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Resistance and faith, sole way to free Palestine

27.5.2008

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei Tuesday praised the Palestinian people and the Hamas government for their robust resistance against the stiff pressures and unprecedented crimes of the Zionist regime and its bullying friends.

"The Zionist regime, which once looked invincible, suffers its weakest ever position now, being unable to stand against the shelter-less and lone Palestinian nation that nevertheless has been persevering," Ayatollah Khamenei told the Hamas Political Bureau Chief, Khaled Mashal and his accompanying delegation.

"May Allah's peace be upon the Palestinian nation which has stood by like mountains despite all these stunning and unprecedented atrocities," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Islamic Revolution Leader said that the sole way to free Palestine was to keep resistance and faith. He appreciated the elected Hamas authorities, not least the Premier Ismail Haniya, for adopting a brave and resolute stance.

The Islamic Revolution Leader expressed deep sorrow at the current woes of the Palestinian people, especially the inhumane siege of the Gaza Strip coupled with the daily bloodshed of women, children and other defenseless people in the area.

"The tragic scenes are painful. However, the perseverance of the innocent Palestinian people against the usurper Zionist regime which is backed by all sorts of economic, military and propaganda supports, generates hope and proves to be a Divine Promise," the IR Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei elaborated that the Palestinian issue and the frustration of the Zionist enemy and arrogant powers against the nation as well as the ever growing achievements of the Iranian nation despite all pressures in the past thirty years are all the clear interpretation of the God's promise that 'if one assists the faith of God and persevere, God too would assist him.'

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that perseverance in the path of God has a price, adding however that those who step in the path and endure any potential hardships would be honored by God whereas those who choose another path would pay the price of being shameful before God.

Khaled Mashal for his part delivered a report on the latest Palestinian developments, especially the disastrous situation in Gaza, adding however that the Palestinian nation takes honor in its perseverance and would not relinquish resistance or support to the Hamas government under any conditions.

Hamas Political Bureau Chief said the Palestinian youths have embraced spirit of martyrdom, adding that the issue had given a large boost to the position of the Palestinian resistance.

 

IR Leader issues message on eighth Majlis

27.5.2008

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei issued a message Tuesday on the inaugural of the eighth Iranian Majlis, urging the elected lawmakers to live up to their significant undertaking.

"A pious, brave, independent, and wise Majlis has helped introduce a model of Islamic democracy to the world," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The IR Leader reminded the lawmakers that it had been a top demand of the nation to form a parliament through public vote which seeks to run the country through laws and regulations and implements the sacred Islamic goals.

"The beginning of the 8th Majlis is coincided with the fourth decade of the Islamic Revolution which is the decade of progress alongside justice; Progress in economic, moral and cultural affairs and justice in the distribution of material and spiritual facilities," Ayatollah Khamenei wrote.

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the need for close interaction between the Majlis and the Executive Power.

"While Majlis' responsibility as a supervisory body should not be neglected, at the same time, the responsibility should not be considered as a means to compete with the government or ignore its demands and shortages," the IR Leader said in his message read out by his representative Qolam-Hossein Mohammadi Golpayegani.

Ayatollah Khamenei called Majlis and the Executive Power as two elected and revolutionary bodies committed to the Islamic values and principles.

The IR Leader concluded his message by saluting the Noblest Messenger of Allah, Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) and his infallible household.

 

Ayatollah Khamenei told a committee to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the sad departure of Imam Khomeini

21.5.2008

Imam Khomeini demarked the main diplomatic and ideological boundaries of the Islamic Republic by pen and tongue and was sedulous to protect those boundaries," the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.

Ayatollah Khamenei told a committee to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the sad departure of Imam Khomeini that the perfect personality of the departed was an inspirational model for treading the path of the Islamic Revolution.

"The honorable Imam tried in different revolutionary stages to protect the premises of the Islamic Revolution from diversion or infiltration of alien agents," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"His attitude teaches us a great lesson," the IR Leader added.

The IR Leader noted that the departed Imam even banned any use of borrowed words like 'democratic republic' and instead coined new words through an Islamic, revolutionary prism.

"The departed Imam coined the terms 'Islamic Republic' and 'Welayah' (custodianship) in place of 'democratic republic' and 'government or monarchy' respectively in an innovative measure to demark the boundaries of the Islamic Republic System," the IR Leader added.

Contrasting Welayah and its equivalences in the current international politics (government, monarchy), Ayatollah Khamenei said that Welayah stood for a combination of sovereignty and intimacy.

"The coinage connotes that the Islamic System pursues sovereignty under Islamic beliefs. It points to Imam's foresight and sedulity to demark the Islamic System's boundaries with other political systems," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"Political and ideological boundaries function in the same manner as geographical boundaries," the IR Leader noted.

"Unfortunately the IR boundaries were not preserved at some point to the extent that even some individuals who had love for the Revolution and Imam Khomeini moved to cross the boundaries in negligence," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"The Islamic Republic System is fed by a spontaneous source of energy like the Sun," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that a clear sign of the reality was its endurance against all sorts of conspiracies hatched by the enemies.

"A similar and substantive example of the endurance took place early in Islam, during the ten-year government of the Messenger (S.A.)," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said even the alien bloc had acknowledged the progressive trend of the Islamic Republic, adding that the status quo had come by through use of a part of revolutionary capacities and that the nation had yet to exhaust all revolutionary deposits.

In another regard, Ayatollah Khamenei attached high significance to the annual commemoration ceremonies of Imam Khomeini's departure. The IR Leader said the interest of people worldwide in the departed leader was exceptional.

"Notable in the ceremonies is the presence of the young generation which could not see the time of Imam. This shows that the youths keep an abudant source of affection for Imam in their hearts," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

 

Arrogance club has climbed down

20.5.2008

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali khamenei told a visiting Eritrean President Tuesday that the global relations have changed with the arrogant club having climbed down from its position.

"Nowadays conditions of the world have changed compared to twenty years ago as America and other domineering countries have had to back down in the face of self-assured nations and heads of some governments,"

The Islamic Revolution Leader denounced the dichotomy of docile-domineering in the international relations as irrational and unfair, adding that the Asian, African and Latin American countries could modify the current international relations through expansion of bilateral or multi-lateral ties.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the nations and governments at present need to boost self-assurance in their inner side, adding that America and Israel run against proximity between independent countries and for the same reason they had already played a key part in inciting tragic conflict in Africa.

Ayatollah Khamenei praised Eritrean people for their historical struggle against arrogance and said that the Iranian people always keep solidarity with them.

"Iran looks up to the African countries," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed, adding that the IRI was ready to expand mutual relations with African and Asian countries, with neighbors top on agenda.

