Monthly archives: May, 2013

Rasoulof-Fallahian

Iran Election Watch 2013: Rasoulof’s Cannes triumph and Fallahian’s disqualification: What is the lesson?

We recently witnessed a fascinating intersection of art, history, and politics in Iran which has not really been remarked upon. Last week former Minister of Intelligence Ali Fallahian was disqualified by Iran’s Council of Guardians from being a candidate in the 2013 Iranian presidential election. Around the same time Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof presented his film Manuscripts Don’t…



Mesbah - Rafsanjani - Khomeini

Iran Election Watch 2013: Why Hashemi-Rafsanjani will not be reinstated / Is a conflict brewing between Khamenei and Mesbah-Yazdi?

Why Hashemi-Rafsanjani will most likely not be reinstated by Khamenei Former President Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani’s rejection for candidacy in the 2013 Iranian presidential election by the Council of Guardians has come as a shock to not only his many adherents but also seasoned Iran watchers. As we argued on 21 May however there were a number…



Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani 2013

Iran Election Watch 2013: Could Hashemi-Rafsanjani be disqualified from running by the Council of Guardians?

Since former President Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani entered the 2013 Iranian presidential election, many have debated the significance of this move. One must be skeptical of his chances of winning if he is allowed to participate in the election and his ability to rule if he is elected. But could he be disqualified, even before the…



Mana neyestani - ghalibaf

Iran Election Watch 2013: Ghalibaf’s schizophrenic electioneering

2013 Iranian presidential election candidate-registrant Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf has tried to steer a course between hardliners and moderates. Ghalibaf recognizes that there are two potential source of power that he can appeal to if he is to have a chance at winning the presidency: The Islamic Republic’s hardline political establishment which includes Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali…



Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani

IranPolitik’s “Game of Thrones” inspired 2013 Iranian presidential election pre-campaign posters

As we await the Council of Guardians (CoG) to complete the vetting process for candidates in the 2013 Iranian presidential election, IranPolitik highlights four potential candidates who may play a crucial role in the upcoming 14 June vote: Supreme National Security Council secretary and lead nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, former President…



IranPolitik May Day Edition: The Iranian labour movement in 2013

IranPolitik May Day Edition: The Iranian labour movement in 2013

Introduction As another May Day comes and goes, we at IranPolitik continue to be astounded by not only the worsening economic condition faced by Iranian workers, but also by the continued failure of the so-called opposition, particularly the Reformist and Green Movement political currents, to support and cooperate with the Iranian labour movement. This movement…