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Leader urges speedy Bam rebuilding

Tehran, Dec 30 - Bam should be built in a way that while supplying people's different needs, it becomes a symbol of beauty, tradition and solidity, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with the head of Housing Foundation and Bam reconstruction committee. He reiterated the restoration of Bam historical citadel, saying "reconstruction of the quake-hit citadel city of Bam should be carried out in a way to revive the architecture of the ancient city with reinforced buildings".

Addressing Head of the Housing Foundation Mohammad Saeedi-Kia and several other officials in charge of Bam reconstruction, the Supreme Leader said that three factors should be taken into account in the reconstruction -- the people should begiven partnership in reconstruction, the architectural identity of the ancient city should be revived and the buildings should be reinforced. The Supreme Leader drew attention of the team of Bam reconstruction to the expectations of the people who urge speedy action in the construction works and said that the team should mobilize all the resources to respond to the demand of the people. He expressed his happiness over paying attention to the three principles of people's participation, maintaining identity and construction solidity in the reconstruction of Bam and said: "This historical city should be fully reconstructed on the basis of this right and main rule".

The Supreme Leader also called on the cultural institutes to carry out cultural programs to boost the morale of the people living in Bam and help them cope with the temporary hardship. Saeedi-Kia, who presides over the reconstruction program in Bam, briefed the Supreme Leader on the performance of his team.


Leader highlights role of HCCR

Tehran, Dec 28 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that the three branches of government were responsible for implementing the decisions of the High Council for the Cultural Revolution. In a meeting with members of the High Council for the Cultural Revolution on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of establishment of the High Council, the Supreme Leader said that administering the culture was crucial because of the need to safeguard national culture and prepare the ground for its development. "Culture is the token of national identity and the root cause of the positive or negative developments taking place in every community. The public culture may be influenced by national or international factors. With taking into account all these parameters, the High Council should draw up the plan for developing culture and understanding the shortfalls in this field," the Supreme Leader said.

The Supreme Leader said that the High Council for Cultural Revolution should have entered into the most fundamental issues of the society and survey the questions arising in the country. Prior to the Supreme Leader's remarks, the Head of the High Council President Mohammad Khatami offered a report on the performance of the High Council and said that the High Council had given attention to long-term policy making in the field of science and culture. He said that the High Council sponsored development of theories in the academic centers especially in the field of human sciences.

Knowledge is key to power: Leader

Tehran, Dec 22 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attended the graduation ceremony of the second group of Imam Ali Military Academy cadets on Wednesday. The national anthem was played at the beginning of the ceremony. After paying tribute to the martyrs of the Islamic Revolution, the Supreme Leader reviewed the parade.

Addressing the ceremony, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to knowledge as the key to power and added that Islamic ruling system associates welfare with justice, scientific progress and development with psychological security as well as power with brotherly behavior. Turning to studying and promotion of courage as two major objectives followed by the national military academies, he noted, "the glory and advancement of every nation is dependent upon its power, while Iran's courageous and popular armed forces are taken as the consolidated fortification of the nation in tackling with the inclination towards tyranny and hegemonism," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to elevation, progress, welfare, seeking independence, freedom and justice as well as tackling hegemonic power seekers as major objectives of every nation. "That's why the ideals of the Iranian nation are known worldwide and this accounts for the respect paid to them by the people of various nations," he added.

The Supreme Leader pointed to Hazrat-e Mahdi (AS) as a source of hope for humanity and underlined that this life-endowing promise makes man realize that similar to the foam floating on the water surface the world hegemonic powers fail to resist the basic concept of truth and spirituality.

For his part, the Commander of Imam Ali Military Academy, Brigadier General Mousavi presented a report on various courses of the academy. At the end of the graduation ceremony, the forces attending the field marched past the Supreme Leader.


