of consultation for removal of shortcomings and problems, the leader of the islamic revolution said members of councils should do their best to fulfill their legal duties for the sake of god in order to enhance the status of the noble nation of iran. if councils manage to fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to them by the constitution many problems facing people will be solved, the leader concluded.

All should strive to strengthen their religious faith (24.5.1999)

tehran, may 24, irna -- supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei said here on monday that military knowledge, commanding power, vigilance, talents, faith and the divine and islamic values of muslim combatants were the key to their victory in the ''complicated and grand'' operations beit ul-moqaddas. beit ul-moqaddas operations were launched in southwestern province of khuzestan in 1982, leading to the liberation of port city of khorramshahr on may 24 the same year from iraqi occupation. addressing thousands of military commanders and combatants as well as the bereaved families of those martyred in the said operations, the leader said ''dozens of factors are combined together to form military knowledge and show the military talent and genius of an armed force and this was the same thing that happened during the victorious beit ul-moqaddas operations.'' a nation will become invincible if it manages to strengthen faith in god among its people, especially among its youth, and creates a sense of sacrifice among them for the sake of great causes, said the leader. therefore, the leader added, any person interested in the destiny of the nation and country should strive for strengthening the nation's faith, the youth's religious beliefs and their connection with islamic ideals, said the leader, adding that any person acting against this policy is one deceived by the enemy or a member of the enemy forces. ''the enemy has been slapped in the face by people's faith and religious zeal. therefore, enemy's hostility towards people's religious zeal is out of question. but those who are hnterested hn dignity of islamic iran should strengthen people's religious zeal and strive for adherence of young generations to pure islamic and revolutionary ideals,'' said the supreme leader. elsewhere in his remarks, ayatollah khamenei said ''those showing wrong behaviors, words and mentality under influence of the enemy's propaganda do not represent the iranian youth. rather, the young generation of the country is the one, who will once again show his strong adherence to islam if it happens to undergo another test or fight for the sake of god.'' concluding his remarks, the leader of the islamic revolution expressed the hope that the iranian nation would remain steadfast and firm in the path of god and that enemy would not be capable of finding any foothold in islamic iran.

imam's decree, leader's message read at islamic councils assembly (23.5.1999)

tehran, may 23, irna -- a decree issued by the late founder of the islamic republic of iran, imam khomeuini on may 23, 1979 was read at the beginning of the grand assembly of islamic counciles of cities and villages at azadi square here sunday. in his decree issued to the islamic revolutionary council, the imam had said: "in order to establish a popular government in iran and (ensure) the rule of people on their destiney which are among essential factors in the islamic republic, it is necessary that the executive regulations of the councils to administer the city and village affairs be prepared and communicated to the government after approval so that the administraion would implement them immediately."
then a message of the leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyyed ali khamenei to the inaugural ceremony of the first term of the islamic city and village councils on april 29 was again read by the head of the leader's office hojatoelslam mohammadi golpayegani. the leader said in the message that through formation of city councils, the iranian nation took a step forwards towards full realization of the constitution and expressed hope that the councils will be successful in achieving the lofty goals of imam khomeini and in resolving the problems facing the iranian people. ayatollah khamenei added now that people have voted for their trustees, those elected to the councils are expected to do their best and spare no effort to fulfill the duties entrusted to them by law in serving the people. the supreme leader also called on the government and other officials of the country to seize this valuable opportunity to encourage people's participation in council affairs. highlighting the responsibilities of the islamic councils, the leader stressed that the prime duty of the members of the councils is ''understanding and consensus among themselves.'' otherwise, he cautioned, the newly founded body will fail in proving to be a source of blessing for the nation. political and factional disputes and involvement in any measure which affects the unity of council members is harmful to the councils, the leader said. underlining constant contacts between members of the councils and the people, ayatollah khamenei said that the members should fully recognize their responsibilities and make efforts to realize them. the leader advised the council members not to make people hopeful over issues not stipulated in the law which cannot be fulfilled due to certain restrictions. ayatollah khamenei also called on officials to consider council members as their reliable advisors and help them as much as possible to fulfill their duties. two members of the islamic councils, seyyed ismael mofidi from mashhad and ms. nasrin rashidi-mofrad from khorramabad in their addersses to the nationwide gathering called on the president to take the newly established councils into consideration in condification of the third five-year development plan. some 107,000 members of the city and village islamic councils are attending the assembly.

