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Supreme Leader: Large Turnout, Slap in Face of Enemies

February 29, 2012

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Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met this morning with thousands of ordinary citizens and families of Iranian Martyrs and former POWs. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence said that the enemies have been trying to discourage the people of Iran from taking part in the upcoming parliamentary elections, further adding: "In all parts of the world, exciting elections with a large voter turnout are a sign that the people of that country are vibrant and that their determination is firm. Therefore, in all countries widespread presence of the people in the elections is a sign of the vigilance of the people and their support for their government."

He referred to the low rate of voter turnout in the presidential elections of America over the past years and reiterated: "This rate of voter turnout is not at all comparable to the massive presence of the people in the presidential elections of the year 1388 and the 8th parliamentary elections. The massive propaganda of the media outlets affiliated with the camp of the arrogant powers has targeted this massive and enthusiastic presence of the Iranian people."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added that he believes the Iranian nation will give the arrogant powers a powerful slap across the face on election day Friday.

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: "The hearts of the people are guided by Allah the Exalted. And when the hearts of the people, government officials and those who care about the country are with God, He will remove the obstacles and make them successful. By Allah's favor, God will bestow this success on the Iranian nation on Friday."

His Eminence stressed that presence in the elections is a truly powerful blow to the arrogant powers and added: "What is extremely important in the elections is the widespread presence of the people. This is because the more the rate of voter turnout, the more competent and courageous the Majlis will be and the more it will be supported. And such a Majlis will be able to make the voice of the people heard in the world."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the upcoming elections, which will be held on Friday, are more sensitive than the previous parliamentary elections. "The reason is that the camp of the arrogant powers has used up almost all its bullets against the Iranian nation and is running out of them. Therefore, the people should stand firm and show their determination and willpower to the enemies so that the camp of the arrogant powers realizes that it cannot stand in the way of our nation."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the leaders of the arrogant powers are openly announcing that it is necessary to impose sanctions in order to discourage the people of Iran. He added: "America, the west and Zionism are trying to prevent the people of Iran from continuing the movement that has caused a general awakening in the world of Islam and has turned into a role model. They are trying to tell other nations that the pioneering Iranian nation has lost its motivation and that this role model has failed."

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: "What is amazing is that after the passage of more than 30 years and in spite of the increased political, economic, propaganda and security pressures, the Iranian nation has become more dynamic, more lively and more steadfast than before."

His Eminence reiterated: "This year, the demonstrations marking the 22nd of Bahman and the massive popular movement in support of the Islamic Republic were a slap across the face of the arrogant powers because the enemies of the Iranian nation wish they were able to encourage certain groups to take the streets and shout slogans against the Islamic system."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the anti-government demonstrations by the people of Europe and added: "The enemies have been trapped in what they had plotted for the Iranian nation and this is a victory for the Iranian nation."

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: "In spite of all the pressures and the assassination of young Iranian scientists, the people of Iran will not let the plots of the arrogant powers achieve the intended results."

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Supreme Leader’s Speech to Nuclear Scientists

February 22, 2012

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The following is the full text of the speech delivered on February 22, 2012 by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in a meeting with Iranian nuclear scientists in Tehran.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I am very happy to meet you dear people, the valuable brothers and sisters who are active in an arena of historic significance which is a source of national pride. We have said a lot of good things about you behind your backs and we truly respect you. And today is an opportunity to express our respect face to face. I am thankful to God. Of course, these are blessings from God. All these blessings are from the Creator. "And whatever favor is (bestowed) on you it is from Allah." [The Holy Quran, 16: 53] It is a divine blessing to have competent, intelligent, scholarly, innovative and motivated manpower. It is a blessing from God. I am grateful to you and I am also thankful to Allah the Exalted for blessing this nation and this system with your existence.

One point is that everybody who is rendering services in a particular area should be well aware of the value of his services. If he appreciates the value of his services, he will continue his work in the best possible way. But if he fails to do so, he will naturally abandon his duty. If a person who is guarding a particular place fails to appreciate the value of his work, he will naturally let down his guard and fall asleep. Therefore, the first point is that we should be aware of the significance of the work we are doing.

Now I would like to say a few things in this regard. There are many different aspects to your work. One aspect of your work is that it instilled a sense of national dignity into this nation and this country, which is very important. Nations face serious trouble only when they lose their dignity, when they serve foreigners for free and forget their own value. This shows the importance of dignity. An oppressed nation - such as the nations in North Africa and other places - rises up only when it feels its dignity has been trampled upon. Then it rises up and no power can stand in the way of such a nation. This has already happened. This shows the importance of dignity. The Revolution instilled a sense of dignity into our nation and our country. They tried to discourage our nation on many occasions. They tried to convince our people that they were incompetent. "Yes, you carried out a revolution, but you cannot run the country by yourselves. You cannot make progress. You cannot keep up with the world." Every scientific advance is a testimony to the competence of our nation. And your work in nuclear technology instilled a sense of dignity into this nation. This is one dimension of the significance of your work.

The value of such things cannot be measured with materialistic calculations. Of course, all these things are being measured with money in the materialistic world. All human values are finally reduced to money. And this is the affliction of the materialistic world and it will definitely bring materialistic people down. The truth is that there are certain things whose value cannot be measured with money. One may light-heartedly mention money just to make a comparison. I remember I had travelled to one of our provinces. One of the meetings that had been arranged was a meeting with our academics. It was a very enthusiastic meeting. One of the learned professors - whom I knew from before - delivered a speech at the meeting. A few people spoke at the meeting and this learned man was among them. In order to attract the attention of government officials and myself to the problems of the province, he mentioned the capacities that the province enjoyed. For example, he said that certain projects in the province were worth billions and that there was room for such and such investments. I told him that the things he mentioned were materialistic and that he himself was worth several billions more. A learned professor living in a city, in the capital city of a province - can this be compared with the materialistic advantages that the province enjoys? This is the value of ideas and outstanding personalities. You should know that the work you are doing is important.

Of course, as I said, your work has many different aspects. In their propaganda, they have been trying to say that the work on nuclear energy is ideologically motivated - that it has nothing to do with our national interests. This is while your work is directly related to our national interests. The work on nuclear energy is directly related to our national interests. The report that was presented by Dr. Abbasi explained certain aspects of the relationship between nuclear energy and our national interests. The work on nuclear energy is for the sake of the nation, the country and the future.

The arrogant powers of the world - which consider ruling the world as their right - refer to themselves as the global community. This is while they are not the global community. The global community consists of the people and their governments. There are a few countries that refer to themselves as the global community and they issue orders, speak, dismiss and demand on behalf of the global community. These countries have built their global hegemony on their monopoly on science and technology. Some of the uproar that they cause is because they do not want this monopoly to be broken. If the people manage to make progress in nuclear technology, in aerospace, in electronic areas and in different industrial, technological and scientific areas, there will no longer remain a way for them to maintain their bullying and coercive hegemony.

One of the biggest crimes that has been committed against humanity is that over the past two, three centuries - after the Industrial Revolution - knowledge has turned into a means for bullying. The English, who were among the pioneers of the Industrial Revolution, used their knowledge to shackle other nations around the world. Do you know what happened during the reign of the English in the vast and rich Indian subcontinent? And the events were not just limited to the Indian subcontinent. The whole of East Asia was under their boots for more than a century and they dominated the people of East Asia by using their knowledge as a tool. The people felt frustrated. Many people were killed. Many wishes were dashed. Many nations fell behind. Many countries were destroyed. This was how they used their knowledge. This is the biggest treachery to knowledge, just as it is the biggest treachery to humanity. They do not want this monopoly to be broken. Any nation that manages to stand on its own feet independently - and not with their permission and approval and under their yoke - will contribute to undermining this monopoly. Fortunately, this work has already started in Iran.

You should pursue this important field and this essential and great work in an absolutely serious way. Rely on Allah, and Allah the Exalted will help you. There are human and natural capacities. Fortunately, today there are political capacities as well. Sometimes there might be human and natural capacities, but political capacities might be lacking in a country: the hegemony of the enemy does not let such a country breathe and utilize its human and natural capacities. The Revolution took place and created these political capacities. You can - and you must - move forward.

The purpose of the uproar they cause is to stop us. They know that we are not after nuclear weapons. They already know this. I do not have any doubts that in the countries that are opposed to us, the organizations in charge of decision-making are fully aware that we are not after nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are not at all beneficial to us. Moreover, from an ideological and fiqhi perspective, we consider developing nuclear weapons as unlawful. We consider using such weapons as a big sin. We also believe that keeping such weapons is futile and dangerous, and we will never go after them. They know this, but they stress the issue in order to stop our movement.

We want to prove to the world that nuclear weapons do not bring about power. This is because the nuclear powers are suffering from the biggest problems today. They dominated the world through nuclear threats, but today such threats are no longer effective. We want to say that we are not after nuclear weapons, that we do not believe nuclear weapons bring about power and that we can break the kind of power that is based on nuclear weapons. By Allah's favor, our nation will do this.

Of course, you know that the pressure they exert on us - the pressure of sanctions, threats, assassinations and other such things - is a sign of their weakness. It shows that whatever they do will only strengthen our nation. Their actions will only convince our people that they have chosen the right goal and that their movement is continuing in an appropriate way. As a result, the enemy has been infuriated.

This movement is not just a nuclear movement. Today their pretext is the nuclear issue. They use the nuclear pretext to impose sanctions on us. How long is it since the nuclear issue was first brought up? The sanctions have been there for thirty years. Why were they imposing sanctions on us when the nuclear issue did not exist? It is just a matter of fighting a nation that has decided to become independent, a nation that has decided to resist oppression, a nation that has decided to expose oppression, a nation that has decided to stand up against oppressors and oppression, a nation that is determined to convey this message to the entire world. We have tried to convey this message and by Allah's favor, we will try even harder in the future. Sanctions, political pressure and other such things will not be effective. When a nation decides to stand firm, when a nation believes in divine assistance and its domestic power and capacities, nothing can stand in its way.

This is my advice: strengthen your resolve. Increase the motivation to continue this path in your organization and among the people who have taken on this important responsibility. Your work is significant. Your work is important and by Allah's favor, it will determine the future of this country. The issue is not that we will be able to use the nuclear industry to promote our national interests. The issue is that this movement strengthens the resolve of our youth, our scientists and our people, and it makes them steadfast on their path. This is an important point. Keeping our people steadfast and motivated is more important than the direct rewards of the nuclear industry. You are active in this arena and God willing, Allah the Exalted will help you.

We will pray for you. We will definitely help and support you whenever necessary. We believe that by Allah's favor, you will move forward and remove the obstacles from your path one after the other. By Allah's favor, your future will be far better than your present.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

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Supreme Leader: High Turnout Improves Iran’s Prestige and Security

March 02, 2012

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After casting his ballot early Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the 9th parliamentary elections as extremely important and stressed: "The higher the turnout is and the more enthusiastic the people are, the better it is for the future, prestige and security of the Iranian nation."

His Eminence said that voting is a right and an obligation for the people and added that elections have always been important for the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic. "Because the elections play a determining role and reflect the realities of Iran, they carry certain messages for our friends and our enemies."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the firm determination and steadfastness of the Iranian nation over the past 33 years and added: "In the other revolutions, the people became tired and disappointed after a few years and they changed their path, but today's elections show the world that the Iranian nation is continuing its glorious path in a determined and dynamic way after the passage of 33 years since the Revolution."

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the uproar caused by the arrogant powers against the Islamic Republic of Iran and added: "The global bullies - who have failed in many issues and have been slapped across the face - are trying to cover up their failures by causing uproar about the verbal threats and the sanctions against the Iranian nation. Therefore, this year's parliamentary elections are more important and the Iranian nation can express its positions in the best possible way with a high turnout in the elections."

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Interview with Supreme Leader after Voting in 9th Parliamentary Elections

March 07, 2012

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After casting his ballot in the early hours of the 9th parliamentary election, the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution was asked to comment on the election.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you journalists as well as other people who have made efforts for the elections. You have played a significant role in attracting attention to the significance of elections which are held in the country every year or every other year. May God bestow success on you.

