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Iran Headlines: Ayatollah Khamenei, Frozen Oil Revenues, and Recession

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he speaks to workers in Tehran, Iran (REUTERS/IRNA).

QUDS DAY

According to Khamenei.ir, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed a group of over a thousand university students today and said, The seditionists (Green Movement) with their slogan of ‘Neither Gaza nor Lebanon (only Iran),’ wanted to portray Iran as something else (to the world). But the Iranian people didn’t allow this to happen, and once again on Quds Day this Friday, we will prove as always, who is the oppressed and who the ruthless oppressor is.”

Asriran reported that the director of operations for the Tehran Metro system announced that riding the metro this Friday on Quds Day, (July 25, 2014) from 10am to 3pm will be free of charge.

According to Mehr News Agency, the Palestinian ambassador to Tehran will address Friday prayers at Tehran University. The ambassador’s address will coincide with Quds Day rallies around the country.

GAZA

Fars News Agency reported that President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the ministries of health and foreign affairs to coordinate with the Red Crescent Society of Egypt and Palestine, in order to deliver medicine, medical supplies, and emergency food rations for Palestinians in Gaza.

NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS

Fars News Agency reported that according to Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, “35 percent of the draft agreement remains to be written, but this unwritten portion contains key issues which make up 80 percent of content.” The Fars News report added that the $ 2.8 billion of Iranian oil revenues set to be released during the four month extension period will be disbursed in four installments of $ 500 million, and two installments of $ 400 million. The first installment will be disbursed on the first of August, and the following installments will be subsequently dispersed approximately every 20 days.

Hard line Raja News published a chart of “unfulfilled obligations” by the P5+1 during the original six month negotiation period under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA). The editorial additionally questioned “what new commitments during the four month extension period will the Western countries adhere to.”

POLITICS

ISNA reported that the spokesman for the office of Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani has denied reports of a decline in the health of Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani, the current chairman of the Assembly of Experts. “In comparison to recent days, the health of Ayatollah Kani has improved,” said Kani’s spokesperson.  Ayatollah Kani has been in a coma since early June after suffering a stroke.

ECONOMY

IRNA quoted President Hassan Rouhani during his weekly administration cabinet meeting as saying, “The most important issue (for the government) this year is getting out of the economic recession." Rouhani also stated that an emergency bill consisting of a number of economic policies is being submitted to Parliament in order to pull Iran’s economy out of the recession.

Khabar Online published an infograph illustrating illegal trafficking methods used by Iranian smugglers as well as products that illegally enter the country.

Mehr News Agency reported on the latest labor report from Iran’s Statistical Center which revealed that the provinces that provide the best economic conditions in terms of sustainability and mobility, are the provinces of East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan, Ardabil, Isfahan, Semnan, Qazvin, Kurdistan, Gilan and Mazandaran.

PHOTOS

Artists took part in the theatrical play, Mother Courage and Her Children at Vahdat Hall in Tehran.

Citizen photo-journalists took photos of everyday life in Iran.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed a group of over a thousand university students.