In the meeting where IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was also present, President Afwerki thanked the Iranian nation for its support to the Eritrean nation.

President Afwerki called the Islamic Revolution a political watershed in freeing regional nations from arrogance.

"Following the revolution, the arrogance lost ground," he said.

The Eritrean President touched on common stance of Iran and Eritrea towards regional and international affairs and called for expansion of ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran

 

IR Leader inspects Tehran Book Fair

11.5.2008

Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of Islamic Revolution on Sunday inspected Tehran International Book Fair.

During the three-hour visit to the fair, its 26th edition, the IR Leader inspected various pavilions and talked with publishers and book sellers.

Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Saffar-Harandi accompanied the IR Leader during the visit and briefed him on the number and content of the publications presented

 

Delivered a speech tens of thousands of faithful revolutionary people of Larestan

8.5.2008

□ Photo □On the last day of his trip to Fars province, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei delivered a speech on Thursday to tens of thousands of faithful revolutionary people of Larestan County who had gathered in Takhti Stadium and the nearby streets. Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the presence of the American troops in Iraq and in the region as the reason behind the current insecurity and unrest, further reiterating: "Relying on Islam, the great Iranian nation will defend their interests, identity, and reputation as a unified front. Benefiting from the efforts and talents of our enthusiastic youth, our nation will achieve a high position in the world."

On the last day of his trip to Fars province, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei delivered a speech on Thursday to tens of thousands of faithful revolutionary people of Larestan County who had gathered in Takhti Stadium and the nearby streets. Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the presence of the American troops in Iraq and in the region as the reason behind the current insecurity and unrest, further reiterating: "Relying on Islam, the great Iranian nation will defend their interests, identity, and reputation as a unified front. Benefiting from the efforts and talents of our enthusiastic youth, our nation will achieve a high position in the world."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that knowledge about the past paves the way for better understanding of the current issues and helps find appropriate ways in the future. His Eminence also touched upon the Islamic and anti-colonialist uprising of the people of Larestan, under the great Ayatollah Sayyid Abdul Hossein Lari, that took place more than 100 years ago. He added: "Under the leadership of the mujahid and knowledgeable clergy, the people of Larestan proved that one can triumph over the greatest and the most obstinate enemies through knowledge, courage, and insight. The Iranian nation put this effective lesson into practice during the Islamic Revolution."

Explaining the positive outcomes of the Revolution, the Supreme Leader stated: "At that time, the global powers thought that they had uprooted religion and religiousness in the world, especially in the Islamic countries. But having learned lessons from the past Islamic revolts and activities, the Iranian nation hoisted the flag of Islam and adherence to the Quran and Islamic principles. To the surprise of the world's bullying powers, the Iranian nation restored religiousness to human life."

Ayatollah Khamenei touched upon the increasing inclination of people towards religion and spirituality even in non-Islamic countries, further adding: "This reality is one of the outcomes of the great miracle that the Iranian nation performed through the Islamic Revolution and through presenting the world with a model for religion-based rule."

Referring to the prerequisites of the Iranian nation's powerful continuation of its movement, His Eminence described reliance on Islam as being of paramount importance. "Islam embodies freedom, independence, grandeur, general welfare, progress, and all blessings and goodness in this world and the hereafter. Therefore, reliance on Islam is the unique way of realizing the ideals of the nation," he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the unity of the Iranian nation, unanimity of Muslim nations, and cooperation among Islamic countries as absolute necessities. Referring to the efforts of the domineering powers to make the Persian Gulf states fear the Islamic Revolution, he said: "As it has declared since the beginning, the Islamic Republic believes in the Islamic unity from the bottom of its heart. Just like the past, the Islamic Republic extends the hand of friendship towards its neighbors."

His Eminence said that the Islamic Republic's insistence on unity in the Islamic world is not because it needs the neighbors. "Rather, it is all based on its deep Islamic beliefs," he said. He also added: "Unfortunately, the enemies sometimes succeed in their plots to foment schism in the Islamic world. However, in spite of all these machinations and the efforts of American and Zionist espionage systems, the Islamic Republic has good and friendly relations with the Arab and non-Arab states in the region and these relations are being boosted on a daily basis."

His Eminence described the spirit of brotherhood and cooperation among the Shia and Sunni Muslims of Larestan County as an exemplary model of unity among Muslims, further reiterating: "Different opinions, interpretations, and tastes should not undermine the unity and collective efforts of Shia and Sunni Muslims which are aimed at promoting monotheism, and actualizing the principles set by Islam and the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.)."

Ayatollah Khamenei described preventing Muslims nations from following the Islamic Republic model as the basic reason behind the enemies' threats and their political and economic propaganda - including the shameful writings of some of their mercenaries in the Arab media - and added: "The Iranian nation is the heart of the Islamic Ummah and the center of the great Islamic awakening and progress, and global bullying powers are worried about this increasing attention of the Islamic Ummah to this practical model."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the only way to oppose the different plots of arrogant powers is increasing unity and nonstop efforts to make progress on all fronts in the country and added: "Of course the true nature of the policies of those who oppose Islam has been revealed to the people of the region, and the falsity of their claims has been proven."

His Eminence described the presence of the American forces in the Persian Gulf as a source of insecurity and further stated: "Security in the Persian Gulf should be provided by the governments of this region, and everyone should know that the period of the bullying powers' domination over other countries, canals and strategic regions is over."

Ayatollah Khamenei described the Americans' claims about providing security in Iraq as a blatant lie and stated: "As some of these Americans confessed they invaded the country for its oil reserves, and they are the greatest source of insecurity in the country due to their disregard of the Iraqi people's lives, principles, and pride."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution later referred to the false accusations of the US regarding the role of Iran and other countries in the Iraqi insecurities, and reiterated: "The very presence of the American invaders would suffice to provoke to the Iraqi people. Therefore, the Americans are the main culprits in this issue."

His Eminence said the American's interference in the issue of Palestine and their support of the Zionist regime has made the Palestinian issue more complex and added: "The vigilant, noble, and broad-minded people of Palestine have elected their government and this elected government is now in charge, but the Americans are a barrier to peace in the country due to their unwarranted interference in Palestine and their support of the Zionists."

At the end of this part of the speech, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: "Undoubtedly, the issues of Palestine and Iraq will be solved and will result in the disgrace of the Americans and the network of arrogance."

His Eminence referred to the final days of his trip to Fars province, and extending his sincere thanks to the people of this province, he said: "During this 9-day trip, the honorable people of Fars province treated me with utmost kindness and sincerity."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "During yesterday's meeting with the cabinet members in Shiraz, different problems and issues of Fars province were discussed and some good and important decisions were made. I hope the officials can render great services to the kind people of Fars province."