I do not have a new recommendation. I believe this is an obligation and a right for all of us. We should make use of this right and we should fulfill this obligation. I also believe that as is the case with praying, the earlier you vote, the more the spiritual value. I do not want to say that this is based on sharia the way prayers are. From a rational perspective, when a person votes early on Friday, he or she will no longer have it on his or her mind while doing other things, as opposed to leaving everything to the last minute when the polling stations are crowded and there is always the chance and concern that one might not be able to vote. Therefore, the people should come to the polling stations and write the names of thirty people on their ballots. Our dear people should try to fulfill this duty and they will make their intentions pure.

Of course, you know that elections have always been important for our country and the Islamic Republic. This is because elections always play a determining role. They always reveal a certain truth about our country, which carries certain messages for our friends and our enemies in the world. This has always been the case and whenever this characteristic has been strengthened, the importance of elections has been increased. Today is one of those times. Thirty three years has passed since the victory of the Revolution. In the revolutions that have taken place throughout the world, the people grew tired and disappointed over time and their path and goals changed. However, during this time, our people have followed a straight path until today with firm determination. This is a very important event: after the passage of three decades, the people showed that they still enjoy the same characteristics. Moreover, you see and hear that today there is a lot aggression against the Iranian nation. By causing uproar, the arrogant powers that have been defeated and slapped across the face in many cases, want to say that they are not weak and frustrated. What is this uproar about? The issue of Iran is a significant issue, so they create uproar about Iran: the issue of sanctions, the issue of human rights and the other things that they constantly repeat. Because there is a lot of uproar and a lot of verbal threats against the Iranian nation, the Iranian nation is in a more sensitive position and its actions can speak louder than its words. As you know, actions speak louder than words. Our nation can take actions. The larger the voter turnout, the better it is for the future, prestige and security of the country. This is why this parliamentary election is so important. May God bestow success on all of you."

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Leader decrees establishment of Supreme Council of Cyberspace

Wed Mar 7, 2012 1:7PM GMT

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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has tasked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the duty of establishing a Supreme Council of Cyberspace.

In a decree issued on Wednesday, the Leader enumerated the important impact of the Internet on individual and social life, the necessity of planning to prevent damages caused by it and using opportunities to provide people with useful services as reasons necessitating the establishment of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace.

The council will establish the National Center for Cyberspace that will allow gaining complete knowledge about the activities in cyberspace on a domestic and international scale and to decide on how the country must address arising issues.

The Supreme Council of Cyberspace, headed by Ahmadinejad, will comprises of high-ranking Iranian officials such as the Majlis Speaker, Judiciary chief, Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, and ministers of Communication and Information Technology, Culture and Islamic Guidance and Intelligence.

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Supreme Leader: High Turnout in Parliamentary Elections Showed That People Trust Islamic Republic

March 08, 2012

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Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met this morning with the chairman and members of the Assembly of Experts. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence praised the people of Iran for their large turnout in the parliamentary elections and added that every vote in the parliamentary elections was a vote for the Islamic Republic.

"Although the elections which were held on Friday were parliamentary elections, every vote by the people was in fact a vote for the Islamic system. The presence of the vast majority of the people at the polling stations and the large turnout - which was one of the highest rates over the past 33 years - showed that the people fully trust the Islamic system."

Ayatollah Khamenei added: "In the elections that were held on the 12th of Esfand and in the arena of confronting the camp of the enemies, the people brought in their power which originates from their religious faith and insight. And with this massive movement, they foiled the plots that the enemies had been designing for months in order to minimize voter turnout."

He added: "With their presence on the scene and with their insight and steadfastness, the people of Iran prepared the ground for divine blessings and it is necessary to thank God for this."

Referring to the paradigm of religious democracy and the position of elections in this paradigm, His Eminence reiterated: "Elections are an important pillar of the system, and religious democracy is founded on elections. Therefore, anybody who believes in the Islamic system considers participating in the elections as his duty even if he has objections to certain issues."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "In fact, all those who participated in the elections fulfilled an obligatory duty and they also showed their accurate understanding. This is because in a religious democracy, a person cannot refuse to take part in the elections under the pretext that he has certain criticisms."

Elsewhere in his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the outcomes of the recent parliamentary elections and stressed: "This election acted like a slap and awakened certain people who were cherishing illusions about the Islamic Republic and the people. It opened their eyes to the truth."

His Eminence referred to the recent statements by the US President and stated: "The US President has said that they are not thinking about going to war with Iran. This statement is a good and wise statement. It shows that the illusion has been dispelled. But he has also said that they will bring the people of Iran to their knees by imposing sanctions, which shows that the illusion has not been fully dispelled in this regard."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated: "The persistence of this illusion will harm US government officials and it will ruin their calculations because the camp of our enemies, particularly America, has been trying since 33 years ago to separate the people from the Islamic system by imposing sanctions on the Iranian nation and particularly by intensifying the sanctions over the past year. But everybody saw the commitment of the people to the Islamic system on the 12th of Esfand."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the election also proved that the people trust the Islamic Republic, further adding: "After the controversial elections of the year 1388, certain people concluded that the people would lose their trust in the Islamic Republic, but the recent election was a decisive and clear response to this wrong conclusion."

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that in an Islamic democracy everything is based on the votes of the people. "Islam is the main component and the spirit of religious democracy and there must be no deviation from Islam."

He added: "The experience we have gained over the past 33 years has shown that Islam can bring about dignity and honor for a nation. It can specify good goals and it can also prepare the way for achieving these goals. It can give rise to a scientific movement. It can give rise to a technological and industrial movement. It can give rise to a religious and ethical movement. It can make a nation feel proud in front of other nations."

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the nature of religious democracy and added that in a religious democracy, democracy originates from Islam. "It is wrong to think that democracy has been adopted from the west. This is because although the form of democracy is the same in the Islamic Republic and in western systems, the origin is different."

His Eminence stressed that a religious democracy respects the votes of the people and added: "In a religious democracy, the frameworks are completely different from the frameworks of western democracy because the frameworks of western democracy are oppressive."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that one example of this oppression is that it is illegal to deny the Holocaust in the west while nobody is allowed to protest about the deliberate insults against the Holy Prophet of Islam (s.w.a.). He added that another example is that women are not allowed to wear hijab to work.

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Supreme Leader Meets Employees of Oil and Gas Industry

March 12, 2012

Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution visited this morning the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry. Speaking to a group of employees and officials of the oil and gas industry, His Eminence said that the valuable and outstanding activities of Iran's oil and gas industry are a source of pride for the Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that it is necessary for government officials of the country to change their outlook on oil, further stressing: "According to the development plan, oil must gradually be excluded from among the sources of national income and it must turn into a source for bringing about economic progress and power for Iran. Government officials must seriously pursue this correct and wise policy of the Islamic Republic."

His Eminence said that it is unwise to spend the oil revenues on running the daily matters of the country. He added: "We must channel the oil revenues into a national source of funds and a long-term investment, in which case our oil reserves and resources will become a strong point for the country."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the establishment of the National Development Fund and described it as a significant decision. "According to the fifth development plan, at least 20 percent of our annual oil revenues must be transferred to the fund so that it can be spent on production and industry. Fortunately, this process has already started and it must continue."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that in current conditions, oil revenues are a weak point for the majority of the oil-producing countries in the world and added: "The countries that sell their oil on the basis of the needs and policies of western companies and make no efforts to acquire advanced knowledge and to develop indigenous industry, might fill the pockets of their rulers, but they do not gain any true profits because the day they run out of oil, they will be reduced to an undeveloped country."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution explained: "We need to act in a way that in all conditions we can make independent decisions about the amount of production and sale on the basis of our own interests. Of course, we have moved forward on this path to a large extent and by Allah's favor, this goal will be fully achieved in the future and the Islamic Republic will turn into a role model for other countries."

Elsewhere in his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei expressed his gratitude for the jihad-like and praise-worthy activities of the scientists, officials and employees of the oil and gas sector. He reiterated: "In terms of oil and gas reserves, Iran ranks first in the world and it is necessary to achieve the highest position in the world in terms of oil and gas science and technology by relying on the efforts and determination of those who are active in the oil and gas industry."

His Eminence stressed the need for research in order to achieve scientific and technological progress in the oil and gas industry and stated that it is necessary to utilize the capacities of all academic and research centers of the country in this regard. "Whatever the oil and gas industry depends on, we must try to produce it inside the country."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that reliance on innovations will result in a quantum leap in the oil and gas industry and that it will prepare the ground for improving collective human knowledge in this regard. He reiterated: "As the experience of our youth has proven in certain areas, the blossoming and prodigious talents of Iranian youth can make it possible to fully implement the slogan of ‘we can' in all areas and those who are active in the oil industry should delineate such prospects for themselves."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that efficient and well-organized utilization of the capacities of all industries in the country will accelerate the progress of Iran's oil and gas industry. Ayatollah Khamenei further added that it is necessary to make the best of the oil and gas fields that Iran shares with its neighbors.

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Supreme Leader’s Speech to Members of Assembly of Experts

March 08, 2012 Wed Mar 7, 2012 1:7PM GMT

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on March 8, 2012 by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in a meeting with the chairman and members of the Assembly of Experts.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I would like to welcome the honorable gentlemen, the esteemed members of the Islamic Republic’s Assembly of Experts. I would also like to express my gratitude to the gentlemen who made certain points in this meeting, which shows that they are sensitive to the domestic issues and events and that they feel responsible towards the future of the country. I hope Allah the Exalted will bestow success on all of you. I hope Allah the Exalted will help all of us make efforts with pure intentions in order to fulfill the responsibilities that have been placed on our shoulders. Whether our efforts will be effective or not is up to God. Whether our efforts will be accepted or not depends on God’s mercy and generosity. However, all of us should make efforts – no matter where we work – to move things forward.

Before discussing the points I have written down, I deem it necessary to thank our honorable people for their timely and highly effective presence in the parliamentary elections. Our dear people did their best for the elections and they brought their power – which originates from their religious faith and insight – into the arena of confronting the camp of the enemies and opponents of our country and people. Anybody who knows what efforts the enemies made during the past few months in order to discourage the people from voting on the 12th of Esfand, anybody who knows how much money they spent, anybody who knows how many people they recruited, anybody who knows how many plots they designed, anybody who knows how hard they tried in their think tanks to influence our people’s thoughts and actions with their carefully prepared statements, should know how great the achievement of the people was and how great the popular movement was.

First, it is necessary to be thankful to God because these things are the result of God’s will, mercy and grace. Second, it is necessary to thank the people with all one’s heart and soul because divine blessings do not come to a particular country and its people without good reasons. We pray to God, “Dear God, I ask You for the requirements of Your mercy.” We should prepare the ground for divine blessings and then we will be showered with divine grace and blessings. Our people prepared the ground for divine blessings. The presence of the people on the scene, their resistance in the face of the enemies’ attacks, their insight and other such characteristics prepared the ground for divine blessings. Again, it is Allah the Exalted who gives people the opportunity to prepare the ground for His grace and blessings. We are thankful to Allah the Exalted for this opportunity and we prostrate before Him in gratitude. And we are truly grateful to our people and we hope that Allah the Exalted will fully reward them.

The first point that I would like to discuss is related to the issue of elections. Elections are not fleeting events: they are significant events. Therefore, we need to reflect on the issue of elections. First of all, elections are an important pillar of the Islamic system. Religious democracy is founded on elections. Without elections, there will be no democracy. Elections are the standard of relying on the people: a concrete, tangible and measurable standard. Therefore, anybody who firmly believes in the Islamic system considers taking part in the elections as his responsibility. Such a person takes part in the elections even though he might have objections about certain things, about a particular election or about a particular form of elections. This is a responsibility. Therefore, all those who entered the arena of elections throughout the country fulfilled this obligatory responsibility. They carried out their duty. They showed their accurate understanding. This accurate understanding shows that the issue of elections is about a pillar of the Islamic Republic. We cannot stop voting simply because we have objections to certain individuals or certain things. Such objections are not a good reason to stop voting. This is an essential point.

