Showing posts with label Supreme Leader of Iran. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Supreme Leader of Iran. Show all posts

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Iran: A Brief Survey Through Time Magazine


E.U. Condemns Plans to Stone Iranian Woman Sep 07, 2010
Iran: Crowds Attack Opposition Leader's Home Sep 03, 2010
Mobs Attack Iranian Opposition Leader's Home Sep 03, 2010
Fears May Be Overblown As Iran Reactor Comes Online Aug 21, 2010
Is the U.S. Pursuing the Wrong Mideast Peace Process? Aug 12, 2010
Is the Middle East on the Brink of Another War? Aug 03, 2010
Is Russia's Backing of Iran Sanctions Starting to Fray? Jul 15, 2010
Sleeping with the Enemy: BP's Deals with Iran Jun 16, 2010
Has Ahmadinejad Weathered the Storm? Jun 12, 2010
Iran: Can Sanctions and Diplomacy Be Combined? May 21, 2010
Iran, China and Brazil Intensify the Nuclear Chess Game May 14, 2010
Hizballah Prepares for the Next War May 10, 2010
Nuclear Gamesmanship: Clinton vs. Ahmadinejad May 04, 2010
Roxana Saberi: An American Journalist Imprisoned in Iran Apr 12, 2010
Hu's Visit: Finding a Way Forward on U.S.-China Relations Apr 08, 2010
Obama's Nuclear Strategy: What's Different Apr 07, 2010
Washington's Shrinking Options on Iran Sanctions Mar 24, 2010
Iraq's Messy Democracy Mar 15, 2010
Iran's Arrest of an Extremist Foe: Did Pakistan Help? Feb 25, 2010
Iran's Opposition: Confrontation or Compromise? Feb 01, 2010
On a Holy Day, Protest and Carnage in Tehran Dec 28, 2009
Yemen: Al-Qaeda's New Staging Ground? Dec 28, 2009
Yemen's Hidden War: Is Iran Causing Trouble? Dec 18, 2009
The Next Round of the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Face-Off Nov 20, 2009
Tehran Braces for a New Political Showdown Nov 02, 2009
Iran's Nuclear Response Creates a Quandary Oct 31, 2009
Behind Iran's Response on the Nuclear Deal Oct 29, 2009
The Reasons Behind Iran's Nuclear-Delaying Tactics Oct 26, 2009
Getting to Know Burma's Ruling General Oct 19, 2009
Iran's Quiet Coup Oct 05, 2009
Talking with Iran: Chances for a Breakthrough Are Low Sep 30, 2009
How Badly Would Sanctions on Gas Imports Hurt Iran? Sep 30, 2009
Ahmadinejad Rejects Obama's Nuclear Warning Sep 25, 2009
TIME's Interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Sep 25, 2009
Iran Sanctions: Why Pakistan Won't Help Sep 14, 2009
Back to School in Iran: How to Deal with a Bad Summer Sep 07, 2009
Will Iran's 'Kennedys' Challenge Ahmadinejad? Aug 17, 2009
Sanctions Unlikely to Stop Iran's Nuclear Quest Aug 10, 2009
A Weakened Ahmadinejad Sworn in for a Second Term Aug 05, 2009
A Reporter's Diary: Making a Tricky Exit From Iran Aug 03, 2009
Iran's Leaders Battle Over Khomeini's Legacy Jul 28, 2009
Iran's Opposition Down but Not Out Jul 01, 2009
How Quarreling Ayatullahs Affect Iran's Crisis Jun 26, 2009
Can the U.S. Deal with a Divided Iran? Jun 25, 2009
Iran's Embattled Supreme Leader: A Test for Khamenei Jun 25, 2009
Iran's Crisis: The Opposition Weighs Its Options Jun 24, 2009
Forbidden Iran: How to Report When You're Banned Jun 22, 2009
In Iran Crisis, Paris Exile Group Plays Disputed Role Jun 22, 2009
On Scene: Among the Protesters in Tehran Jun 19, 2009
Iran: Four Ways the Crisis May Resolve Jun 18, 2009
Joe Klein: What I Saw at the Revolution Jun 18, 2009
Iran Protests: Twitter, the Medium of the Movement Jun 17, 2009
Even in a Tainted Election, Voting Still Matters Jun 16, 2009
Who's Fighting Who in Iran's Struggle? Jun 16, 2009
Iran Election: Khamenei Calls for National Unity Jun 16, 2009
In Iran, Rival Regime Factions Play a High-Stakes Game of Chicken Jun 16, 2009
Thousands Rally Again in Streets of Iran's Capital Jun 16, 2009
Can the U.S. Contain Iran's Nuclear Ambitions? Jun 15, 2009
Khamenei: The Power Behind the President Jun 15, 2009
Protesters Cry, 'It's Not Possible' Jun 13, 2009
The Man Who Could Beat Ahmadinejad: Mousavi Talks to TIME Jun 12, 2009
Will Iran's 'Marriage Crisis' Bring Down Ahmadinejad? Jun 09, 2009
Iran's Election: Rallies Reveal a Stark Contrast Jun 06, 2009
Iran's Presidential Debate: Will Ahmadinejad's Attacks Backfire? Jun 05, 2009
Muslims Like Obama's Words but Want to See Action Jun 05, 2009
Full Text: President Barack Obama's Speech to the Muslim World Jun 04, 2009
Meeting High Expectations in the Middle East Jun 02, 2009

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Iran: This Is What I Am Talking About

Iran Is A Major Country

Iran is not a full-fledged democracy, it is a semi-theocracy of unelected mullahs holding supreme power. But at least it holds elections. Saudi Arabia does not. Egypt does not. Iran has much stronger democratic credentials than Saudi Arabia or Egypt.

