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Leader urges MPs to serve people

Tehran, May 27 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Thursday said Majlis (parliament) is the real field for serving people stressing that Majlis deputies are shouldering heavy responsibilities.

In a message to the first session of the 7th Majlis, the Supreme Leader reiterated that making efforts in the way of the country's independence and glory, refraining from creating factional challenges, following up serious and real demands of people, loving the Islamic Republic system and its values and principles as well as establishment of appropriate and logical relations with other branches of the government are among duties of Majlis which should be paid due attention to by all MPs at the 7th Majlis.

Expressing his satisfaction with the start of the 7th term of Majlis, Ayatollah Khamenei lauded great efforts made by those in charge of the elections at the Interior Ministry and the Guardian Council. In his message, the Supreme Leader also thanked deputies who served in the 6th term of the Majlis.

Underlining the need for cooperation among different branches of government, the message stressed that mutual cooperation between the legislative and the executive branches can pave the way for country's progress and development.

The Supreme Leader, in his message, further called for meeting people's real demands such as occupation and urged the MPs to make efforts in line with uprooting financial corruption, eradication of poverty, harnessing inflation and high prices, and promotion of culture and moral values in the society.

The message also underlined the need to settle justice in all aspects of the Iranian society and materialization of progress and development in the country.

Stressing friendly relations with people, the Supreme Leader urged the MPs to refrain from luxurious life and extravagant attitudes.

Emphasizing on national solidarity among the people, the message called on deputies at the 7th Majlis to refrain from any act or saying that may result in tension. Any tension may damage national solidarity and may lead to influence of enemies, it further reiterated.

Pointing to the sensitivity of the country and the region, the Supreme Leader said the presence of US and British aggressive forces in the neighboring Iraq and their sacrilege on the Muslim holy sites in that country have created a tense situation in the entire region.

The Supreme Leader's message said the MPs shoulder great responsibility regarding the regional situation. Their words and their deeds should be in a way to promote the country's national unity and solidarity.

Ayatollah Khamenei's message was read by the head of the Supreme Leader's office, Hojatoleslam Gholam-Hossein Mohammadi Golpayegani.

The 7th Majlis started its work this morning with a message of Supreme Leader and then the elected MPs took the oath of allegiance as the text of oath was read by the age-wise speaker of the Majlis, Mohammad-Ali Sheikh.

 

Supreme leader announces Friday public mourning day for world Muslims

Tehran, May 26, IRNA -- The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei issued a communique here on Wednesday, condemning insulting sacred sites in Iraq, and announcing Friday May 28th a public mourning day for the world Muslims.

The leader in the message, addressed to "The brave nation of Iraq, and the great Islamic Ummah" has condemned the attacks by the US-led occupiers of Iraq to Holy Sahleh Mosque, and the holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH), in which dozens of innocent Muslims were martyred.

The full text of the supreme leader`s message is as follows:

Brave Iraqi nation; Great Islamic Ummah!

The sanctity of the Holy Sahleh Mosque and the Holy Shrine of the Emir of the Pious, Imam Ali (PBUH) were once again ignored during the past few days, as the occupiers attacked them again. During those two incidents alone dozens of people were martyred by American military forces, and the hands of the aggressors got soaked furthermore in the blood of oppressed Iraqi nation.

It is felt that a malignant policy making is insistingly pursuing the objective of turning the holy sites of Najaf and Karbala into the scene of clashes, and thus, ignore and insult their sanctity. The alertness of the pious youth should negate that policy. The American rulers assume, out of stupidity, that an iron-fist policy, and the ruthless suppression of the Iraqis should lead to taming that nation, and to urging the Iraqis to yield to the US hegemony, so that the doors toward endless treasure of Iraq`s material assets would be opened to the Americans. Such misunderstanding, and such wrongdoing, takes roots in the arrogant pride that would eventually overthrow this armed-to-tooth superpower that is deprived of wisdom and farsightedness. The Americans had better believe that up to the present day they have face defeat in Iraq, and furthermore, that time is against them there.