leader hails molla sadra's personality, philosophy (22.5.1999)

tehran, may 22, irna -- an international seminar on great iranian muslim thinker and philosopher molla sadra opened here on saturday with a message from the supreme leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei. the message was read by member of the high ouncil of cultural revolution gholam-ali haddad-adel. in his message, ayatollah khamenei said that although the west and even parts of the muslim world have little knowledge of this unique personality, molla sadra's philosophical works and theories have been studied by political circles in iran at least over the past three centuries. like other philosophies, molla sadra's philosophical theories are not confined to certain geographical limits or a certain nationality bur rather belong to all nations and societies, said the message, adding that all human beings needed a framework and solid logic to understand and interpret nature. no other culture or civilization without such strong foundations can lead man towards spiritual prosperity, resistance and tranquility or equip man's life with a divine goal, said the leader. ''this is why we believe that islamic philosophy especially the philosophical style introduced by molla sadra is looking for its vacant place in man's mind and that it will eventually find it,'' the message said. the message said that iranians were more than any one else indebted to and responsible before the divine philosophy of molla sadra. ''this era was characterized by rising of a sun, the late imam khomeini, who was a unique personality in the fields of religion, philosophy and politics and a well-distinguished expert on molla sadra's philosophy,'' the message added. the message expressed hope that the seminar would prepare the ground for a comparison between islamic philosophy, especially molla sadra's philosophy and that of the west.

leader communicates general policies for 3rd plan to president (22.5.1999)

