Monthly archives: July, 2011

Khamenei-fetishism and the mischaracterization of Iran’s politics

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s politics is a topic which has absorbed a part of American journalists’, scholars’ and policy-makers’ attention for the last three decades. Yet the American main-stream media discourse on Iranian politics today is characterized by tropes which bring us no closer to understanding what is happening in this strategic Middle Eastern…



IRGC Commander Rostam Ghasemi

Key IRGC commander may be the next OPEC president

Article source: ILNA and Khabar Online Article date: 27 July 2011  On Wednesday President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presented his candidates for four vacant ministerial positions to Majlis (Iran’s legislature) for confirmation. They included Abdul-Reza Sheikholeslam for the Minister of Labour, Cooperatives and Social Welfare, Mohammad Abbasi for the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Mehdi Qazanfari…



The Supreme Council for Resolving Conflicts: A means to end differences or intensify them?

 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has formed a new body, headed by ex-Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi, to address the ongoing conflict between the executive and legislature: “In implementing line 7 of Article 110 of Constitution, the Supreme Council for Resolving Conflicts and Regulating Relations between the Three Branches of Government, has been formed to…



ALi Larijani and Mahmood Ahmadinejad

Larijani and Ahmadinejad exchange blows

Article sources: Mellatonline and ISNA Article date: 23 July 2011 On Friday Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Majlis (Iran’s legislature), delivered a scathing criticism of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s policies, focusing on the economy, role of the clergy in politics and relations with the United States of America….



Jafar Shojuni, member of the Combatant Clergy Association and former clergymen and interrogator at Evin prison

Shojuni: Reformists will most certainly fail to pass through the Guardian Council’s filter

Article source: Fararu News Website  Article date: 20 July 2011 In an interview with Fararu news website, Jafar Shojuni, member of the Combatant Clergy Association, former clergymen and interrogator at Evin prison and an extremist supporter of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has attacked ex-President Mohammad Khatami over a series of recent speeches in which he set conditions…



General Ali-Asqar Gorjizadeh

IRGC General sharply criticizes Rafsanjani

Article source: 598 News Agency Article date: 20 July 2011 General Ali-Asqar Gorjizadeh, a commander during the Iran-Iraq War, Iran’s former military attaché to Syria and head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) National Airport Security in an interview with 598, a news website linked with the IRGC, has sharply criticized the management of…



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IRGC: If Iran is forced to choose between Turkey and Syria, Iran will choose Syria

Article source: Sobh-e Sadeq Article date: 18 July 2011  Sobh-e Sadeq, the weekly political newspaper of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), in its latest edition has warned Turkey about its position on Syria. The IRGC has supported the series of uprising in the Middle East and North Africa beginning in 2011, which it calls…



Ayatollah Alam al-Hoda, IRNA

Ayatollah Alam al-Hoda: The future election will be the most disastrous in the revolution’s history

Article source: Fars News Agency Article date: 16 July 2011  Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Alam al-Hoda, Mashhad’s Friday prayer leader, at a gathering called “The Imam’s school and the true Principalism” in Mashhad on Friday complained that it appears that anyone who supports the Supreme Leader is placed in the lowest echelons of government: “In these…



Ali Motahhari - Saeed Qassemi

General Qassemi: Ali Motahhari founded the “greater deviant current”.

Article source: Absar News Article date: 14 July 2011 Ali Motahhari, a member of the Principalist faction in the Majlis, critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a leader of the plan to question him, denounced a number of his colleagues in the Majlis for constantly asking the Supreme Leader’s opinion for every decision. He went…