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  • Despite Reports of 'Moderate' Gains, Elected Iranians Include Men Implicated in Terror…(tr)

    02/29/2016 6:53:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 29, 2016 | 4:12 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday hailed Iran's "glorious" elections for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, a powerful body that will pick his successor, declaring that the turnout showed "the brilliant face of religious democracy to the world." The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), meanwhile, called the election participation -- the regime reported a turnout of more than 60 percent -- "devastating for [Iran's] enemies," led by the United States. [...] Many international media outlets are highlighting the strong showing, in Tehran in particular, of so-called "reformists" allied to President Hasan Rouhani, characterizing it as a show of...
  • Iran considered nuclear weapons during 1980s Iraq war, ex-president says

    10/29/2015 8:11:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:04am EDT | Sam Wilkin
    Iran considered pursuing a nuclear deterrent when it began its nuclear program in the 1980s, during an eight-year war with Iraq, a former president has been quoted as saying. Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s comments comes at a sensitive moment, as Iran implements an agreement reached with world powers in July aimed at curbing its nuclear program, to allay Western fears it was trying to build an atomic bomb. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations nuclear watchdog, is investigating whether Iran’s nuclear program ever had a military application. It is due to issue a report by Dec. 15....
  • The Death of Khamenei & Rafsanjani's Trek to Supreme Leader

    03/08/2015 7:15:59 AM PDT · by EBH · 2 replies
    Focus on the Prophecies ^ | 3/2015 | Kevin Swift
    The Word of God says... “I will destroy the archers of Elam [Persia]— the best of their forces. I will bring enemies from all directions, and I will scatter the people of Elam to the four winds.. I will destroy its king and officials," Jeremiah 49:35,36,38. For more than two decades, this ministry has joined others in warning of a U.S. led coalition against the Islamic nations of Iraq, followed by Iran--the Goat vs. the two-horned Ram in Daniel 8:1-8. Iraq’s defeat by the American-led coalition commenced on March 19, 2003, at Shushan Purim—the day Purim is celebrated in Jerusalem....
  • Iran: New President, New Direction? – OpEd

    05/20/2013 9:36:38 AM PDT · by Ghost of Jesus Gil · 7 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | May 20, 2013 | Neville Teller
    Now the Iranian constitution requires a new president to be elected, and Rafsanjani’s entry into the contest radically alters what was previously seen as a contest between rival conservative groups. Not that Rafsanjani currently is more than a relative moderate – currently, because in his time he has veered sharply from side to side across Iran’s political spectrum; and relatively moderate because, although he now favours a domestic free market, privatization of state-owned industries, and a moderate position internationally, he is still sought by the Argentinian government for ordering the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in...
  • Rafsanjani seeks return to Iran’s political limelight

    05/11/2013 10:11:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | 5/11/2013 4:47:15 PM
    Iran’s former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who registered on Saturday for next month’s presidential election, is disliked among regime hardliners for criticizing the crackdown that followed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in 2009. This pragmatic moderate, who in 2011 lost the post of head of the Assembly of Experts that supervises the activities of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has never hidden his intense opposition to Ahmadinejad who beat him in the 2005 presidential election. … Rafsanjani—president from 1989 to 1997—is considered to favor rapprochement with the West. He played an important role in the election of the reformist Mohammad Khatami,...
  • Indictment issued for Mehdi Hashemi

    01/09/2013 2:37:02 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | anon
    TEHRAN – Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi announced on Wednesday that a 125-page indictment has been issued for Mehdi Hashemi, the son of Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejeii had previously said, “As soon as the indictment is issued, efforts will be made to hold the court hearing.” Mehdi Hashemi was released from prison on December 17 on a bail of 100 billion rials ($8,156,606). He faces charges of inciting unrest after the 2009 presidential election.
  • Human Rights Travesty

    07/23/2007 9:42:25 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 539+ views
    Frontpage Mag. ^ | July 23, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Human Rights Travesty By Kenneth R. Timmerman | July 23, 2007 If human rights abuses were ranked like baseball careers, Iran’s ruling clerics and the mighty midget they’ve installed as president would deserve honored places in the 21st Century’s Hall of Shame. On July 10, Iran’s Interior ministry confirmed the sentence, handed down ten days earlier by a court in the north of the country, condemning a man to death by stoning. If you’ve never witnessed a stoning (and most of us haven’t, I trust), you can get a flavor for the barbarity of this Koranic punishment from a...
  • Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York

