FM Zarif Begins Africa Tour Homemade Satellite Ready for Launch TEHRAN (Tasnim) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif, heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation, started a tour of Africa on Sunday. In his African tour, Zarif is scheduled to pay visits to Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania, respectively, to strengthen bilateral ties between Islamic Republic of Iran and the east African states. Expansion of relations with African countries in all political, economic and cultural fields is a matter of prime importance in Iranian foreign policy agenda. TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari announced on Sunday that the country plans to launch a domestically-made satellite into space in the next few days. “Within the next few days, we will have a satellite launch,” Sattari told reporters. He refused to give further details on the satellite, saying that those involved in the project should have the honor to explain it. Iran has in recent years made great headways in manufacturing satellites thanks to the efforts made by its local scientists. VOL NO: LV 9684 TEHRAN / Est.1959 2 Viewpoint By: Kayhan Intíl Staff Writer The Revolution of 1979 5 Islam’s Bigger Enemies Are From Within Islam are a greater threat to followers of the faith than non-Muslims, renowned religious academic Dr Tariq Ramadan said Sunday. The professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in Oxford University also chided some Muslims for being obsessed with judging and declaring others as infidels so as to appear superior, rather than to spread better understanding of shared values among the people of the world. “We bring it to the struggle, all the people of principles. It’s not us-versus-them; it’s us with the shared values against the people who don’t respect our values,” Ramadan said in his speech on titled “The Qur’anic concept of jihad and how do we rise above its misinterpretations”. “Don’t be mistaken as to who are your enemies. Many Muslims who don’t understand Islam are much more your enemies than non-Muslims who understand your principles.” The Swiss academic also said that “social jihad”, or the struggle for social justice, equality and freedom, is the most important dimension of the Islamic holy struggle. He said that Malaysian Muslims who only fights for the sake of their own in the country do not understood the meaning of “jihad” if they do not empathize with the plight of Muslims elsewhere. Ramadan also criticized the way Malaysia dealt with criticism by censoring ideas rather than proposing counter-arguments, and cautioned against Muslims imposing 7 EU Must Change Policy on Russia: Greece Leading Scholar Tariq Ramadan: KUALA LUMPUR (Dispatches) -- Muslims with misguided views on Monday, February 2, 2015, Bahman 13, 1393, Rabi as-Sani 11,1436, Price 10000 Rials their views on others. According to Ramadan, many Muslims are obsessed with the difference and so-called superiority of their faith over others, which included carefree labeling of nonMuslims as infidels. “We’re not here to impose values, we’re here to spread better understanding of better values,” said the academic of Egyptian descent, referring to Islam’s status as “mercy to the world”. Non-Muslims, especially Jews and Christians have at numerous times been labeled as “enemies of Islam” by Malaysia’s foremost religious authorities, especially in its officially-sanctioned Friday sermons. Ramadan said Muslims have only themselves to blame for their own failure to translate Islamic values and understanding the universal messages depicted in the Qur’an. “Islam came as a message not only for Muslims but also people of other faiths.” “We do not know how to convey the message. But the message is clear. It is our mind that is confused and clouded by emotion, saying we are not like you (others),” said Tariq. He said that Muslims are more concerned with what the West said about them rather than focusing on understanding Islam from within. “We keep saying we are better and if Muslims today are not able to understand and be clear that these are shared values, it is because of us. “We should, in fact, say we are like you and we have human brotherhood. It is in the Qur’an. We are brothers (Continued on Page 7) Bed Shortage Crisis Hits UK Patients LONDON (Guardian) -- The NHS crisis intensified this weekend as hospitals were advised to adopt emergency procedures and admit young mental health patients to adult wards because of an acute national shortage of places for children and adolescents. Instructions sent by NHS England on Friday night to hospital trusts, and leaked to the Observer, state that the shortage of beds for young mental health patients is now so serious that 16- and 17-year-olds – who should be admitted to specialist child adolescent mental health facilities (Camhs) – are likely instead to be admitted to adult wards. The Mental Health Act 1983 states that 16- and 17-year-olds should only be admitted to adult wards in a “crisis situation” and for a short period, or where a patient is nearly 18 and the adult ward has appropriate specialist services. Labor’s shadow minister for public health, Luciana Berger, described the situation as “utterly appalling” and blamed the crisis on £50m of cuts to children’s mental health services since 2010. In the email seen by the Observer, which was sent on Friday on the instruction of national officials working for NHS England, the medical director for East Anglia, says: “I have just been asked to inform you all by the national specialist commissioning team of the current national