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Top cleric may be playing role in Iran unrest (Rafsanjani)
AP/Google News ^ | HAMZA HENDAWI

Posted on 06/20/2009 3:46:00 PM PDT by giotto

By HAMZA HENDAWI – 51 minutes ago

CAIRO (AP) — One of Iran's most powerful men may be playing a key role behind closed doors in the country's escalating postelection crisis.

Former president and influential cleric Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani has made no public comment since Iran erupted into confrontation between backers of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and reformists who claim he stole re-election through fraud.

But Iranian TV has shown pictures of Rafsanjani's daughter, Faezeh Hashemi, speaking to hundreds of opposition supporters. And Rafsanjani, who has made no secret of his distaste for Ahmadinejad, was conspicuously absent from an address by the country's supreme leader calling for national unity and siding with the president.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; iranviolence2009; rafsanjani

1 posted on 06/20/2009 3:46:00 PM PDT by giotto
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To: giotto

‘Rafsanjani’

Coolest name ever. He needs to watch his back, because he may not be long for this world; his daughter, too. :(


2 posted on 06/20/2009 3:49:48 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: giotto

CNN just showed videos of clashes between protesters and Basiji/Riot Police, ..In the cities of Shiraz and Esfahan!!!!!


3 posted on 06/20/2009 3:50:22 PM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: giotto; AdmSmith

There are reports that he had a meeting with one of Sistani’s people in Qom.

But Rafsanjani is no Sistani - he’s a shrewd, murdering, opportunist


4 posted on 06/20/2009 3:51:39 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“He needs to watch his back,”

He needs to be hung


5 posted on 06/20/2009 3:52:58 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Rafsanjani bears watching at all times...He’s better than some, but I wouldn’t want to invite him over to meet the family.


6 posted on 06/20/2009 3:53:57 PM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: nuconvert

Ah...my mistake. I thought he was against Ama-Nutjob? But he’s just another Ama-Nutjob in a long line of them?


7 posted on 06/20/2009 3:54:28 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The Wikipedia article about him says he holds the position of “Chairman of the Assembly of Experts[2] (a deliberative body of Mujtahids that is charged with electing, monitoring, and dismissing the Supreme Leader of Iran).” He is also reputedly one of the world’s richest men. He probably can afford to hire people to watch his back.


8 posted on 06/20/2009 3:56:39 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

He’s old school mullah...He likes to use diplomacy, and the velvet glove, more than the iron hand that the hardliners kneejerk response...But he’s a dangerous man to treat with at the best of times. He is no dove.


9 posted on 06/20/2009 3:58:32 PM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
He played tambourine with Bob Marley and the Wailers IIRC.
10 posted on 06/20/2009 3:58:37 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

He is much more liberal than Ahmed the Nut Job, but he has no love for Israel.


11 posted on 06/20/2009 4:00:49 PM PDT by giotto
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To: DGHoodini; Diana in Wisconsin
None of the principal players is a George Washington by any stretch of the imagination. This is a power-play for some and the people are the tools. Hopefully, the “reformers” will have to make promises and keep them.

Any forward movement toward liberty will be hard to undo.

12 posted on 06/20/2009 4:01:17 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: giotto

Merchants and Oil Workers STRIKE!!!!

To dam bad our closethomo babykilling coward President obambi can’t say those words.


13 posted on 06/20/2009 4:02:27 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: giotto

Yes. Technically, He and the Assembly appoint the Grand Ayaytollah, and could vote to dismiss him...But as thre have only been two...It’s never actually been done before, so who knows if they even did do it, it’s debatable whether it would “take”.


14 posted on 06/20/2009 4:02:44 PM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: DGHoodini

Seriously - you watch CNN?


15 posted on 06/20/2009 4:06:26 PM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: nuconvert

You realise, that in the muslim Hierarchy, Sistani as the Grand Ayatollah of Iraq, holds a historically higher ranking position than Khamenei?...who was in fact a low level cleric that was “finessed” into his position, over the heads of others, to get a man who would be more acceptable to those who put him in his position as Irans “Supreme Leader”.