    09/24/2007 5:49:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 319+ views
    FrontpageMag ^ | September 24, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York September 24, 2007 Kenneth R. Timmerman What was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinking? Apparently the former Democrat believed that escorting Iran’s Hitler-wannabe president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the site of the September 11 memorial at Ground Zero would generate a terrific photo op. “Here I am with world leaders,” that type of thing. After all, Bloomberg has already made his appearance at the “World Leaders Forum” at Columbia University, so he was in the zone. And last year, U.S. News & World Report crowned him as one of America’s “best leaders.” But...
  • Daughter of former Iranian president Rafsanjani taken to prison

    09/23/2012 3:23:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    The daughter of influential former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was taken to prison late on Saturday to serve a six-month sentence for "spreading anti-state propaganda," Iranian media reported. Faezeh Rafsanjani, a former member of parliament, was convicted in January and sentenced to jail.
  • Iran ex-president's website 'shut down'

    12/31/2011 2:55:31 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/30/11
    Iran ex-president's website 'shut down' (AFP) – 20 hours ago TEHRAN — A website belonging to Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who has criticised the current regime, has been shut down, his brother told the ISNA news agency on Friday. "Yesterday (Thursday) evening, the company that provides the services made contact to tell us that they had been ordered to stop providing us the service," Mohammed Hashemi was quoted as saying. "Fifteen minutes later, the site was no longer accessible," he added. "We are going to see on Saturday who gave that order." He explained that Iran's internet surveillance...
  • Daughter of Iran’s former President Rafsanjani stands trial for criticizing ruling system

    12/24/2011 10:09:21 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    TEHRAN, Iran — The daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been brought to trial on charges of making propaganda against the ruling system.
  • Brazil, Argentina Play Nice with Iran

    04/19/2011 1:21:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 19, 2011 | Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
    Americans can't ignore recent developments. The publication of an alleged Iranian document in Perfil, the Argentinian daily newspaper, has touched off an issue no American can ignore. The document claims that the governments of Argentina and Iran had reached an agreement to freeze the investigation into the 1994 AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) bombing that killed 85 people — and that the two countries were discussing and considering trade agreements with an estimated value of $1.2 billion.Argentina’s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, who traveled to Israel on Wednesday, April 7, for a two-day visit, sidestepped the issue, raised by both the...
  • In Iran, a New Challenge to Hard-liners

    10/23/2011 8:04:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 20, 2011 | Thomas Erdbrink
    A rapid succession of challenges directed at Iran in recent days has reignited a debate in Tehran over how to deal with the rest of the world. Iran's rulers, led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, continue to refuse any negotiations in which they would have to compromise. But an influential faction is now pushing for back-channel talks with the United States as a step toward lowering the tensions raised by U.S. allegations about an Iranian assassination plot. In urging that Iran do more to address foreign criticism, members of the group have also pointed to the rising international pressure...
  • Iran's Rafsanjani ousted as head of state body

    03/08/2011 3:51:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar. 8, 2011
    Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lost his position as head of an important state clerical body on Tuesday, a move which tightens the hardliners' grip on power. -excerpt- An ambush challenge by arch hard-liner Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi-Kani forced Rafsanjani to withdraw from running for re-election as chairman of the Assembly of Experts. The 86-member clerical body has the authority to dismiss Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 71, but it has never exercised that power since it was established in 1983. It also appoints the new leader if the old one is removed or dies.
  • Iran building terror network in South America

    12/03/2009 3:10:27 PM PST · by La Lydia · 3 replies · 600+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 3, 2009 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER,
    The Argentinean prosecutor who ferreted out Iranian links to Argentina's largest terror attack warned Wednesday of Teheran's growing terror network in Latin America. "The Iranians are moving fast," assessed Alberto Nisman, who has secured Interpol backing for the arrest of several Iranians, including former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, for ordering the July 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community offices in Buenos Aires. "We see a much greater penetration than we did in 1994." He said that Iran, particularly through Lebanese proxy Hizbullah, has a growing presence in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, using techniques it honed in Argentina before the...
  • Iran issues arrest warrant for ex-president's son (Rafsanjani)

