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Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Ex-Iranian President: Rafsanjani’s Death Is A Blow To Normalization Of U.S.-Iran Relations

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 01.13.2017 | World

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr was the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran after the 1979 revolution. In the following interview with The WorldPost,...

Iran's Former President Ayatollah Rafsanjani Dies

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.08.2017 | World

DUBAI, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 82, a big blow to moderates and reformists dep...

Iran's Latest Election Puts Rouhani Supporters in Charge of Parliament

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Negar Mortazavi

From opposing the nuclear negotiations to impeaching key ministers, parliament made it increasingly difficult for Rouhani to fully realize his moderate political agenda -- until now.

The New Iranian Parliament Is Loyal to Khamenei but Advocating for Rouhani

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

The message of these elections to global powers is that they should approach Iran with respect rather than with threats and drop anti-Iranian rhetoric. Iranians who went to the voting booths have a palpable sense of the indifference of the West to the existence of democracy and elections in Iran. They know that any claims by the West to respect public participation in Iran loses its credibility, because they see that Western allies in the region have zero democracy.

What the Defeat of Iran's Hard-Liners Means

Muhammad Sahimi | Posted 03.01.2016 | World
Muhammad Sahimi

A clear path for hope in the future has been opened up by these elections. The hard-liners that have isolated Iran and repressed its people are on the wane.

Why the Iranian Elections Are a Turning Point

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 03.01.2016 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

We all know that the Iranian elections will change nothing immediately, but we also know that these elections are the closest that the Iranian public can come to shaping the country's future. The real effects of the elections will be felt in the next few years, when the battle for the next supreme leader starts. What happened in the Iranian elections is thus even more significant than Hassan Rouhani's victory in the presidential elections of 2013.

Iran's Hardliners Might Be Making a Comeback -- And the West Should Pay Attention

Akbar Ganji | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

The power struggle in Iran between the hardliners on one side and moderates, pragmatists and reformists on the other, will not only decide the future of the most important nation in the Middle East, it will also affect the entire region. The West should pay attention to the struggle and support the moderate coalition against the hardliners by reaching a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.

Let's Remember What Iran Has Said About Israel

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

WASHINGTON-It is one of the great ironies of history that the nation of Israel--and likely, the religion of Judaism as we know it--would not exist if ...

A Road Map of Iranian Election Politics: What Led to Rouhani's Victory?

Omid Memarian | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Omid Memarian

The truth is that calling this election "free" disregards all the machinations and state meddling that preceded the vote itself. All eight candidates were approved by the Guardian Council on condition of their commitment to Iran's Supreme Leader.

The Irrelevance of Iran's Presidential Election

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Mahmood Delkhasteh

The long journey of Iranian people towards freedom and independence will only end when they bid farewell to the reformists who have every interest in preserving this regime which survives by moving the country from one crisis to another. Boycotting the election would be a first step.

Election in Iran: Rafsanjani's Disqualification Anchors the Islamic Republic in Securitarianism

Milad Jokar | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Milad Jokar

Iran is located in the middle of a region which is on the edge of conflagration. A destabilization of the regime would not only undermine the stability of its power; it would also put the Iranian nation at stake and potentially collapse the regional balances of power.

Elections, Iranian Style

Fariba Amini | Posted 07.27.2013 | World
Fariba Amini

Whoever wins the Iranian elections, it is unlikey that Iran will move toward total totalitarianism as some analysts predict. Iranian society does not have the ingredients to evolve into a totalitarian state.

Iran's 2009 Protests Haunt Upcoming Elections

Pouya Alimagham | Posted 07.26.2013 | World
Pouya Alimagham

The Iranian government wants to prevent the simmering opposition from surfacing and using a Rafsanjani candidacy as a cover to reignite 2009's protest movement.

"Hashemi Rafsanjani, Is the Real Fire!"

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is almost 80 years old but his candidacy or involvement can pose a significant challenge and difference in the Iranian election.

Pushing the Iranian Opposition Underground

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melody Moezzi

No holiday is dearer to the hearts of the Iranian people than Nowruz. But this year, many of my friends in Tehran will not be taking vacations. Instead, they're planning to take to the streets yet again, in bold defiance of the warnings of the regime and the pleas of their parents.

Ahmadinejad Kicks Diversion Efforts into High Gear

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

In the lead-up to his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is up to his old tricks. And sadly, the global community seems to be falling for them.

Iranian Regime Faces Worst Enemy Yet: Itself

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

Iranians could empathize with Palestinians Friday more than ever, but not in the way that Iran's self-proclaimed President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wanted them to.

Quds Day: Powerful Iranian Cleric, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Barred From Delivering Prayers

latimes.com | Borzou Daragahi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Reporting from Beirut - A powerful cleric who supports Iran's opposition movement has been barred from delivering Friday prayers during Quds Day in Te...

The Unconstitutional Un-Islamic Republic of Iran

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

With increasing accounts of rape, torture, forced confessions and skewed judicial proceedings, the Iranian government is losing any credibility it had left, including any legitimate claim to Islam.

Iran's Red Tulip Revolution

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

With each death at the hands of the regime, a martyr is born, and with each martyr, the seed of revolution is planted.

The Basij Are Cordially Invited to Join the Opposition

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

Thanks to their new duties, which include increasingly violent and inhumane acts, reports of Basiji taking protesters up on their invitations to join the opposition movement are growing.

Iran, Protest, and Intelligence: Why Strategic Reports Often Get it Wrong

Jamsheed K. Choksy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamsheed K. Choksy

Revolutions are accurately designated as such only after the fact, not when protests begin. The protests in Iran are not yet and may never become a revolution.

Hey DJ Rafsanjani, Play Us Some Ayatollah Khomeini

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

At the heart of Iran's Islamic Revolution was a stencil duplicator and a tape recorder. These were the Ayatollah Khomeini's Facebook and Twitter.

Separation of Mosque and Mosul

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Schweitzer

With the Supreme Leader's divine authority in question, the appeal to God as a source of legitimacy is no longer a viable basis on which to promote democracy.

Iran: Is Larijani the New Rafsanjani?

John Ghazvinian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Ghazvinian

Where should we be looking for an early indication of which way things might go in Iran's election crisis? Two words: Watch Larijani.