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Old May 11th, 2013, 07:56 PM   #1
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Rafsanjani registers for Iran presidential election

I understand that for some people it's just ... well, it's just more fun to pound your chest and issue threats and not-so-veiled, "or else" warnings. Amazingly, belligerence eases chronic and even acute levels of paranoia, for some people.

But, change in Iran needs to come from within. Yeah I know. It's slow. No bombing runs. Sucks ... for some people.

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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to stand for Iran presidency

Iranian ex-President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has registered for June's presidential election, a few minutes before an official deadline.

Correspondents say Mr Rafsanjani, 78, is virtually assured the support of reformers and could pose a real challenge to the country's conservative leadership.

Constitutionally, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot stand again.

But his choice of candidate registered minutes before Mr Rafsanjani.

Hardline nationalist Esfandyar Rahim-Mashaei, a close friend of Mr Ahmadinejad, is also seen as a threat to the clerical elite around Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, has also registered. He is seen as close to Ayatollah Khamenei.

More than 400 candidates in total have registered but Iran's Guardian Council - a body controlled by the supreme leader - decides who can stand.

The results of the last presidential elections, in 2009, were disputed by the reformist opposition, triggering mass street protests.

The return of the seasoned centrist politician to frontline politics is seen as a serious challenge by the conservative-dominated establishment.

Mr Rafsanjani, 78, has already served as the country's president, parliamentary speaker and the head of the Assembly of Experts which appoints, and theoretically has the authority to dismiss, the supreme leader.

Conservatives are unhappy that Mr Rafsanjani has, for the past four years, expressed support for the pro-reform movement. He has called for the release of political prisoners and greater political freedoms for parties prepared to work within the existing constitution.

However, those who seek to change the regime by gradual reforms see Mr Rafsanjani as the master manipulator who has a foot in the door of the establishment and a hand in the affairs of the opposition, and who could, theoretically, create a more open and predicable political climate.

Seen as a moderate, Mr Rafsanjani is expected to gain support from reformers after supporting the protests.

Opinion polls suggest he is currently the most popular of the candidates....
BBC News - Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to stand for Iran presidency
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The mullahs are the power behind the 'throne'. Which was why they hated the Shah, he didn't like them and wouldn't play their games.
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The mullahs are the power behind the 'throne'. Which was why they hated the Shah, he didn't like them and wouldn't play their games.
Nope, they hated the Shah because he was a Western (Christian)-installed, brutal dictator.

Does belligerence calm your paranoia?
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The Shah was no more brutal then the usual, run of the mill Iranian rulers, the propaganda be damned.

He took power from the mullahs.
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Nope, they hated the Shah because he was a Western (Christian)-installed, brutal dictator.

Does belligerence calm your paranoia?
Well, he at least outdid the Ceaucescu clan!
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Old May 11th, 2013, 08:20 PM   #6
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From an article:

Meanwhile, internationalist forces rallied around a new figure they had chosen to lead Iran: Ruhollah Khomeini. A minor cleric of Indian extraction, Khomeini had denounced the Shah’s reforms during the 1960s — especially women’s rights and land reform for Muslim clerics, many of whom were large landholders. Because his incendiary remarks had contributed to violence and rioting then, he was exiled, living mostly in Iraq, where Iranians largely forgot him until 1978.

A shadowy past followed Khomeini. The 1960s rioting linked to him was financed, in part, by Eastern Bloc intelligence services. He was in the circle of the cleric Kachani Sayed Abolghassem, who had ties to East German intelligence. Furthermore, in 1960, Colonel Michael Goliniewski, second-in-command of Soviet counter-intelligence in Poland, defected to the West. His debriefings exposed so many communist agents that he was honored by a resolution of the U.S. House of Representatives. One report, declassified in 2000, revealed, “Ayatollah Khomeini was one of Moscow’s five sources of intelligence at the heart of the Shiite hierarchy.”

http://thenewamerican.com/culture/hi...eally-happened

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I understand that for some people it's just ... well, it's just more fun to pound your chest and issue threats and not-so-veiled, "or else" warnings. Amazingly, belligerence eases chronic and even acute levels of paranoia, for some people.

But, change in Iran needs to come from within. Yeah I know. It's slow. No bombing runs. Sucks ... for some people.



BBC News - Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to stand for Iran presidency
Tell ya wot: with a name like "Ali Akbar" he'd have a helluva time every time he gets introduced as everyone in the room gets under a chair or somethin'!

They'd probably be better off with "And now, a man who needs no introduction..." and then not actually say his name...because he needs no introduction...
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Aw f*ck, whaddya say we just bomb the f*ck outta Iran no matter what?

Any hopeful, or should I say "so-called" hopeful sign over there is just BS.

The only good Iranian is a dead Iranian, especially if you're an Iranian mullahf*cker.
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Why would you want to do that? Most Iranians are pro-Western. The cut throat mullahs keep them in check now but hopefully they will rise and throw off their yoke.
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Living in Iran must really suck
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