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Iran Current Events. By: Chelsea and Deanna. Important Figures. Ahmadi-Nejad. Khomeini. Supreme Leader Ali Hoseini-KHAMENEI. Politics. Iranian minister\'s firing shows hardening stance; Move reflects Ahmadinejad\'s influence

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Iran Current


By: Chelsea and Deanna


Important Figures



Supreme Leader Ali Hoseini-KHAMENEI



Iranian minister\'s firing shows hardening stance; Move reflects Ahmadinejad\'s influence

Steven Edwards. Calgary Herald. Calgary, Alta.: Dec 14, 2010. pg. A.14

International: Thank you and goodbye; Iran\'s foreign minister

Anonymous. The Economist. London: Dec 18, 2010. Vol. 397, Iss. 8713; pg. 93



    • The connection with the nuclear talks
    • The strengthening of Ahmadi-nejad’s power
    • Raises more concern over Ahmadi-nejad’s actions (bold and controversal)
    • Caused the divide between him and his rivals to grow
      • Rivals see this move as Ahmadi-nejad trying to keep power within a select group that agree with him
      • Proving that he can
      • The nature of the dismissal was seen as a slight (he was away and received a letter)
    • May cause a rift between him and the supreme leader (they’ve clashed before)


  • Mottaki
  • President Ahmadinejad
  • Supreme leader Ali Hoseini-Khamenei
  • Ahmadinejad’s rivals
  • Ali Akbar Salehi
  • Background:
  • Mottaki fell out of Ahmadinejad\'s favour for reasons still unknown
  • Mottaki and the president had had disagreements before
  • Mottaki was seen as a weak and ineffective minister


  • Ali Akbar Salehi


  • Caused more political instability
  • Strengthened Ahmadinejad’s power
  • Caused him and his rivals to become further apart
  • Caused tensions between him and the supreme leader
  • Caused civil unrest as people see the dismissal as a slight
  • Increased international tensions

Role and Responsibility:

  • As for the firing of

the minister there is

nothing that can be done

  • As for the nuclear build up,

that Iran is trying for...


Nuclear Weapons

United Nations nonproliferation sanctions

Sue E Eckert. International Journal. Toronto: Winter 2009/2010. Vol. 65, Iss. 1; pg. 69, 15 pgs

Iran claims start of cruise missile production, adding to military arsenal, defying sanctions

NASSER KARIMI. The Canadian Press. Toronto: Mar 7, 2010.

Washington \'committed\' to ensuring Israel secure; Determined to stop Iran getting nuclear weapon, U.S. vice-president says

Olivia Ward. Toronto Star. Toronto, Ont.: Mar 10, 2010. pg. A.12

Iran claims nuke summit supremacy; Washington \'only atomic criminal\'

Damien McElroy. National Post. Don Mills, Ont.: Apr 19, 2010. pg. A.7


West scoffs at Iran\'s `historic\' nuclear agreement with Turkey, Brazil.

Steven Edwards. CanWest News. Don Mills, Ont.: May 17, 2010.

Canada imposes new sanctions against Iran

JULIET O\'NEILL. The Gazette. Montreal, Que.: Jul 27, 2010. pg. A.9

Imagining an Iranian ICBM; The ambitious nature of Tehran\'s weapons program suggests Iran wants to do more than just take on Israel

Jonathan Kay. National Post. Don Mills, Ont.: Dec 16, 2010. pg. A.23

Iran in secret talks on nuclear exchange; Would give up uranium, halt enrichment efforts if UN sanctions lifted

Praveen Swami. Star - Phoenix. Saskatoon, Sask.: Dec 17, 2010. pg. C.16



    • The potential threat Iran would pose if they had fully operational nuclear weapons
      • Israel
    • Economic sanctions, hurting the Iranian people
  • Players:
  • President Ahmadinejad
  • Supreme leader Ali Hoseini-Khamenei
  • The West
  • The UN
  • Israel

Role and Responsibility

  • Become educated on the topic
  • Choose the government who supports your opinion
  • What not do to:
    • Put up sanctions (they do not work)
  • Background
  • Iran says it is developing its nuclear program as an alternative energy source from oil which they sell abroad (not everyone is convinced)
  • Impact
  • Raised concern over the threat Iran may pose by having nuclear technology



Natural Disaster

Deadly quake rocks Iran; At least seven killed, hundreds injured in earthquake

Reuters u. The Times - Transcript. Moncton, N.B.: Dec 21, 2010. pg. C.8

  • Hard to rebuild in earthquake frequent areas
  • Lack of resources


  • Iran is known for

having earthquakes


  • Loss of infrastructure
  • Loss of hope

Role and Responsibility:

  • International relief
  • Mobility policies

Terrorist Activity

8 arrested in Iran mosque bombings

Anonymous. Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, Alta.: Dec 17, 2010. pg. A.13

Sunni rebels claim Iran suicide blasts, 39 dead; Iran official says bombers had links to Pakistan

Reuters u. The Times - Transcript. Moncton, N.B.: Dec 16, 2010. pg. C.4

Dozens killed in Iran blasts; Suicide bombers attack mourners at mosque as Shiites mark one of holiest days

Gil Yaron. Toronto Star. Toronto, Ont.: Dec 16, 2010. pg. A.30



Sunni suicide bombers kill 39 at Shiite mosque in Iran

RAMIN MOSTA FAVI, HOSS EIN JASEB. The Gazette. Montreal, Que.: Dec 16, 2010. pg. A.16

Abdolmalek Rigi Has Been Executed

SUNDAY, 20 JUNE 2010 22:01

Iran hangs Jundollah leader Abdolmalek Rigi

June 21, 2010 Filed under World News



  • Religious struggle
  • Confusion
  • Children and women killed
  • Foreign countries involvement
  • Players:
  • Sunni muslim rebel group, Jundollah,
  • President Obama and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon


  • Religious differences
  • Dictatorship rule by Khomeini
  • Violent protests
  • History of executions
  • Impact
  • Severity of religious conflict in Iran
  • Destruction of infrastructure
  • Role and Responsibility
  • Support Canada as an ambassador of peace
  • Restrict strict control

Refugee Boating Accident

\'Children screaming\' as migrant boat sinks; At least 27 dead; Vessel dashed on rocks off Christmas Island

Bonnie Malkin. National Post. Don Mills, Ont.: Dec 16, 2010. pg. A.15

Dozens of refugees die after boat hits rocky island

Bonnie Malkin. Star - Phoenix. Saskatoon, Sask.: Dec 16, 2010. pg. C.12



  • Immigration Laws
  • Asylum seekers
  • Players:
  • Refugees
  • Australian citizens
  • (newspaper)
  • Australian government
  • Background:
  • History of human rights
  • violations
  • Human trafficking, stoning, executions
  • Refugees seeking asylum before
  • Border protection
  • Refugees gain more attention
  • People attempting to rescue refugees emotionally affected
  • Whose problem is this?

Role and Responsibility:

  • Become more aware on global issues
  • Donate to organizations like “International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran”
  • Advocate for more options for refugees

Women\'s Rights


Joanna Slater, Campbell Clark. The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Nov 10, 2010. pg. A.1

Fashion police back on job in Iran; Religious leaders crack down on \'immodest dress\' and bad hijabs

RASA SOWLAT. The Gazette. Montreal, Que.: Jun 29, 2010. pg. A.17

Mrs. Harper talks Iran, rights

Anonymous. The Province. Vancouver, B.C.: Nov 24, 2010. pg. A.27



  • Iran and UN Women
  • Stoning controversy
  • Countries pushing
  • others out of UN council
  • Fashion police taken too far
  • Players:
  • Iran (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei)
  • UN
  • United States, Canada and Australia
  • Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani
  • Harpers, Peter Mansbridge, Lloyd Robertson, former Miss Canada


  • International outcry
  • Verdict suspended
  • Public Trial
  • Impact:
  • Formation of UN Women
  • Discrediting of Iran as a nation
  • Role and Responsibility:
  • Sign petitions to free her
  • Watch UN Women’s progress
  • Support governments who
  • wish to create change

Other Human Rights Issues

Exiled for Love

Marc Colbourne. Briar Patch. Regina: Jul/Aug 2010. Vol. 39, Iss. 4; pg. 14, 4 pgs

Iranian teacher trade unionist executed

Anonymous. ATA News. Edmonton: Jun 1, 2010. Vol. 44, Iss. 18; pg. 3, 1 pgs

U.S. general calls Iran a \'thugocracy\'

Anonymous. Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, Alta.: Mar 8, 2010. pg. A.5



  • Torture
  • Secretive, confused trials
  • Hijacked elections
  • Players:
  • Immigration Canada
  • Education International
  • Iran Government
  • Iranian Court System


  • Religious influence in law
  • Severe punishment
  • Violent reactions
  • International sanctions
  • Impact
  • Instability
  • Emergence of organizations
  • Activists
  • Role and Responsibility:
  • Sign online petitions
  • Support refugee acceptance
  • Support the search for a solution


"CIA - The World Factbook." Welcome to the CIA Web Site — Central Intelligence Agency. 27 Oct. 2010. Web. 10 Nov. 2010. <>.

Steven Edwards.  "Iranian minister\'s firing shows hardening stance; Move reflects Ahmadinejad\'s influence. " Calgary Herald  14  Dec. 2010,Canadian Newsstand Core, ProQuest. Web.  31 Dec. 2010.

"International: Thank you and goodbye; Iran\'s foreign minister. " The Economist  18 Dec. 2010: CBCA Business, ProQuest. Web.  31 Dec. 2010.

Eckert, S.. "United Nations nonproliferation sanctions. " International Journal  65.1 (2009): 69-83. CBCA Reference and Current Events, ProQuest. Web.  31 Dec. 2010.

NASSER KARIMI.  "Iran claims start of cruise missile production, adding to military arsenal, defying sanctions. " The Canadian Press  7 March 2010 CBCA Current Events, ProQuest. Web.  31 Dec. 2010.

Olivia Ward.  "Washington \'committed\' to ensuring Israel secure; Determined to stop Iran getting nuclear weapon, U.S. vice-president says. " Toronto Star  10  Mar. 2010,Canadian Newsstand Torstar, ProQuest. Web.  31 Dec. 2010.

Damien McElroy.  "Iran claims nuke summit supremacy; Washington \'only atomic criminal\'. " National Post  19  Apr. 2010,Canadian Newsstand Core, ProQuest. Web.  31 Dec. 2010.

Steven Edwards.  "West scoffs at Iran\'s `historic\' nuclear agreement with Turkey, Brazil. " CanWest News  17 May 2010 CBCA Current Events, ProQuest. Web.  31 Dec. 2010.

JULIET O\'NEILL.  "Canada imposes new sanctions against Iran. " The Gazette  27  Jul 2010,Canadian Newsstand Core, ProQuest. Web.  31 Dec. 2010.

Jonathan Kay.  "Imagining an Iranian ICBM; The ambitious nature of Tehran\'s weapons program suggests Iran wants to do more than just take on Israel. " National Post  16  Dec. 2010,Canadian Newsstand Core, ProQuest. Web.  31 Dec. 2010.

Murphy, Karimi, Brian, Nasser. "Iran\'s President Faces Anger at Home over Firing Foreign Minister, Exposes Deepening Rifts." Macleans. The Associated Press, 14 Dec. 2010. Web. 31 Dec. 2010. <>.