tehran, may 22, irna -- supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei in a letter addressed to president mohammad hatami saturday gave the go ahead for enforcement of the general policies of the third five-year economic development plan. the letter said these policies, aiming to administer social justice, promote religion, science, culture, security and economic welfare and enhance the country's dignity and creditability at international level, laid emphasis on people's contribution and served as a platform for development of the country. elsewhere in his letter, the supreme leader called on the president to guarantee implementation of the 36-point policy concerning the economic, cultural, social, political, defense and security sectors, in cooperation with the majlis and members of the cabinet under constant supervision of the expediency council. the economic section of the general policies includes: directing all economic activities towards administration of social justice, narrowing the gap between the incomes of people from various walks of life and ridding the low income classes of society of poverty. establishing a comprehensive social insurance system to support the rights of the deprived and oppressed people, uprooting poverty and supporting public institutes as well as popular and charity foundations consistent with the religious and revolutionary principles. curbing inflation, maintaining purchasing power of the middle and low income classes, supporting investment and creating jobs. improving the taxation system in order to insure justice in collection of taxes, paying attention to production, investment in manufacturing sector, strengthening motivation among the public to pay taxes and increasing ratio of taxes to government income. developing rural areas and paying attention to villagers' standard of living. creating job opportunities, making investments with an aim to provide employment opportunities, especially in areas of agriculture, processing industries and small and medium-sized workshops. amending the regulations, which have created or will create certain monopolies in certain segments of economic activities, in accordance with the interests of the country. giving equal share to the public, private and cooperative sectors in benefiting from advantages and information sources. honoring provisions of the article 8 of the second five-year development plan (1995-2000) which called for ceding the state-owned economic institutions to the cooperative and private sectors. guaranteeing security of investment, paying attention to construction and honoring the wealth and properties gained through legitimate means. compiling a comprehensive plan that would increase export of non-oil commodities while decreasing reliance on oil revenues. taking advantage of the country's geographical conditions especially for boosting trade. guaranteeing food security and self-sufficiency in production of basic commodities by increasing domestic production especially in the area of agriculture. improving the monetary system and the country's financial markets to maintain the value of the national currency, channeling financial resources towards investment in the areas of production and occupation. observing national interests and principles of the constitution and preventing domination of foreigners in attracting foreign investment. providing training for workforce in various levels to make them efficient in addressing the needs of economic institutions. the cultural section of the general policies includes: upgrading religious and quranic insight, consolidating the intellectual and practical values of the islamic revolution and confronting foreigners' cultural onslaught. taking religious and political thoughts of the late imam khomeini into consideration in all policy making procedures and planning and giving prominence to his role maintaining the religious face of the society and protecting its islamic and revolutionary values. persuading the mass media, especially the islamic republic of iran's broadcasting (irib), to keep healthy the public atmosphere, upgrade virtues and offer sound information and realizing general policies of development programs. paying attention to promotion of talents, encouraging creativity and scientific initiatives, improving research and enhancing the scientific and technological potential of the country. introducing lofty culture and values of islam and islamic iran to world peoples, informing the people about the personality as well as the political and ideological doctrines of the late imam khomeini, using the experiences of other countries, especially the countries sharing common bonds with iran, in drawing up economic plans and identifying the factors which have led to their victory or failure.
the social, political, defense and security section of the general policies includes: expanding and promoting the spirit of cooperation and public contribution and people's support for government. paying attention to the youth, preparing grounds for their spiritual and scientific progress, striving for removal of their problems such as marriage, job and education. strengthening family foundation as well as women's status in family and society, providing women with their religious and legal rights and giving special attention to their constructive role. giving priority to war veterans and granting financial and other cultural and economic facilities to them. paying attention to order, rule of law, working spirit, self-sufficiency, saving, preventing extravagance on the part of people and officials and fighting corruption. improving administrative system in order to enhance activities and efficiency, rendering more services to the public, guaranteeing dignity and living standard of employees, employing competent and reliable managers and insuring their job security, removing or merging parallel managements, stressing decentralization of the administrative and executive bodies, preventing and fighting administrative corruption and devising necessary laws. strengthening the inspection and monitoring system and improving laws and regulations in order to any conflicts between the duties of the monitoring and inspection bodies. conducting long-term comprehensive studies on the country's territorial issues based on security and defense considerations, economic efficiency, territorial integrity, administration of social justice, environmental protection and conservation of natural resources, maintenance of islamic and iranian identity and safeguarding cultural heritage, facilitation of internal and external relations of the country's economy and attention to development by relying on domestic resources and elimination of deprivation from rural areas. stabilizing the country's foreign policies on basis of principles of dignity, wisdom and and by pursuing the following goals:
expanding bilateral, regional and international cooperation, preventing tension in relations with non-hostile countries, taking advantage of such relations to increase the national strength, confronting hegemony and aggressive measures in foreign diplomacy, making efforts to rid the region of presence of foreign military forces, confronting unipolarization of the world, supporting innocent and oppressed muslims and nations, bringing about further convergence among muslim states and improving structure of the united nations. increasing the country's defense, security and disciplinary potential to deter and give crushing response to threats, guaranteeing national interests and social security, supporting foreign policy and enhancing peace, stability and security in the region using all facilities available. giving serious attention to the government's sovereignty, improving public security and preventing and confronting social crimes and corruption by strengthening and bringing about coordination among the judicial, security and disciplinary institutes. strengthening, promoting and renovating defense industries with an emphasis on research and accelerating transfer of sophisticated technology. giving special attention to the public's presence and involvement in the security and defense of country and revolution through development of basij (volunteer forces) from qualitative and quantitative points of view.

Imam Khamene'i gives no money for his pictures, no sugar at home (19.5.1999)

IPIS: One representative of "Islamic Way" (rahe islami) went to the leaders office to get some newer pictures of Imam Khamene'i. After they showed him some he was informed, that now every of those pictures are available now and have to be printed again, if he has interest and of course he has to pay for every singe picture. Although the representative for sure wanted to pay he was astonished about this remark and asked about the reason. Then he was informed, than Imam Khamene'i does not allow his own picture to be printed with any public money nor does he give any private money for that. The members of the office themselves print the picture my own organization and therefor have to sell them.
Another event was delivered by the member of the mailing group "payam" to islam-pure: In the time of Imam Khamene'is presidency, some friends visited the house of Imam Khamene'i. He brought tea but there was not sugar cube. He apologized for the fact that his "sahmieh" had been finished for that month.