    11/23/2010 6:20:28 AM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Nov. 23, 2010
    TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian state radio says an arrest warrant has been issued for the son of influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on charges of fomenting the 2009 postelection unrest. The Tuesday report quotes deputy judiciary chief Ebrhim Raisi as saying the arrest warrant for Mahdi Hashemi has been issued and "he will be detained upon arrival in the country."
  • Potent victory for Iran's president

    Iran's embattled president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is savouring a victory over his moderate opponents, foremost among them one of Iran's most influential powerbrokers. The country's supreme leader issued a "final and definite" decree giving Mr Ahmadinejad's government control of Iran's largest private university, which has previously been overseen by allies of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, himself a former president. The Islamic Azad University, which has more than 1.3 million students in 357 campuses across Iran, was a major site of protests against Mr Ahmadinejad's fiercely disputed re-election last year. Mr Rafsanjani sits on the board of the university, which has significant...
  • The War over the War (Iran-Iraq War)(Very interesting analysis)

    10/03/2010 6:12:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 1+ views
    AEI ^ | September 30, 2010 | Ali Alfoneh
    Thirty years after the end of the war between Iran and Iraq a fierce battle is being fought amongst statesmen, military commanders and scholars about the war. Three questions remain contested: Why did the war began in the first place? Why did the war continue after Iran's liberation of territories occupied by Iraq? And why did the war with Iraq end? -excerpt- Thanks to the Iraqi invasion of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Khomeini and the revolutionary regime managed to rally a fragmented nation around the revolutionary leadership. The revolutionary leadership also managed to keep the remains of the Imperial Army busy...
  • Iran Breaking: Karroubi Intervenes with Letter to Rafsanjani "Take Charge"

    09/18/2010 7:23:47 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 31 replies
    Enduring America ^ | September 18, 2010
    BBC Persian is reporting that opposition figure Mehdi Karroubi has made a pointed intervention with a letter to former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, in Rafsanjani's capacity as the head of the Assembly of Experts. Karroubi's letter, sent to Rafsanjani just before this week's bi-annual Assembly meeting, called on the Assembly to exercise its powers to "monitor the functions and institutions under the auspices of Iran's Supreme Leader". Karroubi cited problems such as "a lack of independence of the judiciary and courts", the interference of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and Basij militia in political issues, and the IRGC's expanded involvement in...
  • Iran's Oil Mafia (pro-regime Iranian lobby in U.S.)

    04/16/2007 5:08:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 552+ views ^ | April 16, 2007 | Hassan Daioleslam
    Iran's Oil Mafia April 16, 2007 Hassan Daioleslam Robert William (Bob) Ney is a current federal prisoner and a former Ohio Congressman from 1995 until November 3, 2006. Ney pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and making false statements in relation to the Jack Abramoff lobbying and bribery scandal. Ney reportedly received bribes from Abramoff, other lobbyists, and two foreign businessmen - a felon and an arms dealer - in exchange for using his position to advance their interests. Conspicuously missing from this dossier of disservice to the country was Ney’s assistance in the creation of a Washington-based lobbying...
  • Iran: Khamenei 'Authorized Arrest' of Reformist as Rafsanjani Threatens to Resign

    09/15/2009 10:57:23 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 2 replies · 565+ views
    Iran: Green Movement ^ | 9/16/09 | Iran: Green Movement
    Rooz Online, Iran's reformist English-Language newspaper reported that Ayatollah Khamenei is rumored to have "authorized the arrest" of Ranking Reformist Mehdi Karroubi. In response, Hashemi Rafsanjani reacted to the issurance of the directive by declaring "I will resign from everything." Meanwhile, subsequent to Iran's NSC ordering the Iranian media not to publish reports about the election supporters of Ahmadinejad published numerous attack pieces against Karroubi who has accused the government of raping and torturing demonstrators in prison.
  • "Sexual assault of detainees backed by evidence"