One outcome of this election was that it dispelled illusions: of course, elections often have this outcome. Elections are like an awakening slap across the face of the individuals who wallow in their illusions and fantasies. Elections are a slap across the face of those who cherish illusions about the future of the Islamic Republic, about the essence of the system, about the people, about the country, about the enemy. Elections put an end to their illusions and open their eyes to the truth.

Two days ago, I heard the American President has said that they are not thinking of going to war with Iran. This is very good. This is a good and wise statement. This is an exit from illusion. He has also said that they will bring the people of Iran to their knees with sanctions. This is an illusion. The exit from illusion in the case of not going to war is good, but remaining under an illusion regarding the sanctions will harm them. When a person builds his calculations on illusions rather than realities, it is obvious that he will fail in his plans that are based on these calculations. And this is what they are doing.

It is one year now that they have been imposing what they call “crippling sanctions”. Of course, we have been under sanctions for 33 years. They said the purpose of the so-called crippling sanctions was to separate the people from the Islamic system, but they saw that the people went to the ballot boxes and voted for the Islamic system. Every vote for any candidate is a vote for the Islamic system. The people proved this. I described elections as a slap: there are different kinds of slaps. One of kind of slap is awakening – it has an awakening effect. This parliamentary election was of this kind.

The second point – which I mentioned in passing earlier – is that elections show that the people trust the government. After the controversial and eventful elections of the year 1388, certain people predicted that the people would lose their trust in the government and that they would no longer go to the ballot boxes to vote. This election was a decisive and clear response to this wrong assumption and inference. The people showed their objection to such inferences. They showed that they are committed to the Islamic system. They showed that they trust the Islamic system. They showed that they will enter the arena and respond to the government’s call which invites them to determine the plans through the ballot boxes. As I said, every vote is in fact a vote for the Islamic Republic. The vast majority of the people who stepped into the arena gave rise to one of the highest turnout rates over the past 33 years. After the passage of 33 years, the people step into the arena like this, which is indicative of their full trust in the Islamic Republic.

The insight and intellectual level of the people were another obvious point about this election. The people entered the arena of elections after having analyzed the situation. They had their own analyses. You saw that whoever was asked why he or she had taken part in the election – including the youth who were voting for the first time as well as old men and women – he or she would present a reason and an analysis. They did not say, “It is an election and we have to come and vote.” No, they would explain why they were voting. They would say, “Because the enemy is lying in ambush, because the hungry wolves are lying in ambush.” By Allah’s favor, I will explain in another speech how the enemies lay in ambush in order to devour us, thinking that the Islamic Republic was a lamb that could be devoured. They do not know that the Islamic Republic is a lion and that it cannot be approached. The people saw the opposing camp. They saw the enmities. They saw the objectives of the spiteful enemy. As a result, they entered the arena with insight and clear analyses. This is a very important point.

Another point that is related to this election is that the Majlis that has emerged out of this election has a heavy responsibility to shoulder. This is always the case. Any elected government official at any level has a responsibility that is as important as the election through which they were elected. The Majlis that will be formed will have to shoulder a heavy responsibility considering current conditions, the uproar that the enemy has caused and the presence of the people in this arena.The brothers and sisters who will come together to form this Majlis in the near future – both the ones who have already been elected and the ones who will be elected during the second round – should know what a heavy responsibility has been placed on their shoulders. They should come and fulfill their responsibilities with wisdom and acumen.

The country is as important as the laws that are passed. In all areas, we need laws that can remove the obstacles. Members of the Majlis should look at the realities on the ground. They should identify the needs and on the basis of the needs they have identified, they should provide our government officials with the appropriate legal solutions. The laws that are passed should remove the obstacles. A law that creates obstacles and blocks the paths, a law that cannot be implemented, a law that creates many problems, a law that contradicts itself – such laws are useless. It is not enough to simply draft and pass legislation. We should know that laws should be drafted in a judicious way and that they should remove the obstacles.

Government officials should be aware who they are choosing – for which needs and purposes – and what their qualifications and characteristics are. They should both be careful and just. I do not advise them to be extremely careful at the cost of causing injustice in certain cases. They should be careful, but at the same time they should also observe justice. They should move forward in an intelligent and sincere way. Sincerity is indeed the basis. Mr. Mahdavi rightly pointed out in his statements that the weight and influence of Imam Khomeini’s (r.a.) words and plans was mostly due to his sincerity. Yes, he was a truly sincere man. He was the embodiment of sincerity. If there is sincerity, our duties will be carried out successfully. The government officials in the judiciary and the Majlis, the clergy and those who are in the military or different other organizations should know that what is necessary is to identify our obligations and work hard to fulfill our obligations: we must not let other considerations affect our work.

Of course, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the officials in charge of the elections. Mr. Yazdi pointed out that the Guardian Council has been thanked for its efforts. When you see the volume, subtlety and difficulty of the work they are doing, you cannot help feeling appreciative in your heart. I told Mr. Jannati and certain other gentlemen that whenever I remember the work you are doing, my heart is filled with respect for you. I prayed many times to Allah the Exalted to give more strength to all those who are in charge of the elections: members of Assembly of Experts, the government, the Ministry of Interior, the officials in charge of security matters who managed to ensure the security of the elections, the officials in charge of public relations, the IRIB and others. What they did was truly great and outstanding. They managed to carry out this great duty and this heavy and vital work in the best possible way.

Islamic democracy is our paradigm. In Islamic democracy, Islam is the essence and the soul. There must be no deviations from Islam. Currently, there are no deviations and by Allah’s favor, there will be no deviations in the future either. When drafting laws and when assigning individuals to different positions, our standard should be Islam. The framework and the method of management is democracy. That is to say, it is the people who step into the arena to make decisions, people who firmly believe in Islam. Although they might not appear to certain people to be committed to Islam and the Islamic system, they are truly committed and they truly love Islam.

The experience of the past 33 years has shown that Islam can bring about dignity for a country. It can make a nation feel proud. It can delineate good goals. It can smooth certain paths towards these goals. It can give rise to a scientific movement. It can give rise to a technological and industrial movement. It can give rise to a movement towards piety and ethics. It can make a nation feel proud in front of other nations. These things have already happened in our country. These are great achievements that have already been accomplished in the country thanks to Islam. Islam is still the essence and content of the movement of our system and democracy is the form and the framework. Islam and democracy are not separate from one another. That is to say, democracy itself originates from Islam.

It is wrong to say that we have learnt democracy from westerners. The exterior form is the same, but our democracy has its roots in a different kind of religious understanding and a different world view. We believe that there must be respect for human beings. We consider the votes of the people as valuable and we consider their presence as a tool to achieve divine goals, which is impossible in the absence of the people.

Westerners act in a different way. Of course, we have our own frameworks and they have their own frameworks, but their frameworks are oppressive. When a person expresses his objection to the myth of Holocaust and announced that he does not believe it, they throw him into prison. They sentence him to prison for denying a fictitious event. Even if we assume that the event is not fictitious, even if we assume that it is a true story, is it a crime to deny a true historical event? If a person is not convinced of the truth of the Holocaust and he denies the story or expresses doubt about it, he is thrown into prison. This is what they are doing in the European countries that claim to be civilized. If somebody protests the Holocaust, expresses doubt about it or denies it, European courts convict him in a court of law. However, when they openly insult the Holy Prophet of Islam (s.w.a.), that prominent man of the entire history of mankind, when they insult what 1.5 billion Muslims hold sacred, nobody is allowed to protest against their actions. Notice how wrong and disgraceful their frameworks are. This is their framework: if somebody wears hijab to university or work, she becomes a criminal. It is still a framework, but it is wrong and twisted. It goes against human nature. It goes against correct human understanding. Our frameworks are divine frameworks. On the basis of what sharia and religion teach us, we are opposed to corruption. We are opposed to immorality. We are opposed to different kinds of human deviations. We believe that it is necessary to stand up against these deviations. We believe that it is necessary to learn the correct ways of life from Islam, the Holy Quran and divine revelations. This is our framework. This is religious democracy. This is our paradigm.

If Muslim nations are interested in what the Islamic Republic has to say and what its claims are, they should know that we will not abandon Islam. We believe that it is obligatory to observe divine command and sharia in all of our daily life affairs and our efforts are focused on achieving this goal. And religious democracy is our framework in this arena. The people should step in and vote. It is the people who should elect the law-makers who are supposed to pass legislation on the basis of these things. It is the people who should elect those who are supposed to implement the laws. Everything is decided by the people with honor and dignity.

I hope Allah the Exalted makes us successful in following this path and protecting ourselves against deviations. I hope Allah the Exalted enables us to achieve these lofty goals and helps us benefit from the prayers of the Imam of the Age (may our souls be sacrificed for his sake).

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings

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Supreme Leader Appoints Members for the New Term of the Expediency Council

March 14, 2012

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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I am thankful to Allah the Exalted that with Allah’s grace, the Expediency Council managed to finish another 5-year term with an acceptable record and hopefully the outcomes and benefits of the legal measures of the council will produce good results in managerial areas of the country – the three branches of government, the Armed Forces and other organizations – and everybody will see the outcomes.

I would like to thank all of the esteemed members, the chairman and the secretariat of the council and for the new 5-year term, I hereby assign the following legal and natural persons under the chairmanship of Hojjatoleslam wal-Muslemin Hashemi Rafsanjani:

1. The legal persons are as follows:

A. Heads of the three branches of government

B. Jurisprudents of the Guardian Council

C. The secretary of the Supreme National Security Council

D. The minister or chairperson of the relevant organization

E. The chairperson of the relevant parliamentary commissions

1. The natural persons are as follows:

Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mr. Hajj Sheikh Ahmad Jannati, Mr. Vaez Tabasi, Mr. Amini Najafabadi, Mr. Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Mr. Movahedi Kermani, Mr. Ali-Akbar Nategh-Nuri, Mr. Hajj Sheikh Hasan Sanei, Mr. Hasan Rouhani, Mr. Dorri Najafabadi, Mr. Gholam-Hossein Mohseni, Mr. Mahmoud Mohammadi Eraghi, Mr. Gholam-Reza Mesbahi Moghaddam, Mr. Majid Ansari, Mr. Gholam-Reza Aghazadeh, Mr. Ali Agha-Mohammadi, Mr. Mohammad-Javad Iravani, Mr. Mohammad-Reza Bahonar, Mr. Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel, Mr. Hasan Habibi, Mr. Davoud Danesh-Jafari, Mr. Parviz Davoudi, Mr. Mohsen Rezaei, Mr. Mohammad-Hossein Saffar Harandi, Mr. Habibollah Asgar-Oladi, Mr. Mohammad-Reza Aref, Mr. Mohammad Foruzandeh, Mr. Seyyed Hasan Firouzabadi, Mr. Ali Larijani, Mr. Hossein Mozzafar, Mr. Hossein Mohammadi, Mr. Seyyed Mostafa Mirsalim, Mr. Seyyed Morteza Nabavi, Mr. Ali-Akbar Velayati, Mr. Sadegh Vaezzadeh and Mr. Ahmad Vahidi.

When discussing the bills that the Majlis and the Guardian Council cannot agree on, the meetings of the council will consist of all the above-mentioned members. And other meetings will consist of the natural persons and those mentioned in sections A, D and E above.

Besides stressing full implementation of the recommendations announced during the previous terms, other points will be attached to this hukm and announced subsequently. I deem it necessary to express my gratitude for the efforts of the esteemed previous members of the council.

In closing, I advise the esteemed members of this term to truly observe expedience, righteousness, steadfastness, justice, comprehensiveness and interests of the system and to have an active presence in the meetings of the council and the relevant commissions. And I pray to God to make the gentlemen successful in fulfilling the important responsibility that they have taken on in the new term.

