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Supreme Leader calls for justice, progress

Tehran, Sept 29, IRNA

Iran-Leader-Address

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution on Sunday underscored the need for upholding justice and making progress in the beginning of the fourth decade of the Islamic Revolution.

Addressing a large group of top university students, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that the young generation, particularly the students are duty bound to take steps towards both spiritual and material progress through correct and principled planning.

Praising the scientific achievements of the Iranian youth in the past three decades, the Supreme Leader called for promotion of welfare and all-out progress for the Iranian nation.

The Iranian youth and university elites have shouldered heavy responsibility to achieve an Islamic pattern for the material and spiritual progress of all world nations, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Supreme Leader stressed the importance of interaction between universities and the theological schools.

The Supreme Leader then urged the students to thoroughly study the remarks, guidelines and thoughts of the Father of the Islamic Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini.

IR Leader visits Quran Int'l Exhibition

27.9.08

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei visited different sections of the 16th Quran International Exhibition in Tehran Saturday afternoon.

Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi accompanied the Islamic Revolution Leader in the visit.

Supreme Leader stresses Need for Research

24/09/2008

Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met today with a large group of scientific elites and academics. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence described scientific progress as a vital need for the country and added: "This scientific progress must be based on indigenous generation of knowledge and accompanied by self-confidence and hope."

He said that holding discussions with scientific elites of the country is a symbolic act aimed at raising their status among government officials and the people. "We need to respect our elites because it provides the best incentive to boost knowledge inside the country."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said informing the public about the views of elites and academics is another purpose of this meeting, further adding: "The expert views of our academics will definitely help the administration, Majlis, Expediency Council, and executive bodies to make appropriate decisions."

Ayatollah Khamenei also stressed that the acquisition of knowledge and making use of the scientific advancements of other countries is one of the requirements of scientific progress. "Acquisition of knowledge is not the same as scientific dependence and lack of innovation. On the contrary, scientific progress must be achieved with a focus on our Iranian and Islamic culture, national needs, and indigenous generation of knowledge," he noted.

His Eminence emphasized the need for needs assessment and specification of scientific priorities in educational plans and added: "Considering the limited resources and the great number of needs, we must not invest in low priority research projects."

The Supreme Leader said the promotion of research among university students is another requirement for scientific progress, further reiterating: "Abolition of rote learning and promotion of research and critical thinking among the students are important points that have to be considered regarding educational reforms in the country."

Elsewhere in his speech, His Eminence stated that the country is in need of experienced as well as young and energetic academics. He stressed that young academics must not be prevented from occupying academic positions held by experienced professors.

At the end of this meeting, the participants said their evening and sunset prayers led by the Supreme Leader.

Supreme Leader invites public, officials, elite to unity

Tehran, Sept 19, IRNA

Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here Friday that unity

among people, elites and officials is the prime necessity of the country under present conditions.

"People should feel tranquil and politically and psychologically secure; enemy, however, tries to take the peace away by heightening tension and unfortunately, there are certain people inside the country ho add up to the tension unconsciously," said Supreme Leader in his second sermon to this week's Friday prayers congregation.

Ayatollah Khamenei said worldly desires are the main reason for diversion of societies.

"Today, since certain world mongering people are in charge of global affairs, injustice is made in case of human beings; the world mongers too resort to conspiracy, war, false propaganda and dastardly policies and ploys to meet their goals," added the Ayatollah.

Ayatollah Khamenei said under present "misty and vague" conditions -- better to be called `conditions of conspiracy'-- which are provided by the world mongers, some people lose insight and blind prejudice starts hence to grow to the extent that some people, who are not world mongers, might also follow the trend.

Elsewhere in his address, Ayatollah Khamenei touched on Iranian nation's constant resistance and adherence to the Islamic Revolution's principles and fundamentals, saying that while sticking to principles, the people are men of science and research with a good knowledge of time exigencies.

The Supreme Leader pointed to Iranian nation all-out presence in the 1980-88 Sacred Defense as well as in the scenes of reconstruction and science in the post-war era.

"When pro-aliens had set discord on their agenda, people called for unity and when enemy espionage apparatus tried to stir riots in certain cities, those were people who were present in the front line of campaign (against the riots)," added Ayatollah Khamenei.