At the beginning of this meeting, Ayatollah Ayatollahi welcomed the Supreme Leader to Larestan County on behalf of himself and the Sunni and Shia residents of this County.

 

Fars province, home to a wealth of privileges

7.5.2008

□ Photo □Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei instructed the authorities in charge of Fars provincial affairs Wednesday to set up a center in the province whose major aim is to grow up talented artists and promote a dedicated art which embodies religious teachings.

"Art stands as an aesthetic aspect of creation per se but could become a very significant phenomenon once embodying a religious essence," Ayatollah Khamenei told an assembly of executive officials in Fars province south Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the people of Fras as talented and virtuous and appreciated them for offering many literary and historical personalities to the world. The IR Leader said the population unlike these great moral and historical traits shuns publicity but these must not cause the authorities to fail their undertaking of living up to the wealth of talents and utilizing it in the progress of the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the province is highly privileged for being place to the holy shrines of Ahmad ibn Moussa (S.A.) and several other descendants of the holy messenger of Allah, Hazrat Muhammad (S.A).

"Shiraz, after Mashhad and Qom ranks third among the shrine cities in Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei considered, adding that the national budget makers must earmark a special tranche of credits for the province with the aim of raising awareness about the sanctity of the area in home and abroad.

Ayatollah Khamenei also directed the relevant authorities to broaden their plans to boost tourism in the scenic, ancient province especially considering its tourism attractions including the holy shrines, the tombs of globally renowned men of letter like Sa'adi and Hafiz and other historical sites scattered in the province.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the pre-Islamic sites in the province could be treated from two distinctive different approaches.

"In one view, these sites belong to tyrants and despots of Iran's history and therefore they would lose luster in the eyes of the faithful. However, one must not write off the point that the historical sites either way are built by the dexterous hands, creative minds and magnanimous spirits of the Iranians. The realities cause one to take honor in Takht-e Jamshid (Throne of Jamshid) and other historical sites in Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei reckoned.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that at time when some countries were trying to fabricate historical heritage of their own, the authentic heritage of the Iranian nation was a source of confidence.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that while the nation takes pride in its pre-Islamic heritage, the imagination of the Iranian nation actually flourished in the post-Islamic era.

"Researches show that the civilization, art and culture of the Iranian people four or five centuries after Islam was never comparable to those of the pre-Islamic era. The rise took place under the auspice of Islam," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah khamenei appreciated the people of the province for the hospitable welcome the accorded to him and expressed hope the local officials would procure and implement several ratifications made during the visit in a short time.

The IR Leader reminded the authorities that the opportunity to serve the people was a God's blessing which could be cherished by offering genuine and tireless efforts to the people and respecting them

 

Supreme Leader Receives Fars Province Elites

07 May 2008 - The Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that the highly valuable talents, efforts and motivation of the nation and elites; the religious inclination; and historical heritage are the national assets of the Iranian people. Addressing hundreds of elites and intellectuals of Fars Province on Tuesday afternoon, the Supreme Leader emphasized that the perspective of the Iranian nation's progress is very bright and with the help and blessings of Almighty this great nation will revive the Islamic civilization for the Islamic Ummah in this historical era. The Supreme Leader further underlined that the motto of "Innovation" is a true slogan and is Iran's need. In fact, the Supreme Leader underscored, innovation is synonymous to paving the way for flourishing talents and thoughts; for benefiting from the past experience for swift progress and advancement; and for forming and shaping a bright future. This is today's major responsibility of the nation, elites and officials. The Supreme Leader underscored that with the help of God, the national resolve, guided by the sacred religion of Islam, is advancing toward fulfillment of the nation's goals and this new chapter in Iran's history should be lauded and appreciated. The Supreme Leader further termed the talents of the Iranian nation as a never-ending treasure and noted this nation can today compensate for the 200-year long underdevelopment, which was caused by the conduct of previous ruling systems affiliated to foreign powers, with further efforts and innovation in all fields and realms, and can attain its desirable elevated status.

 

Iranian nation will revive Islamic civilization

6.5.2008 - Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei told an assembly of top figures in the Fars province south Iran that the legacy of the Iranian nation encompases precious talents, national motivation, faith, and historical heritage.

"Considering these factors, the prospect of the Iranian nation is very bright. The great nation by God's favor will revive Islamic civilization at this very juncture," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The IR Leader described innovation as an essentiality for the country, defining the notion as a means to pave the way for talents to emerge and for thoughts to flourish and to review the past to expedite pace of progress and build a brilliant future.

"This is the great responsibility of the nation, the elites and the authorities," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Republic could be distinguished from any previous systems dominating Iran in the past in that it converted individual authority into a system of national resolution.

"In God's favor, the national resolve led by Islam is helping materialize the aspirations of the nation. This chapter of the history of Iran must be treasured," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

The IR Leader described the Iranian nation as abundant in talents, adding that the nation could make up for the backward pages of its history, triggered by the past puppet regime's 200-year ruling, through further efforts and innovation.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that different constructs of the society, including universities, Howzeh (schools of Islamic studies) and research centers must share the responsibility to accelerate the pace of progress in the country.

The IR Leader urged the elites to promote hope among the people, especially the youths adding that the elites must combat against a killer poison the enemy tries to spread in the society by blackening and frustration projects.

"Hope that before a next generation comes to being, our youths would witness an Iran which reposes atop in civilization and grandeur so that all nations and world scientists and intellectuals feel a need to its science and culture. The situation could materialize indeed," the IR Leader added

 

Ayatollah Khamenei inspects research expo in Fars province

6.5.2008

Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of Islamic Revolution who is currently on a provincial visit to Fars province south Iran, inspected a provincial exposition Monday dedicated to latest inventions by the local researchers and specialists.

On show in the fair were the latest accomplishments by the researchers and specialists from Shiraz University, Shiraz School of Medical Science, as well as local researchers in agriculture, electricity, transportation, mine, industry and defense.

A section of the expo was dedicated to nanotech sciences where Shiraz University researchers had put on show an array of inventions on nano-electronics, nano-biotechnology, nano-chemistry, nano-physics, nano-material, and nano-calculations.

Also on show in the section were the latest co-findings of Tabesh Research Center, affiliated to Shiraz University, and IRI's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO).

Other research centers represented in the fair were Biotech Research Center, Center of Chemical, Oil and Gas Engineering Researches, Center of Aerial Researches, and Center of Meteorological and Oceanic Researches.

The show also ran mocks-up of an upgraded hydroelastic dam valves, a full-automatic fueling system as well as a rainfall levels forecast system.

