Monthly archives: July, 2012

Karroubi’s son calls on Iran’s leaders to improve his father’s situation

On Sunday 29 July Mohammad-Taghi Karroubi, son of the ex-parliamentary speaker and imprisoned Reformist leader Mehdi Karroubi, sent an open letter to the Islamic Republic’s senior leadership entitled “The time for detention: A conversation with high ranking officials of the regime.” The leaders of the Green Movement and their wives, including ex-prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi,…



The Islamic Republic moves to stockpile “strategic commodities” as Iranians protest shortages

In a recent announcement, deputy minister of industry, mines, and commerce Hossein Radmard declared that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had issued a special order to create a stockpile of certain “strategic commodities” including wheat, rice, sugar, chicken feed, and cooking oil that would meet three months of Iran’s demand if critical shortages arise. This move…



Partnership – IranPolitik & The International

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Khamenei rejects calls for a more moderate Iranian foreign policy

In a meeting with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s political elite this Tuesday, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made remarks which could give important clues about the regime’s domestic and foreign policy trajectory in the months to come. While the Western media has picked up on some of the foreign policy implications of his comments,…



Iran’s strategy in the Strait of Hormuz: “Intelligent Control”

Could the Islamic Republic of Iran close the Strait of Hormuz, described as the “greatest economic choke point in the world” where nearly 20 per cent of crude oil traded globally passes, thereby cutting off Persian Gulf energy exports vital to the functioning of the global economy? While it has long been considered highly probable…



IRGC intensifies rhetoric against Reformists

As outlined earlier this week in IranPolitik, there have been numerous signs in the last several weeks that the Reformist faction, moderates led by ex-president Mohammad Khatami who ruled between 1997-2005, may nominate a candidate for the upcoming 2013 presidential election. The Reformists were marginalized within the regime’s political establishment because of their role in…



Reformism Redux?

In a speech to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy members, Hojatoleslam Ali Saeedi, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative to the IRGC, made a veiled attack on moderates inside the Islamic Republic’s political establishment with potential significance for the upcoming 2013 presidential election in Iran. It is fashionable for the Islamic Republic’s senior politicians,…