leader calls on scientists, intellectuals to promote culture (19.5.1999)

tehran, may 19, irna -- supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei here on wednesday said men of science, culture and intellect shouldered the duty of promoting culture, wisdom, intellect, religion, virtues and morality in the society. addressing clergies and friday prayers leaders of the northern province of mazandaran, ayatollah khamenei hailed the ''key' role of intellectuals, including ulama, preachers, professors and authors, in protecting the spiritual and intellectual health of the society. the leader said that if those responsible for the intellectual development of society fail to keep themselves abreast of the latest in science or fail to boost their morale by pondering on the truth of nature, they will lag behind the intellectual development of the society. the paramount leader said the late imam khomeini was the symbol of responsibility, endeavor and steadfastness. overlooking deviation and wrong doing is the number one enemy of the mission and commitment of ulama and intellectuals, warned the leader. ayatollah khamenei referred to bravery as the prerequisite for sound intellectualism and said bravery does not mean merely standing to the enemy, rather a brave man is the one who attaches importance to truth and responsibility and imam khomeini was unique in this regard. the leader of the islamic revolution called on the audience to follow imam khomeini's personality and characteristics in current year, designated as the year of imam khomeini.

armed forces should adhere to imam's path (19.5.1999)

tehran, may 19, irna -- supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei called on the iranian armed forces to take lessons from sublime teachings, discipline and bravery of the late imam khomeini and be fully ready to fulfill the grave responsibility entrusted to them. addressing himself to students of imam khomeini marine science university and those of the marine science and technology faculty of the islamic revolution guards corps (irgc), ayatollah khamenei said ''you, the brave youth of the country have got an important chance to fulfill your legal duties, i.e. serving islam, iran and your great nation and defending the iranian frontiers, in military uniform under islamic ethics.'' the leader said the late imam khomeini's words and deeds gave a great lesson for many nations. the late imam was an exemplary man for people from various walks of life, including military men, adding that that virtue, discipline and bravery as three outstanding features of the late imam can serve as a lasting lesson for the armed forces during their services. ayatollah khamenei said that bravery served as a catalyst in bringing iranian nation out of darkness and humiliation, to the scene of life among other nations. now too, he added, prosperity of iranian nation and of any other nations depends on acts of bravery and resistance in the face of arrogant powers. arrogant powers realize their sinister goals by discouraging nations, said the leader, adding that the powers who claim to be gendarme of the entire world and deny nations' rights to live and decide, can reach their inhumane goals by terrorizing nations. they (the arrogant powers) resort to any means to sow seeds of suspicion and horror among nations, governments, statesmen, officials, military men and people from various strata, cautioned the leader. ''however, the iranian nation did not submit to big powers thanks to its wise leadership (of imam khomeini) and this has been remained as an everlasting lesson for our nation and other nations of the world,'' said the leader. elsewhere in his remarks, ayatollah khamenei said the attacks launched on yugoslavia by the u.s. and its allies were not meant at all to support kosovar muslims. ''the bloody war in the balkans is a power struggle in the region and one should not think that the attacks by the u.s. and its allies against yugoslavia aimed to defend muslims because as a result of such attacks the situation of kosovar muslims has worsened and sometimes muslims have been targets of bombings. now kosovar people are living under a very critical situation,'' said the supreme leader. concluding his remarks, the leader called on young military forces to undergo training in various fields, strengthen their will, spirit and body and take giant strides to augment their knowledge, discipline, virtue and discipline.

Leader receives dozens of iranian publishers

tehran, may 18, 1999 irna —the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah seyed ali khamenei, in a meeting with a group of Iranian publishers said the islamic republic is in principle receptive to opposition ideologies and allows publication of those ideologies because once wrong ideas are published, the proper ideology will markedly stand out from the wrong ideas. he said: "the enemy is trying to attack the political System in the islamic republic with the aid of cultural devices. to publish ideas and ideas that have a certain orientation and are part of a framework for undermining the system is harmful because the persons behind those ideas do not solely seek to offer a mere idea or a philosophical or political thought and they may be knowingly or unknowingly pursuing a plot for sabotage and subversion. publication and dissemination of unethical works of art is another aspect of a negative cultural work which will have immediate effect. that sector of works of art which have ruinous ethical effects will have to be prevented, this prevention is the necessary screening practice. therefore, islamic agencies, as well as the ministry of islamic guidance and publishers must be wary lest they will lose sight of that goal.

