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Supreme Leader Meets with Pilgrims of Rahian-e Noor Caravans in Abadan


Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met Wednesday morning with thousands of pilgrims of Rahian-e Noor caravans in one of the operational areas in Abadan. This was an area where the Iranian Armed Forces managed to lift the siege of this city in east Karun. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence highlighted the necessity of commemorating the memory of the efforts and sacrifices which were made in different operational areas during the Sacred Defense Era, further reiterating: "The greatest lesson of the Sacred Defense Era was that it showed a people can take all the difficult paths in the shade of unity, faith and trust in Allah the Exalted and His promises. It showed that with resistance a people can defeat the enemy and make him retreat."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to Imam's (r.a.) edict for lifting the siege of Abadan and organizing Operation SamenulAemah in the Mared area in east Karun - in the month of Mehr of the year 1360, saying: "The victory of Islamic soldiers in this operation was the beginning of future operations such as Tariqul Quds, FathulMubin and BaytulMuqaddas. These operations could have ended the war in those years."

Ayatollah Khamenei added: "The camp of the enemies of the Islamic Republic - European governments and the government of America - used to encourage the Ba'ath regime of Saddam by providing it with modern and advanced munitions and military supplies. This led to the continuation of the imposed war for eight years."

His Eminence stated that the goal of the camp of arrogance was to prevent the people of Iran from achieving victory in this war and to show the weakness of the Islamic Republic in the face of the Ba'athist enemy, which was completely supported by arrogant powers. He stressed: "But Allah the Exalted showed His strong hand. He crushed and destroyed the enemies of the Islamic Republic with the steel fists of divine tradition."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution mentioned that one of the goals of the enemies of the Islamic Republic during the eight-year imposed war was to show no one has the power to resist materialistic powers in the world, adding: "A people are defeated when they themselves believe that they cannot do anything. But during the Sacred Defense Era, the people of Iran showed the entire world that the opposite is true."

Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated: "Each and every moment of the Sacred Defense Era is unforgettable for the people of Iran. The Sacred Defense Era has great influence on the movement of the people towards their ideals".


Supreme Leader Meets with Pilgrims at Imam Ridha's (a.s.) Shrine 1393


Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met Friday /morning with pilgrims at Imam's Ridha's (a.s.) shrine in the holy city of Mashhad. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence illustrated the different dimensions of this year's slogan "The Year of Economy and Culture with National Determination and Jihadi Management", reiterating: "We should strengthen ourselves in a way that global bullies and blackmailers cannot violate any right of the Iranian people."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the lofty steps and successful experiences of the people of Iran and the enormous capacities of the country as the reasons for naming this year "The Year of Economy and Culture with National Determination and Jihadi Management", further adding: "The glorious path of national power will be taken at a faster rate with the officials' and the people's focus on this slogan."

Referring to the policies on the economy of resistance, His Eminence said, "The economy of resistance is a knowledge-based paradigm which is in line with the needs of the country. Many other countries too have turned to the economy of resistance in order to reduce the possibility of being influenced by social and economic fluctuations. They have done this according to their own specific conditions".

He stressed: "Unfortunately, some pens and tongues try to block the path of making the economy of the country resistant. These people try to block the path of the happiness of the people. This is while the economy of resistance will have a proper interaction with the global community."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that culture plays a very significant role in making the economy of the country resistant. He stated: "This issue is even more important than economy".

Ayatollah Khamenei added: "Culture is like the air that we breathe. You have to breathe air, whether you like it or not. If this air is clean, it will have certain effects on your body. If it is dirty, it will have certain other effects. The culture of a country is like the air that we breathe".

His Eminence stressed that the focus of the enemies on culture shows the great significance of this issue, saying: "The officials in charge of cultural issues should take care of very dangerous cultural rifts with sensitivity and vigilance. They should carry out theirresponsibilities in this regard."

He described freedom as one of the main slogans of the Revolution and one of the most important bases of the Islamic Republic, reiterating: "The sensitivity of officials about cultural rifts and deviations does not contradict freedom at all because freedom as a great divine blessing is different from decadence, indifference and self-indulgence."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution highlighted the fact that boundless freedom is meaningless. He mentioned that those westerners who claim to support freedom are very committed to their own red lines, adding: "In Europe, no one dares to express doubts about the holocaust. This is while it is not clear what the truth behind this issue is. Despite this, they expect us to ignore the red lines of the Revolution and Islam."

Ayatollah Khamenei added: "If someone wants to ridicule the spirit of national independence, theoretically justify dependence, insult moral and religious principles, attack the main slogans of the Revolution, humiliate the Persian language and national customs and aim at the spirit of Iranian youth's national dignity by promoting decadence, then should we be indifferent towards their destructive activities?"

His Eminence referred to westerners' intolerance in the face of issues such as hijab and their blind prejudice against the people of some countries, reiterating: "These are signs of westerners' intolerance. Some people encourage the noble and culturally advanced people of Iran to assimilate into this culture.

He described the two great events of the eleventh presidential elections and the rallies on the 22nd of Bahman as comprehensive and expressive media for speaking the truth about Iran and the people of Iran in the face of the cultural invasions of global networks, further stressing: "The important point about elections in the Islamic Republic is that the people's turnout in the elections has not decreased from the beginning of the Revolution until today. In the eleventh presidential elections too, a high turnout was witnessed as 72 percent of the people participated in the elections."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "During the nuclear negotiations, American politicians tried in a rude manner to show that the people of Iran have changed their minds about their slogans and principles. This is while the people became more motivated to show their presence on the scene with their sensitivity and commitment. They showed that they are committed, with all their heart, to the Islamic Republic and the hoisted flag of Islam and the Islamic government."

At the end of his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the frustration of America in different countries such as Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, stressing: "Global events do not move forward according to the wishes of America".


International events not working out to US favor: Leader

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addresses a large crowd of people in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad on the occasion of Nowruz (Persian New Year) on March 21, 2014 - Press TV.

Leader of the Islamic revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says events worldwide are not working out according to US plans.

“The realities on the global stage are not going according to US wishes,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader made the remarks in an address to a large crowd of people in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad on the occasion of Nowruz (Persian New Year) on Friday.

Pointing to the failure of US plots to Judaize Palestine as well as the futility of its scenarios in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the Leader said Washington has failed to achieve its goals.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the US-Israeli conspiracy in Palestine is aimed at clearing Palestine of Palestinians, whether Muslims or Christians.

“The US has failed in Palestine. They devised a scheme against Palestine and spared no efforts [in carrying it out],” the Leader said.

“The scheme has [so far] failed and God willing will not succeed [in the future]. They have been seeking to change Palestine into a Jewish state. This means that Palestinians, whether Muslims or Christians, will have no means of living [in Palestine],” Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that the US and its allies want “to finish off Palestine once and for all."

The Leader said that the US has also failed to achieve its objectives with respect to Iran.

The US has been trying over the past 30 years to achieve its objectives but it has failed, Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that Washington stepped up sanctions against Iran to pit the people against the Islamic establishment and uproot the Islamic Revolution but the US efforts were to no avail.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the conspiracy against Iran proved vain as Iranians went to the polls with the high voter turnout of over 72 percent in last year’s presidential election.

The Leader further said the massive participation last year in nationwide rallies marking the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution is yet another indication of the US defeat against Iran.


Supreme Leader’s Norouz Message 1393


The following is the full text of the message issued on March 20, 2014

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