The Supreme Leader also referred to public support for the country's peaceful nuclear program irrespective of enemy adverse publicity.

"When enemy stepped up propaganda (against Iran) over the nuclear issue, people fairly showed the best possible type of reactions. Such vigilance, resistance and insight are worth admiration," announced the Supreme Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei said dear Iranian nation will through the same resistance and vigilance, turn the fourth decade of the Islamic Revolution into decade of progress and justice. "In that case the nation and country will become invulnerable," boasted the Supreme Leader.

"Of course, those slapped in the face by Islam and the (Islamic) Revolution (of Iran) will continue hostility. However, vigilantly and alertly the best way of guaranteeing national and public interests should be chosen and resistance should be shown in the course," announced the Ayatollah.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei said people are unhappy with vain and unjustified claims of certain political elites.

"Such absurd and minor issues should be vigilantly discarded," said the Ayatollah.

The Supreme Leader then touched on certain wrong claims about Israeli people and said, "Iranian nation has no problem with Jews, Christians and followers of other religions. But that claimed that we are friends with Israeli people alike other world people is a wrong claim because they have been accomplices in usurping lands, properties and assets of the Palestinian nation and they are agents of the Zionist officials and Palestine usurpers. The solid stance is official stance of the (Islamic Republic) system."

Ayatollah Khamenei said constant reactions shown to false statements about Israeli people are "vain and tension-escalating" gestures. "The wrong claim has come to an end. Such minor and absurd issues should not be looked into and continued."

The Ayatollah also warned against certain points which would trigger tension in society and also against criticisms raised against government.

"... Some unfair claims are these days raised in criticism of overnment," said Ayatollah Khamenei, adding that necessary guidelines on presidential elections will be given to the public at an appropriate time as long time is still left until the elections.

The Supreme Leader said any claim and plan about future of the country and about such problems as inflation and price hikes should be raised in the expert-level and specialized meetings.

Warning that such issues should not lead to ruining officials and the government as is customary in western states under pretext of democracy, Ayatollah Khamenei asked the elite to clear their comments from any unfair statements on the issues.

"Open atmosphere and ongoing liberties provide possibility for comments on any issue by all people. One should not however be unfair and make comments just to ruin others," said the Supreme Leader.

More on the issue, Ayatollah Khamenei said all factions, officials and people should be careful with their words and deeds.

"The elites and politicians are advised to bear the reality in mind that people are unhappy with such a moral and decide wisely away of the destructive claims," noted Ayatollah Khamenei.

Elsewhere in his sermon, Ayatollah Khamenei here Friday called on people at large to take part massively in the International Qods Day rallies.

"The brave and vigilant Iranian nation will on Qods Day this year too pour into streets and defend rights of the oppressed Palestinian nation along with other Muslim and freedom loving nations," said the Supreme Leader.

Calling Palestine as core of regional problems, Ayatollah Khamenei said Qods Day provides a suitable opportunity for Muslim world to raise its stances against usurpers of Noble Qods.

The Ayatollah said the Zionist regime has stepped up incursion and injustice in case of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank over recent days, which set proofs of its internal weakness and humiliating defeat vis-a-vis the Lebanese and Palestinian strugglers.

Ayatollah Khamenei went on declaring, "Hamas government in Gaza is a legal and popular government coming to power through elections; the so-called advocates of civilization and democracy, however, defy the fact and are supporting Zionists' atrocities and crimes." Lauding the late Imam Khomeini's initiative in calling the last Friday of the Holy Month of Ramadhan as the International Qods Day, Ayatollah Khamenei said that God willing, Iranian people and Muslim nations will on the great day pay their due to Palestinians and Muslim governments too are expected to act on their duty in helping the Hamas government and the Palestinian nation.

Supreme Leader urges public to take part massively in Qods Day rallies

Tehran, Sept 19, IRNA

Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Friday called on people at large to take part massively in the International Qods Day rallies.

"The brave and vigilant Iranian nation will on Qods Day this year too pour into streets and defend rights of the oppressed Palestinian nation along with other Muslim and freedom loving nations," said the Supreme Leader in his second Friday prayers sermon to large groups of worshipers in Tehran University campus.

Calling Palestine as core of regional problems, Ayatollah Khamenei said Qods Day provides a suitable opportunity for Muslim world to raise its stances against usurpers of Noble Qods.

