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  • How Supreme Is Iran's Supreme Leader?

    07/25/2007 6:33:43 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 895+ views
    How Supreme Is Iran's Supreme Leader? July 23, 2007 The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Patrick Clawson and Mehdi Khalaji Reports that Ayatollah Ali Meshkini has either died or is on the brink of death shed light on the nature of power in Iran. Meshkini is speaker of the Assembly of Experts -- a body that, despite its traditionally minor role in Iranian politics, is constitutionally empowered to not only elect a new Supreme Leader if the post becomes vacant, but also to dismiss a sitting leader. Current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei cannot be pleased that this body may...
  • The Myth of Moderate Mullahs It's still (Islamofascism's) Khomeini's Iran

    03/14/2007 6:17:25 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 287+ views
    Week ly Standard ^ | 03, 19, 07
    The Myth of Moderate Mullahs It's still Khomeini's Iran http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/013/401lsgzo.asp If the Reagan administration had learned in 1987 that the clerical regime in Tehran was doing what it is doing today, would Washington have approved of preventive strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities? If Reagan and company had seen Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini rapidly constructing uranium-enrichment centrifuges in underground facilities, pushing doggedly ahead on heavy-water research and a plutonium-making nuclear reactor, and spending profusely on the development of long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles that are effective weapons only if topped with WMD warheads, would more of the U.S. foreign-policy establishment have urged our...
  • Iran's former leader (Rafsanjani) says talks possible (with US if Washington shows good will)

    02/14/2007 4:16:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 426+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/14/07 | Ali Akbar Dareini - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - A powerful leading rival of Iran's hard-line president said Wednesday that Tehran will "remove obstacles" blocking negotiations with the United States if Washington shows good will. President Bush dismissed the possibility of talks. Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani, a high-ranking cleric, has no formal foreign policy portfolio but holds seats on two of Iran's most important government bodies. Seen as one of the country's most influential figures, Rafsanjani in recent weeks has become an increasingly high-profile public advocate of a more conciliatory stance towards the U.S. and its allies in the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program. "Any...
  • James Baker Works to Establish Direct USA - Iran Diplomatic Ties

    01/30/2007 12:07:06 AM PST · by FARS · 52 replies · 1,740+ views
    Defense & Foreign Affairs via AntiMullah ^ | January 29th, 2007 | G. R. Copely
    MUST READ - James Baker Works to Establish Direct Diplomatic USA - Iran Ties Former US Secretary of State Baker Attempts to Bypass Bush White House on Iran Defense & Foreign Affairs Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS. Former US Secretary of State James Baker, who co-chaired the recent US Iraq Study Group — the main recommendations of which were rejected by the George W. Bush Administration — is working indirectly and behind the scenes to bring about direct diplomatic ties between the US and Iran. This is in defiance of Bush White House policy which essentially has said...
  • Rafsanjani Tells Iranians to Brace for Massive Global Conspiracy

    01/26/2007 1:19:32 PM PST · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 1,054+ views
    MEHRNews ^ | Jan. 26, 2007
    Alienation of revolutionary forces is a deadly poison for country Rafsanjani Tells Iranians to Brace for Massive Global Conspiracy TEHRAN, Jan. 26 (MNA) -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has advised Iranian officials to pay more attention to the people and to brace for a “massive global conspiracy”. “We should come back to ourselves, act on the basis of paying attention to the people and Islam, and brace for a massive global conspiracy,” he said in a sermon at Friday prayers in Tehran. The Westerners have launched an enormous evil media propaganda campaign claiming that the United States will...
  • Cleric's star rises in Iran after vote - Hashemi Rafsanjani

    12/20/2006 7:02:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 1,255+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/06 | Nasser Karimi - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - Elder statesman Hashemi Rafsanjani, a mercurial cleric who has played both sides of Iran's reformist-conservative divide, is rising again as a key challenger to Iran's president after local elections show deep discontent with the president's hard line. Last week's elections for local councils in towns and cities across Iran were seen as a referendum on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 18 months in office, and results so far were showing widespread victories for his opponents. Since taking power, Ahmadinejad has escalated Iran's confrontation with the United States and the West on multiple fronts, in particular drawing the threat of...
  • Iran Reformist Regains Influence (Rafsanjani)

