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The Clerical Rift in Iran

Keyhan newspaper is a right wing publication, whose editor Ali Shariat Madari is a close advisor of the Supreme Leader. This week, Ayatollah Amoli lost his column at this all important paper, and the reason was not related to his writing skills.

The piece below explains more:



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Posted on : Jun 30 2009
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Faeze Rafsanjani’s Arrest and Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fears

Written on the Day of Faezeh Rafsanjanis arrest









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Posted on : Jun 26 2009
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Iran: The Supreme Leader’s next move

Iran: The Supreme Leader’s next move

Taking into consideration the current events in Iran, what are Khamenei’s choices?

The interview hosted by ABC of Australia, together with Simon Tisdall of The Guardian, tries to look at his options.

To listen, click below


Khamenei’s Speech: Learning From the Shah?

What are the historic dimensions of Khamenei’s strategy?


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How Iran’s Clerics Can Undermine Ahmadinejad

As well as the reformists, Ahmadinejad has also raised the ire of some of Iran’s clergy.

The important question is: what can they do about Ahmadinejad? What power do they have?

The analysis below looks at their power and options:

To read, click below


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Posted on : Jun 19 2009
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Ahmadinejad’s Victory, Khamenei’s Motivations

Why did Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran allow Ahmadinejad to “win” with such a majority?

The piece below looks his short and long term motivations.

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Regional Ramifications of Current Events in Iran

The current events in Iran do not only impact domestic policy, they also have regional ramifications.

To read about them and the internal dynamics of current events, click below


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Posted on : Jun 15 2009
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The Iranian Elections: Politics of the Supreme Leader vs. The President

Summary of the recent panel which I took part in at The Washington Institute


Full video


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Posted on : Jun 13 2009
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A Silent Revolution in Iran

In Iran a silent revolution is taking place within the corridors of power.


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Posted on : Jun 11 2009
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