Monthly archives: February, 2012

What group does the IRGC support in Iran's 2012 parliamentary elections?

Iran Election Watch 2012: Which group does the IRGC support?

In this week’s Sobh-e Sadegh editorial entitled “Who shall we vote for?”, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, head of the Islamic Revolution Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Political Bureau and editor-in-chief of Sobh-e Sadegh, gave the clearest indication yet of which group the Guards support in this Friday’s Majlis elections. Javani listed ten characteristics which he considered…



General Jalali: “Iran has begun to operate its first cyber army”

On 18 and 19 February 2012 a number of Iranian government entities held The First National Conference on Cyber Defense which addressed a number of issue including cyber security threats faced by the Islamic Republic and strategies to confront these threats. General Gholam-Reza Jalali, head of the Passive Defense Organization of Iran (PDOI), was one…



Iran Election 2012

Iran Election Watch 2012: Who are the main players?

The March legislative elections, which will determine the composition of the Ninth Islamic Consultative Assembly, will also play a crucial role in shaping the second half of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s last term in office and set the tenor for the 2013 presidential election. As election day quickly approaches, who are the different forces vying for…



Friday prayer sermon - Ali Khamenei

Khamenei responds to threats of sanctions and military action

During a special Friday prayer sermon marking the return of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to Iran in 1979, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei touched on a number of pressing issues facing the Islamic Republic, particularly at a regional and international level. Khamenei spoke about how as a result of the revolution, Iranian officials had become…