Monthly archives: September, 2011

Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani

Larijani: “We are in the state of war to preserve the independence of the Judiciary”

Source: ISNA , Date: 28 October 2011 In a meeting with Judiciary officials in Zanjan province, Iran’s Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli-Larijani attacked President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his administration over a series of financial corruption cases which have become known as the Big Graft. Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, Ahmadinejad’s controversial chief-of-staff and closest confidant, has been linked…

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Iran’s Majlis tightens the screws on its members

Source: Mehr News , Date: 28 September 2011 According to Mehr News, Article Four of the Supervision of Representatives Plan (Tahr-e Nezarat-e Namayandegan) was approved by Iran’s legislature, the Islamic Consultative Assembly, or Majlis. Article Four of the Plan, which was ratified today by a simple majority of 129 yay votes, calls for disciplinary measures against…

Gholam-Hossein Elham, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s legal advisor

Elham: 3rd of Tir current supports Ahmadinejad, opposes all others

Source: 598 , Date: 21 September 2011 In an interview with 598, Gholam-Hossein Elham, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s legal advisor since 2009, outlined many of the 3rd of Tir Current’s main positions which could be important in shaping the upcoming 2012 Majlis (legislative) election in Iran. Elham is a leading figure in the 3rd of Tir Current, which…


Iran and Abu Mazen’s push for Palestine’s full UN membership

This Friday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will make a bid for his country’s full membership in the United Nations. While Iran has publicly backed this bid, there are significant strategic reasons for why it is likely hoping that Abbas will fail. As a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause, Iran would be ill-served being seen…

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Hyperbole on Ahmadinejad

In a recent piece on Foreign Policy’s website entitled Ahmadinejad’s Impotence, Genieve Abdo, director of the Iran program at the Century Foundation, dismissed Iran’s controversial President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as being finished politically. Yet for analytical and factual reasons, her interpretation of events in Iran fails to grasp the dynamics of what’s currently taking place there….

Bauer and Fattal, who have been sentenced to 8 years' jail in Iran

Who is behind Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal’s continued detention in Iran?

Source: Mehr News , Date: 15 September 2011 Despite Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statement in his interview with NBC News on 13 September 2011 that American prisoners Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal would be released in the next few days, Iran’s judiciary has declared that the two Americans’ dossier is still under review: “The request of the…


Ahmadinejad responds to Mashaei’s accusers in financial fraud affair

Source: ISNA , Date: 14 September 2011 In a provincial tour of Ardabil province in the city of Khalkhal on 14 September 2011, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad commented for the first time on accusations of financial corruption and fraud levelled against individuals rumoured to be close to his chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei. According to the New…

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Who represents the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran’s factional politics?

Source: Sobh-e Sadeq , Date: 12 September 2011 In an important front-page article titled “The IRGC, Principalism and Principalists” on Sobh-e Sadeq (IRGC mouthpiece), head of the organization’s Political Bureau, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, addressed two main issues of concern for the IRGC. Specifically, Javani explained that given the project of Sepah-harasi (IRGC-phobia) being established in…


Ahmadinejad’s unprecedented overture to the Saudis?

Source: Mehr News , Date: 09 September 2011 In an interview with a group of Kuwaiti reporters, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a glimpse of Iran’s new foreign policy initiatives in the wake of the Arab Spring, which has reached Iran’s doorstep via the uprisings in Syria. Stating that “The problems of the region do not…


Ahmadinejad criticizes Bashar Al-Assad, Israel, and the West in an interview with RTP network of Portugal

Source: , Date: 08 September 2011  In a live interview with the RTP network of Portugal, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke on a number of subjects including Iran’s domestic politics, their nuclear program, regional events, and relations with Western powers. The following are some of the highlights from the interview. On the question of domestic politics and…