The image they had in mind from Iraq after the Ba`th Party, was a tamed, impotent, and horrified nation on a land rich with discovered and undiscovered resources of wealth. That image, too, was the result of the same arrogance that has deprived the eyes of that superpower from far enough a vision to distinguish between hallucinations and the truth.

The American rulers had better know that by insulting the sanctity of the holy sites of Iraq, committing cruelties, such as what they did in Abu Ghraib, massacring the Iraqi nation, sexually assaulting their pious women, and bombardment of their cities and residential houses, they have sown so much seeds of hatred and enmity in Iraqi nation`s hearts that they would not be able to feel secure there for lengthy periods of time, yet to come.

The level of the world Muslims` hatred and of being disgusted, particularly that of the Shi`as in other countries, too, is no less than that of the Iraqi nation. The US suppression policy in Iraq is another version on the wretched Zionists` policies in Palestine, and they are none the harbinger of any horizon for victory for either. The more severe their brutality and their harsh policies, the more devastating will be their downfall.

Today, the Muslim nations and Islamic governments are obliged to voice their objection toward such unjust oppressor policies, and it would also be fit for the Islamic governments to think deeply and realize that the hardships tolerated by Iraqi nation are in fact the hardships of the Islamic world, and a threat against the Islamic Ummah today.

I console the Twelfth Imam (May Allah Hasten His Reappearance) on the occasion, and announce Friday as a public mourning day nationwide.

Seyed Ali Khamenei Khordad 6th, 1383 (May 26, 2004)

 

Supreme Leader pardons prisoners

Tehran, May 24 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has granted pardon or commuted the sentences of 296 military prisoners, it was announced Monday.

The Supreme Leader issued the decree on the occasion of the anniversary of the liberation of the southwestern port city of Khorramshahr from Iraqi occupation on May 23, 1982.

The pardon was made at the request of Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.

 

Imam Khomeini's Political Ideology Should Be Conveyed to Future Generations: Leader

TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Imam Khomeini's political thoughts should be conveyed to future generations.

In a meeting with Mohammad Ali Ansari, the director of the headquarters responsible for organizing the ceremonies commemorating the death anniversary of the late Imam Khomeini, the Supreme Leader said that Imam Khomeini ushered in a new ideology and political school which should be conveyed to future generations.

"Loving the late Imam Khomeini without understanding his political thoughts is not acceptable. He explained his thoughts for many years. He suffered many hardships for his political thoughts during his life," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

He noted that extensive efforts have been made to cast Imam Khomeini's political ideology in a bad light by describing it as reactionary and inconsistent with the requirements of modern times.

"Contrary to the propaganda, Imam Khomeini's political ideology addresses the main needs of humanity because all the suffering of people stems from the ‘liberal democracy’ the West advocates as an ‘advanced political school of thought.’"

Citing an example of Western liberal democracy, the Supreme Leader said that the scandal the U.S. troops have created in Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad indicates that such practices are routine in the prisons of the United States.

"What is going on in Iraq, Palestine, and even in the United States is a lesson to people, showing them the product of Western liberal democracy and how the so-called advocates of human rights and democracy are behaving," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

"The cause of the scandal is liberal democracy’s lack of morality. Whereas, Imam Khomeini's political ideology respected morality in addition to democracy and at the same time pinned hope on the Almighty," the Supreme Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei recalled that the late Imam Khomeini once issued a statement saying "The United States is also doomed," adding that Imam Khomeini had made the same prediction about the Soviet Union, which collapsed after his death.

"The United States has hurt the feelings of Muslims worldwide. They thought that they would win the game easily, but they are now experiencing the bitter taste of defeat. With every passing day in Iraq, the U.S. comes closer to the brink of the precipice.