Colonialists Creating Sectarian Strife

Tehran, Islamic Iran, Dec. 20, 2004 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, and Leader of the Muslim Ummah, Imam Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei(HA) said here on Monday that the recent remarks of certain colonialist agents in Iraq criticizing the Islamic Republic of Iran are meant to create disputes between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

Addressing a group of Hajj ceremony directors, the Supreme Leader said that the recent bombings in Najaf and Karbala should make Muslims aware of the conspiracies, adding that fostering dissension between Shia and Sunni Muslims is the main aim of the United States. However, he stressed, their hopes will be frustrated due to the vigilance of Iraqis and Muslims across the world.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the Islamic Ummah (community) should act vigilantly at this sensitive juncture and attempt to neutralize the plots of the global arrogance by remaining unified and cohesive. He went on to say that the Israeli and U.S. intelligence agencies are undoubtedly behind the recent unfortunate disasters in Iraq's holy cities. This is a plot to distract the Iraqi people and make them lose the opportunity to hold elections, the Supreme Leader observed.

Ayatollah Khamenei also said that the U.S. and Britain, despite their sloganeering, do not intend to hold a real election in Iraq. He added that both countries are trying to install their own agents in Iraq by staging a fake election "therefore the Iraqis should act with complete vigilance."

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Supreme Leader called the Hajj pilgrimage an exceptional opportunity for man to discover his true nature and for Islamic nations to unite. Warning about a possible conspiracy to divide Muslims during the Hajj ceremony, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the U.S. is making efforts to gain access to the region's human and natural resources through various plans including the greater Middle East initiative. He described the Islamic nation as a living and able body, stressing that the various plots of the global arrogance should motivate the Muslims to take further action. The Islamic Ummah has proven that no power can resist its will, Ayatollah Khamenei said in conclusion.

Leader: US, Israel behind Iraq blast

Tehran, Dec 20 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that US and Israeli agents were certainly behind the weekend bombings in Iraq's holy cities of Najaf and Karbala in which at least 66 people were killed. "No doubt, the Israeli and American spying services are behind these events and this is a plot aimed at keeping the Iraqi people busy so that they miss the chance (to participate in January 30) elections," he told a group of Iranian officials here.

Ayatollah Khamenei warned against 'serious efforts of the world arrogance, led by the Americans, to create differences' among Muslims, urging them to maintain their unity. "The Islamic Ummah must act very vigilantly at the current sensitive juncture and defuse the plots of the world arrogance through maintaining unity and harmony," he said. Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that 'despite their posturing and slogans, the United States and Britain do not want genuine elections to be held in Iraq'. "They are trying to bring their own agents to power by holding a superficial election; thus, the Iraqi people are required to act very vigilantly," the Supreme Leader added.

The following is an excerpt from the speech:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

. . . Today, one of the main objectives pursued by the imperialists and America in the Islamic world is to cause differences. The best way for them to do this is to create differences between the Shi'is and Sunnis. Just see what the imperialists and their stooges are saying in regards to Iraq, what poison they are spreading and how they are sowing, what they believe to be, the seeds of discord. This is what the imperialist and the greedy Western powers have been doing for many years. Hajj is a very good opportunity for them to do such things. They try to make the Shi'is angry of the Sunnis and vice versa. They try to force them to insult each other's sanctities. We must be vigilant. We have to be vigilant all year round and in all arenas. A Shi'i-Sunni war is what America desires very much. After centuries, it would like the Shi'is and Sunnis to sit opposite each other and speak with each other with hatred and insult each other like those who are at war. It is not very unlikely that, during these sensitive days, they may hire people as mercenaries to create such differences during the hajj ritual. You have to be vigilant. The people have to be vigilant.

The clerics leading the caravans have to be responsible and understand such things and know what the enemy is pursuing. It is a great ignorance if a person thinks that he is defending right, but in fact he defends the enemy's plan and works for the enemy. Others receive money to become mercenaries and do this.