A special chamber of the fair devoted to the achievements of Shiraz School of Medical Science ran the state-of-the-art findings of the physicians and surgical researchers of the Fras province on kidney transplant, liver transplant, pancreas transplant, bone marrow transplant, and corneal transplant.

Also on display was indigenous inventions like a first-ever software to monitor and control ward infections, a first-ever pattern of food security and nourishment in the Fars province, a special-features concrete for shielding nuclear reactors and radiotherapy wards as well as a large-scale screening design for certain widespread diseases.

In the industry and mine pavilion, Ayatollah Khamenei inspected the latest innovations of local professionals in the fields of petrochemistry, telecommunications, and water-piping.

These include an smart engine system, a mobile relay system, an electromagnetic counter, different kinds of neural and muscular electrodes, advanced plastic composites, GRP water pipes for urban sewage collection, hybrid electrofilters for pollution reduction in cement factories, and finally refinery monitor systems and boards.

Also on show were an anti-pest biological program, a portable digital physiotherapy device, bone surgery and treatment devices, different kinds of transformers, a all-automatic fruit picker, an oxygen-improved fish breading plan, laser-controlled land leveling equipments, and a super harvest machine.

Ayatollah Khamenei also inspected a chamber in the exposition dedicated to the latest innovations of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics where military equipments and electronic devices were on display.

These include high-frequency radar waves boosters, aerial and marine navigational systems, different parachutes, advanced military telecommunications systems, assimilators, land surveillance radars, as well as latest research projects on marine air, electroacoustics, and marine physics

 

Supreme Leader's Remarks in the Fars provincial city of Kazeronin

5.5.2008 - Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei Monday urged the people and authorities to keep engaged in their concerted effort to build Iran and present an Islamic model of development to the world.

Delivering a landmark speech to a large assembly of people in a stadium in the Fars provincial city of Kazeron south Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei appreciated that the country restored its Iranian-Islamic identity thanks to the Islamic Revolution and launched a long-scale initiative to achieve a specific range of goals set by the same identity.

"30 years on after the Islamic Revolution was triumphed, the Iranian nation, especially the youths are advancing towards the goals more speedily than before. This has triggered frustration among the enemies of the nation," Ayatollah Khamenei praised.

Ayatollah Khamenei elaborated that the global network of arrogance is scared because the progressive move of the Iranian nation has been helping boost Islamic awakening, adding that the nation however must keep alert and identify the enemies' stratagems regardless of the fact that they have yet to see any of its plots bearing results.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the Iranian nation is privileged by the existence of intellectual scholars in Howzeh (schools of Islamic jurisprudence) and university and the presence of enthusiastic, selfless youths in the vanguard of scientific and technological spheres.

Ayatollah Khamenei alerted that the enemy tries to incite differences between the country's political affiliations or various sects and distract the youths from the revolutionary path through frivolous entertainments.

"The Iranian nation could rise above the enemy by God's Assistance and through unity and selfless effort," the IR Leader vowed.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that God Has assisted the Iranian nation, adding, "At the present juncture, God's Assistance has emerged in the reality that the American government as the incarnate of arrogance suffers a host of problems including its failed projects in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon."

Ayatollah Khamenei then touched on the growing US domestic discontent regarding the protracted presence of the US occupying soldiers in Iraq.

"They have grown so discontent that even the US Republican candidate for presidential elections, though as a publicity stunt, acknowledges what we asserted earlier that the US was primarily pursuing oil by invasion of Iraq. This is another proof that the American government has ended up in failure," the IR Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei reckoned that the superpowers by nature try to intimidate their rival even if they find their projects already in tatters.

"The Iranian nation realized the hidden reality and thereby did not feel anxious about the intimidations of America or any other power. It will also keep unperturbed to the extent the enemy would fail to realize its yearning to see the Islamic Republic defunct," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

In this regard, Ayatollah Khamenei urged people and authorities to strive to sustain their cordial relationship, adding that any one who beats drum of schism and tries to drive a wedge between the nation and the authorities moves against the national interests.

In another regard, Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the history of the Kazeroon city, saying that the Kazeroon population must take pride in the fact that the prominent early Islam figure Salman the Persian came from the city.

"Salman the Persian belongs to all Iranians. The Iranian people feel pride in a personality as Salman whom the Holy Messenger (S.A.) considered as being among his revered household," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

"Salman is primarily appreciated for his faith and Mujahidat (selfless effort) in the path of God as well as his pursuit of spring of truth. He constitutes a model for all the Iranian youths," the Islamic Revolution Leader said

 

Iranian nation can withstand embargos

4.5.2008

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei Sunday instructed the authorities to formulate more effective plans for utilizing the enormous natural and human resources of the country and helping expand business activities.

"The people and authorities must advance the country to the points where foreign sanctions or embargo threats are no longer harmful. They must do the job as a national undertaking through a joint, diligent effort and upon a clear-cut timetable," Ayatollah Khamenei said in a speech to a very large assembly of nomads and other people of the southern Fars provincial city of Nourabad Mamasani.

Ayatollah Khamenei then touched on different bungled conspiracies of the enemies to break the resolution of the Iranian nation, adding, "The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran assume now that threats of sanctions could put a damper in our national resolve. Nonetheless, the great Iranian nation will withstand the conspiracies and even will take large strides as it did in the past 30 years under different sorts of sanctions or embargos.

"Haven't you already tested the Iranian nation? We will keep our path decisively and will not allow the arrogant to tread on the right of the nation," the IR Leader said, alluding to the superpowers' recent threats to impose further embargos on the Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed that the Iranian nation would not back down in the face of threats, making it clear that the nation had opted for perfection, dignity, independence and full implementation of Islamic views in the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the only path to salvation and prosperity of the Iranian nation and other Muslim nations lied in the instructions of Islam.

"In the post-revolutionary era, wherever we have lived up to the Islamic orders we could score better performances. The stand-by, ebullient, brave, aware and smart Iranian nation is familiar both with its duties and rights," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

In another regard, Ayatollah Khamenei viewed the nomads as source of dignity for the country, elaborating that in Iran, in contrast with some other countries, the diversity of ethnicities is considered as a privilege.

"The country's nomads have always safeguarded their nationality and religion and showed interest in the Islamic platform as well as their indigenous traditions," the IR Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged nomad youths to spend more time reading books and consult Alims to enhance their religious bonds.

The IR Leader then reviewed the problems facing the Nourabad Mamasani city and urged the authorities to accord further attention to the underprivileged area.