"It is intolerable to see U.S. occupation troops desecrating the holy shrines in Iraq. It has provoked the ire of the Muslim world," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Supreme-Leader praises Imam Khomeini`s political thoughts

Tehran, May 19, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Imam Khomeini`s political thoughts should be conveyed to next generations. In a meeting with head of the headquarters in charge of holding ceremonies commemorating the anniversary of departure of the late Imam Khomeini (June 4), Mohammad Ali Ansari, the Supreme Leader said that Imam Khomeini ushered in a new thought and political school which should be conveyed to next generations.

"Loving the late Imam Khomeini without understanding his political thoughts is not acceptable. He explained his thoughts for many years. He suffered many hardships for his political thoughts during his life," the Supreme Leader said.

He said that extensive efforts have been made to misportray Imam Khomeini`s political thoughts as reactionary and inconsistent with modern requirements of life.

"Contrary to the propaganda, Imam Khomeini`s political thoughts correspond with the main needs of humanity, because all the sufferings of human being stem from `liberal democracy` the west advocates as an `advanced political school of thought`." Citing example of western liberal democracy, the Supreme Leader said that the `disgrace` the US troops have brought in Abu Gharib prison in Baghdad indicated that such practices are routine in prisons of the United States.

"What is going on in Iraq, Palestine and even in the United States is a lesson to human being to see the product of western liberal democracy and that how the so-called advocates of human rights and democracy are behaving," the Supreme Leader said.

"The reason for the disgrace is that liberal democracy is void of morality. Whereas, Imam Khomeni`s political thoughts respected morality in addition to democracy and at the same time pinned hope on Almighty," The Supreme Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei recalled a statement from late Imam Khomeini "The US is also doomed." Imam Khomeini had predicted the same for the former Soviet Union whose collapse took place after his death. "The United States has injured the sentiments of Muslims worldwide. They thought that they would win the game simply, but, they are now taking the bitter taste of defeat. Every day passes in Iraq, the US comes closer to the brink of precipice," the Supreme Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said "It is intolerable to see US occupation troops desecrating the holy shrines in Iraq. It has drawn the wrath of the Muslim world."

Supreme Leader Visits IRIB Broadcast Center

TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said here on Monday that Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) has been successful in reflecting national solidarity in Iran.

"The young and educated people in other Islamic nations have pinned their hopes on the Islamic Republic and the IRIB has managed to reflect the national strength of Iran as the voice and vision of the Islamic Republic," the Supreme Leader said in his address to IRIB officials after touring various departments of the IRIB Broadcast Center, including the Central News Unit, the radio and television broadcasting studios, and the technical department.

He said that the IRIB always supported the principles of the Islamic Revolution, citing the programs broadcast on radio and television to thwart Western cultural invasion as well as the fact that the IRIB encouraged people to vote in the February 20 parliamentary elections.

Ayatollah Khamenei expressed his appreciation of the highly efficient workforce of the IRIB, saying that the staff and artists working with the IRIB have helped bring about eye-catching progress over the past 10 years. He also expressed hope that the trend of progress would continue in the future.

Prior to the Supreme Leader's remarks, IRIB Director Ali Larijani welcomed Ayatollah Khamenei and said that the visit to IRIB would be a sweet memory for the staff and officials of radio and television.

"Just like your visit to IRIB eight years ago, which was a turning point for national radio and television, today's visit will also encourage the IRIB staff to make great strides in line with the targets of radio and television," Larijani said.

Ayatollah Khamenei also visited the graves of five unknown martyrs in the courtyard of the Bilal Mosque to honor them and other martyrs of the Islamic Revolution and the Sacred Defense (1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war).

Supreme Leader visits IRIB

IRIB Tehran, May 17 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei praised the services of IRIB President, Ali Larijani, saying the in-depth changes introduced to the organization during the 10-year term of Mr. Larijani transformed the imag e and identity of the IRIB.

The Leader further said compassion, accountability, faith, cultural strength, revolutionary credentials, and familiarity with national questions are among outstanding features of Mr. Larijani, calling for more cohesive efforts to secure progress at the I RIB.

Ayatollah Khamenei went on to stay the IRIB has been under constant pressure in the past decade, and has got a passing mark which prescribes sincere appreciation.