lack of child and adolescent mental health beds. “I do hope that you will not have cause to need one for any of your young population over the weekend but just to advise of the likely challenge if you do … Depending on your hospital policy this is likely to mean the 16- 18-year-olds will need admission to the adult wards, which I appreciate causes an even bigger challenge.” (Continued on Page 7) Bomb Attacks Leave 14 Dead in, Around Baghdad 8 Iraqi Kurdish Forces, Police Regain Control of Oil Field Iran Begins Marking Ten-Day Dawn The late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini departs Air France jet in Tehran on February 1, 1979 upon returning home after more than 14 years in exile. TEHRAN (Press TV) -- Mil- founder of the Islamic Repub- emonies are being held in more lions of Iranians across the coun- lic Imam Khomeini arrived than 80 Iranian cultural centers try on Sunday began ten days of back home on February 1, in 60 countries to mark the first celebrations marking the 36th 1979 from exile. day of the Ten-Day Dawn period. anniversary of the victory of the Meanwhile, a special ceremony Imam Khomeini spent more 1979 Islamic Revolution that put is underway at Imam Khomeini’s than 14 years in exile, mostly in an end to the monarchy of the mausoleum in Tehran, which is the Iraqi holy city of Najaf. He U.S.-backed Pahlavi regime in the attended by thousands of people also spent some time in Turkey country. from all walks of life as well as a and France, before his return to The ceremonies started at host of senior state and military Iran. 9:33 am local time (0603 officials. On this day, Ayatollah KhoGMT), the time when the late Simultaneously, special cer- meini was welcomed by millions of people who had converged on the capital Tehran from across the country. His arrival intensified popular protests against the U.S.-backed Pahlavi regime, leading to its downfall ten days later. The day when Imam Khomeini returned to Tehran marks the start of 10 days of celebrations better known as the 10-Day Dawn festivities, which culminate in nationwide rallies on February 11 this year, the anniversary of the triumph of the Islamic Revolution. Earlier this week, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei visited the mausoleum of the late Imam Khomeini to pay tribute to the founder of the Islamic Revolution. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and members of his cabinet also visited the mausoleum of the late Imam to renew their allegiance to the ideals of the founder Imam Khomeini. They were accompanied by the Imam’s grandson, Seyyed Hassan Khomeini. The Iranian nation toppled the U.S.-backed Pahlavi regime 35 years ago, ending the 2,500 years of monarchic rule in the country. The Islamic Revolution spearheaded by the late Imam Khomeini established a new political system based on Islamic values and democracy. During the 10-Day Dawn festivities, Iranians take part in different events and activities to mark the victory of the Islamic Revolution. Drill Held at Fordo Enrichment Facility TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iran held a series of unscheduled, wide-ranging drills at the Fordo underground uranium enrichment facility to train its personnel how to react in the event of a military strike, the Fars News Agency reported. The “counter-sabotage” exercises, organized by Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, aimed to “upgrade the skills, knowledge and preparedness level of its experts and reduce their reaction time against foreign threats”, the report said. The drills were code-named “Mersad” and various branches of the facility operations — security, engineering, fire and nuclear safety — were said to take part. The unplanned drills were deemed by unnamed experts to be “the most crucial and most effective exercises in the history of the country’s civil defense”, the report said. Meanwhile, Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday U.S. President Barack Obama cannot make any “wise” decision on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear file due to his “weakness” as well as the domestic problems he is grappling with. Larijani slammed Obama for seeking to get concessions from Iran by putting pressure on the Islamic Republic in Tehran’s nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of world power – Russia, China, France, Britain, the U.S. and Germany – over its peaceful nuclear program. Obama’s “weakness” and “domestic challenges” prevent him from making a “wise” decision on Iran’s nuclear work despite the “logical flexibility” shown by the Islamic Republic in the course of the nuclear discussions, added the top Iranian parliamentarian. The U.S. president wants Iran to give into irrelevant demands or the negotiations to fail, said the top Iranian lawmaker, adding, “Obama imagines he can impose the cost of his weaknesses in dealing with domestic issues on the Iranian side.” Obama should come to the understanding that the Iranian nation will never give in and that his “erroneous polices” would be to blame if the nuclear negotiations fail to yield result, Larijani added. Iran and the P5+1 have been holding talks to secure a final comprehensive deal over Iranian nuclear work. Since an interim deal was agreed in the Swiss city of Geneva in November 2013, the negotiating sides have missed two self-imposed deadlines to ink a final agreement. Iran and the P5+1 countries now seek to reach a high-level political agreement by March 1 and to confirm the full technical details of the accord by July 1.
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