In this regard, the IR Leader appreciated President Ahmadinejad Administration for making first hand assessments of the situation in different corners of the country in their routine provincial visits

 

The Supreme Leader: Iranian Nation Remains Unflinching in Face of Enemy Conspiracies

Sunday, 04 May 2008 The Supreme Leader of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has commented on various threats by the bullying powers, saying the Iranian nation will continue down its chosen path of enlightenment, independence and building an Islamic society based on Islamic principles, with honor and resolve, and no threat can stop them from continuing this path. Speaking on Sunday morning, on the fifth day of his tour of southern province of FARS, in a meeting with tens of thousands of cheering people and locals from the town of "NourAbad Mamasani", the Supreme Leader referred to numerous enemy threats and conspiracies over the years against Islamic Iran, stressing that the enemies failed time and again to weaken the staunch resolve of the Iranian nation. In further remarks, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the enemies are mistaken if they think they can intimidate the Iranian nation through sanctions and economic pressure, since the Iranian people's resolve remains as unflinching as ever. The Supreme Leader stressed that in the past 30 years, the Iranian people have overcome all sorts of sanctions and economic embargoes, with the Iranian nation continuing to move forward and to advance. Elsewhere in his remarks the Supreme Leader referred to various threats by the global arrogance, and addressing major world powers, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stressed that the Iranian nation will continue with its chosen path, and will not let anyone trample over Iran's lawful rights. In further remarks, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the only way to prosperity -- for the Iranian nation as well as the wider Islamic Ummah -- is through adherence to Islam and Islamic teachings. He stressed that after the revolution whenever Islamic principles and teachings have been followed diligently, we have been more successful and excellent progress has been made. The Supreme Leader said the Iranian nation, vigilant, courageous, responsible and conscientious as ever, will continue to carry out its duties and defend its rights, with vigour.

Supreme Leader's Remarks at University

Sunday, 04 May 2008 The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said today that the White House is attempting to inculcate the existence of a foreign enemy for covering up its failed policies. Addressing thousands of university students and professors in Shiraz, Ayatollah Khamenei said on Saturday that the US has mobilized all its political, economic and propaganda capabilities and its international ballyhoo against Iranian nation to cover up its failures inside America and abroad. He went on to say that the US confrontation with Iran indicates to what extend the Iranian people played its due role in raising the flag of resistance and how best it was able to enlighten other nations; the matter that put the interests of the global arrogance into jeopardy. The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution lauded the people's due resistance, non-stop efforts, unity, continued struggles to tackle problems in the way of attaining the goals of the Islamic Revolution, despite different kinds of pressures put forth by the so-called superpowers. Elaborating on the foundations of the Revolution and its ideals, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that with regard to the illuminating path of Islam which includes all aspects of human beings' material and spiritual needs, without any doubt all the manifestations of the Revolution in Iran are originated from its Islamic roots. The leader also referred to the anti-revolutionary elements as well as the 8- year imposed war against Iran adding that the Iranian people managed to turn all threats to opportunities into the way of progress and prosperity. Prior to Ayatollah Khamenei's remarks, a number of university students and professors expressed their views on the country's scientific, academic, social, cultural and political issues.

The Supreme Leader's Remarks to Families of Martyrs in Shiraz

Sunday, 04 May 2008 The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has stressed that United States and the Zionist regime are opposed to the progress and advancement in Islamic Iran, because of their desire to monopolize and to seek domination. Speaking on Friday morning in a meeting with tens of thousands of families of martyrs and those who sacrificed their life and limb for the Islamic Revolution, in the southern Iranian province of Fars, the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei emphasized that the US government is angry not because of remarks by some Iranian officials, or because of some policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran; rather, he said, the US government is angry because of the vigilance, awareness, motivation and determination of the Iranian people, and the younger Iranian generation in particular, who are continuing the righteous path of the martyrs of the revolution with pride and honour. He said this has dismayed and infuriated the American government. Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said foreigners regard Iran, with its enormously rich natural resources and strategic location, as a succulent morsel, but the vigilance of the Iranian nation, and the enormous talents of the Iranian youth, in many different fields of science and technology, including peaceful civilian nuclear technology, has depressed and infuriated them. In further remarks, the Supreme Leader said even our enemies acknowledge the rising influence of the Islamic revolution throughout the world, with the Islamic Rvolution winning the hearts and minds of many peoples and nations. He emphasized that behind the enemy's bluster and various threats and muscle-flexing, lies a mortal fear of the flourishing Islamic Revolution.

Supreme Leader: Enemy Not Blatant Enough to Attack

Sunday, 04 May 2008 The Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has emphasized that the enemies do not have the guts to attack the Iranian nation. Speaking Thursday afternoon, during the joint military ceremonies of Fars Province Armed Forces Units in the city of Shiraz, southern Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei considered the threats leveled by World Arrogance as a psychological warfare and underlined that the enemies are not blatant enough to attack the Iranian nation. The Supreme Leader underscored: "The ever-increasing reinforcement of the Armed Forces in the Islamic System is not for attacking others, In fact, the policies adopted by domineering powers warns nations to be fully prepared." Referring to occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan by US, Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that the occupation forces entered Iraq with the motto of establishment of security and freedom, but during the past five years, the Iraqi people have borne the most insecure period of their lives because the nature of major powers is based on occupation and insecurity. The Supreme Leader termed Bush's presidential term as the most insecure era in contemporary history and added Bush will leave office in a few months, leaving the burden of his faulty actions for his successor, but his bleak and gloomy record of conduct in stirring insecurity across the world; spreading terrorism, occupying other nations and committing crimes will always be remembered and remain open.

The Supreme Leader Calls for Changes in Education and Teaching

Sunday, 04 May 2008 The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has stressed that the true status of teachers in society must be revived according to logic and the teachings of Islam. Speaking on Thursday morning in a meeting with thousands of teachers and educators in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz (in Fars province), the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei emphasized that teachers must be regarded with dignity, respect and grandeur by the whole of society. He stressed that there is great difference between how Islam and the West regard teachers, and how they value the teaching profession. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stressed that in Islam teaching and education are regarded as a way of giving new life to the individual and society. Elsewhere in his remarks the Supreme Leader urged teachers to make a special effort to teach their pupils manners, morality, ethical behaviour and spirituality, adding that the real art of teaching, and the sure sign of a good teacher, is to develop and educate the young and impressionable minds of youngsters in an appropriate manner. In further remarks, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called for a major re-haul and shakeup of the education sector and teaching in schools, saying top officials must come up with fresh and innovative ideas and carry out scientific and detailed studies, making full use of experts in the supreme council of cultural revolution, to present to the Iranian nation and future generations a first-class education system. In further remarks, the Supreme Leader said the Iranian youth and the younger generation are extremely talented and very capable. He referred to the late founder of the Islamic republic, Imam Khomeini, (may his soul rest in peace) , saying the Iranian people are still faithful to their covenant with Imam Khomeini, and are faithful to the values and ideals of the Islamic revolution, and the younger generation have achieved a great deal, of which Iran's peaceful civilian nuclear programme is just one example. Turning to Iran's peaceful nuclear programme, the Supreme Leader said 20 years ago no one could believe that Iran would be producing centrifuges and enriching uranium; but today this is the reality, and talented young Iranian scientists, with their innovative ideas, are admired throughout the world, for their enthusiasm for scientific advancement, and for their determination to pursue their legitimate rights.