Sayyid Ali Khamenei

Esfand 24, 1390

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Supreme Leader’s Norouz Message

March 20, 2012

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The following is the full text of the message issued on March 20, 2012 by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution on the occasion of Norouz [iranian New Year].

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

O Conqueror of hearts and sight,

O Planner of night and day,

O Transformer of power and circumstances,

Change our condition to the best of conditions.

Dear Allah, protect Your representative, Hujjat ibn al-Hasan. Your greetings be upon him and his ancestors now as well as at all times, an Imam, a guardian, a leader, a helper, a proof and the source until the time You establish him on earth in obedience (to You) and cause him to live in it for a long time.

Dear Allah, bestow on him what enlightens his eyes and his heart (from among the things) about himself, about his descendants, about his followers, about his special ones, about his common ones, about his enemies and about all people of the world.

I would like to congratulate all my dear countrymen across the nation, all Iranians who are living in different parts of the world and all other nations who celebrate Norouz [iranian New Year], on the occasion of Norouz and the arrival of the new year. In particular, I would like to congratulate the honorable families of our martyrs, our disabled war veterans and their families, all our war veterans and all those who are active in different arenas in the country. I wish and I pray that Allah the Exalted will bestow joy and happiness on the people of Iran in this new year and that He will frustrate the goals and efforts of the ill-wishers of our nation.

The year that came to an end - the year 1390 - was one of the eventful years in the world, in the region and in our country. In general, one can see that these events ended in favor of the Iranian nation and they furthered the goals of our nation. Those in western countries who are nurturing malevolent goals in their minds about the Iranian nation, Iran and Iranians are faced with different problems. In the region, the nations that have been supported by the Islamic Republic have achieved great goals. Certain dictators were removed from power. The constitutions that were ratified in certain countries were based on Islam. The archenemy of the Islamic Ummah and the Iranian nation - namely the Zionist regime - was besieged. Inside the country, the year 1390 was a year in which the power of the Iranian nation was revealed in the real sense of the word. On the political front, the people of Iran exhibited great presence - both in the rallies on the 22nd of Bahman and in the elections on the 12th of Esfand - and they set a new standard for national power in the history of the region. We have had few cases of such presence and such standards in the past.

In spite of all the enmity, in spite of all the propaganda and in spite of all the hostile and malevolent attacks, last year, the Iranian people managed to show and prove their presence on the scene, their dynamism and their preparedness in different scientific, social, political and economic arenas with all their heart. Thankfully, in spite of all the hardships, we made great achievements last year. As I have pointed out before, the conditions were the conditions of Badr and Khaybar - that is to say, conditions in which we had to accept and overcome challenges and hardships.

It was announced at the beginning of last year that the year 1390 would be named "The Year of Economic Jihad". Although vigilant and aware people knew that the name, the orientation and the slogan was a necessity for the year 1390, the subsequent efforts by the enemies throughout the year proved this necessity. From the beginning of last year, our enemies started their hostile movement against the Iranian nation on the economic front. But with intelligent moves, the Iranian nation, our government officials, our people and different organizations of the country managed to confront these sanctions and their efforts were successful to a large extent in countering the effect of these sanctions and the enemy's move. The year 1390 was the year of great scientific activities. By Allah's favor, in another speech, I will explain to our honorable people some of our scientific and economic advances and different other endeavors we made last year. The year 1390 was full of challenges. It was full of dynamism. It was a year in which the Iranian nation managed to overcome the existing challenges, by Allah's grace.

A new year has begun for us and God willing, the Iranian nation will manage to achieve many advances through its efforts and vigilance and by relying on Allah the Exalted. My conclusion - which is based on the reports I have received and on the consultation I have had with aware and well-informed people - is that economic matters will be the important challenge this year, which starts from today. There can be no end to economic jihad. Economic jihad and jihad-like presence in economic arenas is a necessity for the Iranian nation.

This year I will analyze the issues related to economic jihad. One important portion of economic issues is related to the issue of domestic production. If we manage to increase and push ahead with domestic production in an appropriate way by relying on God's grace, on the firm determination of the people and on the efforts of our government officials, undoubtedly a major portion of the enemy's efforts will be frustrated. Therefore, the issue of domestic production is a significant part of economic jihad. If the Iranian nation manages to solve the problem of domestic production and move forward in this arena by relying on its determination, will power, awareness and vigilance, by relying on the cooperation and assistance of its government officials and by relying on accurate planning, undoubtedly it will completely overcome the challenges that the enemy has created. Therefore, the issue of domestic production is an important issue.

If we manage to increase our domestic production, the issue of inflation will be resolved, the issue of unemployment will be resolved and our economy will be strengthened in the real sense of the word, which will disappoint the enemy. When the enemy becomes disappointed, his efforts and machinations will come to an end.

Therefore, I call on all our government officials, all the people who are active on the economic front and all our honorable people to give rise to a boom in domestic production this year. Therefore, this year's slogan is "National Production and Supporting Iranian Labor and Capital". We should be able to support the labor of Iranian laborers and the capital of Iranian investors, and the only way to make this happen is to strengthen national production. The role that the government should play in this regard is to support our domestic industrial and agricultural products and the role of our investors and laborers is to strengthen the cycle of production and bolster production work. And the role of the people - which I believe is the most important role - is to consume our domestic products. We should become used to consuming every product that is produced inside the country. In all areas including the areas related to daily consumption as well as larger and more important areas, we should create a cultural norm among ourselves and consider it our obligation to seriously avoid consuming foreign products the equivalents of which are also produced inside the country. We are hoping that with this orientation and attitude, once again the Iranian nation will manage to overcome the machinations of the enemies and the tricks of the ill-wishers in the economic arena in the year 1391.

I pray to Allah the Exalted to bestow success on the Iranian nation on this front and all other fronts. I pray to Allah the Exalted to make the soul of our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) happy and satisfied with us. I pray to Allah the Exalted to associate the pure souls of our honorable martyrs with His saints in the hereafter.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

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Supreme Leader: Intimidation, Main Goal of Enemy Threats

March 20, 2012

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Speaking to a group of pilgrims at Imam Ridh'a (a.s.) shrine in the city of Mashhad, Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the main goal of the political campaigns and military threats by America and other foreign countries is to intimidate and disappoint the people of Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the angry threats made by the enemies against the Iranian nation throughout the year 1390 are indicative of the failure of their actions. He added: "The US government's agents started a campaign throughout the world in order to implement the sanctions and separate the people of Iran from the Islamic Republic, but these efforts will not get them anywhere."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the nuclear issue and human rights are not the real reason behind the enemies' hostility, further adding that the main reason behind the enmities of the bullying powers is that the Islamic Republic is safeguarding the great oil and gas resources of Iran.

"Those who think that backing down in the nuclear issue will put an end to America's enmity are suffering from lack of vigilance because there are certain countries in the region that have nuclear weapons, but America does not show any sensitivity to them. Therefore, the nuclear issue and human rights are not the real reason behind the enmity of the bullying powers, rather the main reason behind these enmities is that the Islamic Republic and the Iranian people proudly protect Iran's oil and gas resources."

His Eminence said that western countries are highly dependent on oil and gas resources and added: "They know that their own oil resources will last for at most another 10 years and that their survival will depend on the oil resources in other parts of the world, especially in the Persian Gulf region. For this reason, it is extremely important for them to dominate oil-rich countries, especially the Islamic Republic of Iran."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the Americans wrongly think that they can force the Islamic Republic to back down through their threats and sanctions. He warned that the Americans will have to pay for this big mistake.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that America's situation is precarious and added: "The current US President came to power with the slogan of change and the people of America voted for him, hoping that their situation would improve. However, on the economic front, today America has a huge debt and is suffering from many problems. On the social front, the Wall Street movement is in full swing in America. On the political front, America's situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt and North Africa is far worse than the past."

His Eminence added: "Of course, the Americans might do dangerous or crazy things. We stress that we do not have a nuclear weapon and that we will not produce one, but we also announce that in case America or the Zionist regime attacks us, we will attack them on the same level that they attack us."

Elsewhere in his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei called on all Iranians to avoid consuming foreign products the equivalents of which are also produced inside the country.

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Supreme Leader Meets with Turkish Prime Minister

March 29, 2012

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Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met this evening with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his accompanying delegation. Speaking at the meeting, which was held in the holy city of Mashhad, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the need to strengthen the ties between Iran and Turkey, further adding: "The Islamic Republic of Iran seriously believes in expanding relations with Turkey. Whenever the two countries cooperated in different areas, their cooperation benefited Iran, Turkey and the Islamic world."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that there are numerous areas for expanding Iran-Turkey relations, especially in the area of oil and gas. He added that Iran is a very rich country in the world in terms of oil and gas resources.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the sensitive conditions of the region and stressed: "By Allah's grace, the regional developments have been to the benefit of Islam and Muslims."

His Eminence added: "The most important issue in the sensitive conditions of the region is that independent countries should make correct decisions regarding the region."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the hegemons of the world have an instrumental view of the regional countries and reiterated that the Americans do not recognize any nation as independent.

Ayatollah Khamenei added: "The Americans treat all countries like this. Therefore, it is necessary to take the interests of the Islamic countries into consideration when making decisions."

His Eminence said that the current leaders of Turkey have Islamic tendencies and added: "Such conditions are not at all favorable to America and the west, but the Islamic Republic of Iran is happy with the fact that the Muslim brothers are in power in Turkey."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is opposed to all American plans regarding the issues of Syria. "The Islamic Republic of Iran will defend Syria because it supports the resistance front against the Zionist regime. Also, the Islamic Republic of Iran is strongly opposed to all kinds of foreign interference in the internal affairs of Syria."

His Eminence stressed: "We have always supported reforms in Syria and it is necessary to continue the reforms that have started in Syria."

At the meeting, Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to the historical ties between Iran and Turkey and added: "Considering this historical background, we believe that it is necessary to expand cooperation between the two countries, especially in the areas relating to infrastructure."

The Turkish Prime Minister said that Turkey is firmly determined to expand relations with Iran, especially in the energy sector. Referring to the conditions of the region, he added: "The region is faced with extremely difficult conditions and we hope that we will be able to successfully weather this situation."

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I don't understand farsi. But my dad was listening to this today, and I asked him about it and so I figured that I'd have to share it here:

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Sister, baradar_jackson translated that video for ShiaChat members. He put the Farsi and English in this topic:

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Supreme Leader Urges Government Officials to Support National Production

April 03, 2012

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In a meeting with a group of high-ranking officials from the three branches of government, Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution called on all government officials to make serious efforts to support domestic production. He stressed: "The fact that the enemies of the Islamic Republic have focused on economic issues shows that supporting national production is a necessity in current conditions."

His Eminence said that the arrogant powers are making comprehensive efforts to increase economic pressures on the Islamic Republic of Iran, further adding: "In spite of the comprehensive efforts by the enemies of the Islamic Republic, our youth and government officials will utilize all the facilities and capacities of the country and will bring about another failure for the arrogant powers by relying on their determination, faith and vigilance."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic stressed that the most obvious reason for the futility of the efforts by the arrogant powers is that more than 30 years of sanctions and economic pressures on the Islamic Republic have proven ineffective.

His Eminence said that cooperation between the Majlis and the executive branch is one of the requirements of supporting national production and confronting the efforts of the arrogant powers. "Today the country needs efforts, dynamism and innovation in different areas. And cooperation among government officials - especially in the Majlis and the administration - is the requirement to achieve this goal."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the arrogant powers, reactionary people, great capitalists and corrupt and disgraced individuals have come together to form a front against the Islamic Republic. He reiterated: "Over the past three decades, several such fronts have been established in order to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees, but the camp of satans has been defeated at every juncture."

Ayatollah Khamenei added: "Our national unity and solidarity has been one of the main reasons behind the failure of the enemies of the Islamic Republic."

His Eminence highlighted the role of the executive and legislative branches of government in supporting national production and added: "The Majlis and the executive branch should take practical steps to support national production with sincere cooperation."