He was illegitimate from day one.


16 posted on 06/20/2009 4:10:09 PM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: giotto

Just think how much more effective these protests would be if the people were armed!!


17 posted on 06/20/2009 4:15:14 PM PDT by timetostand
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To: GrannyAnn

I even watch PMSDNC occasionaly! >Bo)

But usually only to laugh at pig faced Crap Matthews lies.

CNN was the only news that wasn’t in reruns overnight, and they’ve been doing a fairly good job at covering the Iran Election protests, even when F&F came on, they were doing their usual fluff, and I wanted news from Iran.


18 posted on 06/20/2009 4:17:12 PM PDT by DGHoodini (The New York Times, are lying 'Rats!)
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To: nuconvert

Isn’t Rafsanjani one of those Iranian “moderates” we have been talking about and wanting for oh say the last 30 years?


19 posted on 06/20/2009 5:01:23 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: DGHoodini

You’re right. I found myself watching CNN for the first time in 10 years, just because I got so tired of seeing the same mealy mouthed talking heads on Fox.


20 posted on 06/20/2009 5:15:48 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Lol, yeah it is a cool name. However, he’s a millionaire mullah thug like everyone else in the regime. He’s sort of “Nutjob Lite.” He may be opposed to Ahmadinnerjacket, but he’s not a whole lot better.


21 posted on 06/20/2009 5:58:19 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I'm learning Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, and Russian so someday you won't have to)
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To: Maine Mariner; Diana in Wisconsin

“Isn’t Rafsanjani one of those Iranian “moderates” we have been talking about and wanting for oh say the last 30 years?”

No, he certainly is Not.

Rafsanjani was president for 2 terms starting in 1989.
He has an arrest warrant from Argentina for his involvement in the bombing of the jewish community center in Buenos Aires in ‘94, and ordered the assassination of exiled Kurdish leaders at Mykonos restaurant in Germany in 1992, and he was president during the arrest, disappearance & chain murders (executions) of hundreds of intellectuals in the late 1990’s.(a purge)


22 posted on 06/20/2009 6:18:41 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: G8 Diplomat

I don’t know why I give anyone in that part of the world any benefit of doubt, LOL!


24 posted on 06/21/2009 4:57:07 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: giotto; Ernest_at_the_Beach
Latest tweet from PersianKiwi in Tehran:
Faeze Hashemi Rafsanjani arrested yesterday - confirmed -

Faeze Hashemi Rafsanjani and family members being held prisoner in military compound - #Iranelection -

Mousavi - We are(Independently) working on a gerneral Strike Plan. Please help us with your ideas if you have expertise #Iranelection RT

There's some tweets on Mousavi being arrested, but I'm regarding them as disinformation until I see better confirmation.
25 posted on 06/21/2009 8:03:37 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: PapaBear3625

Just beat me to it!


26 posted on 06/21/2009 8:08:51 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: giotto
Help the People of Iran, and setup a Twitter Proxy for them to continue getting news out of Iran!

I did it, it took 15 minutes for Windows users.

Directions and software can be found here: Austin Heap - How to setup a Twitter Proxy for Iran

If you have basic Windows experience (installing software, editing a file with Notepad) and have bandwidth to spare, help out the Citizens of Iran in their fight for freedom!

27 posted on 06/21/2009 8:12:11 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: PapaBear3625

No confirmation of his whereabouts by anybody on the ground in Iran that I’ve been able to find...that, and the fact that he’s still able to get messages out seem to mean that he’s NOT arrested.


28 posted on 06/21/2009 8:15:11 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Incompetence mixed with bad ideology = change for the worst.)
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To: PapaBear3625; NormsRevenge; Marine_Uncle; SolidWood; Straight Vermonter; G8 Diplomat; Man50D; ...
Thanks,...dropping this link ..to FR Thread...here for all:

Rafsanjani's daughter arrested in Iran

29 posted on 06/21/2009 1:05:37 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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