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Iranian Alert -- January 11, 2004 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD --Americans for Regime Change in Iran
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 1.11.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 01/11/2004 12:07:57 AM PST by DoctorZIn

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All Iranian Governors Threaten To Quit

Persian Journal ^ | 1/11/04 | Persian Journal
Posted on 01/11/2004 7:32:56 PM PST by freedom44

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51 posted on 01/11/2004 9:12:59 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran's overmighty mullahs

12/01/2004
Telegraph - Uk

Iran's hardline clerical leadership has debarred some 80 reformist members of the Majlis, or consultative assembly, from seeking re-election next month. This "coup", as the opposition sees it, is likely to arouse real anger, banishing the apathy that has marked the political scene since Iran was swept by a wave of strikes and demonstrations last year. The credibility of the parliamentary elections will be seriously compromised, which may persuade the opposition that they now have no choice but to take their protests on to the streets.

The Islamic Republic is a state with a split personality: a unique combination of democracy and theocracy. Superficially, Iran is one of the few functioning democracies in the Middle East. However, under the revolutionary system instituted by Ayatollah Khomeini, and known as velâyat-e faqih , both parliament and government are subordinate to parallel bodies controlled by the clergy, which exercises power in rather the same indirect way that the Communist Party did in the Soviet Union. Though the President, Mohammed Khatami, was directly elected, gaining more than three quarters of the popular vote, ultimate power resides not with him, but with the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, who succeeded Khomeini in 1989. Clerics keep a tight grip on the Majlis, whose membership and legislation are subject to the approval of a clerical Guardian Council. It is this council - the powers of which the reformists have tried and failed to abolish - which has now deselected a large proportion of them.

It seems that the clergy hope to capitalise on disillusionment with the failures of the reformists. If so, they may have miscalculated. Most Iranians are critical of Khatami; but for Khamenei they have contempt. This attempt to rig elections might just be the last straw. External pressure has already forced the hardliners to come clean on nuclear weapons. With American forces just over the border in Iraq and Afghanistan, regime change in Iran is no longer inconceivable. While open support for the opposition would now be counter-productive, if the Iranian people were to rise against their overmighty mullahs, the West would surely show solidarity with them.

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52 posted on 01/11/2004 9:48:08 PM PST by F14 Pilot (Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.)
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53 posted on 01/12/2004 12:02:50 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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