certainly, the islamic republic is opposed to certain ruinous freedoms such as sexual freedom and the freedom to commit sin, and it will not allow the young generation of the state to be exposed to ruinous effects of those things in the area of culture and arts it will not allow the youth to be led astray and to corruption. therefore, the system is sensitive to the issue of the print media, books and Publishing only from that angle. freedom of thought and academic freedoms were among the earliest Slogans of the islamic revolution. since a long time ago a cultural and political move has started by the opponents of islam and the system with the idea of leaving its marking the minds of the people in the area of ethics and public faith, why there is a stronger movement towards that direction, but with the grace of god, the islamic system will stand firmly against that movement. the next step of the opponents of the islamic System is to infiltrate the pillars of the islamic System of government. the fuss about advisory supervision is vesical and unfouded, and is done with the idea to weaken the guardian council and with the idea of paving the way for the presence in the legislative organs of the state of people opposed to islam. that is what they once did.


leader donate cash aid to kosovar muslims (12.5.1999)

tehran, may 12, irna -- the supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei donated rls 100 million and president mohammad khatami rls 50 million to muslim kosovar refugees on wednesday. the cash aid follows a call on people to extend relief aid to muslim kosovar refugees. thursday, may 13, has been designated as the day for iranian muslim people's solidarity with oppressed kosovar muslims.

leader responds to mps appeal to resolve karbaschi's problem (11.5.1999)

tehran, may 11, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei, in a letter in response to the appeal of representatives of the islamic consultative assembly (majlis) to resolve karbaschi's problem, stressed that settlement of such matters lies within the authority of the judiciary. the leader's response was to a letter by some 146 majlis deputies who appealed to him to grant amnesty to the former mayor of tehran gholamhossein karbaschi now serving his prison term. the leader stressed that it is to the benefit of the country and the nation that legal rulings are not affected by different motives. the leader's letter was read at today's open session of majlis by speaker ali akbar nateq nouri. ayatollah khamenei expressed the hope that defense of executive managers which he said is approvable in its right place, will not lead to immunity from the prosecution. the leader further called on the judiciary officials to provide public with adequate information on the case in order to remove all possible ambiguities. the supreme leader also called on the majlis deputies and other officials of the country not to disturb public opinion as sought by the enemies. in conclusion the leader wished success for the majlis deputies in foiling plots of the enemies of islam and the islamic republic.

leader stresses importance of people's analytical power (10.5.1999)

tehran, may 10, irna -- the supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei in a speech to friday prayer leaders on monday stressed the need to enable people to analyze various phenomena and their everyday's issues. the supreme leader said that father of islamic revolution and founder of the islamic republic, the late imam khomeini serves as a everlasting guide for people through the path of contemplation and deliberation. people's inability to analyze various domestic and foreign issues would be detrimental to the islamic society, the leader of the islamic revolution warned. what is of high significance in this juncture is getting people to think and contemplate, said the leader, calling on the audience to pave the way for people's intellectual development and equip them with the power of contemplation and analysis because their inability to analyze and contemplate on issues would cause irreparable damage. friday prayers congregation is an important occasion for persuading people to think and contemplate, ayatollah khamenei advised. elsewhere in his remarks, the leader said that deliberation and contemplation are not meant to cast doubt over the absolute facts rather it means relying on signs and guidance that prevent man from making mistakes. hailing the late imam as a wise, far-sighted and reliable man as well as a politician, the leader called on the friday prayers leaders to elaborate on various aspects of the auspicious life of the late imam in their friday prayer sermons, this year, which marks the 100th birth anniversary of the late founder of the islamic revolution. ayatollah khamenei also called on the friday prayer leaders to ponder on the verses of holy quran and works of the late iranian philosopher ayatollah morteza motahhari.

Leader of the islamic revolution receives zimbabwean delegation (8.5.1999)