    08/14/2009 8:41:17 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 900+ views
    According to Majid Ansari, member of the Association of Combatant Clerics, cases of sexual abuse of prisoners are certain and the evidence regarding them has been already handed to officials of the Islamic Republic. Mehdi Karoubi, a disputing candidate of the recent presidential elections in Iran, was the first to officially publicize reports of the alleged sexual assault. In a letter to Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of Council of Experts, he had urged an immediate investigation of the reports. After ten days, having received no response from Ayatollah Rafsanjani, he released the letter to the media. While Karoubi and Ansari and...
  • Iran supreme leader warns opposition to back down

    07/20/2009 5:02:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 1,094+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 7-20-09
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's supreme leader told politicians Monday not to disturb the country's security in a strong warning to the opposition to back down after one of its top figures called for a referendum on the government. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed "Iran's elite" and warned them to be cautious in the positions they take on the turmoil that has shaken the country since the disputed presidential election on June 12.
  • Prayers Make History

    07/19/2009 8:35:06 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 499+ views
    Tehran Bureau ^ | 18 July 2009 | Un-named student
    "Friday Prayers, another occasion to come out into the streets As with other such days, I felt a dual sense of fear and fervor, heightened by the uncertainty of whether people would turn out or not. I arranged to go with friends, because the past month’s experiences have taught me that going alone is unsafe. I remembered to put my name and number on a piece of paper in my pocket so if anything happens to me, my family can be notified. Two kilometers left to the venue: Tehran University, Prayer Hall" -- "Generosity has become commonplace in Tehran these...
  • Thirty-six army officers arrested in Iran over protest plan

    07/19/2009 5:13:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 1,405+ views
    Guardian ^ | July 19, 2009
    The Iranian army has arrested 36 officers who planned to attend last week's Friday prayer sermon by former president Hashemi Rafsanjani in their military uniforms as an act of political defiance, according to Farsi-language websites. The officers intended the gesture to show solidarity with the demonstrations against last month's presidential election result, which was won by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but which has been clouded by allegations of mass fraud. Rafsanjani used the sermon at Tehran university to challenge the authority of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, by questioning the result in the presence of the defeated reformist candidate, Mir Hossein...
  • Rafsanjani fans flames of dissent

    07/18/2009 4:50:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 1,115+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 17 July 2009 19:15 UK 18:15 GMT | Jon Leyne
    Under the headline of a call for unity, former Iranian President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani has actually ensured that the divisions in Iran will continue and possibly increase. Mr Rafsanjani's first public comments since the election were eagerly awaited. It was clear the government was extremely nervous: media coverage of Friday prayers was restricted. Some journalists and opposition supporters reported problems over being allowed access to the ceremony at Tehran University. No doubt there was a fierce battle behind the scenes for him to be allowed to speak. Open challengeSince the election more moderate voices appear to have been sidelined...
  • x-President Is Assailed for Critique of Iran’s Election

    07/18/2009 4:33:09 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 3 replies · 811+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 18, 2009 | ROBERT F. WORTH
    BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Several prominent Iranian conservative figures and hard-line newspapers offered sharp criticism on Saturday of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who delivered a speech on Friday that assailed the government’s handling of last month’s presidential election.
  • Dawn of the Age of Justice(double speak In Iran?)

    07/18/2009 11:29:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies · 1,322+ views
    Iran News Now ^ | 14 July 2009 | None Stated
    The past month in Iran has been harrowing for anyone who believes that human beings deserve freedom from tyranny. We have witnessed an election stolen by an old guard of conservative elements headed by the regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei (I call this group KhamCo for short), followed by a popular uprising unparalleled since the 1979 revolution. This old guard trampled roughshod over the will and aspirations of the people of Iran with impunity, thinking that they could use the fact that there was an 85% turnout of the electorate in the June 12th presidential to legitimize the regime without...
  • Rafsanjani defies Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as protesters turn out in force

    07/18/2009 12:46:33 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 830+ views
    The Times ^ | 7/18/2009 | Michael Purcell
    Tens of thousands of Iranians flooded the streets of Tehran yesterday to hear the country’s most influential powerbroker pronounce the Islamic Republic in crisis and as he called for the release of those arrested in recent pro-democracy demonstrations. Militiamen confront protestors outside Tehran University today In a devastating attack on the regime, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a leading cleric and former President, told a crowd at Tehran University that the Government had lost the people’s trust. Referring to the handling of last month’s disputed election, which President Ahmadinejad claims to have won, he said that the custodians of the Islamic...
  • An important day in Iran (Rafsanjani is at odds with Khamenei)

