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  • Sitting Out Another Iranian Intifada?

    12/28/2009 6:01:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 614+ views ^ | December 28, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Mideast: As the death of a dissident cleric spawns renewed protests, Sen. John Kerry seeks to make nice with the oppressors of those who truly deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. How about regime change, Senator? The death toll from the brutal suppression of the latest round of Iranian protests against their government has reached double digits. We wonder if the senator still wants to be the highest U.S. official to visit Tehran since U.S. hostages were held for 444 days by the very same regime. To Kerry and this administration, the problem is one of mistrust and misunderstanding. Come, let...
  • Iran declares martial law in Najafabad - website

    12/28/2009 5:58:35 AM PST · by DGHoodini · 4 replies · 300+ views
    WashingtonTV ^ | Monday, 28 December 2009 | N/A
    Washington, 28 December (WashingtonTV)-Iranian authorities have declared martial law in the city of Najafabad, the hometown of the dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died last week, a pro-reform website reported on Sunday. The Rahesabz website said that at 9 pm local time [17:30 GMT], security forces used loudspeakers to announce martial law and asked citizens not to leave their homes. The declaration was the first since the 1978-79 Islamic revolution overturned the former Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The declaration came as security forces clashed with protesters across Iran, who were making use of the Shiite holy day...
  • Iran's perfect storm: The mullahs are facing down a revolution

    12/26/2009 5:58:00 PM PST · by Abakumov · 5 replies · 789+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2009 | Editorial
    Today, the Islamic regime in Iran faces what could be a perfect storm. A respected opposition leader is being mourned, it is the most holy day of the year for Shiites, and the pro-democracy Green Movement is more energized and radicalized than ever. The spirit of liberation is alive and well. ...One of our New Year's wishes is that peaceful change comes to Iran, but the regime will do everything in its power to prevent that from happening. Hopefully the reform movement will reach critical mass before the Islamic regime's nuclear program does.
  • Iran protests spread in heartland

    12/26/2009 5:33:28 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 956+ views
    Demonstrations in Esfahan and Najafabad are evidence that the opposition movement has spread beyond Tehran to include a broad cross-section of people in central Iran. Esfahan and Najafabad were the "spiritual capitals" of the late Montazeri, said Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, a Tehran analyst and journalist who strongly supports the opposition movement. The harsh crackdown against Montazeri's supporters has the potential to drive them deeper into the opposition camp. "What has happened was a religious reaction out of devotion and conviction" to Montazeri, he said. "While on the surface the unrest has no relation with the political agenda of the green [opposition]...
  • Going Rogue

    12/25/2009 6:53:02 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 724+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | Reuel Marc Gerecht
    When I first encountered the Persian word mofangi, I struggled to grasp its meaning. It implies a certain timidity, physical weakness, and awkwardness. Seeking to put some flesh on that definition, my language tutor told me to envision Grand Ayatollah Hosein Ali Montazeri. "He's more than a little mofangi," remarked the tutor, expressing the condescension that well-educated, leftwing Iranians often have for the clergy who stole their revolution. That was in the mid 1980s, and Montazeri was the number two cleric in Iran, a mullah who once passionately believed in exporting Iran's revolutionary tumult and was instrumental in building the...
  • Iran bans memorials for cleric in wake of violence

    12/24/2009 7:08:05 AM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 315+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran banned memorials for the country's most senior dissident cleric and reiterated a stern warning to the opposition Thursday, after days of services in honor of the spiritual leader turned into street protests against the government.
  • Iranian security forces suppress new wave of opposition protests in Isfahan

    12/24/2009 1:27:37 AM PST · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 543+ views
    Times Online ^ | December 24, 2009 | Martin Fletcher
    Iranian security forces violently suppressed opposition supporters in the city of Isfahan yesterday as tensions increased before nationwide demonstrations planned for this weekend. Two days after massive demonstrations in the holy city of Qom, clashes erupted in Isfahan, Iran’s third city, as thousands of mourners gathered for a memorial service for Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the opposition’s spiritual leader, who died at the weekend. Opposition websites said riot police and Basij militiamen surrounded the Seyed mosque from early in the morning, and then attacked the mourners with batons, teargas and pepper gas. Many were injured and dozens were arrested,...
  • Iran: Clashes Accompany Fresh Montazeri Memorial in Isfahan