Elsewhere in his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the need to avoid consuming foreign products the equivalents of which are also produced inside the country. He added that the IRIB should promote consumption of domestic products in the country.

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Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, in a meeting with a group of army commanders on Wednesday April 04 2012, said:

“West’s actions reveal that its words about democracy are unreal,”

“The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran have the crucial and valuable experience of the eight-year Sacred Defense Era and it is necessary to constantly review and utilize this precious experience,”

“During those eight years, all powers of the world, including the east and the west as well as the countries that were dependent on them, deployed their forces against the Islamic Republic of Iran and they provided the Iraqi Ba'ath regime with the most advanced weapons,"

“The western countries that claim to support human rights and democracy did not even refuse to give chemical weapons to the Iraqi Ba'ath regime in the hope that they would be able to bring the Islamic Republic and the people of Iran to their knees,”

“In spite of all those efforts and all that support, the superpowers did not manage to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees. And this chapter of the history of Iran is a very valuable and great experience which has been made available to the Armed Forces,”

“Happiness and progress of nations depends on their patience and steadfastness at important historical junctures,”

“With precious experiences like the Islamic Revolution and the Sacred Defense and considering today's good conditions, the Iranian nation will definitely clear the current juncture in a proud way,”

“The multiplicity of the threats shows that the Islamic Republic is powerful because if the Islamic Republic were not very powerful and influential, the ill-wishers of the Iranian nation would not make so many desperate efforts,”

“The role of human resources in the Armed Forces as very important, it is necessary to avoid complacency with the current advances and to preserve the spirit of the Sacred Defense Era.”

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Supreme Leader Meets with Members of Expediency Council

April 08, 2012

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Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met this evening with the chairman and members of the Expediency Council. During the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei described the Expediency Council as the manifestation of communal wisdom and stressed: "Part of the most fundamental issues of the country is handled by the council and this shows that the Expediency Council has a very important position."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the constitutional obligations of the Expediency Council and added that providing consultation for the Leader when formulating general policies of the country is one of the important duties of the Expediency Council.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that resolving major issues of the country is another responsibility of the Expediency Council and stressed: "Another responsibility of the Expediency Council is to step in when the country reaches a dead end."

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the structure of the Expediency Council and added: "When the Expediency Council decides that something is expedient, the vast majority of the members should believe in the decision."

His Eminence also referred to the progressive movement of the country and the Islamic Republic, further adding: "With a positive attitude towards the issues of the country, the Expediency Council should contribute to this progressive movement of the Islamic system."

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This is a major speech, according to the content. I am appalled that it took 23 days to translate it into English.

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Supreme Leader’s Speech at Imam Ridha’s (a.s.) Shrine

March 20, 2012

The following is the full text of the message issued on March 20, 2012 by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution on the occasion of Norouz [iranian New Year].

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Ab-al-Qassem Mustafa Muhammad, and upon his immaculate, pure and chosen household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth.

I am thankful to Allah the Exalted from the bottom of my heart who gave me another opportunity to meet you dear people and youth - including the honorable people of Mashhad and the surrounding areas as well as the esteemed pilgrims who have travelled from other cities - at the spiritual shrine of Ali ibn Musa ar-Ridha (a.s.) and to enjoy the spiritual blessings of sitting in the shade of Imam Ridha (a.s.) and his holy shrine.

I extend my congratulations on Norouz and the arrival of the new year and I hope that for all the people of Iran, this new year will be full of happiness, blessings, joy, dynamism, activity and success in acquiring religious knowledge and achieving piety.

I would like to discuss a few issues with you dear brothers and sisters in this meeting. The first part of my speech is a brief look at the events that happened in our country in the year 1390 and at the regional and global developments that were related to us. The reason why I want to discuss the developments of the year 1390 - and particularly the achievements that were made by the Iranian nation last year - is that our enemies and ill-wishers are making threats against our dear nation. The leaders of the arrogant powers, those who have power and wealth and their followers in our region are doing everything in their power - their financial, propaganda and political power - to intimidate the Iranian people and to disappoint them. Anybody who has followed the political propaganda of the ill-wishers of the Iranian nation realizes that all the activities, all the economic and political efforts and all the security and military threats are aimed at stopping, disappointing and intimidating the vibrant, living, dynamic, determined and capable Iranian nation, a nation that is standing firm in the middle of the arena in a totally courageous way, a nation that is moving forward. In fact, aside from the slogan of "we can" which our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) taught us, the Revolution also gave us the courage to say, "We can". They want to convince us that we are incapable. They are doing everything in their power to achieve this goal and their activities reached full swing in the year 1390. I would like to stress that despite their will and much to their disappointment, in the year 1390 the Iranian nation once again convinced the enemies and the entire world - with its activities, advances and decisions - that it is capable.

The reason why we stress our strengths is to prove that the Iranian nation made use of its capabilities. The Iranian nation proved that it is capable in spite of the will of the ill-wishers who wanted to prove that the Iranian nation was incapable. We are aware of our weak points. We have our own weak points, but in general, our strengths are far more than our weak points.

The year 1390 was named "The Year of Economic Jihad". For this reason, I will start with economic issues. What is noteworthy is the economic movement of our government officials which was accompanied by the exemplary and praiseworthy cooperation of the people throughout the year 1390. Among the things that can be mentioned in this regard is the issue of redistributing state subsidies. All economic experts - both the ones who served in the previous governments and those who serving in the current government - unanimously agree that redistributing state subsidies is a necessity for the country. Everybody has acknowledged this. In spite of the fact that everybody agreed on the necessity of taking action, nobody had done anything due to the complexities and hardships involved. In the year 1390, the executive and legislative branches of government made efforts and carried out important stages of this work while we were under sanctions and while the hardships and complexities were more than ever before. The work is not finished yet, but what has been done so far by our government officials both in the executive branch and in the Majlis - which have been mostly successful due to the support and cooperation of the people - are very important and remarkable.

The subsidy law pursues a number of objectives which I will discuss briefly. All our honorable people are familiar with the objectives, but it is necessary to reflect on them. The work that has been done is great. It is important work. One of the objectives of this law is fair distribution of the state subsidies. I explained in a speech that state subsidies have always been distributed among the people in an unfair way: this is the nature of general subsidies. Through targeted subsidies, a kind of balance and justice has emerged in the way subsidies are distributed in the country. I have received reliable reports from across the country that targeted subsidies have played a significant role in improving living standards of the lower social classes. This is one of the goals, which is also the most important objective of the subsidy law.

Another goal is to reform the structure of production and the structure of our economy. The cycle of production in the country has been a faulty cycle. The process of production has been wasteful and expensive, and productivity has been low. Economic experts unanimously agree that targeted subsidies can resolve this problem. They agree that wasteful and low-yield production can be remedied and a balance can be created between input and output.

Another goal is to manage energy consumption. Because we have been an oil-rich country, we have been in the habit of using gas, natural gas, diesel and kerosene in a wasteful way. Our consumption has been more wasteful than many countries - and in a sense, more wasteful than all countries in the world. Targeted subsidies will encourage the country to economize on energy sources. Reliable statistics have been published which show that if the subsidy law had not been implemented, we would be consuming gas almost twice the amount we currently do. When we do not produce sufficient gasoline to meet our domestic needs, what do we have to do? We would have to import it. That is to say, the Iranian nation would have to be at the mercy of the ill-wishers and the enemies. The subsidy law encouraged us to economize on gasoline. Today our domestic consumption of gasoline is approximately as much as our production. We do not need to import gasoline, which is a great advantage for the country. This was done in the year 1390, exactly when our enemies increased their sanctions on us in order to bring our nation to its knees. But our youth made efforts and foiled the plots of the enemy with their actions.

Another important economic measure which was taken with the help of our people was in the arena of science and technology. Science and technology is one of the pillars of a nation's economic power. A nation that enjoys advanced knowledge and technology will achieve wealth, political independence, honor and power. I am sensitive to the issue of scientific and technological progress because of the key role it plays. I receive different reports from different channels on a regular basis and I can say with certainty that the level of our country's advances is much higher than what has been reported.

According to the reports prepared by reliable scientific centers of the world - and not our own scientific centers - the fastest scientific growth is taking place in Iran. Reliable scientific centers of the world reported that in the year 2011 - which ended three months before the year 1390 - the scientific growth of the Iranian nation was 20 percent more than the year 2010. What is the meaning of this? The Iranian nation acted like that in a situation in which the enemies of the Iranian nation were betting on our collapse and were describing their sanctions as crippling.

Reliable scientific centers of the world also report that Iran is the top country in the region in terms of its scientific level and that it ranks 17th in the world. These reports are prepared by those who would not refuse to present false reports against us if they could, yet they acknowledge our growth like this. In the year 1390 we made progress in biotechnology. We made progress in nanotechnology. We made progress in aerospace and we launched the Navid satellite. We made progress in nuclear industry and managed to enrich uranium to 20 percent. In the year 1389 the Americans and others proposed certain preconditions for this 20-percent uranium. We had to prepare it for our research reactor in Tehran, which has been built to produce radiopharmaceuticals: we had run out of 20-percent enriched uranium. They proposed certain preconditions for providing this uranium. They said that we had to ship our uranium abroad to be enriched to 20-percent. But we did not accept their offer. The Americans used the Brazilian and Turkish governments as intermediaries in order to reach an agreement with us. We accepted their offer of negotiations. Turkish and Brazilian officials travelled to our country and arranged meetings with the President. They spoke and signed an agreement. After the agreement was signed, the Americans broke their promise: the agreement was not the kind of agreement they wanted. They wanted to win many concessions. They wanted to bully and blackmail us. Because the Americans broke their promise, the Brazilian and Turkish governments were embarrassed in front of us. This is the story of the 20-percent uranium.

Our youth said that they were prepared to produce 20-percent uranium in spite of all those problems and all that obstructionism. In the year 1390, they produced 20-percent enriched uranium for the research reactor in Tehran and they announced their achievement to the world. Our enemies were astonished. Although they knew the nuclear reactor in Tehran only produces radiopharmaceuticals, they refused to provide the 20-percent uranium we needed. The reactor in Tehran fulfills the needs of our hospitals and laboratories across the country and thousands of patients need these radiopharmaceuticals, yet they proposed preconditions to blackmail us. Our youth produced the uranium we needed. The work was complicated and difficult, but our youth managed to do it. Currently various kinds of radiopharmaceuticals are being produced at the research center in Tehran with domestically produced uranium. This was done in the year 1390.

In the year 1390 fuel plates were produced domestically in the nuclear industry. It would take a long time to fully recount the story in this meeting, but in short, they said that we should send our 3.5-percent enriched uranium to Russia in order to be enriched to 20 percent. Russia was supposed to give the 20-percent enriched uranium to France to be turned into fuel plates and sent back to Iran, a truly complicated process. Our scientists and youth said that they would produce plate type fuels on their own. They made determined efforts and produced the fuels. Then they announced the achievement and put it on display. This was done in the year 1390.

The sixfold increase in recombinant drugs and the increase in the export of knowledge-based products and services - these achievements were made in the year 1390. These are part of achievements which were made in "The Year of Economic Jihad". These are scientific advances. These are technological advances. These achievements are indicative of the scientific power of the country, but they also affect the economy of our country directly. This is economic jihad.

Last week at the end of the year 1390, I visited the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry. There were certain things in the institute which can be witnessed when touring different other research centers of the country as well: they convince one that these advances are the rule, not the exception. These important advances - which our people would not even dream about - have been made already and they have become the rule.

Now I would like to mention a number of the characteristics and phenomena that I witnessed at the institute. First of all, jihad-like spirit and thought were predominant in the institute. The scientists were working with a jihad-like spirit. They were working as if they were involved in jihad, as if they were fighting in the battlefield in the way of God. There is a big difference between those who work for the sake of money, social position, fame or knowledge and those who work for the sake of jihad in the way of God. This spirit is predominant in the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry as well as other scientific organizations of the country. This is very valuable.

