Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in a meeting on Saturday with a group of professors, scientific elites and researchers from universities, science and technology parks, as well as scientific and research centers, sketched out the Islamic Republic’s 20-year objectives for turning into a “powerful, dignified, independent, religious, rich, and justice-oriented” Iran “endowed with a popular, clean, industrious, compassionate and pious government.” Noting that universities set the foundation for the achievement of such lofty goals, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said: “‘Accelerating the pace of the scientific growth at universities and scientific centers’, ‘creating and strengthening the sense of [being part of] the dignified Iranian-Islamic identity among the youth’, ‘maintaining revolutionary spirit of universities and students’ and ‘[paving the way for] soft war commanders and officers’ to play their genuine role’ are among requirements for the Islamic establishment to become a prominent scientific power and a model of democracy endowed with [the values of] Islam and spirituality in the world.”
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday, referred to the brilliant cultural and civilizational history of Iran and Greece, saying: “This visit can be a good start for increasing exchanges and long-term cooperation between the two countries.”
Referring to the Greek prime minister’s remarks about the existence of conflicting viewpoints and interests in Europe, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “This criticism against Europe is sustained that unlike the past, it lacks an independent will in the face of America, which Europeans must do away with this weakness.”
With respect to the Greek prime minister’s remarks on the issue of Syria, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said: “Terrorism is a contagious and very dangerous disease, which could be controlled provided that everybody dealt with it seriously, but unfortunately, certain [governments] are directly or indirectly aiding terrorist currents.”
Highlighting commonalities and convergence between policies pursued by Iran and Greece, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Your Excellency and your government follow an independent policy and line, which we hope you would be able to overcome economic problems [in your country] and this trip would be a step toward further strengthening of the two countries’ interests.”
During this meeting, which was also attended by Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri, Mr. Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece, addressed the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, saying: “You are the Leader of great and honorable people, who have played a determining role in history and also in defending their ideals and independence.”
Mr. Tsipras described his Iran visit as a sign of the existence of a joint political will in the two countries for boosting cooperation at all levels, adding: “This trip is a turning point in bilateral relations and will be in the best interests of both countries.”
Pointing to conflicting viewpoints and interests as well as complications and problems in Europe, the Greek prime minister said: “The European countries have interdependent economies and any change in them is very difficult. To fix this situation, the composition of forces in the European Union must change.”
On the issue of Syria, Mr. Tsipras said: “We hope to witness positive developments in the case of Syria, because this crisis has humanitarian dimensions, which have forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes due to terrorists’ attacks and migrate to other countries including Greece.”
Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first American athlete to partake in the Olympics with hijab.
The 30-year-old Muslim is a fencer who wears hijab in contests and will go to the 2016 Summer Olympics wearing one, Huffington Post reported Tuesday.
She won the bronze medal in the Women’s Sabre World Cup on Saturday to be qualified to represent the US fencing team in Rio, Brazil.
“When most people picture an Olympic fencer, they probably do not imagine a person like me. Fortunately, I am not most people," she explains in her USA Fencing bio. "I have always believed that with hard work, dedication, and perseverance, I could one day walk with my U.S. teammates into Olympic history."
"I want to compete in the Olympics for the United States to prove that nothing should hinder anyone from reaching their goals -- not race, religion or gender. I
want to set an example that anything is possible with perseverance."
The New Jersey native has been fencing since the age of 13.
The 2016 games, or Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016 in Portuguese, will be held from August 5 to August 21.