    12/23/2009 4:17:44 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 338+ views
    Radio Free Europe via Payvand ^ | 12-23-09 | By Golnaz Esfandiari
    Heavy clashes have been reported outside an Isfahan mosque where a memorial ceremony was due to be held in honor of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a founding architect of the Iranian Revolution and spiritual father of Iran's opposition Green Movement. The clashes come two days after a funeral ceremony for the 87-year-old Montazeri, who died on December 19 in his home in Qom, turned into a huge antigovernment protest in the holy city located southwest of the capital. Eyewitnesses tell RFE/RL that as mourners and opposition supporters arrived for today's memorial service, they found security forces and plainclothes agents...
  • Iran forces clash with protesters in cities: (demonstrations continue)

    12/23/2009 5:05:10 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 356+ views
    Iranian security forces armed with batons and teargas clashed with supporters of the late dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri in two central cities on Wednesday, opposition websites said. (excerpt) Police chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moqadam warned the pro-reform opposition of "fierce" confrontation if it continued its "illegal" activities, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The reformist Jaras website said many demonstrators were injured and arrests were made during clashes in the city of Isfahan, which occurred when Montazeri supporters gathered for the traditional third day of mourning for him. "Police fired teargas to disperse people ... many people were injured...
  • Ayatollah's death stirs Iranian opposition to bitter protests

    12/22/2009 4:59:33 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 413+ views
    The Iranian regime hit back viciously last night after the opposition turned the funeral of their spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, into another huge anti-government demonstration in the holy city of Qom. Men on motorbikes attacked the car carrying Mir Hossein Mousavi, the opposition leader, back from Qom to Tehran. They smashed the back window and injured one of his aides, a reformist website reported. Hundreds of government agents halted the memorial service for Montazeri, according to a conservative website. The assaults, which cannot be independently confirmed, came at the end of a day when the so-called Green...
  • Iranian Cleric's Funeral Turns Into Anti-Government Protest

    12/21/2009 8:25:36 PM PST · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 354+ views
    VOA News ^ | December 21, 2009 | Elizabeth Arrott
    The political opposition in Iran says hundreds of thousands of people turned out for the funeral of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. The dissident cleric, who died Sunday at the age of 87, had been a spiritual guide for opponents of the government. Some in the funeral procession held aloft the green banners of the opposition movement, while others chanted anti-government slogans. Security forces were present along the route, and there are reports of isolated fighting between some of the police and protesters. The crowds came from across Iran to the holy city of Qom to attend the burial of...
  • Attacks halt Iran dissident cleric's memorial service

    12/21/2009 5:57:08 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 475+ views
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Dec. 21, 2009
    Opponents of Iran's most senior dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri stopped his memorial service in a tumultuous day in Qom on Monday which saw huge protests and some shots fired, websites said. The car of Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi was attacked by "plainclothes men" on motorbikes as he was returning to Tehran from the service in Qom and one member of his entourage was injured, one of the websites said. The incidents came after huge crowds of Iranians marked Montazeri's funeral in the holy city, 125 km (80 miles) south of Tehran. Websites reported scuffles between mourners...
  • Cleric's Death, Torture Case Jolt Iran

    12/21/2009 7:02:06 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 725+ views
    WSJ ^ | Farnaz Fassihi
    Iran's opposition seized upon the death of one of the Islamic republic's founding fathers -- a revered ayatollah who was also a fierce critic of the nation's leadership -- to take to the streets in mourning. Tens of thousands of Iranian mourners--many chanting protest slogans--joined the funeral procession Monday for Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who had described government crackdowns as the work of power-hungry despots. Iranian authorities have barred foreign media from covering the processions in the holy city of Qom for Ayatollah Montazeri, who died Sunday at age 87. But witnesses said many mourners shouted protest cries including...
  • Grand Ayatollah Montazeri's funeral sees hundreds of thousands challenge the Iranian regime

