Members of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance listen

intently as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Khamenei tasks them

with a vital mission: to produce books, films, video games capable

of turning back the cultural tide of the West. Are they up to it?



Supreme Leader Warns of Western Cultural Invasion (Kayhan, Iran)


Are there 'hundreds' of media outlets across the world specifically targeting Iranians for a form of brainwashing - Western style? With his government engaged in the highest level talks with the West in a generation, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei is exhorting Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to oppose the rising appeal of the West by focusing on 'producing appealing books and films, designing video games, and developing attractive and meaningful toys.' Oddly, Khamenei refers to the expression 'Yes We Can' - an apparent reference to President Obama.


December 11, 2013


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei is calling on his Ministry of Culture to help creat books, films and video games good enough to oppose those produced in the West and to 'keep up' with the 'new Islamic civilization.' The question is - are Ministry's people up to the task?


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TEHRAN: On Tuesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, called for wise action against the ongoing cultural onslaught, and warned that imported video games and toys promote a Western lifestyle.


"This issue (cultural invasion) must be dealt with creatively, and in this effort, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting and the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance shoulder very heavy responsibility," said Ayatollah Khamenei, during a meeting with members of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution.


The Leader urged the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to focus on producing appealing books and films, designing video games, and developing attractive and meaningful toys.


Ayatollah Khamenei said that video games and toys imported from abroad are affecting Iran's young people by promoting a Western lifestyle and behavior.


The Leader said at a minimum, "hundreds" of media outlets across the world are seek specifically to "influence the mindset and behavior of the Iranian nation."


Ayatollah Khamenei said the culture of "Yes We Can" should prevail in Iranian society, and its momentum in science and technology should continue.


The leader said that the existing momentum in science and technology must be kept alive in order to enable the country to ascend the peaks of knowledge and progress, and in order to keep up with the new Islamic civilization.


The Leader said the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution is expected to bolster culture in society and upgrade it to its proper status.


Final Deal Must Include Enrichment


Also on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said a final nuclear agreement with the world powers must include the country's right to uranium enrichment and enshrine removal of the "tyrannical and unacceptable" sanctions on the Islamic Republic.


Afkham said that according to the interim agreement reached in Geneva on Nov. 24, a comprehensive deal would encompass removing all sanctions, whether they be multilateral, unilateral, or those stemming from the U.N. Security Council.


Afkham said that the collapse of the sanctions regime has already begun, and that recent remarks by a number of U.S. lawmakers about imposing new sanctions against Iran are "psychological" warfare.


"We hope that in the course of implementing the interim deal and in the final stage, the issue of sanctions will be resolved," she said, adding that "for this reason, Iran's negotiating team is working to have all sanctions removed, and to secure a peaceful nuclear program and enrichment activity."


Foreign Minister Muhammad-Javad Zarif said earlier that if the U.S. Congress passes new sanctions - even if they don't take effect for six months, the Geneva nuclear deal would be dead.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due in Tehran Tuesday evening for talks that officials say will focus on bilateral ties, a nuclear deal, and plans for a Syria peace conference.

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According to Iran's Foreign Ministry, in meetings scheduled for Wednesday, Lavrov will hold talks with President Hassan Rouhani and his Foreign Minister Zarif.


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Afkham told reporters that Lavrov's visit was in line with the close cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, and that "bilateral, regional and international issues" would be discussed. Afkham added that the crisis in Syria - which is closely allied to both Iran and Russia,  would also be discussed.


"During this trip, there will be talks on Syria, in particular the Geneva peace conference," she said, referring to a Russian-U.S. initiated forum seeking to end the Syria war, which has claimed some 126,000 lives since the conflict erupted nearly three years ago. "Both countries believe in diplomacy and oppose the use of force in Syria," Afkham added.


Rouhani said last week the forum should lay the groundwork for "absolutely free" elections. "The ground should be prepared for holding an absolutely free election without preconditions," he said, while calling for the "complete expulsion of the terrorists from Syria" - a reference to the insurgents seeking Assad's ouster.


Iran Will Never Recognize Israel


Afkham dismissed an offer from the occupying regime's president to meet Rouhani as a propaganda ploy for easing Zionist isolation after the nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.


"This propaganda to help the regime out of isolation will prove fruitless," she said.


Asked on Sunday about a possible meeting with Rouhani, Peres said: "Why not? I don't have enemies. It's not a question of personalities but of policies. ... The aim is to transform enemies into friends," said Peres, whose role as president of the occupying regime is symbolic and ceremonial.


Afkham said her country would never recognize the Zionist regime or change its stand. "There has not been, nor will there ever be, any change on Iran's stance and views regarding the Zionist regime," Afkham said.


"Iran does not recognize Israel. Our position regarding this oppressive and occupationist regime - which is completely illegitimate and was created to occupy Palestinian lands - is clear," she added.


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