Policies of domineering powers is the main cause of war

Sunday, 04 May 2008

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has stressed that the policies of the domineering powers is the main cause of war and bloodshed in the world today.

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, the provincial capital of Fars province, in a meeting with thousands of "Ulemma", religious scholars , students and clerics, the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei emphasized that major world powers are pursuing policies which lead to corruption, oppression, war, bloodshed, and chaos in today's world. Elsewhere in his remarks Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Iran is the standard bearer and leading light in the fight against oppressive and hegemonic policies of major world powers, and because of this, Iran has been targeted by the 'global arrogance', in various campaigns over the years. In further remarks, the Supreme Leader urged vigilance and awareness, stressing that from a spiritual point of view; the Islamic Republic of Iran can be further developed. Turning to the role played by the "Ulemma" and religious scholars, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said religious seminaries must educate faithful, devout, aware, and courageous religious scholars, who through their faith in God, can act as pillars of strength.

Remarks in Shiraz

Sunday, 04 May 2008 Addressing hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic people at Hafeziyeh Stadium in Shiraz city Wednesday, the Supreme Leader referred to the arrogant powers' threatening tone of economic sanctions on the Iranian nation for the past two years, saying: "Iranians have been already under different kinds of sanctions ever since the triumph of the Islamic Revolution in 1979." However, the leader indicated, the people have turned the threats to opportunities into ways progress, independence, and self-belief. Ayatollah Khamenei added that the imperialist powers resorted to their political and economic might to exert pressure on the Iranian people in a futile bid to make them relinquish their rights. The Leader reiterated the enemies' political and economic ballyhoos are aimed at depriving the pious Iranian nation of its inalienable rights of nuclear technology, national dignity, independence, decision-making, welfare and prosperity. He then advised the people to keep in mind that the enemies felt embarrassed and are frightened on seeing the unstoppable progress of the Iranian people, and for this reason they have increased their futile pressures." Ayatollah Khamenei took note of the triumph of the Islamic Revolution as an unprecedented phenomenon in the country's history, saying the Iranian masses generated the Revolution by relying on their faith, national pride, historical honor, and cultural heritage. He lauded the people for maintaining independence, freedom, national dignity, and prosperity, while emphasizing their real faith in God the Almighty, and in the Hreafter.

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei described Basij

3.5.2008

□ Photo □ Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei described Basij (collective name for voluntary public forces) as a blessed tree which was planted and grown under an initiative by Imam Khomeini the Departed.

Speaking to a large gathering of Basij forces as well as soldiers of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) in Fars province south of Iran Saturday, the IR Leader affirmed that Basij or "the collective association of faithful and motivated youths" would always remain essential for the Islamic Revolution in different defensive, cultural and social fields.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Revolution was the outcome of the positive response of the ocean of nation to the call of the revered Imam.

"The great response again took place during the Sacred Defense (1980-88) where people with motivation, ebullience and faith rushed to the battleground under the flag of Basij. The great national association has extended roots across the vast Iranian land," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that Basij could be defined as a combination of commitment, faith and motivation, adding that the smart and brilliant innovation of Imam Khomeini was that he managed to mould the sacred national motivation and commitment into an organizational entity.

"Thank to Basij, the revolution never faltered even in the early awesome years of war. Actually the enthusiastic representation of Basij-inspired youths helped brim the hearts with hope and pride," the IR Leader appreciated.

Ayatollah Khamenei recommended Basij forces to study the lifestyle of the senior martyred Basij commanders and their braveries in the Sacred Defense so that they could better realize the merits of Basij.

Ayatollah Khamenei then pointed to the peace-time, civilian capability of the Basij organization to absorb elites in various social fields, adding that the capacity attests to the fact that the significance of Basij is not confined to the task of defending the country against political or military threats and rather the Basij is present wherever Islam or revolution needs a motivated and effective public assistance.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the global monopolist superpowers are holding an inner hostility towards the mottos of independence and justice championed by the Iranian nation, adding that the aliens are expanding their anti-Islamic and Anti-Iranian propaganda under different pretexts whereas the aware Iranian people would remain impenetrable and invincible against the enemies.

The Islamic Revolution Leader noted that by enhanced moralities and religious knowledge, Basij could sustain its progress and expand into the future generations of the dear Iran

 

Ceaseless endeavor essential to materialize revolutionary goals

3.5.2008

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei recommended Saturday that in order to set up an accurate and precise judgment about the performance of the Islamic Revolution, one must consider the goals, the internal and external impediments and the accomplishments of the revolution through a large-scale approach.

Speaking to a gathering of over 20 thousand university professors or students in Fars province south of Iran, the IR Leader said that a united and ceaseless endeavor along with relentless combat against the sources of encumbrances would indeed help fulfill all the aspirations sought by the Islamic Revolution.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that it is essential to take account of trivial matters when one is engaged in developing specific plans or programs, however when making judgment about a massive event like the Islamic Revolution, taking account of trivial matters might lead to confusion or ignorance.

The IR Leader elaborated that a first stage to achieve a precise and accurate judgment about the revolution is to deliberate on the goals of the enormous movement.

"By the revolution, the people were seeking to build an independent Iran, free from despotic rules, and brimful with prosperity, security, spirituality and scientific accomplishments so that other nations learn there is also a viable model of Islamic community there," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

In the same regard, Ayatollah Khamenei reminded the audience that contrary to a false interpretation of Islam, all the material and spiritual goals of the revolution are inspired by its Islamic nature, adding that Islam is capable of fulfilling all spiritual or material needs of the mankind.

Concerning the requirement of taking into account the internal and external impediments facing the revolution before making any judgment about its performance, Ayatollah Khamenei said that according to Devine Providence any endeavor would inevitably face some sort of encumbrance so as to help such notions as Jihad (selflessness) and perseverance take a concrete form.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that should man makes selfless efforts, the Divine Providence would bring victory to him.

Ayatollah Khamenei outlined the internal obstacles facing the revolution as intellectual weakness, indolence, excessive tolerance, simple-mindedness, self-denial, and some misperceptions about Islamic views, especially regarding Mahdaviat (belief in eventual savior of the world).