    12/21/2009 6:01:51 AM PST · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 419+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | December 21, 2009
    Hundreds of thousands of mourners turned out in Iran's holy city of Qom on Monday for the funeral of top dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. Opposition supporters chanted anti-government slogans in Iran's holy city of Qom on Monday after the funeral of Ayatollah Montazeri. Mourners wearing green items, a symbol of the protests that followed last June's presidential election, chanted slogans similar to those used in the post-ballot demonstrations. There were clashes between hardline pro-government vigilantes and mourners, reports said. "Ansar Hezbollah groups entered the crowd and wanted to derail the slogans and disrupt the ceremony. They went...
  • Protests Break Out at Funeral for Iranian Cleric

    12/21/2009 5:22:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 422+ views
    Tens of thousands of Iranian mourners — many chanting protest slogans — joined the funeral procession Monday for the country's most senior dissident cleric, who had described government crackdowns as the work of power-hungry despots.
  • Grand Ayatollah Montazeri Dies - Possibly killing Regime

    12/20/2009 9:30:01 PM PST · by FARS · 23 replies · 1,813+ views
    AntiMullah & Sources Inside Iran ^ | December 20th, 2009 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    One of Iran's most prominent dissident clerics, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, has died aged 87. Hossein Ali Montazeri was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution which created Iran's Islamic state, and was at one stage set to become its leader. His fierce criticism of the slaughter by Khomeini in his prisons - ended in his being "banned" and theoretically "demoted". Announcing his death, the Mullah regime refused to even give him an Ayatollah title let alone his true Grand Ayatollah one, mentioning him only by his name. One of Shia Islam's most respected figures, he was also a...
  • Iran regime on alert following death of dissident cleric Montazeri

    12/20/2009 6:49:59 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 566+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Robert Tait
    Thousands of mourners are gathering in the Iranian city of Qom following the death of leading reformist cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, offering protesters a fresh rallying point for confrontation with the government. Montazeri, who died early this morning aged 87, is due to be buried at the Ma'asoumeh shrine, one of the holiest in Shia Islam, tomorrow. The event threatened to turn into a security nightmare for the authorities amid reports that thousands were travelling from as far away as Isfahan and Najafabad, Montazeri's birthplace. Reformist websites reported that the road between Tehran and Qom was clogged with...
  • Iran's dissident cleric dies

    12/20/2009 12:03:05 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 29 replies · 1,022+ views
    Iran's senior dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, has died aged 87, official media reported. Montazeri was an architect of the 1979 Islamic revolution who fell out with the present leadership and was under house arrest for some years. "Hossein Ali Montazeri passed away in his home last night," the official IRNA news agency said in a report that did not mention his title. He lived in the holy Shiite Muslim city of Qom, south of Tehran. In August, he described the clerical establishment as a "dictatorship", saying the authorities' handling of street unrest following a disputed presidential election...
  • Iran's dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri dies

    12/20/2009 5:44:47 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 498+ views
    One of Iran's most prominent dissident clerics, Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri, has died aged 87. Hoseyn Ali Montazeri was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution which created Iran's Islamic state, and was at one stage set to become its leader. One of Shia Islam's most respected figures, he was also a leading critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The BBC's Jon Leyne says the death comes at a crucial time in a standoff between the government and opposition. Iran's rulers will now fear the opposition may attempt a big turnout for his funeral on Monday and other ceremonies marking...
  • Grand Ayatollah Montezari answers questions about the Green Movement (Iran)

