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2008-08-25 09:01:30

Iran to launch first telecom satellite soon: president TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Saturday that his country is to send its first remote sensing telecommunication satellite into space in the near future, local Press TV satellite channel reported. Ahmadinejad made the announcement in an address in the city of Arak, capital of Iran's central province of Markaz. "The Islamic Republic has now developed the technology to build satellites and...

2008-08-19 09:00:56

Update: Iran launches first home-made satellite into space TEHRAN, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran announced Sunday that it launched a satellite into space earlier in the day, the country's first domestically made. The satellite, Omid (hope), was launched Sunday by using Safir (ambassador) satellite-carrier rocket, the armed forces said in a statement, quoted by the official IRNA news agency. The Omid Satellite which was successfully fired on the birth anniversary of the last Imam (prophet)...

2008-08-19 09:00:56

Iran launches first home-made satellite into space TEHRAN, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran announced Sunday that it launched a satellite into space earlier in the day, which is the first domestically made. The satellite, Omid (hope), was launched Sunday by using Safir (ambassador) satellite-carrier rocket, the armed forces said in a statement, quoted by the official IRNA news agency. Another news agency Fars quoted government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham as saying that President Mahmoud...

2008-08-17 21:00:43

Text of report by Iranian conservative, privately-owned Fars News Agency website Tehran, 17 August: Government Spokesman Gholamhoseyn Elham said: The Iranian satellite-carrier rocket "Safir-e Omid" [Messenger of Hope] was launched in the presence of President Ahmadinezhad and in the name of the Lord of the Era [the twelfth Shi'i Imam]. Gholamhoseyn Elham in an interview with the political correspondent of Fars News Agency said: Dr Ahmadinezhad was present at the space launch base for the...

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2008-08-18 09:45:00

Iran put a dummy satellite into orbit on an Iranian made rocket for the first time on Sunday. The launch is likely to increase Western unease over Iran's nuclear aspirations. "The Safir (Ambassador) satellite carrier was launched today and for the first time we successfully launched a dummy satellite into orbit," said Reza Taghizadeh, head of the Iranian Aerospace Organization. The same long-range ballistic rockets used to put satellites into orbit, are also the same type of rockets used in...

2008-08-15 18:00:24

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday he hoped to sign energy deals with Turkey opposed by the United States. "We have reached important agreements on natural gas and electricity issues," he said during a meeting in Istanbul. "God willing we will complete them as soon as possible." The United States has voiced its opposition to the energy deal amid a standoff between Iran and Western countries over concerns Iran is pursuing secret nuclear weapons. Tehran says such fears are...

2008-08-15 06:00:35

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Istanbul Turkey, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad commented on reports that there was no energy deal signed on Thursday (14 August) between Iran and Turkey. He said: "A very good deal has already been signed between the two countries in the energy sector; including the production and transport of [natural] gas and investments in electricity. The parties are working to implement this agreement as soon as possible. Yesterday's statement...

2008-08-15 00:00:34

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived Thursday in Istanbul for his first visit to Turkey as president of Iran. During a meeting, Ahmadinejad and his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, failed to agree on the details of a proposed pipeline to carry natural gas from Iran to Turkey, Hurriyet reported. The visit was moved to Istanbul because Ahmadinejad angered many Turks by refusing to visit the mausoleum in Ankara of Kemal Ataturk, the founding father of the secular Turkish state. Turkish leaders also...

2008-08-08 15:00:35

Text of editorial entitled "The establishment of Islamic nation's media system" by conservative Iranian daily Hemayat, published by the Prisons' Organization, on 7 August The twenty first century has been named the age of information blast. It creates wealth and power, and changes the nature of politicians. Political systems in this age cannot dominate any more only by relying on material and military power, geopolitical position or their population. It is a new epoch in now-day world....

2008-08-08 12:00:26

Text of report by Iranian conservative, privately-owned Fars News Agency website Tehran, 8 August: President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad has forgiven all complaints filed by the government and state organizations against the mass media. The Fars News Agency reports that last night president Ahmadinezhad in a sincere meeting with journalists ordered the executives bodies to abandon all complaints against the mass media. He announced this move as his other present to journalists on the occasion of...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'