I would guess that in the past year, there were more regime-change-in-Iran plots floated by members of the intelligence community than there are Iranians.
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Where should we be looking for an early indication of which way things might go in Iran's election crisis? Two words: Watch Larijani.
Prior to this month's disputed presidential election in Iran, the Obama administration sent a letter to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Kh...
No doubt Twitter has been an amazing force during the Iranian protests, allowing reporters and students alike to document the oppression and violence ...
If a woman in a position of power cries in public, she's either weak or being manipulative. If a man in power cries, it's because he's man enough to let his tears show.
The political evolution of Martin Luther is relevant to what's going on in Iran. Like Luther, Mousavi has become much reform-minded so as to distinguish himself from the incumbent administration.
You want to rig an election, you don't claim 63%. You squeak by with 51%. Didn't you guys learn anything from Karl Rove? At least let the other guy appear to win his home district.
Is 101 years a bit far to go back to help us understand what's happening today? Not in Iran.
A recurring theme in many of the cleric's answers is his very strong belief that "foreign" Western powers, particularly England, are behind the current unrest in Tehran
Taking a backseat to allow others to embrace their own destiny does not weaken the United States, it strengthens it.
How long can the opposition sustain itself? Four, five, or six weeks from now, will the protests still continue? Will the world still be watching Youtube videos being recycled on CNN?
I have been glued to the Internet all week watching Iran's chaos unfold from the outside. Following are some key lessons learned, regardless of the outcome of the fallout.
I'd like to beat my chest and say what a fraud the Grand Ayatollah is and how he has robbed his own people of a voice in their own government. But what are you going to back it up with?
As the demonstrations in Iran continue, sooner or later, the demonstrators are going to need the support of a leader. Otherwise, the demonstrations may disintegrate, due to factionalism and dispute over how to continue.
Kadivar is one of Iran's most respected clerics. His words are powerful because he is able to counter the religious arguments of the Ayatollah with his own sound religious and theological logic.
What ignited the protests may have been Ahmadinejad's hijacking of the election, but what has been fueling the protests and disobedience by millions of Iranians goes much deeper than this election.
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Some say tomorrow will bring another dawn and, the opposition will be back on the streets, but will they really show up? The Ayatollah may have put the nail in the coffin.
While they display the veneer of being on the side of the Iranian people, in the end Cantor, Pence and Rohrabacher confirmed themselves as the leading speechwriters for Iran's oppressive regime.
As far as the Supreme Leader of Iran is concerned, the demonstrators have shown their opposition, and now, it's enough.
The journalist, who wishes to remain anonymous, fears that Khamenei's sermon has opened the doors for a Tiananmen in Tehran.
By declaring a new run-off between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi, Khamenei could uphold the law and will of the council while simultaneously assuaging the protesters.
In taking an unyielding stand behind the results of the contested vote, Iran's supreme leader put his own position and powers on the line too.
The titanic struggle of wills between the Supreme Leader and Mousavi is so riveting that it may very well seal the fate of any durable prospect of a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran.
Injustice and arrogance are powerful catalysts, aren't they?
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