"Many of these hurdles have been lifted by the help of people and authorities however some others are out there," the IR Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that the society suffers from such shortfalls as consumerism and pursuit of luxury life, adding that the pitfalls must be removed through a joint effort by people, authorities and the media.

Concerning the external impediments facing the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the eight-year imposed war (1980-88) as well as riots and unrests incited early in the revolution by rebels, counter-revolutionary elements and eventually those who had incurred some losses due to the Islamic Revolution.

"Even though the Iranian nation could effectively transforme the immense threats into a large opportunity for further progress, the protracted war inflicted heavy losses and damages on the Iranian nation," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The IR Leader said another external impediment to the revolution was the US mobilization of all its capacities to deal blows to the Iranian nation, adding that the nation and revolution had really struck a brilliant performance in light of the massive existing encumbrances in home and abroad.

Ayatollah Khamenei attributed the US full-blown deployment of forces against the Islamic Revolution to both the US policy of creating phony external enemies in a bid to cover up its domestic failures and the reality on the ground that the Iranian nation has seriously jeopardized the US domineering policies by hoisting the flag of resistance and global awakening.

The Islamic Revolution Leader noted that the Islamic System had made huge accomplishments as it currently possesses a larger wealth of experiences, more efficient management, more advanced scientific know-how, and more stable economic status than what were available early in the Islamic Revolution era.

"Moreover, the people have realized that it is wrong to copy other economic models and that it is essential to formulate an Islamic-Iranian model of development," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

"These are a range of strong points which would help the Iranian nation overcome all the existing hurdles provided these advantages are encapsulated with certain qualities," the IR Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the academic circles to study the above argument and provide effective solutions for any shortfalls, adding that the eventual imperative strategy would be the collective endeavor of people and authorities.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the students to avoid enemy decoy in academic circles and enhance their moral character.

"Spirituality and taking company with Koran and Sahife Sajjadiyeh would prove instrumental to your scientific quests and would thwart any projects which have targeted your religious and revolutionary spirit," the IR Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei also urged for unity in the student associations, adding that the students must not allow their different tastes to lead to brawling over trivial matters.

Ayatollah Khamenei also urged the students to pave the ground for the national decision-making process by creating an atmosphere of reserach and debate in universities.

Ayatollah Khamenei also called on the young students to pursue social justice demands.

The Islamic Revolution Leader encouraged the students that after the Almighty God, he considers the faithful, ebulient students as his mainstay and that of the Islamic System

 

Future belongs to great Iranian nation

2.5.2008

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei vowed Friday in a large gathering of war veterans' families in Fars province central Iran that the great Iranian nation would keep advancing along the illuminant path of its martyrs by adhering to Islamic values and making unwavering efforts to meet national aspirations.

The meeting was held in the compound of the holy shrine of Ahmad ibn Mousa, a prominent descendant of the Household (A.S.), known as Shahcheraq situated in the Fars provincial center Shriaz.

Ayatollah Khamenei reviewed the stunning developments which have taken place in Iran following the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, adding that among others the issue of martyrs and martyrdom was exceptional as it reflects light and wonder no matter it is approached from which facet.

The IR Leader elaborated that the case of martyrdom in the Islamic Revolution was startling in terms of the motivation of the martyrs to serve the path of God, their valiant conduct in the battleground and their impatience to get reunited with their beloved God.

"The patience and fortitude of the honored families of the martyrs is also among the matters which would stun every one," the IR Leader continued.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Iranian nation owes a tremendous debt to its sublime martyrs and their enduring families, adding that the martrs opened up the way of salvation and dignity for the Iranian nation and brought liveliness, decisiveness and independence to the nation.

"The Iranian history will never lose sight of this debt," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

The Islamic Revolution Leader noted that the endurance and growing popularity of some historical events including Ashura (Imam Hussein's uprising) in the course of history attests to the significance of those events, adding that the issue of martyrs and martyrdom in the Islamic Revolution too enjoys the same qualities as those events and the passage of time would unearth the reality.

The IR Leader pointed to the admittance by enemy that the Islamic Revolution is growingly finding its way into the hearts of the nations, adding that the enemy's threat-game stems from its fear about the increasing popularity of the Islamic Revolution.

The Leader criticized those negligent individuals who claim that the era of Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini and martyrs was over, adding, "The unaware enemies too at some point believed the claims were true but then became frustrated as they faced the progress and grandeur of the Iranian nation."

Ayatollah Khamenei said the hostile mood of the US and Zionists towards the accomplishments of the Islamic System stems from their monopolistic policies.

"Transgressor aliens considered Iran as a sweet prey in light of its endless reserves and strategic location however they grow frustrated and infuriated as the nation was awakened and the Iranian youths shined in different fields of science and technology, including nuclear energy," The IR Leader.

"The fury of the US government is not stoked by the remarks of certain IRI's authorities or certain IRI's policies rather they are angered by the vigilance, motivation and diligence of the nation in covering the path of honor, or say the path of martyrs," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the martyrs and those live veterans who have lost their body parts in the 8-year defense (1980-88) are the mainstay of the nation, urging their next of kin to take pride in those flags of dignity.

"The wives of those martyrs could live up to their status by growing children who are determined to follow the model of their fathers," Ayatollah Khamenei encouraged, adding that the Almighty God would award those valiant women.

"Future belongs to the great Iranian nation. The people and authorities will achieve their greatest dreams by the resolve of the youths and under the auspices of the flames lighted by the blood of the martyrs," the Islamic Revolution Leader underlined

 

Nation Will Resist

Iran Daily, 2.5.2008 - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei gestures before addressing the public gathering in Shiraz, Fars province, April 30. Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the Iranian nation is determined to resist all threats or sanctions, and foil attempts by enemies to magnify Iranian problems. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remark on Wednesday in an address to a huge public gathering in Shiraz, IRNA reported. “The Iranian nation will turn all threats imposed by the enemies into opportunities and bring development and pride to the country,“ he said. Ayatollah Khamenei noted that by relying on their historical and cultural achievements, the pious Iranian nation have made the Islamic Revolution victorious and helped attain independence, national dignity, welfare and prosperity. “Any nation should tolerate difficulties to attain its prime goals and aspirations,“ he said, citing eight years of Sacred Defense (the 1980-88 Iraq-imposed war), fight against terrorism, resistance against threats as well as economic sanctions as some of the hardships borne by the Iranian nation. The leader pointed out that the Iranian nation, from the early phases of the Islamic Revolution, faced economic sanctions and embargoes but managed to turn all threats into opportunities. “I advise you to remember that this great nation has never been afraid of economic sanctions,“ he said. Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the international capitalist system, through its extensive political propaganda, made huge efforts to force Iran to abandon its legitimate right to nuclear energy but to no avail. He added that the pace of Iran’s development frightened them such that they exerted more pressure on Iran, while ignoring the fact that the Iranian nation will turn all these threats into opportunities for its development. “The foreign media try to exploit all factors, including even natural disasters, droughts and price hikes which are rampant throughout the world, in order to put more pressure on the Iranian nation and officials. Therefore it is necessary that people exercise more vigilance,“ he said. The leader further said that the ongoing economic crisis crippling the world has been unprecedented in the past 60 years. “This crisis has forced the UN to declare a global alert over food shortages, but foreign radios imply that the current price hikes and inflation in the country have resulted from the carelessness of Iranian officials which, of course, is not true,“ he said. “Thanks to Almighty God, the problems in Iran are much less than those in other countries.“ Ayatollah Khamenei said enemies are trying to magnify Iranian problems and this will be resolved through a timely and precise economic plan. “Current problems such as drought require the collective effort of people and officials,“ he said.