    07/18/2009 6:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 1,662+ views
    Powerline ^ | 7/18/2009 | Paul Mirengoff
    There will be no regime change in Iran unless (a) protests continue in the face of the recent repression and (b) the regime fractures. Today, brought evidence that both of these conditions (which are necessary but perhaps not sufficient) may be fulfilled. First, protests broke out in Tehran. Second, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran's former president and a key figure in the regime, criticized the government and called for the release of hundreds of protesters and democracy advocates arrested in recent weeks. As to the first development, thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets chanting against the regime. It was...
  • Police Tear-Gas Iran Protesters During Prayer

    07/17/2009 9:26:04 AM PDT · by edpc · 13 replies · 1,182+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 17 July 2009 | Ali Akbar Dareini
    TEHRAN, Iran – Tens of thousands of government opponents packed Iran's main Islamic prayer service Friday, chanting "freedom, freedom" and other slogans as their top clerical backer Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani delivered a sermon bluntly criticizing the country's leadership over the crackdown on election protests.
  • BBC: (Rafsanjani ) Call for Iran protesters' release

    07/17/2009 2:54:03 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 1,512+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 17 July 2009 22:28 UK 21:28 GMT, | BBC Staff
    Video at the BBC Website: Amateur video appearing to show protests after Friday's prayers Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani has called for the release of people jailed after protesting at the result of the recent election.In his first Friday sermon since the vote, he also said large numbers of Iranians still doubted its result. Outside, police fired tear gas at thousands of opposition supporters who were chanting slogans in support of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. Chanting also broke out among some of the tens of thousands of people inside. Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in streets near the...
  • Tehran's streets erupt after a key cleric speaks- Rafsanjani's harsh rebuke of Ahmadinejad ...

    07/17/2009 11:00:55 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies · 3,474+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 18, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
    Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's harsh rebuke of Ahmadinejad supporters is followed by renewed violence, suggesting the discontent over recent election results is as strong as ever.Reporting from Tehran and Beirut -- Security forces fired tear gas and plainclothes militiamen armed with batons charged at crowds of protesters gathered near Tehran University after a Friday prayer sermon delivered by the cleric and opposition supporter Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, his first appearance at the nation's weekly keynote sermon since before the election. Rafsanjani, in a closely watched speech, lashed out at the hard-line camp supporting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, criticized the...
  • Rafsanjani speech provides another electrifying moment in Iran's history

    07/17/2009 11:47:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies · 963+ views
    Guardian Co. ^ | July 17, 2009 | Ian Black
    Tehran University's prayer hall has been the stage for high drama since the early days of the Islamic revolution, and Hashemi Rafsanjani'sappearance today was another of many electrifying moments in Iran's recent history. Rafsanjani's calls to restore trust by releasing prisoners, freeing the media, using only legal means, and by dialogue between opposition and the regime, were couched in the language of legitimacy and justice. "Don't let our enemies laugh at us by putting people in prison," the cleric urged. "We must search for unity to find a way out of our quandary."
  • Rafsanjani says many Iranians have election doubts

    07/17/2009 4:50:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 1,512+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/17/09
    Rafsanjani says many Iranians have election doubts 1 hr 48 mins ago TEHRAN (Reuters) – Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Friday a "large group of Iranians" had doubts about last month's disputed presidential election and that something should be done about the situation. Rafsanjani also called for the release of protesters and others detained after the June poll. "In the current situation it is not necessary for us to have a number of people in prisons ... we should allow them to return to their families," he said during a Friday prayer sermon.
  • Top Iran cleric calls for freeing jailed activists

    07/17/2009 3:29:14 AM PDT · by don-o · 5 replies · 1,035+ views
    AP - via Google ^ | July 17, 2009 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran — Senior Iranian cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is calling for the release of opposition supporters arrested in the government's crackdown on postelection protests. Rafsanjani has made the call during his sermon at Iran's main Friday prayers, where tens of thousands of opposition supporters have gathered in a show of strength for their movement. Rafsanjani is considered their top supporters in Iran's clerical leadership. Rafsanjani says keeping the detainees in prison "is not necessary," saying "we should not let enemies criticize or laugh at us ... for keeping our people in jail."
  • Iran on a tortuous path to reconciliation