I Wish Iran's People Power In The Streets Upon Every Arab Country

Mass movements are science, they are not alchemy. They can be brought about. They are the best way to topple authoritarian regimes. They are super cheap. It is so much cheaper to drop 1,000 laptops than a humvee.

We need mass protests in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and every Arab country that does not have elected leadership. That is the only sane way to conclude the War On Terror.

Iran Should Shoot For Complete Democracy

I fear these mass protests might go to waste like those in Burma for lack of a clear articulation of the ultimate goal and the tactics and strategies to get there. This is not just about one rigged election. This is about total democracy.

In The News

Joe Klein: What I Saw at the Revolution TIME It was as if someone had opened a door and an entire country had spilled out. ...... the working-class Ahmadinejad supporters and the wealthier, better-educated backers of Mousavi ...... put the internal rivalries at the highest levels of the Iranian government on public display for the first time, and in the most embarrassing fashion. ......... much of the cheese-buying public — the working class, the elderly, the women in chadors — seemed to adore Ahmadinejad. One of the favorite slogans of his supporters was "Ahmadinejad is love." ........... The lines at the central mosque were every bit as long as they were at the voting stations in sophisticated north Tehran. There was a smattering of Mousavi supporters, but the Ahmadinejad worship was palpable. ........ as concerned with Ahmadinejad's crude populist style as with his crude populist economics. ....... He also criticized Ahmadinejad's incendiary rhetoric on international issues like Israel and the Holocaust ........ "My mother supports Mousavi, and my father supports Ahmadinejad," he said. "I was uncertain until I saw them debate. Ahmadinejad seemed stronger. I don't think I would want Mousavi negotiating with other governments." ....... the reformers I spoke with seemed as unyielding as Ahmadinejad, if more politely so, when it came to discussing what Iran would be willing to concede in negotiations with the U.S. They were adamant on Iran's nuclear enrichment program ..... "It's natural that the first step should be taken by the Americans," said Karroubi, the most progressive of the four presidential candidates. "We didn't stage a coup against your elected government," he said, referring to the CIA's participation in the 1953 overthrow of the Mohammed Mossadegh government. "We have not frozen your assets. We don't have sanctions against you." ....... "Only the skin color has changed" from George W. Bush, he said. ....... "Look, for the past 30 years, the Supreme Leader — first Khomeini, now Khamenei — has blamed all our problems on the Great Satan," a prominent conservative told me. "If you take away the Great Satan and we still have problems, how does he explain it? Almost everyone here is in favor of ending this war with America. But no one has less incentive to make peace than the Supreme Leader." .......... It seems likely that no matter how many people flood the streets in protest, the Supreme Leader will continue to back Ahmadinejad.
Iran: Four Ways the Crisis May Resolve the unique combination of discord on the streets and infighting in the corridors of power currently under way in Tehran. .......... President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei appear to have been taken aback by the surge in support for the pragmatic conservative candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. .......... there are still millions of Iranians strongly backing Ahmadinejad. ...... it's unlikely that the opposition will be in a position to destroy the government. ....... "adjust" the result so that no candidate has a clear majority, forcing a runoff election between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi. ....... at his first press conference following the announcement of his victory, Ahmadinejad reportedly asked his opponents to submit lists of candidates for membership in his Cabinet. ............ (Mugabe's opponents settled for the deal only when they had been so pummeled that they could see no hope of unseating him.)

Obama Lays Out 'Sweeping Overhaul' of Financial Rules Bloomberg the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. financial regulatory system in 75 years, seeking to correct a “cascade of mistakes” that toppled major securities firms, froze credit markets and destroyed $26.4 trillion in stock market value around the world. ......... adding an additional layer of regulation for the biggest firms. It would create an agency for monitoring consumer financial products, make the Federal Reserve the overseer of companies deemed too big to fail, and bring hedge and private equity funds under federal scrutiny. ......... “An absence of oversight engendered systematic, and systemic, abuse.” ......... has called the “sweeping overhaul” of regulations one of his top domestic priorities, said he wants to sign legislation by the end of the year. ....... “For community banks that had nothing to do with this crisis, this will be massive regulation that will burden them with new costs” ......... the proposal simply adds to the layering of the system without addressing the underlying and fundamental problems ......... The new Consumer Financial Protection Agency would oversee products from mortgages to credit cards. It would have authority to ban “unfair terms and practices,” punish companies for violations with fines and penalties and write rules to set higher standards for banks and non-bank companies. ........ The central bank would get responsibility to oversee all systemically risky financial firms, a move that aims to eliminate gaps in oversight that contributed to the collapse of Bear Stearns .......... higher capital requirements and stronger regulatory scrutiny “our proposals would compel these firms to internalize the costs they could impose on society in the event of failure. ........ Geithner said he sees “no plausible alternative” to having the Fed oversee institutions that pose system-wide risk. “We’re redrawing the boundaries of authority
Iran Upheaval Highlights Internal Political Fissures Voice of America The turmoil has boosted the stature of some of Iran's leaders. It has also diminished the stature of others - particularly the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. ....... another struggle, perhaps a more significant one, taking place in the corridors of power in Tehran ........ 2005 ..... Then, the relatively unknown mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ........ the Iranian government seems stunned by the reaction and unsure what to do. ...... Rafsanjani's public silence. .... he is fiercely working behind the scenes. ........ Rafsanjani can use his chairmanship of the body as leverage with the Supreme Leader to undercut the president. ........... the protests as Iran's biggest crisis since the 1979 Islamic Revolution ......... we'll have to watch to see if the demonstrations continue, if the government continues to backpedal ....... The Guardian Council is apparently only going to scrutinize electoral results from selected districts. But Mir Hossein Mousavi has called for a fresh election.

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