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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iranian Protest Figures Could Face Executions | Thomas Erdbrink | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The attorney prosecuting leading opposition figures in Iran asked a court Tuesday to give them "the maximum punishment," offering the clearest indicat...

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Senior Iranian Cleric, Calls System A Dictatorship

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's most senior dissident cleric on Wednesday criticized the ruling system under Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a di...

Growing Up in Iran and Watching the Election From the U.S.

Sara Dehghan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sara Dehghan

As an Iranian-American journalist, I think foreign media is being a little naive in covering the election's aftermath.

Khamenei Challenged By Iranian MPs

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A group of former Iranian MPs has appealed to a powerful clerical panel to investigate if Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is fit to rule....

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 Revolution Leaders Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri And Hashemi Rafsanjani Struggle For Power In Tehran

Spiegel International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In the wake of a bogus election, the deadly harassment of protesters and squabbling among hardliners, everything seems to have changed in Tehran. Two ...

Obama's Cairo Address: Two Months On

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

It's been two months since Obama delivered his address to the Muslim world in Cairo, promising a new era of respect and engagement. How's his opening to the Muslim world going so far?

Ahmadinejad Is 'Elected Leader' Of Iran: White House

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is "the elected leader" of the Islamic republic. Gib...

Salon: Is Sarah Palin America's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Salon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Aug. 3, 2009 | Is Sarah Palin America's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? The two differ in many key respects, of course, but it is remarkable how similar they are...

Ahmadinejad Endorsed By Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's supreme leader bestowed his formal endorsement on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second term as president on Monday but withheld a ...

Iran Ready To Build Nuclear Bomb, Just Waiting For Ayatollah Khamenei's Order: Times Of London

Times London | James Hider, Richard Beeston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khame...

Ahmadinejad: No Rift With Ayatollah Khamenei

AP | NASSER KARIMI and LEE KEATH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad begins his second term next week undermined by a deepening feud with his fellow hard-liners and und...

Iran at the Crossroads of History: Will This Regime Fall Like the Shah's?

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr

The regime's own cadres oppose Ahmadinejad, and the economic crisis has both deprived the regime of resources and spurred further public discontent. This provides the opening for Iranians to determine the outcome of the struggle.

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.

Kahrizak Prison, Which Held Iranian Protesters, Ordered Closed

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Tuesday released 140 people detained in Iran's postelection turmoil and the supreme leader ordered the closure of a priso...

Ali Akbar Mehrabian: Iran Minister Found Guilty Of Fraud Is Latest Blow To Ahmadinejad

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — An appeals court found Iran's industry minister guilty of fraud, newspapers reported Monday, in a new embarrassment for President...

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.

Iranian Women: We Feel Cheated, Frustrated, And Betrayed (UPDATES)

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

Look closely at the images of mass demonstrations taking place in Iran this week and you will see them: thousands of brave Iranian women taking to the streets to protest an election they feel was stolen.

Top 10 Worst World Leaders (Slideshow, Poll)

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The world is full of bad leaders, from dictators to gaffe-prone buffoons, but some are surely worse than others. Below is a selection of 10 leaders w...

What Should A New American Policy Toward Iran Look Like?

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

From one of many emails received post-elecion: "President Obama: Thank you for being mindful and not wanting to meddle... But why would we write our protest signs in English if we didn't want the West's help?"

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.

A Cabal in the College of Mullahs?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

With growing resentment directed against Ali Khamenei by his own peers, how ironic would it be that the first political casualty of Iran's election dispute turned out to be the supreme leader and not Ahmadinejad?

Religious Divisions in Iran's Leadership -- More than Meets the Eye

Joshua Gleis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joshua Gleis

By speaking out against Ayatollah Khamenei, much of the Iranian religious establishment is in a sense questioning the concept of the wilayat al-faqih, which laid the foundation of Iran's current form of government.

Engage Iran's Citizens, Isolate Its Government

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

The U.S. government lays right where the Iranian hard-liners have placed it with thirty years of intransigence -- uncertain of how to act and ever-hopeful of cooperation.