    07/14/2009 5:44:46 PM PDT · by don-o · 511+ views
    Asia Times ^ | July 15, 2009 | Kaveh L Afrasiabi
    Former president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is also head of the powerful Expediency Council, has met with the families of some of the political prisoners and promised to pursue their cases. Rafsanjani's much-anticipated Friday prayer sermon this week will likely generate another boost for the reformists and their call for the release of all prisoners. The test for Rafsanjani, who has yet to congratulate Ahmadinejad for his electoral victory, is how to press the demands of the reformists while at the same time playing an effective mediating role and a vital bridge over the great chasm that has...
  • Iran opposition leader, wife visit slain man's family

    07/14/2009 5:29:11 PM PDT · by don-o · 464+ views
    L A Times ^ | July 14, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
    Reporting from Beirut -- Iran's leading opposition figure and his wife emerged Tuesday night to pay their respects to the family of a 19-year-old man slain during recent weeks of violence, according to witnesses and reports on news websites. Mir-Hossein Mousavi and his popular wife, Zahra Rahnavard, visited the family of Sohrab Aarabi in Tehran, paying tribute to the teenager whose death and whose mother's desperate weeks-long quest to find her son have emerged as a symbol of the protest movement against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • Battle for Iran Shifts from Streets to the Heart of Power

    06/27/2009 6:44:11 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 28 replies · 2,398+ views
    The Observer ^ | Sunday 28 June 2009 | Peter Beaumont
    The power struggle inside Iran appears to be moving from the streets into the heart of the regime itself this weekend amid reports that Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani is plotting to undermine the power of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Rafsanjani's manoeuvres against Khamenei come as tensions between the speaker of the parliament, Ali Larijani, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also appeared to be coming to a head.
  • Rafsanjani's daughter arrested in Iran

    06/21/2009 11:02:47 AM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 28 replies · 2,146+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 21 Jun 2009 | Editor (The Times of India)
    TEHRAN: The daughter of Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani and four relatives were arrested over their involvement in protests against alleged election fraud in Iran, the Fars news agency reported on Sunday. Faezeh Hashemi, a renowned women's rights activist, former parliament deputy and head of women sports in Iran, has in the recent years emerged, like her father, as one of the main opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad had before the June 12 election accused Rafsanjani and his children of corruption. Fars said that Faezeh, her daughter and three other relatives were arrested during Saturday's
  • Top cleric may be playing role in Iran unrest (Rafsanjani)

    06/20/2009 3:46:00 PM PDT · by giotto · 28 replies · 2,160+ views
    AP/Google News ^ | HAMZA HENDAWI
    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...
  • (Vanity) Does anyone know the back story on Yazdi?

    06/19/2009 5:12:04 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 4 replies · 999+ views
    Twitter | 06/19/09 | DGHoodini
    I've been puzzling over a seemingly incongruous report. That Ayatollah Yazdi, whom I have always heard was a hardcore attack dog/enforcer for the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, had been arrested! Thios does not seem to correlate. I take all these uncorroborated reports with several grains of salt..( at one point I heard that Rafsanjani had been arrested, and taken to the residence of the Supreme leader...But now we hear he has been hiding out in Qom...) But he (Yazdi) like Rafsanjani, has been conspiuous in their absence from the scenes. Anyone know anything more than I do?
  • 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.
  • Ex-Iranian President Criticizes Ayatollah

    06/11/2009 1:08:07 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 929+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2009 | Thomas Erdbrink
    TEHRAN, June 9 -- Three days before Iranians go to the polls to elect a president, one of the country's most powerful clerics, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, issued an open letter on Tuesday complaining that the country's supreme leader has remained silent in the face of "insults, lies and false allegations" by incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The unusual letter reflects the intensity of the Iranian election campaign, laying bare the deep political rifts and sore feelings within the country's leadership. It is rare for senior Iranian clerics to publicly criticize the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Rafsanjani's letter came a...
  • Rafsanjani urges Clinton not to use Bush’s antagonistic tone