    12/03/2009 5:47:49 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 601+ views
    Questions asked of Grand Ayatollah Montazeri of Iran on his website....... In your opinion: What were the achievements of the (SoG)Movement over recent months? What are the factors that could stop the movement from expansion and make the way harder for them. What are the ways that would strengthen, safe-guard and protect the movement? What do you suggest to make the movement grow and blossom?” 1. The (SoG) Movement is the real representation of the legitimate demands of the majority of the Iranian nation, over many years. Although until now it has been facing the rough and extreme retaliation of...
  • Grandchildren Of Dissident Iranian Ayatollah Arrested

    09/15/2009 5:18:26 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 603+ views
    RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty ^ | September 15, 2009
    September 15, 2009 Three grandchildren of Iranian dissident Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri have been arrested in the Islamic holy city of Qom, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. The father of the three, Ahmad Montazeri, told Radio Farda that the charges against his sons and the reason for their arrest by the Qom Special Clergy Court are unclear. The children's father said 22-year-old Mohammad Mahdi Montazeri, 18-year-old Mohammad Sadegh Montazeri, and 20-year-old Mohammad Ali Montazeri are not politically active. The arrests come after Ayatollah Montazeri issued a new statement in which he urges leading Shi'ite clerics and "sources of emulation" to...
  • Ayatollah Montazeri, Iran's Senior cleric, rallies all Shiite clerics against government

    09/15/2009 2:28:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 549+ views
    <p>Grand Ayatollah Hoseinali Monrazeri, in a message to all Shiite clergy, says "the recent events and atrocities should be an alarm bell for the clergy," and warned that their silence regarding recent offenses is being abused by the government.</p> <p>Pointing out the power of every word uttered by the clergy, Ayatollah Montazeri called on them to find a way out of the crisis that has gripped the country since the disputes over the June presidential elections.</p>
  • Senior Iranian cleric calls system a dictatorship

    08/26/2009 7:43:20 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 692+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's most senior dissident cleric has criticized the ruling system under Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a dictatorship in the name of Islam. Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri's comments are significant because although criticism of ruling figures has increased following the disputed June presidential election, public attacks against Khamenei are rare.
  • Iran Cleric Ratchets Up Rhetoric Against Leaders

    07/13/2009 9:17:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 806+ views
    CBS News ^ | July 13, 2009
    Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the senior dissident cleric in Iran's religious establishment, has issued his harshest condemnation of the Islamic Republic's leadership since the disputed June 12 election. Mondtazeri (at left) never names Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei directly in his remarks, but he has long been an outspoken opponent of both Khamenei and the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Montazeri says "those who have lost, religiously and reasonably, the credibility for serving the public, are automatically dismissed, and the continuation of their work has no legitimacy." The Grand Ayatollah also says Iranians have a religious right and duty to...
  • Grand Ayatollah Montazeri Issues Fatwa Against Iranian Regime

    07/12/2009 6:01:11 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 569+ views
    MEMRI/The Lid ^ | 7/12/09 | The Lid
    Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri was one of the leaders of the Iranian Revolution in 1979. At one time he was designated successor to the Ayatollah Khomeini but fell out with Khomeini in 1989 because he disagreed with government policies that infringed on freedom and denied people's rights. He is a senior Islamic scholar and a Grand Marja (religious authority) of Islam. Montazeri has never been a big fan of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his nuclear and economic policies. While agreeing Iran had the right to develop nuclear energy, he called Ahmadinejad's approach to the issue aggressive, saying, "One has to...
  • Grand Ayatollah Montazeri Pronounce Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei "Illegitimate"

    07/12/2009 5:33:27 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 28 replies · 2,669+ views
    [TEHRAN BUREAU] In a very important development, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the most senior cleric living in Iran, and one of the top two* marja’ taghlid (source of emulation) in Shiite Islam, issued a series of Fatwas, calling the Supreme Leader illegitimate and saying that he was working with the government against religion. Montazeri has called on people to take action against this injustice, even if they have to pay a heavy price for it. Ayatollah Motazeri, who has long been one of the most outspoken critics of Iran’s hard-liners, issued the Fatwas in response to a letter that...
  • Iranian Clerical Opposition Forming