    12/17/2006 10:50:29 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 451+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-17-2006
    Iran reformist regains influence Mr Rafsanjani has got a new lease of political life Iran's moderate former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has won election to Iran's powerful clerical body, the Assembly of Experts, results show. With more than half the votes counted, Mr Rafsanjani, who was defeated in the 2005 presidential election, had a clear lead at the top of the list. The election - and simultaneous local polls - was seen as a test of support for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Early results suggest liberals and moderates have regained some influence. Official results have not yet been announced in either...
  • Rafsanjani ahead of conservative rival in Iran vote

    12/16/2006 11:18:21 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 27 replies · 774+ views
    AFP via translation ^ | December 16, 2006
    Excerpt - TEHRAN (AFP) - Centrist cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was running well ahead of his ultra-conservative rival Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi in elections for Iran's Assembly of Experts, with half the votes counted, state television said. Both clerics were standing to be one of the 16 men who will represent Tehran province in the Assembly of Experts, the body which chooses and supervises the supreme leader. ~ snip ~
  • Battle of the Crocodile and Shark to settle Iran's future

    12/14/2006 10:32:04 PM PST · by Biscuit85 · 2 replies · 577+ views
    Times Online ^ | December 15, 2006 | Michael Theodoulou
    The Shark and the Crocodile go head to head today in elections for a clerical assembly empowered to appoint the next supreme leader of Iran. The animals are the nicknames of two powerful figures vying for control of the panel. The Assembly of Experts has the power to appoint and dismiss Iran’s religious leader and during its next ten-year tenure will likely need to usher in a successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is 67. The wider country will be putting the popularity of President Ahmadinejad to the test in today’s municipal elections. The poll is the first since he...
  • Iran: Parliament shortens Ahmadinejad's term

    12/03/2006 8:31:42 PM PST · by BigFinn · 120 replies · 5,974+ views
    YNET NEWS ^ | December 3, 2006 | Dudi Cohen
    Vast majority of Iranian lawmakers vote to move up presidential elections by 18 months, final say on matter up to Ahmadinejad's arch-rival. Will Ahmadinejad's term be cut short? The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to unite the presidential elections with the upcoming parliamentary ones, this according to the official Iranian news agency. The proposal, which passed with a surprising 80 percent majority, may cut the term of sitting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by 18 months. The bill must still be ratified by the Iranian constitutional committee, which is headed by former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ahmadinejad's arch-rival, a fact which many...
  • Argentina says Iran meddling in its bombing probe

    11/14/2006 10:36:01 AM PST · by PRePublic · 486+ views
    Reuters ^ | 14 Nov 2006
    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N13215137.htm Argentina says Iran meddling in its bombing probe 14 Nov 2006 01:33:20 GMT Source: Reuters Printable view | Email this article | RSS [-] Text [+] BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Argentina on Monday accused Iran of meddling in its internal affairs in the latest diplomatic back-and-forth over Argentina's accusations that Iranian officials were behind the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. An Argentine Foreign Ministry official asked Iran's Charge d'Affaires Mohsen Baharvand to explain reports that a top Iranian prosecutor demanded arrest warrants for Argentine officials days after Argentina had asked for the...
  • IRAN: Sex footage leaves actress fighting to save honour

    11/09/2006 11:13:45 PM PST · by MadIvan · 31 replies · 18,107+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | November 10, 2006 | MICHAEL THEODOULOU
    HOLLYWOOD starlets who regret topless appearances in B-list films made before they hit the big time should spare a pitying thought for their Iranian counterparts - who risk far more than mere embarrassment.In a scandal now gripping the conservative Islamic country, police are investigating a private film circulating on the black market that purports to show a rising young soap star making love to her boyfriend. The woman is being investigated for a suspected breach of the country's morality laws that prohibit sex outside marriage. Lashing is the penalty. Her alleged partner in the footage, which has spread across the...
  • Former Iran leader wanted in Argentina (Hashemi Rafsanjani)

    10/25/2006 1:44:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 384+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/25/06 | Oscar Serrat - ap
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentine prosecutors asked a federal judge on Wednesday to order the arrest of former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and seven others for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center that killed scores of people. The decision to attack the center "was undertaken in 1993 by the highest authorities of the then-government of Iran," prosecutor Alberto Nisman said at a news conference. He said the actual attack was entrusted to the Lebanon-based group Hezbollah. The worst terrorist attack ever on Argentine soil, the bombing of the Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires killed 85 people and...
  • Argentine prosecutors seek Iran arrests