Undoubtedly if they witness a reaction on our behalf, they have achieved their goal. This is what they want. They want us to be at each others' throats. Horrific incidents such as the ones in Najaf and Karbala, are taking place in Iraq. The explosion of a bomb which resulted in the death of dozens of people and the injury of more, should turn a person's attention to bigger problems and issues. It is clear that the hands of the world of imperialism are continuously at work in the Islamic world. If these bloody incidents which have resulted in the death of people, were merely a terrorist act, then we should deplore them. However, this is more serious. On the threshold of the elections, they want to preoccupy the Iraqi people, spread lies and insults and sow the seeds of discord in order to deprive the people of this unique opportunity.

I have no doubt that the American and Israeli espionage services are involved in these incidents. They either do it themselves or they may deceive a few people and force them to do it. However, it is they who plan such things.

After many years the Iraqi people want to choose their destiny despite the hubris of imperialists. They want to determine their own faith. That's not what the occupiers want. They are interested in rubber-stamp elections and not in holding elections in the true sense of the word. They do not want someone who is elected by the people, who has the public interest in mind and whom the people trust to take charge. They want to appoint one of their agents who follows their orders in order to be in charge. So that, on the surface, it would seem that there is democracy in the country, but deep down they want the American and the British representatives to run the country and to safeguard their interests. That is the reality. This should alert us, the Iraqi nation and the Islamic nation. These issues can be observed in all the Islamic world in different ways.

The American plans, like the plan for the Greater Middle East, is really aimed at juxtaposing all the interests in this region and satisfying the insatiable appetite of satanic American imperialism. This is their plan.

They are not satisfied with what they have. They want to have absolute power over the whole world, including this region which is full of natural and human resources and is a very sensitive and important spot. Nations should be vigilant, and so should the governments. One should not miss the opportunity that hajj provides us to familiarize ourselves with these facts and to express our disavowal of imperialism and America. The world of Islam must know what it is confronting. These things should bring the world of Islam happiness and dynamism. Their propaganda suggests that these moves are useless. They want to prove that imperialism is in control and can take charge and that nothing can be done about it. This is impossible to accomplish. But, this is not true. The truth is that the Islamic nation is a dynamic, capable nation. If it wants to do something and puts its mind to and heart in doing something, then not only America, but not even superior powers can do anything to stop them. . .

Supreme Leader hosts academians

Tehran, Dec 17 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei here on Thursday called for promoting science and academic researches as the most important priority of the Islamic Republic of Iran in efforts to progress toward development. Ayatollah Khamenei, speaking at a meeting with university professors, said Iran needs appropriate management mechanisms to promote its scientific advancement.

He called for drawing plans to identify and train elite academics, stressing that the establishment of Iran Elites Foundation is an important step to that effect. Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the need for university professors to pursue researches which could benefit the country the best. He also said there is an "spirit of obligation" among the academics towards Iran's various issues, particularly social issues, and called for adopting scientific as well as practical measures to further strengthening of this spirit. Ayatollah Khamenei said Islam stresses learning sciences while the Western world believes that religion and sciences cannot live together.

The academics, in their meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei, stressed the need for Iran to develop its educational system and to promote research studies in schools and colleges. They also stressed the need for Iran not to give up on its rights to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. The academics further called for preventing efforts to use universities to promote the agenda of a certain political party or group.

Leader visits great Karkhe dam

Khuzestan Prov, Dec 9 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei visited the various parts of the great Karkhe Dam in northwest of Andimeshk on Wednesday evening and was briefed about its technical aspects by Energy Minister Habibollah Bitaraf and the dam's managers. Bitaraf referred to the ongoing drinking water crisis around the globe that he said would become more acute in near future, adding, "Water management and safeguarding of the subterranean water resorts is therefore of utmost importance today."

Referring to the high potentials of the Iranian technicians in designing and constructing huge dams, the energy minister offered a comprehensive statistical report about the process of dam construction in Iran and the Iranian achievements in constructing hydro-electrical generators. Following Bitaraf's report a series of photos were cast on a screen, showing the various stages of Karkhe Dam and Karoun III Dam's construction. Iran's greatest dam, the Karkhe Soil Dam, is mainly made up of clay soil, fully designed and constructed by Iranian technicians over Karkhe River in Khuzestan province.