The second characteristic is that our scientists consider the sanctions that are imposed on our nation as opportunities. During the visit to the institute, which lasted a long time, a few people told me, "Thank God they imposed sanctions on us. We were awakened and spurred into action." The feeling that the sanctions imposed by the enemies provide us with an opportunity is very valuable. As a result, they paid serious attention to domestic production. They provided opportunities for our youth. They provided opportunities for innovation and creativity. And the work still continues like a continuous stream.

The third characteristic that I noticed among the employees of the institute was their great self-confidence. Certain parts of the oil industry have been monopolized by three, four countries in the world: they do not allow other countries to access their technologies. Over these years, our country has always asked them to do such important and complex things for us and we have paid for their services. I realized that they were determined and they were saying, "We can. We will do this on our own. We will build these things on our own." This self-confidence is very valuable for a nation, for the scientists of a nation, for the youth of a nation.

Another characteristic is the tendency to employ young people. The work is being done by the youth. It is the youth who are in charge. The youth are a source of innovation and creativity.

Another characteristic is the relationship between industry and university, which has always been among my wishes. I used to advise the officials in charge of the relevant sectors in the previous governments that they should try to establish a relationship between industry and university. Fortunately I saw at the institute that the relationship has been established. Of course, the relationship should be prevalent and all our industries should be linked to our universities. Then both our knowledge and our industries will grow. I saw these characteristics at the institute, but the characteristics are not particular to the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry: I have noticed the same characteristics during my visits to other research centers as well, which shows that this is the rule in the country and that our movement is such a movement.

This was the situation of the economic sector in the year 1390, a year in which the enemies and ill-wishers of the Iranian nation were constantly trying to intimidate us. Sometimes they made threats. Other times they mounted political pressure on us. Yet other times they imposed sanctions on us. The agents of the US government are making efforts throughout the world to implement the sanctions, hoping that they will harm the Iranian nation and create a rift between the Iranian people and the Islamic Republic.

In the year 1390 we made other great achievements as well, including the active diplomacy that we employed in case of the regional issues. The Conference on Islamic Awakening, the Conference on Palestinian Intifada, the Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, the World Without Terrorism Conference and the Islamic Awakening and Youth Conference were among the activities which were carried out in Tehran. The Islamic Republic became the center of attention in the world of Islam which has awakened today.

In the area of economic services, tens of thousands of houses were built in the country and were made available to the people. These statistics are great. They are important statistics. Houses were built in rural areas. Roads were built. Highways and freeways were built. These are the preliminary stages of "The Decade of Progress and Justice". We named the current decade "The Decade of Progress and Justice" and these things are the preliminary stages. Three years of this decade have passed. In spite of the efforts by our enemies, in spite of the efforts by our evil and spiteful ill-wishers, our vibrant and dynamic nation has managed to achieve these advances.

One great example of the praiseworthy movements which were carried out by the Iranian nation in the year 1390 was the parliamentary election that was held on the 12th of Esfand. Of course, I would stress that the election is not over yet. Our people should show the same magnificence in the second round as well. The election was extremely important. As I have pointed out before, the enemies did everything in their power for around six months in order to discourage the people from taking part in the election. Sometimes they said the election would be rigged. Other times they said if the people did not take part in the election, the enemies would become less hostile, and they broadcast various kinds of propaganda in order to drive the people away from the polling stations and ballot boxes. Yet other times they tried to intimidate, discourage and disappoint our people by assassinating our scientists. They carried out three assassinations in less than six months.

The election was held in such an atmosphere, yet the voter turnout was so large. The turnout rate of more than 64 percent is a significant rate. You should know that this rate is higher than the average rate of voter turnout in parliamentary elections throughout the world. In America the average rate of voter turnout in congressional elections is thirty five percent. Over the past ten years, the rate of voter turnout in the congressional elections - the Senate and the House of Representatives - has never reached forty percent. If you compare this with the turnout rate of the Iranian people and their dynamism and presence, then the significance of the matter will be revealed. Through those pressures, through that psychological warfare, through those threats, through those assassinations, they wanted to make the 12th of Esfand a day of disappointment for the Iranian people and the Islamic Republic, but despite their will and much to their disappointment, the 12th of Esfand became a day of honor and glory for the Islamic Republic and the people of Iran. The parliamentary election acted as an honest and powerful media outlet. They distort the news related to Iran. They report events that have not happened in Iran and they do not report the events that have happened, but they cannot deny the election. It happened in front of everybody's eyes. The election presented an accurate picture of the Iranian nation to the world like a great and powerful media outlet.

These were the events that took place in the year 1390, a year in which the enemies made so many investments in order to harm the people of Iran and the Islamic Republic. These things are only part of the achievements made in the year 1390. Why are they so hostile? I would say that on different occasions they have different pretexts for hostility. Since the time the nuclear issue was brought up, the pretext for their enmities has been the nuclear issue. Of course, they know and they acknowledge that Iran is not after nuclear weapons, which is true. We have our own reasons not to go after nuclear weapons. We have not manufactured any nuclear weapons and we never will. They know this and the nuclear issue is just a pretext. One day their pretext is the nuclear issue, another day their pretext is human rights and yet another day their pretext is other domestic issues of our country, but they are all pretexts. What is the real problem? The real problem is that the Islamic Republic is safeguarding the great oil and gas resources of the country in a powerful way. As has always been the case, economic and political power - and the resultant scientific and military power - depend on energy sources, on oil. The world will need oil and gas for decades and this is an undeniable truth. The arrogant powers know that their survival depends on oil and gas. The day they fail to acquire oil at a cheap price, the day they are forced to make concessions and stop bullying for the sake of oil and gas - that day will be a tragic day for them.

On the other hand, western countries have faced problems in terms of oil resources and their problems will increase on a daily basis. Some of the European countries - and western countries in general - will run out of oil in four years. Some others will run out of oil in six years. Yet other western countries will run out of oil in nine years. As a result, they have to use the resources of other countries. According to the calculations of our experts, which are based on the statistics presented by the Americans themselves, the US currently has oil reserves of thirty-something billion barrels and it will run out of oil by 2021. That is to say, the US will run out of oil in nine years.

Currently more than fifty percent of the world's oil flows out of the Persian Gulf and in the future the global flow of oil will depend on three oil-rich countries in the Persian Gulf region. Of course, Iran is one of the three oil-rich countries and I will explain this point later. Among all the countries of the world and not just the Persian Gulf region, the Islamic Republic of Iran has the greatest sources of oil and gas. Some countries have more natural gas than we do and some others have more oil than us. We are the second country in the world in terms of our gas reserves and Russia is the first. In terms of our oil reserves, we are the fourth country in the world. There are three countries in the world which have more oil than we do. However, in terms of total amount of oil and gas reserves, the Islamic Republic, your dear homeland, has more proven oil reserves than any other country in the world. This is very interesting for the consumers of oil in the world and for the arrogant powers whose survival depends on energy sources, on oil and gas. This is the wealth that Iran enjoys. They will run out of oil in four, ten, fifteen years, but considering the proven oil reserves, the Islamic Republic will have oil and gas for another eighty years. A country that ranks first in terms of its oil and gas reserves is very interesting.

What do the arrogant powers want? They want our country to be ruled by a government whom they can easily control, just like certain countries in the region which have a lot of oil, yet they are like putty in the hands of the Americans. The Americans order them to produce certain amounts of oil and they say, "Yes, sir." The Americans order them to sell their oil at a particular price and they say, "Yes, sir." The Americans tell them where and where not to sell their oil and they say, "Yes, sir." In our oil-rich country, which has the largest proven oil and gas reserves in the world, they will oppose any government that safeguards this national wealth in a proud way, does not allow other countries to plunder this wealth and does not follow the policies of the enemies. This is why Islamic Iran is faced with so many enmities.

Those who think that if we had backed down in the case of the nuclear issue, America would no longer be hostile - they are unaware of this truth. Their problem is not the nuclear issue. There are certain countries in our region that have nuclear weapons, but they do not care at all. The problem is not the issue of nuclear weapons or nuclear industry. The problem is not the issue of human rights. The problem is the Islamic Republic which is standing firm against them like a lion. If the Islamic Republic had agreed to betray its own people like certain regional regimes, if the Islamic Republic had surrendered to them, they would not be bothering it. The problem is their arrogant greed and this is the reason behind their enmity towards the Iranian nation.

Of course, the Americans are making a mistake. It is a big and fatal mistake to think that they can force the Islamic Republic to retreat or back down through hostility, enmity and threats, and they will be punished for this mistake. They should treat the Iranian nation respectfully. They should be satisfied with their rights. They should see the tragedy that is awaiting them. Western countries do not allow their people to learn about the future oil tragedy. They do not want their people to realize what is awaiting them in the case of oil and energy sources. They do not want to tell this to their people. They think that they can move things forward by being hostile to the Iranian people, but they will not succeed.

Dear brothers and sisters, dear people of Iran, you should know that today the situation of America is precarious in spite of all its muscle-flexing, in spite of all the uproar it causes. I do not want to use confidential reports or superficial things as evidence: what I am saying is simple mathematics. Notice that the American President came to power with the slogan of change. What does change mean? It means that the existing situation is very bad and that we are determined to change it. He stepped in with this slogan and the people of America voted for him because of his slogan of change, otherwise racist people were not prepared to vote for a person from an African-American background. But they did, hoping that there would be change. The fact that the slogan of change affected the people like that shows that the situation was very bad. That is to say, on the admission of the American people, the situation of America was very bad when he decided to run for president. And he promised to bring about change. Therefore, it is an undeniable truth that the situation of America was very bad. This is not what we say: it was the American people themselves who admitted that their situation was bad. Then he came to power, but did he bring about change? Did he manage to change the situation? Did he manage to change that bad situation? Today America has a debt of fifteen trillion dollars. This debt is equal to - or bigger than - their gross domestic product. This is a big problem for a country. As for their political situation, they were forced to leave Iraq without any achievements and in Afghanistan their situation is becoming worse on a daily basis. They are becoming more disgraced on a daily basis in Pakistan, a country which used to be their ally. In Muslim countries, in Egypt, in North Africa, in Tunisia, the Americans have completely lost their original awe. Besides all these things, the Occupy Wall Street movement has started in the cities of America. Is this situation good? This is simple mathematics. It is not complicated. The people of America accepted that they needed change, thus admitting that their situation was bad. And that bad situation has not changed so far. Therefore, America is in a dire situation.

America might pose threats to other countries. It might do crazy things. And I would like to take this opportunity to say that we do not have atomic weapons and that we will not build such weapons, but in case the enemies attack us - be it America or the Zionist regime - we will attack them on the same level that they attack us in order to defend ourselves.

The Holy Quran has promised us, "And if those who disbelieve fight with you, they would certainly turn (their) backs, then they would not find any protector or a helper. Such has been the law of Allah that has indeed run before, and you shall not find a change in Allah's law." [The Holy Quran, 48: 22-23] Nowhere in the Holy Quran is it said that if you start a war, you will definitely win it. You might win or lose the war you start, just as the Muslims did not always win the wars they started during the early years after the introduction of Islam: they were defeated in certain cases. But it has been promised that if the enemy attacks, he will definitely be defeated. You should not say that this is only true of the early years after the introduction of Islam. No, "Such has been the law of Allah that has indeed run before, and you shall not find a change in Allah's law." This is a divine law. The Iranian people are determined and dynamic and they are not thinking of attacking other countries, but they are firmly attached to their identity, to their wealth, to their religion, to their Islamic Republic.

This year's slogan is "National Production" which has been explained in the rest of the slogan: "Supporting Iranian Labor and Investment." That is to say, when you consume domestically produced products, you help Iranian laborers, you create job opportunities, you contribute to Iranian investment, you give rise to growth and development. Consuming foreign products is a wrong cultural norm, which has unfortunately become prevalent in certain portions of our society. Consuming foreign products will harm us. It will stand in the way of our progress. It will harm our future. Everybody is responsible in this regard. The government is also responsible: it must support and strengthen national production.