    10/25/2006 12:50:18 PM PDT · by BJClinton · 6 replies · 525+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 10/25/2006 | AP staff
    2 minutes ago BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentine prosecutors asked a judge on Wednesday to issue an arrest warrant against former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and other Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center that killed scores of people. The decision to attack the center "was undertaken in 1993 by the highest authorities of the then-government of Iran," prosecutor Alberto Nisman said at a news conference. Nisman said the actual attack was entrusted to the Lebanon-based group Hezbollah. The worst terrorist attack ever on Argentine soil, the bombing of the Jewish cultural center killed 85 people...
  • The Challenge of Iran and the Defeat of Terrorism - Part I

    10/11/2006 4:11:27 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 245+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 10/11/06 | Purple Mountains
    It should be obvious to any thinking person that we in the west are engaged in a life-or-death struggle with the dark side of Islam. From the turmoil we are seeing in Iraq and Afghanistan, from the obvious support that so-called, peaceful Muslims in the Middle East give to the terrorists, and from the clear indications that in large portions of Europe, they have already won, it’s also clear that we are in for a long and difficult struggle for the survival of our way of life and of our civilization.
  • HOW IRAN'S NUKE QUEST BEGAN

    10/07/2006 5:33:16 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 449+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 5, 2006 | Amir Taheri
    HOW IRAN'S NUKE QUEST BEGAN Amir Taheri October 5, 2006 -- IRAN'S President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to vehemently deny the Islamic Republic's desire to develop nuclear weapons. But last week, his rival for power came out with sensational revelations that paint a completely different picture - pointing to the military reasons why Iran revived its nuclear program in 1988. The rival is businessman/mullah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989-'97 but lost to Ahmadinejad last year. His revelations relate to 1988, when he was speaker of the Majlis (parliament) and also commander-in-chief of the armed forces (acting on...
  • An Iranian bomb? (It's NOT Bush's fault...)

    08/01/2006 12:17:01 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 6 replies · 509+ views
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ^ | July 1995 | David Albright
    his year, the nuclear proliferation spotlight has swung away from Iraq and North Korea, only to focus on Iran. Western intelligence agencies have not discovered clandestine Iranian nuclear weapon facilities, nor have they, in fact, developed irrefutable evidence that Iran has a bomb program. But they have assembled a substantial body of evidence suggesting that, although Iran signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is secretly pursuing a broad, organized effort to develop nuclear weapons ... But it was Secretary of State Warren Christopher who, on May 1 [1995], gave the clearest statement of the U.S. position on Iran's nuclear...
  • PUSHING FOR ARMAGEDDON - Inside Iran's New Power Struggle

    06/18/2006 5:37:48 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 1,029+ views
    N.Y. Post ^ | June 16, 2006 | Amir Taheri
    PUSHING FOR ARMAGEDDON - Inside Iran's New Power Struggle N.Y. Post Amir Taheri June 16, 2006 -excerpt- The theological division among Shi'ites concerns a simple question: What should believers do while the Imam is absent? One doctrine, known as Intizar (waiting) maintains that the best that believers can do is to be patient and wait until the Imam decides to return. Followers of that doctrine are known as Muntazeris (Those Who Wait). That doctrine is opposed by another known as Ta'ajil (To hasten). Its adepts believe that believers should act to hasten the coming of the Mahdi. The Ta'ajilis (Hasteners)...
  • DOMESTIC IRANIAN POWER STRUGGLE EXACERBATES NUCLEAR CRISIS

    04/18/2006 1:50:17 PM PDT · by Dark Skies · 8 replies · 724+ views
    Eurasianet.org ^ | 4/18/2006 | Kamal Nazer Yasin
    A power struggle between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his leading political antagonist Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is complicating the conflict between Iran and the international community over the country’s nuclear program. Both Ahmadinejad and Rafsanjani are trying to use the nuclear issue for their maximum domestic political benefit, helping to stoke international alarm over Tehran’s intentions. Debate on the international response to Iran’s nuclear program has intensified since the April 11 announcement by Iran that it had successfully enriched a small amount of uranium. A day later, Iran’s deputy nuclear chief, Mohammad Saeedi, announced that the country would seek...
  • Rafsanjani says Israel 'will not dare' attack Iran

    04/18/2006 10:01:22 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 63 replies · 1,455+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 4/18/06 | Irish Examiner
    Israel will “never dare” attack Iran because Tehran’s hand can reach the Jewish state, the former president of the Islamic republic warned today. “Israel will never dare to attack Iran … because it knows what the result would be,” Hashemi Rafsanjani said during a visit to Kuwait, across the Gulf from Iran. Rafsanjani was responding to a question about possible attacks on Iran if it failed to cooperate with the West and the Security Council on stopping its controversial programme for enriching uranium.