    06/16/2009 2:35:41 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 94 replies · 5,475+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2009 | Jim Robbins
    The uprising in Iran can only succeed if there are fundamental shifts within the clerical power structure that runs the country. There are now signs that an opposition group is crystallizing within the religious leadership.
  • Iran arrests dissident cleric's aide:(aid to Grand Ayatollah Montazeri )

    10/12/2008 6:59:30 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 419+ views
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | Oct 12, 2008
    Oct 12, 2008 TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran has arrested an aide to Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri following fresh criticism by the dissident cleric against Islamic republic leaders over freedom, reports said on Sunday. "An information aide in Ayatollah Montazeri's office has been arrested in Qom after publishing his recent comments," reformist Kargozaran newspaper said. Montazeri's official website said security officials in the religious city of Qom arrested mid-ranking cleric Mojtaba Lotfi on Wednesday after he published a sermon by Montazeri at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. "Why aren't your slogans in line with your action? You describe...
  • Iran's top dissident Grand Ayatollah calls for U.S. talks

    11/06/2007 3:26:49 PM PST · by freedom44 · 31 replies · 191+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/06/07 | Reuters
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's government should hold direct talks with the United States to avoid possible military action against the Islamic Republic, the country's top dissident cleric said in a speech. Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, an architect of the Islamic revolution, was among Iranian leaders who endorsed the 444-day occupation of the U.S. embassy shortly after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, when 52 Americans were taken hostage. The event led Washington to break diplomatic ties, which Montazeri said should now be restored. "The nuclear row should be resolved through direct talks with America to avoid a war. Talks about a...
  • [Iran's] Rulers Say: The Mosques are Our Political Parties... Elections are a [Mere] Formality

    05/24/2006 5:55:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 322+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 5-24-06
    Iraqi News Agency Aswathura's Interview With Grand Ayatollah Montazeri: [Iran's] Rulers Say: The Mosques are Our Political Parties... Elections are a [Mere] Formality... If a Citizen Expresses Dissent, He is Persecuted... Security Forces and Military Have the Last Word... Iran Should Establish Good Relations With America, [Based on] Mutual Respect' In an interview with the independent Iraqi news agency Aswathura, Iranian Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Montazeri, one of the founders of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, gave his views on the current Iranian regime and the challenges it faces. Grand Ayatollah Montazeri had been designated by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as...
  • Ledeen: Time to take down the terror masters in Tehran (Iranian Fission)

    08/01/2005 2:31:42 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 32 replies · 1,030+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 01, | M Ledeen
    One of my favorite reporters called late last week, saying he had learned that Coalition forces in Iraq had captured an Iranian vehicle entering Iraq with large quantities of shaped explosives, obviously headed for the terrorists. "So what?" was my reply. It happens most every day. But he was baffled. Why would the Iranians be supporting terrorist actions against Shiites? After all, didn't they want the Shiites to prevail in Iraq, so that there could be an Islamic republic there? His question — and he's a good reporter — shows once again how totally false stereotypes distort our ability to...

    07/24/2005 5:03:20 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 44 replies · 616+ views
    Iran Press Service ^ | Sunday, July 24, 2005
    “Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is no more the leader, having overstepped his legitimacy by not responding to his Islamic duties. He must step down”, says Iran’s most prominent political dissident Akbar Ganji. In a pathetic letter to the nation’s most senior dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hoseynali Montazeri, Mr. Ganji cites a statement by the fonder of the Islamic Republic Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini saying “every member of the population has the right to impeach publicly the ruling officials and if the impeached one has no satisfactory answer, otherwise and if having acted against his Islamic obligations, he must step down and...
  • Top clerics challenge Iran regime as vote nears