Recalling IRIB efforts to meet the expectations of the leadership and improve the workings of the Radio and TV organization, the Leader said there should be no limit for change and progress and that no one should ever rest on their laurels.

Ayatollah Khamenei stated opposition to revolutionary and value-based measures of the IRIB has been one major motive behind increasing pressures exerted on the Organization in the past ten years.

The Leader praised the sustained support the IRIB has lent to revolutionary principles and ideals, its encouraging the public to turn out for elections and the resistance it has put up in the face of the cultural onslaught of the enemy, saying some polit ical circles make efforts to put pressure on the IRIB, but that the national media will stay the course.

Recalling the complicated compsoition of enemy mass media and their attempts to secure the unholy objectives of global powers, Ayatollah Khamenei said the IRIB has faced up to this media buildup and showed a praise-worthy resistance. The Leader character ized the IRIB as a representative of the Islamic Revolution and the establishment on the international stage, saying many people in Muslim nations, particularly youths and the elite, have pinned their hopes on the solidarity and progression of the Islami c Revolution, adding the IRIB can portray the unity of the Islamic nation to shore up the hopes of Muslim countries around the world.

In conclusion, the Leader urged IRIB personnel to act more cohesively and inject more efficiency into their workings, saying the IRIB has posted a lot of headway in the past decade, and is expected to remain steadfast on the path to more progress in the years to come.

 

Leader: Muslims Will Not Remain Silent About Holy Sites Sacrilege by U.S. Troops

TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) ­ Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khameni on Sunday blasted the sacrilege of holy sites by U.S. troops in Iraq, saying Muslims will certainly not remain silent toward these impudent and arrogant acts, carried out with stupidity.

Expressing regret over the profane actions at the holy places in Iraq the Supreme Leader cautioned that Muslims and Shiites in Iraq and other parts of the world will not remain silent about these actions because these incidents have a heart-felt spiritual importance and one cannot remain indifferent toward them.

The Leader said Imam Ali (AS) and his son Imam Hussein (AS) are very dear to Muslims and Shiites; their shrines are revered. Muslims will not tolerate the invasion of their holy sites by the U.S. military. Khameni added that these U.S. crimes are being condemned by the Islamic world, Shiites, and the Iranian people.

In his address to theology students the Supreme Leader pointed out that the U.S. talks of human rights and democracy while with their own self-importance they commit crimes and sacrilegious acts.

Excerpts from teh speech

 

Leader condemns holy sites sacrilege

IRIB - Tehran, May 16 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei referred to the US insolence to the Muslim and Shi'ite sanctities as an impudent, shameless and imbecile act and said that the world Muslim community and the Iraqi people will not remain silent against the insolents because the events are very important and we should not remain indifferent.

Addressing theological students, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the sublime stance of the Imam Ali (AS) and Imam Hossein (AS) stature in the heart of the world Muslims and Shi'ites and said that Muslims can not tolerate the insolent US agression into the holy sites in the Vadi-Al-Salam area in Najaf and Kerbela, also a resting places for Muslim prophets and saints.

Despite such impudents and the crimes committed, the US forces are so shameless that they claim human rights and democracy, the Leader said.

The apple of discord sown by Americans in Iraq will bear the bitter effect of hatred for decades, the leader said.

The recent US scandal in the Abu Ghraib prison, also erupted to be ongoing in other prisons is a brand on the US government that would not be recuperated for years, the Supreme Leader said.

He referred to the US official's allegations on unawaring of the Abu Ghraib prison tortures as a "blatant lie" and said that the White House officials lie so openly, while the Intenational Red Cross have already warned the US officials of the inhumane tortures.

The Supreme Leader termed the ruling US administration as a system of tyranny, hatred and indifferent to the human greatness and said that the US Iraq occupation, mistreating the people, appointing an American administrator, torture, and their sacrilege to the holy sites are a string of wrong-doings which trap the United States in a quagmire which would sank them further, the more they strive.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the June 30 power handover deadline set by the US-led coalition forces is a deception, and called on the Iraqi think-thanks and statesmen to know that any of them who comes to power would be a US stooge and would be detested as much as the Americans.