Fortunately the "National Development Fund" was approved by the Majlis. Today a valuable source of money is available to our government officials who can channel the money into national production. They should facilitate national production. The Majlis should cooperate and the executive branch should make efforts in this regard so that they can boost national production. And the people should also cooperate: both those who have capital and those who have the power to work. We should manufacture high-quality and durable products inside the country. We must try to decrease the cost of production as much as possible. This requires cooperation from everybody. Different parts of the government should cooperate - both the parts that are in charge of financial and monetary affairs and the parts that are in charge of other economic affairs. The Majlis should also cooperate so that this goal is fulfilled in our country.

The people have the most important role to play. You dear people should develop a tendency towards Iranian products. It is wrong to prefer foreign brands - in the case of clothes, utensils, furniture, foodstuffs and other things - to domestic brands while in many cases our domestic products might be far better than their foreign equivalents. I have heard that the clothes which are produced in certain cities across the country are taken abroad and foreign brand names are attached to them, and then they are shipped into the country to be sold as foreign products. If these clothes do not go through this process, Iranian customers might not like to pay for them, but simply because the clothes bear French brand names, Iranian customers buy them. This is wrong. Domestic production is important. Pay attention to what Iranian laborers produce. Pay attention to the investments made by Iranian investors. In the area of consumption, the people play the main role. This is part of the effort to reform the norms of consumption, which I discussed with our people in this place two years ago. It is also part of economic jihad, which I discussed last year. National production is important and it must be the goal.

Now I would like to make a recommendation regarding political issues. Dear people, dear brothers and sisters, today we need unity and solidarity across the country. There are many pretexts for discord. In the case of certain issues not even two people have the same opinion. This must not become a pretext for discord. Sometimes a person might have a certain tendency that might not be shared by other people, but this must not become a source of discord. All opinions should be treated with respect. Internal disagreements and conflicts would cause weakness. The Holy Quran teaches us, "And do not quarrel for then you will be weak in hearts and your power will depart." [The Holy Quran, 8: 46] If we quarrel about different issues - political issues, economic issues, personal issues - if we fight with each other, our enemy will be encouraged. Some of the courage that our enemy has found in the past years is due to our quarrels. The Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) teaches us a lesson. He says, "A person who seeks the truth but makes a mistake is not the same as a person who seeks falsehood and achieves it." Opponents are of two kinds. One kind of opponent wants the truth, the Islamic Republic, the Revolution, Islam and God, but he might choose the wrong path. We must not be hostile to such opponents. Such opponents are different from those who work against the Islamic system and pursue hostile objectives. Make hearts tender towards each other and treat each other with more kindness.

Unfortunately these electronic and internet media outlets have prepared the ground for widespread slander. Our government officials should take certain measures in this regard. However, the most important factor is that we should feel committed to observing the Islamic rules of conduct. We should feel committed to observing the law. My statement must not be used as a pretext to criticize and persecute our revolutionary youth as extremists. No, I consider all our proud youth and all our faithful and revolutionary youth as my own children and I support them. I support our revolutionary, faithful and proud youth, but I also advise everybody to observe the Islamic rules of conduct and the law in their behavior. Everybody must observe the law. The Constitution of the Islamic Republic embodies the values of the Revolution.

The same is true of our government officials. The executive branch must not undermine the authority of the Majlis. Similarly the Majlis must not undermine the authority of the executive branch and the President. They must work together and cooperate. This does not mean that everybody should think in the same way. It just means that two people who think differently must not fight each other. Any internal quarrel and any internal fight would make the enemies hopeful and happy.

I hope the year 1391, which starts from today, will be full of dynamism, activity, success and happiness for the people of Iran.

Dear God, by the blessedness of Muhammad (s.w.a.) and his household, make our dear youth and people steadfast on the straight path. Dear God, suppress and defeat the enemies of this nation. Dear God, help our dear, self-sacrificing and resistant people achieve their great wishes. Make the holy heart of the Imam of the Age (a.s.) satisfied and happy with us and help us benefit from his prayers.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

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Supreme Leader Meets Police Personnel

April 15, 2012

In a meeting with police officers and personnel on Sunday, Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described Iranian police personnel as the soldiers of the Islamic Republic and said that security is one of the most essential needs that prepares the ground for organized planning. He stressed: "If a society lacks security, there will be no guarantee that any organized action will be taken for the progress and betterment of that society."

His Eminence stated that if government officials can bring about peace and security for the people, Allah the Exalted will definitely be satisfied with them.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed the need for planning that is based on communal wisdom and added that peace and security are a requirement for achieving national progress and for implementing plans.

His Eminence said that both individuals and organizations are vulnerable, further adding: "Just as individuals might be psychologically or spiritually vulnerable, so organizations are vulnerable to corruption and harm. Therefore, it is always necessary to take the necessary precautions in a wise and careful way."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that paying attention to honesty and piety, carrying out one's organizational duties and preferring social interests to personal interests prepare the ground for the betterment and progress of a country. He reiterated: "If there are people in a society who make efforts with this spirit, that society will definitely reach the peak. Such a society will definitely achieve power and permanence."

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Varun can you please move your video to another thread. It is off topic here. Thanks. If you are unable to do so for any reason, I'll do it.

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Supreme Leader Meets with Army Commanders and Personnel

April 22, 2012

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Ayatollah Khamenei the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces met today with the commanders and personnel of the Army's Ground Forces. Speaking at the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the most important issue is the determination and motivation that results from religious faith. He stressed: "Strengthening deep and firm religious motives must always receive attention from the management of the Armed Forces and these motives must not be neglected even for a moment."

His Eminence said that religious faith prepares the ground for firm and effective motives, further adding: "Faithful and courageous people's deep and firm motives reveal their effect at sensitive and fateful junctures, just as our faithful soldiers and Armed Forces managed to resist and achieve victory against the Ba'ath Army, a fully equipped army which was supported by the superpowers."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that it is necessary to maintain and strengthen the spirit of resistance in the Armed Forces. "Of course, besides acquiring knowledge and developing a firm character, our military commanders should enjoy a spirit of sincerity and avoid becoming attached on the material world."

He referred to the progressive movement of the Iranian Army over the past three decades and stressed: "Today the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army is one of the most populist organizations in the country. It is also a divine and Islamic army which truly serves our national interests."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the hegemonic powers claim that their armies have been established to safeguard national interests and added: "Despite the claims made by the hegemonic powers, their armies are at the service of promoting political ambitions and safeguarding taghuti powers, and national interests are not at all important for them."

His Eminence reiterated: "By massacring the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and by committing crimes in these countries, is the US Army really trying to serve the national interests of the American people?"

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "The Islamic Republic of Iran's Army is the only army that is at the service of the people and national interests. And its members and commanders share the same beliefs and feelings as the people."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Army has been shaped by its progressive movement after the victory of the Islamic Revolution. He added: "It is necessary to constantly strengthen this auspicious movement in the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army."

His Eminence reiterated: "Today a movement has started in the world which is opposed to categorizing countries as domineering and dominated, and Islamic Iran is at the epicenter of this movement."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has become the target of threats and sanctions because it is the epicenter of this movement, further stressing: "After permeating the minds and bodies of Muslim nations for more than three decades, this extremely important movement has emerged as a concentrated force and the developments in Egypt and certain other countries are the result of this movement."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the colonialist and hegemonic powers of the world are extremely afraid of the movement and reiterated that their fear is fueled by the determined and faithful youth of Islamic Iran and the knowledge and insight of the Iranian people.

He stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army plays a significant role in this regard and added that it is necessary to strengthen it.

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Supreme Leader Meets with Iraqi Prime Minister

April 23, 2012

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Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met this morning with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and his accompanying delegation. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence stated that the increasing power of Iraq in the Arab world and in the region is a source of joy for the Islamic Republic of Iran. He stressed: “The efforts to increase the power of Iraq – especially through preparing the ground for constant scientific jihad as well as through creating a widespread national movement for the construction of Iraq – will increase the achievements of the Iraqi people and government and will strengthen their position.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said that certain developments in the past few months have revealed the power of the Iraqi people and government in the Arab and Muslim world. He added: “The complete withdrawal of the American troops from Iraq is among these crucial developments. The withdrawal is a great victory that has been gained as a result of the resistance of the Iraqi government and the national determination of the Iraqi people.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that hosting the Arab summit was another manifestation of the power of Iraq. He reiterated: “Certain countries made widespread efforts to show that Iraq is excluded from the Arab world, but by holding the Arab summit in Baghdad, Iraq has achieved leadership of the Arab League. And the Iraqi Prime Minister is the chairman of the Arab League.”

Having referred to the historical background of Iraq and its position in the Arab world, His Eminence stressed: “Considering this background and the natural and human capacities of Iraq, the possibility that Iraq will restore its position and power is not remote.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed that certain people are opposed to the increasing power of Iraq, further adding: “The power of a country depends on certain requirements and instruments, and the most important requirements and factors are scientific progress, construction of the country and rendering services to the people.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said that Iran has very good experiences in the area of launching a scientific movement, adding that Iran has made unbelievable achievements in this regard. “It is necessary to start a scientific movement in Iraq, which is the center of scholarly capacities in the Arab world. It is also necessary to encourage outstanding personalities to engage in scientific jihad.”

He stressed the need for constructing Iraq and added: “By organizing the Iraqi youth and preparing the necessary requirements, a national movement must be started in Iraq in order to construct the country and render services to the Iraqi people.”

At the end of his statements, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed that brilliant prospects are awaiting the people of Iraq.

At the meeting, the Iraqi Prime Minister referred to his negotiations in Tehran and said: “By Allah’s favor, the relations between Iran and Iraq have been expanded in different areas and different industrial and trade delegations from the two countries are constantly negotiating with each other.”

Nouri Maliki expressed hope that his negotiations with Iranian officials will prepare the way for further expansion of ties between Iran and Iraq.

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Supreme Leader’s Speech to Laborers

April 29, 2012

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on April 29, 2012 by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in a meeting with laborers of pharmaceutical companies.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Ab-al-Qassem Mustafa Muhammad, and upon his immaculate, pure and chosen household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth.

I congratulate our honorable laborers as well as the people of Iran on the occasion of Labor Week. If the efforts of laborers, entrepreneurs and skilled manpower are appreciated in a society, that society will make progress. When the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) bowed down to kiss the hand of a laborer, he was not just showing his appreciation to a particular person. He was teaching us a lesson on the value of labor. The labor of a laborer is so valuable that even a person like the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) - who is superior to the entire creation - bows down to kiss his hand. This is a lesson for us.

Labor in the broad sense of the word - which includes physical labor, intellectual labor, scientific work and managerial work - is in fact the pivot of a society's progress and survival. All of us should know this. In the absence of labor, neither capital, nor raw materials, nor energy, nor information would be useful for mankind. Labor is like the soul of capital, energy and raw materials and turns them into something useful, a product that can be consumed. This shows the value of labor.

In the Islamic Republic nobody stands on ceremony with laborers and makes ceremonial gestures. Certain people established a so-called labor government during an era and kept the world busy for a few decades, but they did not benefit laborers. Leaders of socialist and communist countries took advantage of their societies. They ruled their societies and held on to power. They lived a happy life just like other taghuti governments in the world, all in the name of laborers. What they did was a lie, a ceremonial gesture.

In the west, the main purpose of different kinds of labor insurance, support for laborers and other such things is to encourage laborers to work so that the "one percent" can enjoy the outcome and live a happy life. They are not honest with laborers. Islam is honest with laborers. This is an intellectual framework. Labor is a value. There is a narration which says, "Knowledge depends on action. Whoever knows takes action. Knowledge calls on action and if action responds, knowledge survives, otherwise it departs." Even knowledge depends on labor. This narration - which uses figurative language - says that knowledge calls upon labor and if labor responds, knowledge stays and develops and if labor fails to respond, knowledge disappears. Notice how beautifully the concept has been expressed. Emergence, permanence and progress of knowledge depend on labor. This is the logic of Islam. These are the intellectual principles of Islam. Islam is honest with laborers.

