Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Oath

Provided being confirmed (God forbid!) by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei , the following is the text of President elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s oath according to Article 121 of the Iranian Constitution: “In the … Continue reading

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Clearing the Way

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s public humiliation of ‘re-elected’ President Ahmadinejad by sending a handwritten note that the pick of Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie as his first vice president is ‘null and void’ makes an impact. Ahmadinejad’s cabinet rapidly decays. Iranian media report … Continue reading

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Legitimacy Charade

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election was legitimate since it had been confirmed by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution. This message was spread today by Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami, interim leader of the Friday prayers at Tehran University in an outrageous criticism … Continue reading

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Afghan Hinterland

The country is 30 years at war, more or less continuously. Landlocked Afghanistan is not really Central Asia, and definitely not the Middle East. It has always been in-between. Its history may be described as a series of failed attempts … Continue reading

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