The real power transfer is when the Iraqi people enjoy the right to choose, otherwise a plan laid out by a person dictated by a US would not mean a power transition, the Supreme Leader added.

Today, the US administration in Iraq and the occupying Zionists in Palestine commit the most horrendous crimes. These crimes, gives a justified right to the Iranian people to cry out "down with the US", "down with Israel", the Leader said.

The European states should condemn the recent US crimes, if they claim to be defendant of democracy, and the condemnation should be ratified in light of a resolution adopted by the UN Security Council, otherwise their human rights claims would be of no value, the Leader concluded.

 

Supreme Leader Meets With Chairman of Bosnian Presidential Council

TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei welcomed the expansion of ties with Bosnia-Herzegovina and said Iran was willing to share its valuable experiences in reconstructing the country with Bosnia-Herzegovina. He made the remarks here on Wednesday during a meeting with the chairman of the Presidential Council of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sulejman Tihic, and the Bosnian delegation accompanying him. President Mohammad Khatami also attended the meeting.

Ayatollah Khamenei mentioned the friendly and brotherly feelings between the two nations and said that he was glad that the destructive war in Bosnia was over.

He went on to say that he was very happy that followers of different religions were again living together peacefully in Bosnia, thus helping the country achieve prosperity and progress through the establishment of peace and stability.

The Supreme Leader stated that the actions of U.S. soldiers, specifically their brutal torture of Iraqi prisoners, proved that the interventionist powers have expansionist motives.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that no nation should view its interests as being tied to those of the major powers because the world's hegemonic powers do not care about the interests of other nations.

Tihic expressed his gratitude to the Iranian nation and government for the assistance they rendered to his country during the war years in Bosnia and said he was deeply affected by the progress Iran has made, adding that the international image of Iran was totally different from the reality of the situation.

He also expressed his satisfaction about the good relations between the two countries and said he expected bilateral economic relations to improve.

Tihic added that Iran plays an important role in maintaining stability in the sensitive Middle East region.

In conclusion, he said that the international community, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the Arab League, under the supervision of the United Nations, should cooperate in their efforts to resolve the crisis in Iraq.

Leader visits Tehran intl book fair

05:17:50 (IRIB) Tehran, May 11 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei paid a surprise visit to Tehran international book fair on Tuesday.

The Supreme Leader, while visiting various book stands at the fair, held talks with publishers and was briefed on the situation of publication in the country.

The 17th tehran international book fair opened here on May 2 and will continue its work at Tehran's permanent international fair ground till May 13.

Leader names envoy to new foundation

04:31:26 Tehran, May 9 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, in a decree issued Sunday, appointed Mohammad Hassan Rahimian as his representative to the newly established Martyrs and War Veterans Affairs Foundation.

The Supreme Leader said in his decree that the appointment has been made upon the request of managers of foundations in charge of war veterans affairs and approval by the country's Supreme Administrative Council.

The Supreme Leader called on Rahimian to wholeheartedly serve the bereaved families of martyrs, disabled and veterans of the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war through close cooperation with the head of the foundation.

Meanwhile, President Mohammad Khatami, appointed Hossein Dehqan as his new deputy and the head of foundation Saturday.

 

Leader calls for unity of Muslims

05:37:26 Tehran, May 7 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Friday referred to the unity among the Muslims as the most significant and indispensable requirement in the world of Islam.

The Supreme Leader reiterated that the Muslim Umma needs to be unified in order to maintain its status, keep the banner of Islam hoisted and overcome difficulties adding that unity among Muslims is of top priority.

Speaking at a gathering of the government officials, foreign guests attending the international Islamic unity conference and representatives of Islamic states in Tehran, felicitated the Iranian nation and Muslim Umma the auspicious birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad Mostafa (PBUH) and Imam Sadeq (AS).

