In a rare move, the Italian Foreign Minister Alfano criticized Iran, regarding the respect of the nuclear deal. Speaking to the press agency ANSA, Alfano said that – despite Tehran did not violate the agreement – the missile tests represent a “violation of the spirit of the JCPOA”. His words arrive after the strong support to the deal given by Federica Mogherini and by the Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. The words of Alfano, probably, are the effect of the joint declaration signed by UK, France and Germany on October 13, in which the three European countries expressed “concerns about Iran’s ballistic missile programme and regional activities that also affect our European security interests”. More: Italy is going toward the new election, and maybe Alfano – who runs a centrist party, allied with the left – wants to take a personal distance from the Government unquestioned support to the Iranian nuclear deal.
Source: al-Arabiya, Amad News
An Iranian website, Amadnews.org, published two documents in which it is written that Zahara Larijani, the daughter of Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani – head of Iranian Judiciary system – was a spy. In the documents it is written that Zahara, a supporter of the Green Wave Movement, has passed (for more than two years) important documents to the embassies of UK, New Zealand and Italy. Because of this reason, Zahara was arrested by the IRGC Intelligence division, and questioned about the details of her relations with foreign embassies (especially the relations with UK). It seems that this is also the reason of the regime’s intention to close the social network Telegram: despite the requests, Telegram refused to close a pro-Green Wave channels, which has also published information about the Zahara Larijani.
Clearly, all the Iranian political establishment denied the news, and called all the story a “big lie”. The information was also denied by the Intelligence Minister Alawi and the head of IRGC Intelligence Division, Hossein Taib.
This is the second big scandal for Ayatollah Larijani: one year ago he was accused by a reformist journalist of “financial corruption”, for having 63 personal accounts in different banks.
Source: Freedom Messenger, My Stealthy Freedom, Shiva Amini Instagram Account
Shiva Amini is a popular Iranian female football player, who won also many medals in international tournaments. Few weeks ago she was in a private trip in Europe – in Italy and Switzerland. Here, she played soccer with friends, in unofficial games. Feeling far and free from the Iranian Islamic dress code constrictions, Shiva decided to play with men, without wearing the veil. After the games, she posted videos of her experience on her Instagram account.
Unfortunately, also the representatives of the Iranian football federation saw her videos and pictures: immediately they decided to ban Shiva Amin from the Iranian national women team. As it is possible to see (and listen) in a video published by the Facebook page My Stealthy Freedom, Shiva protested against the decision, underlining that she was in Europe for private reasons, not playing for the Islamic Republic. The Iranian officials, answered that she is always a representative of the country, and she must behave always in an “Islamic way”. One of the representative of the national Football Federation of Iran, attacked also Shiva for her decision to visit Europe, “a place which is against our culture”.
Source: al-Quds al-Arabi
In an interview published in Arabic on al-Quds al-Arabi, Italian ex Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, denounced the Iranian regime connections with the Sunni terrorist group al-Qaeda. In particular, Ambassador Terzi denounced that Tehran is using especially Hezbollah to maintain the relations with al-Qaeda, in order to keep a low profile. Terzi explained that the relations between Iran and al-Qaeda started in early 1990 in Sudan, promoted by Hasan al Turabi. Using the Quds Force, the Islamic Republic has become a safe heaven for the terrorists of al-Qaeda, also for Sunni terrorists who arrived in Syria after 2011. About the intelligence relations between Damascus and Rome, Terzi expressed his doubts over the effectiveness of this cooperation, because of Syrian regime support to terrorism.
Source: Digarban, Good Morning Iran
Few days ago the Iranian MP Hussein Ali Haji Degana announced the arrest of 12 officials with double citizenship, all accused of spying for the enemy. In that occasion, he also mentioned an Iranian Minister with wife and son in Italy. Now, Hussein Ali Haji Degana is continuing to push on Rouhani on this issue, announcing the intention to open a special inquiry on this Minister (in Iran all are aware that he is speaking about the Minister of Industry Reza-Nematzadeh). The Iranian MP asked to Rouhani to receive more information on the case, denouncing that the family of the Minister could have already obtained the Italian citizenship, or will obtain it soon.
