Monthly archives: March, 2013

Israel’s apology to Turkey: An anti-Iranian alliance and sign of a “new Cold War”?

By Adnan Riza Güzel Last week Tehran received what is likely to have been one of the worst pieces of news so far this year from Ankara and Tel Aviv. Three years ago Turkey had minimised its diplomatic contact with Israel, after the Gaza flotilla raid in which Israeli soldiers killed Turkish activists in international…



Iran Election Watch 2013: Twenty four presidential candidates emerge

INTRODUCTION The 2013 Iranian presidential election began in earnest this February with the emergence of the first candidates. A recent Fars News Agency report from mid-March now gives us our first look at this election cycle’s crop of candidates, 24 in all, competing to becoming Iran’s next president. Although the actual field of candidates is…



Iran Election Watch 2013: The Reformist Current – At a dead end

In a speech on 07 March 2013 during a ceremony commemorating Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corsp (IRGC) clergymen martyred in the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi attacked the Reformist Current in one of the first majour attacks against them in the lead up to the 2013 Iranian presidential election campaign. In the speech, which…