Turning to the holy prophet as an instructor of virtues, justice, humanitarianism, knowledge, brotherhood, maturity and perfection, he underlined that even today the humanity needs to practice the lessons taught by Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

"Given that the dilemmas facing the world of Islam are partly due to the inefficiencies, materialism and separation among Muslims, the world of Islam should revise its past performance," he added.

The Supreme Leader attributed part of the problems in the world of Islam to the unrighteous system currently dominating the world which is based on pressure and hegemony.

"The world powers present their wrongdoings and criminal acts as reasonable measures by relying on their force, weapons as well as political and monetary power. The current situations in Palestine and Iraq are a clear example of it," he added.

Turning to the Zionist regime's announcement on the assassination of Palestinian leaders, Ayatollah Khamenei noted that US government, which uses campaign against terrorism as a pretext to exercise forceand power, approves such acts by its overt and official support of the Zionist leaders' crimes.

He referred to the occupation of Iraq and oppression of the Iraqi nation as an international crime and said that the occupiers justify their act as defense of human rights, democracy and freedom.

"However, what is going on in Iraq is the clear violation of human rights and the Iraqis' right to choose their government," he added.

On the capability of the Islamic Umma to defend itself under such disastrous conditions, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the Muslims' material and spiritual potentials as well as their cultural and civilizational background and said that lack of unity among Muslims mainly accounts for their current plight.

Stressing that the US threats backed by the Zionist capitalists target the entire world of Islam and the mighty riches of the region, he said that the `greater Middle East initiative' is also in line with such a goal.

"The governments as well as men of culture and religion from the world of Islam are strongly committed to contribute to unity among Muslims, since if the enemies succeed to overtake the region, the world of Islam would get behind a century," he added.

At the beginning of the meeting, President Mohammad Khatami congratulated the birth anniversary of Muslim's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Imam Sadeq (AS) to the Supreme Leader as well as the Iranian nation and the Islamic Umma.

Turning to the current situation of the oppressed world and the sacrifice of human faith and respect, the chief executive underlined that today the humankind needs more than ever to understand the lessons taught by Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and exercise them correctly.

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Leader: Occupiers of Iraq Are Like a Wolf Caught in a Trap

TEHRAN, May 1 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday highlighted the troubles facing the U.S.-led occupation forces in Iraq, predicting that the Iraqis would ultimately triumph.

"The occupiers have gotten themselves caught in a trap like a wolf and, like the Zionists, are repressing the people, but the power of the oppressed Iraqi and Palestinian nations will ultimately prevail over the oppressive Americans and Zionists," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Supreme Leader also discussed U.S. President George W. Bush's greater Middle East initiative, which faces widespread regional opposition, saying Washington was taking its cue from Israel in its attempt to gain control of the resources of the region.

"The ruling gang in America, with the Zionists pulling the strings, wants to swallow this rich part of the world through the greater Middle East plan, but contrary to their assumptions, the arrogant powers will choke on this mouthful," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

The Supreme Leader said that Bush's recent statements about the importance of Iraqi oil for the United States indicate that his government is making efforts to allay U.S. citizens’ concerns about the cost of the occupation of Iraq.

"Thus, the U.S. president revealed his true objective, which is to dominate the oil resources of Iraq and protect the interests of Zionist companies.

"Furthermore, the reality on the ground in Iraq indicates that U.S. slogans about defending human rights and freedom and democracy are false," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei denounced the U.S. government's brazen support of Israel’s targeted assassinations of Hamas leaders Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi over the past two months, saying it was clear proof that the Americans were lying about their so-called campaign against terrorism.

"The U.S. government, in backing the criminal Sharon, says that Israel is defending itself against Palestinian terrorism.

"But this is the same unacceptable reasoning which all dictators of the past used to justify their crimes in the name of defending themselves," the Supreme Leader said.

The international condemnation of the U.S. support for the Israeli policy of assassinating Palestinians is a sign of the real weakening and fall of the U.S. regime, Ayatollah Khamenei added.

"When a political system lacks convincing reasons for its actions and positions, it loses its political credibility and slips into decline.

