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Elections in Iran

Four years on, Iranians need to elect a new president. More than ever, the world is either watching or just ignoring the more than complicated proceedings. That controversial figures former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s favorite Esfandiar Rahim … 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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Back to Reality

The realities in international chess-playing Iran are analyzed today by Bernard Avishai and Reza Aslan for the Washington Post. While the notorious Bush Administration seems to be less willing in its last days to launch an attack on nuclear facilities … Continue reading

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