The dam's average height is 127 meters, its crown's width is 3,030 meters long, and the dam crown's average thickness is 12 meters. Some 13 million Cubic meters of soil were removed in the process of Karkhe Dam's construction, while another 32 million cubic meters of soil were dumped in erecting its crown. Also 1,347 million Cubic meters of cement were poured in construction of the dam's side walls and related structures. In addition to controlling the destructive annual floods of Karkhe River, the Karkhe Dam reserves enough water for irrigation of 320,000 hectares of agricultural lands and its hydro-electrical generators produce 934 million mega watts electricity.

After visiting the dam and its hydro-electrical generators, Ayatollah Khamenei in an interview evaluated the construction of Karkhe Dam by Iranian technicians as "a great and worthy achievement" reiterating, "Achieving such a great objective is proof for the strong will of the pious, revolutionary, and prestigious youth of this country, who have once again proved that relying on self-esteem we can achieve great objectives." Pointing out that only 13 dams were constructed before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, all by foreigners, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "After the victory of the Islamic Revolution the Iranian technicians constructed 72 dams, and their experience in this sensitive and important field is an asset for this country and the Iranian nation." The leader said, "The huge Karoun III cement Dam is one of those 72 dams, that can reserve many times more water and generate many times more hydro-electrical power than the Dez Dam, the biggest dam constructed by foreigners in Iran before the victory of the revolution."

Emphasizing the importance of the strong will of the pious and revolutionary manpower of the country, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Although Iran ranks among top countries capable of constructing different types of huge dams today, some of the shortcomings inherited from the past are still creating difficulties, making up for which calls for more serious efforts."


Leader inspects war game zone

Tehran, Dec 8 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that knowledge and perseverance in the way of God Almighty are two features which have grave role in the military related issues and in the big `Followers of Velayat (Guardianship)' maneuver.

Addressing the Army commanders and troops, involved in the wargame, Ayatollah Khamenei called on the audience to try to follow knowledge and perseverance in their performance. The Supreme Leader hailed the military exercise as "good and praiseworthy" on the whole and said such maneuvers would further increase vibrancy, joy and combat readiness of the troops and different regiments.

He said the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Islamic Republic Army should put staging such maneuvers on their agenda. Referring to the tactics employed in the war game, the Supreme Leader stressed the need for the Army and the IRGC units to maintain their links and raise their speed of action, while adopting latest military tactics, initiatives and methods.

The last stage of the "Followers of Velayat' war game is staged on one of the general operation zones of the maneuver south of the country on Wednesday in presence of the Supreme Leader. The Supreme Leader inspected certain military and armored equipments deployed in the area as well as a well-equipped camp hospital, designed and set up by the Islamic Republic Army's experts. In the last stage of the war game, the rapid deployment forces of the Islamic Republic Army went into action and launched ambush and defense operations against the hypothetical enemy upon noticing its movements and the troop deployment operations.

Concurrently, the Islamic Republic Army's Air Forces bombarded the positions of the enemy, as its positions, equipments and helicopters were targeted by shoulder missiles. Many tactics of asymmetrical wars were used in that stage of the war game and several surface-to-air missiles and Naze'at surface-to-surface missiles were fired on the enemy targets. The Supreme Leader closely watched the operations, while being briefed by Commander of the Army's Ground Forces and Commander of the Military Exercise.

Prior to the maneuver, the Supreme Leader attended a meeting, where Commander-in-Chief of the Army Major General Salimi provided him with brief account of the operation and the goals behind it. Salimi said that the operations, the biggest maneuver held by the Army, applied a mix of the tactics of the asymmetrical wars, and of the systemic and unsystemic wars, while building-up and assessing the combat readiness of the forces and commanders.

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