The Ayatollah said the Zionist regime has stepped up incursion and injustice in case of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank over recent days, which set proofs of its internal weakness and humiliating defeat vis-a-vis the Lebanese and Palestinian strugglers.

Ayatollah Khamenei went on declaring, "Hamas government in Gaza is a legal and popular government coming to power through elections; the so-called advocates of civilization and democracy, however, defy the fact and are supporting Zionists' atrocities and crimes." Lauding the late Imam Khomeini's initiative in calling the last Friday of the Holy Month of Ramadhan as the International Qods Day, Ayatollah Khamenei said that God willing, Iranian people and Muslim nations will on the great day pay their due to Palestinians and Muslim governments too are expected to act on their duty in helping the Hamas government and the Palestinian nation.

 

Call on poets to focus on message of justice and spirituality

16.9.08

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Monday called on poets to focus on message of justice and spirituality of the Islamic Revolution and express its genuine essence in the form of poetry.

"The Islamic Revolution (of Iran) has uttered new words in the world by challenging the big powers and standing up to the ambitions of the arrogance," said the Supreme Leader in an address to a group of poets here on Tuesday.

Ayatollah Khamenei said efforts should be made to prevent poems from losing their Islamic and Iranian features.

Noting that poem is a national and big asset for the country, the Supreme Leader said, "While generating such a huge wealth, efforts should be made to increase its volume day by day and have a better use of it to meet the country's needs."

The Supreme Leader said thanks to the Islamic Revolution the field is wide open for poets to act freely.

Ayatollah Khamenei then hailed qualitative growth of poems composed in the past 15 years and said they have become rich in content.

The Supreme Leader then led the evening and night congregational prayers which was followed by an Iftar reception.

Nation follows Islam wholeheartedly

9.9.2008

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said the global arrogance treats the Iranian nation with acrimony because the nation's Islamic system runs counter to their worldwide domineering policies.

"Global arrogance knows the Islamic System well. At the same time, the Islamic System has well tracked down the bloody claws of the arrogance under velvet cover. The face-off then is natural," Ayatollah Khamenei told authorities Tuesday evening.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted the western media's brawls over the Islamic rules and regulations which are applied in the Iranian system of government, adding however that the Iranian authorities would continue to follow the principles of Islam and the revolution.

In the same regard, Ayatollah Khamenei criticized those who seek to undermine the revolutionary principles in the guise of call to rationality and moderation, adding, "They are fed up with the Islamic principles unlike the will of people however they claim the public is tired too."

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that adherence to the revolutionary platform never hinders the country's progress despite an enemy effort to insinuate an otherwise trend.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the pessimists who downplay the post-revolutionary achievements were insulting the nation, adding that even thirty years after the revolution, the nation continues to honor the revolutionary mottoes. "There are many young artists who never saw the time of Imam or war but they appreciate the great movement of the nation in their works of art."

Ayatollah Khamenei however instructed the executive authorities to avoid immoderation in adopting any macro policies, adding that the three branches of power must join forces in such economic issues as the Article 44 General Policies and the Economic Overhaul Plan

 

Leader says hegemonic powers don't like awareness of Latin American nations

Tehran, Sept 1, IRNA

Bolivia-President-Supreme Leader

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said awareness of Latin American nations and their determination to preserve their rights is an august development which won't please the hegemonic powers.

The supreme leader, who was speaking in meeting with the visiting Bolivian President Evo Morales and his accompanying delegation here Monday evening, referred to the strong votes of the Bolivian nation for President Morales in the recent referendum and said, "Your attitude of paying attention to common people and the poor is a very valuable attitude which is a source of honor for the nations." He went on to say, "The recent developments in Bolivia are pleasant ones and, for sure, hegemonic powers will impose pressure on you because they don't like such attitudes, but resistance against such pressures will bring victory."

The supreme leader also expressed hope that talks between President Morales and Iranian senior officials would lead to expansion of ties.

President Morales, for his part, expressed pleasure with being in Iran and meeting with the supreme leader and said awareness of the Bolivian nation and other Latin American nations is the beginning of a process to free the region from the imperialist powers.

He added cultural, social and political changes in the region is expanding day by day and is not reversible.

President Molrales expressed hope that the experiences and progress of Iran could be be useful for the development and advancement of Bolivia.

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