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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Note to US Congress: Back Off of Iran!

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Taking a backseat to allow others to embrace their own destiny does not weaken the United States, it strengthens it.

Iran's Revolution: A Hard and Uncertain Path

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Schweber

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?

Faeze Rafsanjani's Arrest and Ayatollah Khamenei's Fears

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meir Javedanfar

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.

The Basij Will Face Retribution: Exiled by the regime, Ayatollah Mohsen Kadivar Gives His Own Sermon

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Sharma

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.

Obama Must Speak Up Quickly or Iran Can Become His Rwanda

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

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.

A Way Out Of The Iranian Stalemate

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
J. Bradley Jansen

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.

The Supreme Leader's Gamble: Iran's Crisis Deepens

Robin Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robin Wright

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.

Iran Uprising: Why Do So Many Want Obama To Turn Iran's Protests Into A "Teabag Party"?

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stuart Whatley

Those who wish for Obama to adopt a stronger tone ground their argument in the arrogant belief that our endorsement is the sine qua non of any successful democratic political movement.

Supreme Leader to Demonstrators: "Drop Dead!"

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

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.

Hello, Iran

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Giles Slade

Injustice and arrogance are powerful catalysts, aren't they?

There Will Be Blood -- Exclusive Interview With an Iranian Journalist in Tehran

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Sharma

The journalist, who wishes to remain anonymous, fears that Khamenei's sermon has opened the doors for a Tiananmen in Tehran.

Weekly Foreign Affairs Round-Up

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs : What to Make of Iran's Post-Election Uproar Facts: Incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quickly declared the...

It Ain't Over till the Ayatollah Says So

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

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.

Ayatollah Khamenei Warns Iranians Of Protest Crackdown

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

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's supreme leader sought Friday to end the deepening crisis over disputed elections with one decisive speech _ declaring the ...

GOP Uses Iran Resolution to Slam Obama, Undermine Iranian People

Adam Blickstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Blickstein

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.

Khamenei's Speech: Learning From the Shah?

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meir Javedanfar

As far as the Supreme Leader of Iran is concerned, the demonstrators have shown their opposition, and now, it's enough.

Khamenei Speech Angers UK

AP | DAVID STRINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — Britain's Foreign Office said Friday it had told an Iranian diplomat it was concerned by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's critic...

From Tehrangeles to Tehran: Noise and Static

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Sharma

The cacophony of voices here in the United States rises and the confusion continues. I will (and urge you to) stay away from all of these pundits, as much as possible and keep on trying to get more voices from in there.

Iran Uprising: Experts Weigh In On What's Happened And What It Means

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stuart Whatley

With each new day of demonstrations comes an erosion of the Supreme Leader's power and moreover, an erosion of the system's legitimacy, which is partly based on the Supreme Leader's infallibility.

Does "Changed" Iran Complicate U.S. Engagement?

Ali Gharib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Gharib

Even as the White House says it will let the "dust" settle in Iran first, its steadfastness belies a certitude that the changing face of Iran will be ready for U.S. engagement any time soon.

Sorting Through the Facts in the Iranian Election

David Wallechinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Wallechinsky

I am troubled by some of the U.S. media coverage of the current crisis in Iran, well-meaning though it may be. So here are a few factual clarifications.

Inside Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Head

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

There's been a lot of talk about the key players in the Iranian election saga, but little mention of their psychological motivations. So we decided to...

Iran and the Paradox of Paradise

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deepak Chopra

The contradictions between a modern state and one based on the Quran are simply too great. The issue of theocracy comes down to that.

Iran's Crisis of Legitimacy

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

Letting the genie of democracy out of the bottle in Iran is like opening a Pandora's box that the Iranian regime is clearly fearful it won't be able to close.

The One Thing 39 Million Iranians Decisively Voted For

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

Out of 46.2 million eligible voters, a staggering 39 million came out to vote, making a strong, unequivocal statement: Iranians value democracy