Source: Radio Farda
The Iranian MP Hussein Ali Haji Degana, revealed that Iran has arrested 12 top officials – between them former nuclear negotiators – with double citizenship. All of them are accused of spying for “Western power”. He also said that also Cyrus Nasseri, advisor of Rouhnai’s brother Hossein Fereydoun, is under inquiry, but he has already fled the country (Nassiri is also accused of spying). Finally, without mentioning the name, Hussein Ali Haji accused a Minister of Rouhani’s Government, of being a potential traitor for having his wife and sons abroad, in Italy (Haji, referring to this Minister said, “what we expect that will happen in this ministry, under his leadership?”).
Source: Defa Press
A military delegation from Italy – composed by five people – is visiting Iran. The delegation will remain in Iran until September 7. The goal of the visit is to strengthen the military relations between Rome and Tehran. Today, the Iranian press reported that, during the meeting with Iran’s Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the Italian Rear-Admiral Roberto Chia Marcella has invited the Iranian ships to dock in the Italian territorial water. The Italian military official also added that “in the future, we will witness Italian vessels berthing at Iran southern harbors“.
This news is very important for different reasons. The main important one is that Italy is a Nato’s country and a key ally of United States in the Mediterranean Sea. Commenting the meeting with his Italian counterpart, Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari underlined that “Italy enjoys around 8,000 kilometers (4970 miles) of maritime border and the Mediterranean is [also] strategically very significant given the fact that it connects the important Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar“. The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has always said that Iran “sees Italy as gateway to interact with Europe”.
The Italian delegation visited also the Imam Khomeini Naval University of Noshahr. We close remembering that, only in January 2016, Iranian Navy Commander Avoids Sitting beside US Counterpart in Bangladesh Conference (Fars News).
Source: Zamanalwsl.net , al-Quds al Arabi
Rumors arrived from Beirut about a secret visit in Rome, paid by the head of the Syrian intelligence. It seems that the man is Maj. Gen. Mohammed Bin Zaitoun, the head of the Syrian General Security Directorate. The source of the (unconfirmed) information, revealed that the Syrian official arrived in Rome with a delegation and met with his Italian counterpart (plus other local security officials). In theory, Maj. Gen. Bin Zaitoun cannot travel outside Syria, in consideration of the EU and US sanctions against him, for abusing of human rights and repression of civil protests. If confirmed, it will be the first time since many years, that a Syrian security official visits an European capital. The parts also discussed about the diplomatic relations between Italy and Syria, and the possible return of the Italian Ambassador in Damascus.
The ladies were part of the Italian delegation which arrived in Iran on April 12, led by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Their dress represents the style of the more conservative women in Iran and is an humiliation for the Iranian women who are fighting for their freedom.
Source: Digarban, BBC Persian
Speaking in Qom, the head of the Basij militia General Muhammad Reza Naqdi, attacked the President Hassan Rouhani for his travel in Europe (in Italy and France). For Naqdi, these travels – and the agreement signed there – are against the “economy of resistance”, an important value of the Iranian system, promoted directly by the Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei. Naqdi also denounced the risks of the “soft war”, through the infiltrations of Western science and conspiracies inside the Islamic Republic (in Farsi this risk is called “Nufuz“). Naqdi also underlined that France is the first enemy of the Iranian revolution and it is today the headquarter of the opposition group MKO (Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization).
Before Naqdi, also the newspaper Kayhan – very close to the Rahbar Khamenei – attacked the President and the Italian Government, calling an ‘humiliation’ the decision of organizing the press conference between Rouhani and Matteo Renzi – Rome’s Prime Minister – under the statue of Marcus Aurelius, the emperor who defeated the Parthian Empire (Radio Farda).