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Iran Headlines: Nouri al-Maliki, Shale Production, and Negotiating with the United States

People shout slogans in support of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's call to arms in Najaf, Iraq.

ISIS IN IRAQ

Mehr News Agency reports that during Friday prayers in Tehran, prayer leader Mohammad Emami Kashani said, “If we don’t defend our religious and holy sites in Iraq, we will have lost everything.”

According to Fars News Agency, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani told conference goers, “Remnants of the Baath Party and the Takfiri militants are behind the events in Iraq.”

ISNA reports that senior foreign affairs advisor to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati told the German representative of the P5+1, “In our view, the Iraqi government has the power to defeat the terrorists, and Mr. (Nouri al) Maliki will come out stronger than before and continue to run the country.”   

In an interview with Fars News Agency, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, denied reports that Iran’s Quds Force had sent two battalions into Iraq.

NUCLEAR

Khabar Online reports that during his Friday prayer sermon in Mashhad, prayer leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Alam Alhoda said, “Our nuclear negotiators should know that negotiating and solving (our) issues with the United States isn’t a simple act because they want to overthrow (our) Islamic movement.”

ENERGY

National Iranian Oil Company's (NIOC) Exploration Director, Hormuz Ghalavand told Tasnim News Agency, “A German and Chinese private company will help us develop and produce shale reserves in Lorestan Province.”

According to Mehr News Agency, the Deputy Managing Director of Iran's National Petrochemical Company (NPC) Mohammad Hassan Peyvandi told the European representatives of the P5+1 countries, “The signing of ‘win-‘win’ contracts with foreign petrochemical companies relies on a final agreement between Iran and the P5 +1.”

POLITICS

The director of the office of the Assembly of Experts told Tasnim News Agency that the general condition of the head of Iran’s Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani, who remains in a coma after suffering a heart attack “is good,” and that “there are no issues that we are trying to hide (from the public).”

Khabar Online writes, “The only aspect that (former president Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad was more successful at than (President Hassan) Rouhani was that during Ahmadinejad’s two terms more people received loans for marriage, but this put extreme pressure on the banks.”

SOCIETY AND CULTURE

Three male sociologists discussed the role of the state in family planning as well as marriage in a Khabar Online roundtable. According to one sociologist, “Some segments of Iranian society aren’t ready for reform (of the family unit) and that has caused tension, especially with the younger children.” Another sociologist noted, “In the past people got married to have children and create a family, but now the younger generation just wants to have fun and live their lives (freely). Boys and girls are separated around elementary school, and then when their hormone levels are at their height they enter university with no (sexual education) training.  People are looking to live an individualistic life.” The third sociologist noted, “The economic and cultural structures of Iranian society will change. It is inevitable that we will be dealing with new societal beliefs, values, norms.” All three men agreed that the government should not interfere in the lives of Iranian families.

PHOTOS

Stars of Iranian television and cinema attend the 14th annual Hafiz Cinema and Television awards ceremony.

Chairman of Tehran's City Council Ahmad Masjed-Jamei tours Tehran’s southern second district and visits with residents of the historic neighborhood in southern Tehran.

Veterinarians at the Environmental Department of Gorgan look after and treat abused animals and wildlife.