tehran, may 8, irna -- the supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyyed ali khamenei here saturday received the visiting zimbabwean president robert gabriel mugabe and his entourage. the leader in his speech referring to the available potentialities of the two countries, said that the prevalent conditions are favorite for both iran and zimbabwe to further expand their cooperation. the leader then recalling the prevailing political atmosphere around the world and the perils being faced by the nations due to the united states imposition of unipolar policy, indicated that under such circumstances there was a need for broadening cooperation among those countries which follow an independent stance. appreciating mugabe's personality and his independent policies, the supreme leader of the islamic revolution pointed out that bilateral cooperation will also help the two nations preserve their political independence. referring to the detente policy of the islamic republic of iran, the leader specified that tehran is fully determined to preserve and safeguard its detente policy besides being committed to its foreign policy principles at international forums. pointing to the policy of the big powers in trying to force their domination in order to fully exercise their domineering military might, the leader termed the palestinian issue, continuation of civil war in afghanistan and crisis in the balkans as the painful events of the world. the supreme religious jurisprudence said, "what is going on in the balkan region is an example of an unrestrained exercise of power. the zimbabwean president expressed pleasure over his meeting with the supreme leader of the islamic revolution and assessed his meetings with the iranian officials as `fruitful' and`constructive'. he said the zimbabwean nation based on its independent policy is to fully expand bilateral relations with the islamic republic of iran. mugabe then termed the islamic republic of iran as a developing country and hailed the iranian people for their resistance vis-a-vis the arrogant powers. zimbabwe's president leading a high ranking delegation arrived in tehran friday morning and was welcomed by iran's minister of ommerce and chairman of the iran-zimbabwe joint commission mohammad shariatmadari.


leader appreciates services of teachers, workers (05.05.1999)

tehran, may 5, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah seyed ali khamenei said on wednesday that teachers and workers are the most effective and worthiest strata of the society, calling on the public to honor their services. in a meeting with a group of teachers and workers, the leader paid tribute to martyr ayatollah morteza motahari. the martyrdom anniversary of the late ayatollah motahari, the contemporary philosopher and thinker is commemorated in iran as the teacher day. he was assassinated by a terrorist group on may 2, 1979. the may 1 is observed in iran as the workers day. the leader said the late ayatollah motahari spent his graceful life on explaining the islamic teachings and engaging in debates with those who were lobbying against religious way of thinking, and stood as a strong bastion before the enemies of the islamic principles. the supreme leader said that the books written by the late ayatollah motahari serve as guidance to the young generation, the teachers and workers and said the young generation should be provided with new opportunity to promote their mental capacity in light of the doctrines of the late ayatollah motahari. ayatollah khamenei said education is one of the fundamental needs of human being and the teachers and workers are respected due to their services in terms of science and practice. the leader said the government and people are obliged to appreciate the services of the teachers and the workers. the leader said in order to achieve economic independence and get rid of reliance on oil revenues, the government and the parliament and other organs should adopt measures to solve labour-related issues. a lot of good jobs have been done in this field by the government and workers should know that the islamic republic supports their rights, the leader said.

elsewhere in his speech, the leader said the teachers are the pioneers of the political and cultural development. "the political and cultural development in a society provide an opportunity to think properly, understand properly. under this situation the conspiracy or campaign of disinformation would be futile. of course this cannot be provided by controversy or newspaper games. the political and cultural development can only be created by the teachers," the supreme leader said. ayatollah khamenei said the teachers have decisive role in the major issues of the human community and emphasized that the people and the islamic system are required to honor their function.

leader underlined the need for cooperation among islamic governments (04.05.1999)

tehran, may 4. irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei, received the visiting saudi second deputy premier and defense minister prince sultan ibn abd al-aziz and his entourage here tuesday morning. the supreme leader underlined the need for cooperation among islamic governments to resolve problems of the world of islam. the leader also stressed iran's readiness to promote cooperation with the saudi government. the supreme leader underlined the need for cooperation among islamic governments in order to settle the existing problems facing the muslim nations and stressed the need for optimal use of huge human and natural resources of the world of islam to improve the status of muslims throughout the globe.

ayatollah khamenei termed promotion of tehran-riyadh relations over the past few years as being to the benefit of the two nations and stressed that issues concerning the persian gulf region, critical situation in kosovo and palestine and destabilizing presence of foreign forces in the persian gulf are among crucial issues on which both countries should concentrate their efforts. referring to propaganda campaigns by the enemies of islam to prevent cooperation among the islamic states, the leader called for iran-saudi arabia constant cooperation to stabilize oil price. as to the key role of the islamic republic of iran and saudi arabia in establishing friendship and unity among muslim governments, ayatollah khamenei said that the islamic iran has always been ready to cooperate with other muslim states. iran and saudi arabia, through bilateral cooperation, are capable of shouldering great responsibilities with regards to the two nations and the entire world of islam, the leader added. meanwhile, prince abd al-aziz announced his gladness with his meeting with the leader of the islamic revolution and voiced his government's interest in expanding ties with the islamic republic of iran in various fields. he further underlined the two countries' joint stands on stabilizing the oil price.

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