    05/11/2005 1:48:48 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 11 replies · 453+ views
    Iran Mania ^ | May 11th, 05
    LONDON, May 11 (IranMania) - Two of Iran's most senior dissident pro-reform Shiite clerics have hit out at the Islamic regime ahead of next month's presidential election, accusing hardliners of failing to deliver on revolutionary promises of fundamental freedoms. In interviews with AFP, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri and Grand Ayatollah Yusef Saanei also voiced pessimism over the prospect for a free and fair poll on June 17. "My point of view, and I cannot say more than this, is that things are not going in the right direction," said Montazeri, who is in his mid 80s and is one...
  • Iran's top dissident cleric turns attention to Iraq chaos

    10/06/2004 12:44:07 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 2 replies · 371+ views ^ | Tuesday, October 5, 2004 | AP
    QOM, Iran - These are pilgrims of a different kind. Several times a week, Shiite Muslim clerics and community leaders from neighboring Iraq climb stairs to a little office in this Iranian city of shrines and Islamic seminaries. There, an aged and hunched figure sits on a swivel chair fitted with an electric blanket. He's Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a former heir apparent to lead Iran who fell from favor and spent five years under house arrest as the regime's most feared dissident. Now - taking on another role - the 82-year-old Montazeri is using his lofty theological credentials...
  • Summary of Iran (Press) Stories in Today's Broadcasts (RadioFarda)

    04/27/2004 11:05:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 382+ views ^ | April 27, 2004
    Press Freedom Society Meets with (Grand Ayatollah) Montazeri •The board members of the society for defense of press freedom met with high-ranking dissident cleric Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri in Qum. Defending freedom of the press is defense of people and the society, Montazeri said. Some officials consider themselves custodians of the people, whereas according to the law, all citizens have the right to express themselves freely, Montazeri added. The society for defense of press freedom holds annual meetings in Qum at the offices of various top clerics, Tehran-based lawyer and human rights activist Mohammad Seifzadeh who was present at the meeting,...
  • Sidelined AYATOLLAH PREACHES MODERATION;Iranian Censors Limit Cleric's Reach

    11/18/2003 10:41:28 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 200+ views ^ | 11-18-03 | Karl Vick
    Sidelined Ayatollah Preaches Moderation Washington Post - By Karl Vick Nov 18, 2003 Iranian Censors Limit Cleric's Reach QOM, Iran -- Ayatollah Ali Meshkini stood erect in the pulpit of this holy city's central mosque, delivering the political portion of his Friday sermon by engaging the 3,000 worshippers in a familiar volley of call and response. "The first issue and only issue is Palestine," said Meshkini, a lean figure who wore a white turban. "The Great Satan is supporting Israel unconditionally. That's why they are repressing the Palestinians." "Down with the U.S.A.," chanted the faithful. A few blocks down Riverbank...
  • Grand Ayatollahs Slams US Embassy Seizure

    09/21/2003 6:49:28 PM PDT · by Persia · 9 replies · 200+ views
    BBC News ^ | 9/21/03 | Sadeq Saba
    Iran's leading dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, has said the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran after the Islamic Revolution in 1980 was wrong. The elderly cleric made a vocal return last week This is the first time that a prominent leader of the Iranian revolution has made such an admission. Ayatollah Montazeri, who was once designated as Ayatollah Khomeini's successor, called for an immediate resumption of relations with Washington. The ayatollah, who was released from five years of house arrest in January, made the comments in an interview with a foreign newspaper. Former leader Ayatollah Khomeini once...
  • Iran Cleric's Warning

    09/17/2003 5:16:52 PM PDT · by Persia · 11 replies · 197+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/17/03 | Jim Muir
    In his first public speech for six years, Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri said most people were dissatisfied and that the issue should be put to a vote. Ayatollah Montazeri was released from house arrest early this year. It is a decision the authorities may come to regret, says the BBC's Tehran correspondent Jim Muir. About 300 students crowded into a small meeting room at Ayatollah Montazeri's house in the holy city of Qom about 130 kilometres (80 miles) south-west of Tehran. Despite his poor health, the 81-year-old seems to have decided to break his silence to play a more public...