    04/24/2009 4:03:06 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 1,371+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | April 25, 2009
    TEHRAN -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to refrain from using the antagonistic language that was the trademark of the George W. Bush administration. “Clinton should refrain from repeating such words so that the atmosphere that has been created in Iran is not destroyed,” he told worshipers in a sermon at Friday prayers in Tehran. During an address to the U.S. Congress earlier this week, Clinton said, “We are more than willing to reach out to the Iranians to discuss a range of issues.” However, if diplomacy fails, “We are also...
  • Iran ex-leader welcomes US dialogue [ Rafsanjani ]

    02/09/2009 4:22:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 659+ views
    al-Jazeera ^ | Monday, February 9, 2009 | Al Jazeera and agencies
    A proposal by the United States to begin dialogue with Iran has been cautiously welcomed by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former Iranian president. Iran is also prepared to help Washington in its military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rafsanjani told Al Jazeera on Monday... Rafsanjani's comments came after Joe Biden, the US vice-president, said that Washington is open to negotiations with Tehran if it abandons its nuclear programme... The US and other Western powers say that Tehran's uranium enrichment programme is focused towards the manufacture of a nuclear weapon. Iran, for its part, says that it is not trying to...
  • Iranian Terror Suspects Travel Freely to

    06/09/2008 3:23:31 AM PDT · by Man50D · 1 replies · 185+ views ^ | June 09, 2008 | Patrick Goodenough
    Seven months after Interpol placed a former head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards on its most-wanted list, the fugitive suspected of state-sponsored terrorism last week traveled freely to Saudi Arabia, where he attended a religious conference hosted by King Abdullah. Mohsen Rezai, wanted by Argentina, is the subject of an Interpol "red notice" -- a request for a provisional arrest with a view to extradition, based on an arrest warrant or court decision. Saudi Arabia is a member state of the international policing organization. It was unclear Monday whether he was still in Saudi Arabia, but his presence was brought to...
  • Rafsanjani to Penn: Who's Your Daddy?

    06/04/2008 7:09:12 AM PDT · by laotzu · 8 replies · 218+ views
    The Peoples Cube ^ | 6/18/05 | Red Square
    Sean Penn had long ago wondered about the source of his irrational disdain for America and its values. At home or on the movie set, the progressive actor would often find himself muttering, "The Great Satan must be destroyed!" but couldn't quite put his finger on the reasons why. His mysterious predisposition towards wife-beating, accentuated by wearing a mustache, made him wonder on many occasions, who he could blame for it. "I knew it couldn't be my fault," the Oscar-winning actor told us. "Individual responsibility is a sham invented by the Republicans to put minorities in jail. So I couldn't...
  • Khamenei Warns of 'Enemy Plots' Ahead of Iran Vote (Parliamentary elections)

    12/30/2007 6:59:09 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 200+ views
    YahooNews/AFP ^ | December 29, 2007
    Warns of 'Enemy Plots' Ahead of Iran Vote December 29, 2007 AFP/ Yahoo News! TEHRAN -- Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday urged Iranians to be alert against enemy plots ahead of legislative elections next March, in statements broadcast on state television. "The Iranian nation has to be alert" ahead of the polls, Khamenei told visitors in remarks made on the occasion of the Eid al-Qadir feast which commemorates the Prophet Mohammed's last sermon. Khamenei described the March elections as a major test of wills for the Iranian people. "The enemy may benefit from any negligence and hurt...
  • Former Iran president: U.S. intelligence report was leaked by Democrats or independent groups

    12/12/2007 1:50:09 PM PST · by knighthawk · 46 replies · 243+ views
    al Bawaba ^ | December 13 2007
    Chairman of the Experts Assembly Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Wednesday that the "important" report issued by 16 US intelligence agencies is neither against Tehran nor benefits Washington. The report released on December 3 by the US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), said, they did not "assume that Iran intends to acquire nuclear weapons." Addressing the 4th congress of Moderation and Development, he commented on reasons for issuing the report, stressing: "My primary speculation is that the report has been issued either by the Democrats or independent groups. The report might have been issued by experts since their investigation has...