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IRGC Ready for War? There is no moderate interpretation that’s possible for Tuesday’s remarks by Ali Fadavi, an Admiral in the Revolutionary Guard’s naval branch. Speaking to the Fars news agency, Fadavi claimed that Iranian naval forces are ready to attack and sink American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, in the event that the two nations go to war.

Few Developments since Evin Raid:The National Council of Resistance of Iran released its latest weekly report on the human rights situation. It calls attention to arbitrary arrests and gives the names of persons sentenced to death by the regime. Much of the report deals with the prison conditions and hunger strikes, as elements of a continuing chain of events since the Evin Prison raids of April 17.

The deputy of construction of Tehran’s governor confirmed the 25% rent rate of Taxis in Tehran by the capital’s governorship.On Saturday, Hossein Karimi said in a news conversation about the time of increasing the rent rate of taxis in Tehran: The city council of Tehran adopted the 25% increase in rent rate of taxi in 2014 and this resolution was confirmed by the governorship of Tehran. Based on this resolution from May 6 of current year the increase in rents of Tehran’s taxis will be implemented and the townships of Tehran Province are also expecting the adoption of councils and confirmation of governorships.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co said it will buy either no crude or a maximum of one cargo from Iran in the year through March 2015, a move that could keep at bay any potential U.S. pressure over oil shipments from the Islamic republic.

NCRI - Iranian workers should put 'morality and kissing the hands of the leader' before their wages - which have plunged to almost a third of the poverty line income, a senior cleric has declared.Ahmad Jannati, chairman of the Guardian Council said during Tehran's Friday prayers: "The workers in Iran should not think only of having an income and feeding themselves. They should think of moralities. The workers should kiss the hands of the Supreme Leader."

Vague Statements from the West: Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met at the White House on Friday to discuss shared foreign policy goals. While Iranian nuclear negotiations were reportedly on the agenda for the meeting, they took a back seat to the issue that is dominating European and American foreign policy: Russian intervention in Ukraine.

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