Monthly archives: March, 2012

The Islamic Republic takes another decisive step towards controlling cyberspace in Iran

On  7 March 2012 (17 Esfand 1390) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a decree calling for the creation of what he calls the “Supreme Council of Cyberspace”. Its list of members of reads like a veritable who’s who of the Islamic Republic’s key positions, indicating its perceived importance to the regime. The SCC is headed by…



Khamenei declares 1391 the year of “National production and supporting Iranian labour and capital”

For nearly two decades now the Islamic Republic of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has declared a special theme during his Norouz (new year) address. Each new years theme has gained greater significance as time passes, giving an indication of the regime’s central concerns and the focus of its short-term strategy. The theme for…



Iran Election Watch 2012: Preliminary Election Results

On 02 March 2012 the Islamic Republic of Iran conducted its ninth election for its legislature, the Islamic Consultative Assembly or Majlis. Government officials had predicted a voter turnout of between 60-65%, while the opposition, predominantly supporters of the Green Movement, had predicted a lower turnout of between 40-45%. Preliminary results appear to indicate that…