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Is Khamenei 'Dissatisfied' With Nuclear Deal?

There seemed to be confusion among Iranian politicians about the Supreme Leader's "real" position on Iran's negotiations with the West on its nuclear program, the Persian language edition of Radio France Internationale is reporting, citing several Iranian press reports.
The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on Iran's key domestic and foreign policies, has until now appeared to back the foreign-policy team that has negotiated limits on the country's nuclear program in exchange for a loosening of crippling economic sanctions.
The crucial point in agreements reached so far, which some in Iran have criticized, was Tehran's pledge to curb uranium enrichment, which the Western powers feared would lead to the production of nuclear weapons.
And now some conservative politicians in Iran are saying Khamenei was dissatisfied with the pledge to curb enrichment, according to Iranian legislator, Javad Karimi-Qoddusi, who declared that the Supreme Leader recently said he had "read the text" of Iran's Geneva accords "three times, and I do not infer halting the right to enrich uranium."
Another conservative MP Mahmud Nabavian was cited as saying that negotiators had disrespected the Leader's instructions not to "cross the red line" - meaning Iran's enrichment "rights."
Iran's moderate former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani then stepped in to say that Khamenei "approved the negotiating team, both before and after the negotiations," adding that such remarks sought to "discourage" Iranians, Jomhuri-e Eslami newspaper reported.
The debate is the latest fireworks in ongoing political rivalries between Iranian moderates and more hardline elements. The latter claim to have the Leader's ear and sympathies, though both sides usually wait for Khamenei's next set of declarations, to see which direction he is swaying.
RFI did, however, not that Khamenei's office had yet to contradict the recent claims about his "dissatisfaction."
-Ahmad Shayegan
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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.


Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?


The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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