Of course, it is necessary to translate these things into action. These principles should reveal themselves in the process of implementation and planning. A lot of efforts have been made. A lot of things have been done in this regard and it is necessary to do a lot of other things. For this reason, I named this year the year of "Supporting Iranian Labor and Capital". Capital is a necessity for labor. In the absence of capital, there would be no labor. Labor and capital are the two wings of national production. It is necessary to appreciate both Iranian capital and Iranian labor. Labor and capital result in national production. And it is necessary to translate this principle into action.

So far, our honorable laborers have arranged annual meetings with me in a Hussayniyyah on the occasion of Labor Week. I would meet them in a Hussayniyyah and speak to them. This year I decided to come and visit our laborers. I chose this drug distribution company as a representative of all laborers. You dear laborers of this company and those of you who have come from other companies should pay attention to the point that I arranged this meeting to express my respect and gratitude for Iranian labor and laborers.

As long as we do not appreciate the value of Iranian labor and capital, we will not achieve national production. And if we fail to achieve national production, our country will fail to achieve economic independence. And if a society fails to achieve economic independence - that is to say, if a society does not manage to make independent economic decisions and stand on its own feet - it will not achieve political independence. And if a society fails to achieve political independence, other things will not matter. As long as a country has not strengthened its economy and made it independent, it cannot play a significant role in political, cultural and other areas.

Our country needs a powerful and stable economy. In my public addresses over the past 3, 4 years, I have warned our people, youth and officials that the enemy has focused his machinations on our economy. Now you can see that the signs of this great plot are becoming visible one after the other.

Of course, by relying on your firm determination, you dear people of Iran will remove this obstacle from your path, just as you removed the other obstacles that lay on your path. Our laborers and investors and our managers in the state and private sectors should make efforts in this regard. And our people should show their firm determination in consuming our domestic products.

It is necessary to adopt fundamental measures. Fortunately efforts are already being made. As was pointed out by our esteemed executive officials, since the beginning of this year they have focused on this issue in their meetings, plans and discussions. I would like to highlight this issue. It is necessary to remove the obstacles. Everybody must make efforts in order to give, promote national production and to strengthen our economy. Primarily it is our government officials - in the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of government - who should make efforts in this regard. Sometimes things might end up in the judiciary. As far as labor, production and investment are concerned, the health of our economy depends on the cooperation of all the three branches of government.

Various measures should be adopted on different fronts: regarding the issue of improving the skills of the workforce, the issue of correct managerial attitudes, the issue of empowering the workforce, the issue of confronting economic disruption in the right way, the issue of sense of security for both laborers and investors. That is to say, our plans, laws and regulations should be such that both our laborers and our investors should feel secure. One example of economic disruption is the issue of smuggling. Another example of economic disruption is misusing our national assets and the funds in our banks which belong to the people. Receiving these funds for a particular reason and diverting them to other things is treachery and stealing. Sometimes stealing is from a particular individual and other times it is from a nation, which is more serious. It is necessary to confront such disruption.

Several years ago, when I wrote letters to the heads of the three branches of government and warned of economic corruption, certain people were alarmed that my warnings would scare off the potential investors. I announced that the opposite was true. An investor who wants to have healthy economic activities in the country would be happy to see that we are fighting economic corruption and economically corrupt individuals. We should be able to fight this battle against economic corruption on a legal level.

We should pay attention to creating competitive advantages. I have stressed domestic production. Of course, fortunately many advances have been made today in the area of domestic production. Definitely what has been done in this regard is more than what the people know. The novel and outstanding work that has been done in this company is very valuable. The company was established and operated by the Iranian workforce in a short period of time. The plans and the equipment are domestic. However, as far as highlighting domestic production is concerned, the issue of quality is very important and our esteemed production managers and laborers should pay attention to this point. Making the cost of production competitive is important and it is necessary to pay attention to it. Of course, this requires assistance from the government. These are the things that must be done and it is not just the government that is responsible in this regard. The executive branch, the Majlis, different managerial organizations, the private sector, the people and those who can improve the culture of our society through their words - they should all be at the service of national production. If we succeed, I assure you that we will strike a serious blow to our blood-thirsty enemies.

Production-based policies, promoting the culture of consuming domestic products, improving the quality of domestic products, modernization of production equipment, and innovative products, management and production - these are the things that must be done and I hope by Allah's favor, they will be taken care of.

I apologize to the friends and the brothers and sisters who sat in the sun in this hot weather and listened to my statements. I hope that by Allah's favor, you will live an enjoyable and happy life.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

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Supreme Leader Meets with Teachers

May 02, 2012

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Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met this morning with thousands of teachers from across the country. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence said that the most important characteristic of teachers is that they can turn their students into outstanding scholars and righteous, knowledgeable and capable individuals.

Ayatollah Khamenei called on the people, the educational system and teachers to appreciate the role and position of teachers and reiterated: "Correct, wise and caring actions of teachers can definitely lay a firm foundation in society in order to solve many of the cultural, ethical and behavioral problems."

His Eminence referred to the spread of public education to the remotest parts of the country and added: "In recent years praiseworthy measures have been adopted in the educational system and the most important measure among them was preparing the document for transforming the educational system, and the main mission is to implement the document."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed: "The requirement for implementing the document for transforming the educational system is accurate planning, and preparing and following a roadmap until we achieve the specified goals."

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the important role of the educational system in training the youth and promoting moral virtues in society, further stating: "The educational system should create role models for our youth and teenagers, and the best role models are our martyred youth and teenagers."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated: "Besides the educational system, the organizations in charge of public relations, the IRIB, governmental organizations and the clergy have an important role to play in presenting role models in society."

Elsewhere in his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the second round of the 9th parliamentary elections and added: "The people of Iran have always done the right thing at the right time in a vigilant way. An outstanding example is the brilliant and large turnout of the people in the first round of the parliamentary elections in Esfand and this awareness of the conditions will have its effect."

His Eminence said that the parliamentary election is not over yet and stressed: "The Iranian people will take a long stride on the 15th of Ordibehesht and once again they will show the world their awareness of the conditions by going to the ballot boxes and completing the 9th Majlis."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed that in order to succeed in current conditions, the people of nations should be vigilantly present on the scene and bring their potentialities into the arena. He added: "By Allah's favor, the Iranian nation is present on the scene and it is insightful and aware of the conditions. The Iranian nation knows its enemy well and will not be deceived by his hypocritical pretense of friendship."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that election is a manifestation of being present on the scene and reiterated: "With the conflict going on among the materialistic powers, the Iranian nation should always be present on the scene and maintain its vigilance in order to be able to defend its rights and the rights of its future generations."

At the end of his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei said that there are bright prospects for the Iranian nation and added: "By Allah's grace, the future of Islamic Iran will definitely be better than its current conditions."

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Supreme Leader Tours 25th Tehran International Book Fair

May 06, 2012

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Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution visited the 25th Tehran International Book Fair on Sunday. Speaking to a group of publishers during the visit, His Eminence said that it is necessary to promote reading books in the country through appropriate planning.

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the need to conduct quality assessment of the annual book fair in Tehran and added that such assessment would reveal whether there has been improvement or not.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that it is necessary to remove the obstacles that lie in the way of publishing books, further stressing: "With the help of the government, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance should remove these obstacles, especially the inflated price of paper."

Ayatollah Khamenei described domestic production of paper as significant for the future of the country and reiterated: "The most important kind of domestic production is production that is significant for the future of the country. Solving the problems of our paper companies will definitely prepare the way for promoting reading and for decreasing the price of books."

Elsewhere in his statements, His Eminence stressed that translation is not a one-way road and added: "The government should prepare the way for translating the good books that are published in the country - especially in the area of religious studies, history, literature and sciences - and for presenting them to the world."

Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the importance of editing and improving graphic appeal of domestic books and reiterated: "As far as the chain of producing and publishing books is concerned, one of the necessary things is to organize distribution of books and to establish special store chains for books."

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Supreme Leader: Hijab Brings About Dignity for Women

May 12, 2012

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Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met today with a group of panegyrists. Speaking at the meeting, which was held on the occasion of Mother's Day [birth anniversary of Fatima Zahra AS], His Eminence said that hijab brings about honor and dignity for women and stressed: "Modesty brings about respect and dignity for women in society. For this reason, Islam should be appreciated for paying attention to the issue of hijab."

Ayatollah Khamenei called on everybody, especially Iranian women, to follow the path of the Infallible Imams (a.s.).

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the history of Iranian women's presence in different arenas since the Constitutional Movement and reiterated: "This effective presence shows that women can be present in all arenas and fulfill their responsibilities while observing hijab. And the honorable mothers of our martyrs are clear examples in this regard."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the enemies of Iran are trying to take advantage of the existing weaknesses and added that failure to observe hijab has destructive and permanent effects on society.

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Supreme Leader Meets with War Veterans

May 18, 2012

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In a meeting with a group of war veterans, Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the Sacred Defense Era as "a beautiful and fine picture" and reiterated: "The path that was started by the Islamic Revolution will be continued and in order to graphically describe the beauties of the Sacred Defense days and the details of the sacrifices made by our soldiers, it is necessary to write thousands of books with artistic standards."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the achievements of Iranian soldiers in the imposed war as very valuable, great and astonishing. He added: "As the people who shouldered important and sensitive responsibilities during the Sacred Defense Era, you should know that after the lesser jihad, it is time for the greater jihad, which is far more difficult."

His Eminence reiterated: "In the current atmosphere of the country, if you insist on the principles and values and observe piety in different political, social, economic and cultural arenas, your work will be more important and more valuable."

Ayatollah Khamenei added: "Today we are faced with two enemies: one is the evil arrogant powers and the other is our inner selves. If we manage to move forward and make decisions while observing piety, the ground will be prepared for spiritual transcendence and material progress."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that avoiding sins is a requirement for transcendence, further adding: "By avoiding sins, half the path will be traversed. Of course, the sins of those who shoulder political, executive, managerial, public relations and religious responsibilities have far more dimensions."

His Eminence said that appropriate actions by government officials will bring about calm for society. "Through resistance and appropriate actions, we can give encouragement to our society and of course we should know that this movement of the Iranian nation will not falter and it will not be derailed because of the tiredness and impatience of certain individuals."

At the end of his statements, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "The path that was started by the Islamic Revolution will continue and you saw that those who failed to carry the burden of their responsibilities during the popular movement by the Iranian nation were immediately replaced by motivated youth. And by Allah's favor, these youth will carry out the responsibilities."

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Supreme Leader Attends Graduation Ceremony at Imam Hussein (a.s.) Military Academy

May 23, 2012

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Ayatollah Khamenei the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces attended the graduation ceremony of a group of cadets at Imam Hussein (a.s.) Military Academy on Wednesday. Speaking during the ceremony, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the increasing power and dignity of the Iranian people is the result of adhering to their divine allegiance. He stressed: "In ‘The Decade of Progress and Justice' the pioneering Iranian nation will continue its accelerated movement towards more progress and administration of justice. And in spite of its propaganda, the camp of oppression, arrogance and bullying is in decline."

His Eminence stressed that the Iranian nation is hopeful about the future and that there are bright prospects for the people of Iran. He urged Iranian youth to continue the path of the Iranian nation in order to improve the Islamic Ummah.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that selfless efforts of the young generation have prepared the way for achieving the peak of happiness. "Of course, this does not mean that there are no difficulties and problems. On the contrary, continuing this path still requires steadfastness and resistance."

Ayatollah Khamenei praised the Iranian Armed Forces for adhering to their divine allegiance and stressed: "During the Sacred Defense Era, the Armed Forces gained timeless experiences and it is necessary to make use of them."

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Outcomes of Iran's Resistance in Nuclear Issue

May 28, 2012

The following is an infographic about the achievements, outcomes and benefits of the Islamic Republic of Iran's resistance in the nuclear issue. The information has been extracted from 44 speeches delivered over the past 9 years (2004-2012) by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

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