Enemies would not dare attack great Iranian nation

2.5.08

Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei told a joint staff military ceremony in Fars province central Iran Thursday that the Armed Forces have been securing public tranquility as a robust bulwark, urging for the military to enhance its preparations more than ever.

IRI national anthem was played out as the Islamic Revolution Leader arrived in the ceremony ground in the Army's central command in the Fars province. Ayatollah Khamenei then stood in homage before the martyr monument set up in the ground and read out the first sura of the holy Koran as tribute to the souls of those fallen.

The Commander-in-Chief then reviewed a guard of honor conducted jointly by the Army soldiers, IRGC forces, Basij forces and the Police.

He then commiserated with some of the soldiers who had lost their body parts in the sacred defense known as Janbaz (sacrificing soldier) among the Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei then delivered a speech to the military, saying that Iran took a large boost from the robust defense of the nation and the Armed Forces during the 8 years Sacred Defense.

"The Islamic System even at time when it was enduring an imposed military aggression by Saddam and his supporters, never considered to invade or occupy any other country," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that the growing enhancement of the IRI Armed Forc es does not mean the country seeks to monger wars.

"The aggressive policies of the world domineering powers must ring alarm bells for all nations that they must boost their internal structure and acquire necessary preparations," Ayatollah Khamenei alerted.

The Commander-in-Chief described the fiery tirades and threat-game of the arrogance as sheer psy op, adding that the enemies would not dare attack the great Iranian nation.

"Every one has realized that the enemies of the Iranian nation could not dare attack the great Iranian nation because they know they would enter a field which is impossible to leave," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding however that the Armed Forces must grow more and more powerful irrespective of their inability.

Ayatollah Khamenei then made mention of the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan by the US aggressors, saying that the occupiers arrived in Iraq carrying message of security and freedom, but the Iraqi people have endured an otherwise situation in the past five years.

"The Iraqi people have endured the worst and most insecure conditions in their life span because the identity of the superpowers is rooted in impiety, occupation and insecurity," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that the Islamic System has tracked the pitfall and thereby has adopted its current firm stance towards the superpower.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the US President George Bush's spell in office had been the most insecure part of the contemporary history.

"Bush would leave office in a few months and would transfer the outcomes of his moves to his successor. However, a dark blot is left by him in the history and his dark dossier would remain open for provoking insecurity in the world and inciting terrorism, occupation and criminal conduct," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Meanwhile, at the end of the ceremony, the elite platoons marched past the stand of the Commander-in-Chief.

 

Education is equal to grant life to individuals and society

1.5.2008

Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei encouraged Thursday that the status and position of school teachers be restored in the society to what the Islamic teachings consider so that the people pay true respect to the classroom professionals.

In a speech to a thousands-strong audience of school teachers and educationalists from the Fars province central Iran, the IR Leader marked May 1, named after teachers in Iran, saying that the Teachers Day has a great content to convey and could be described as day of all the Iranian people in a broad sense.

Ayatollah Khamenei made a distinction between Islam's treatment of teachers' status and that of the west, saying that in Islam's view, education is equal to granting life to individuals and society while in a materialistic approach the teachers are assessed by counting their potentialities to generate money.

The IR Leader bemoaned that the western mindset came to vogue after the western culture penetrated the Iranian community in the course of past two centuries, cutting on the true merits of teachers in the eyes of the public.

Ayatollah Khamenei instructed the relevant authorities to meet the material expectations of the teachers community, adding however that the teachers should be treated according to what Islam orders; paying ultimate homage to them and having immanent respect for them.

Invoking verses from the Holy Koran and words of the Imams, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the ultimate goal of education was to train soul of the mankind and guide the people in the Straight Path which leads to salvation.

"Imam Khomeini as a professional interpreter of Koran considered the job as that of the Divine Messengers," the IR Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei also urged the teachers to observe educational standards and spiritual attitude in their classes, adding that the teachers would score a brilliant performance if they exercise tolerance and homage towards their trainees and properly grow their minds.

Ayatollah Khamenei then said that an overhaul was essential for the country's educational structure, noting that the current system of education in the country is at best a replication of western methodology and content. The IR Leader urged the educational authorities to develop a well-thought and vigorous educational system for the posterity by assistance of schooling experts.

Ayatollah Khamenei singled out rote learning as a pitfall in the national educational system, adding that to pave the ground for emergence of talents the educational system must adopt a thought-generative approach.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that schooling system was more significant and imperative for the country compared to higher education as the country among others offers many vacancies which have no relevance to tertiary training.

Ayatollah Khamenei also urged for the establishment of a department dedicated to spiritual matters in schools with the aim of tending to the souls of school kids.

The IR Leader said that it was essential for all children in school age to become literate and called for a timetabled program to spread literacy all over the country.

"We must reach a point where it is mandatory for all individuals to possess primary school certificate as it is the case for Identification Card," the IR Leader encouraged.

In another regard, Ayatollah Khamenei said that there was no religious hindrance to using foreign know-how, however "we would choose what serves our interests and would not let the aliens to feed our minds with its own preoccupations."

The IR Leader described the Iranian young generation as abundant in talents and said that thanks to the Iranian nation's continued allegiance with Imam Khomeini and the revolution, the ebullient youths of the nation will accomplish great works of which nuclear energy generation was a simple case.

"20 years ago, if someone bothered speaking about centrifuge manufacturing and uranium enrichment in Iran, no one would believe him. However, the talented Iranian youths has now scored such an innovative performance that all nations are appreciating it for its lively interest in the science and its efforts to restore its related rights," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"This is the true meaning of innovation and the exact evidence of potentialities of the great Iranian nation," Ayatollah Khamenei added

 

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