"The U.S. government is now moving on this track and the people of the world will witness the annihilation of this arrogant regime," Ayatollah Khamenei said in conclusion.

Leader: Iraqis will finally triumph

07:00:15 (IRIB) Tehran, May 1 - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday highlighted the troubles facing the US-led occupation in Iraq, predicting that the Iraqis would ultimately triumph.

"The occupiers have got themselves like a wolf caught in a trap and like the Zionists are repressing the people, but the power of the oppressed Iraqi and Palestinian nations will ultimately prevail over the oppressive Americans and Zionists," said the Supreme Leader here Saturday.

The Supreme Leader touched on US President George W. Bush's plan for a 'greater Middle East', which has widely been opposed by regional leaders, saying Washington was taking its cue from Israel to dominate the riches of the region.

"The ruling gang in America, while the Zionists pull the strings, is intending to swallow this rich part of the world under the 'greater Middle East' plan, but contrary to their assumptions, the arrogant powers will choke on this mouthful," the Supreme Leader added.

Bush's recent statements about the significance of the Iraqi oil for the United States, Ayatollah Khamenei said, indicated his government's efforts to calm down the edgy American public opinion with regard to the cost of Iraq's invasion. "By this, the American president revealed his true objective, which is to dominate oil resources of Iraq and protect the interests of Zionist companies.

"Furthermore, the ongoing realities in Iraq indicate that American slogans in defense of human rights, freedom and democracy are false," the Supreme Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei denounced the US government's 'brazen' support for the targeted assassination of Hamas leaders, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and Abdel-Aziz Al-Rantissi in the past two months by Israel, saying it was a 'blatant sign' that Americans were lying in their alleged anti-terror fight.

"The American government, in backing the criminal Sharon (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon), says that Israel is defending itself against the Palestinian terror."But this is the same unacceptable reasoning which all the dictators of the past used to justify their crimes in the name of defending themselves," the Supreme Leader said.

The world condemnation of the US support for the Israeli assassination of the Palestinians is a sign of real weakening and gradual fall of the American regime, said Ayatollah Khamenei.

"When a political establishment lacks a convincing reason for its actions and stances, it loses its political credibility and slips into collapse. "The American government is now moving on this track and the world people will witness the annihilation of this arrogant regime," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

 

 

Supreme Leader condoles with demise of humorist

Tehran, May 1, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei expressed condolences here Saturday over the demise of renowned Iranian humorist Kiumars Saberi Foumani. In his message, the Supreme Leader expressed sorrow over the the artist`s demise, saying it was a sad blow to his friends as well as those who were familiar with his distinct style of humor and political ideas.

The celebrated humorist, who was the editor of the popular satirical weekly magazine Gol Aqa (Mr. Flower), passed away Friday morning at the age of 63.

Popularly known as the "gol aqa" of the Iranian press, Saberi suffered from a blood disorder and had been hospitalized at Mehr Hospital in Tehran for about a month before his death. The late Saberi was born in the city of Soume`e Sara in Gilan province, north of Iran, a few years before World War II. He published two books while working as presidential advisor to Martyr Mohammad Ali Raja`ie.

Saberi used to write satire in the popular satirical magazine Tofiq during the pre-revolution years. He also maintained a column entitled "A Few Words of Reason" in Ettela`at daily in 1984. His Gol Aqa Cultural Institute and Gol Aqa weekly, monthly and yearbook, all of which were hugely popular from 1990 to 2002, were his greatest achievements.

But he was more famed with the distinct kind of humor he inculcated in the post-revolutionary era. Saberi will be most remembered for his political and social satires that became his trademark.

His funeral will be held on Saturday (today). President Mohammad Khatami and Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed Jamei likewise issued similar messages of profound sympathy for the humorist`s demise.

Moreover, Speaker of the Iranian Majlis Mehdi Karroubi, in his remarks in the opening session of parliament Saturday, eulogized Saberi and said his departure was a great loss to nation and his family.

 
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