Serat News Attacks Ahmadinejad Confidants

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Serat News, a hardline outlet often critical of the president and his administration and said to be close to Kayhan, launches an attack against several of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s allies including, First Vice Minister, Mohammadreza Rahimi and Press advisor, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, who has been recently jailed. The main object of derision is their allegedly  “eulogising” of political figures they turned against once they obtained high office in the Ahmadinejad government.

Serat has gone to the lengths of digging up an old book which chronicled then President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s visit to Kurdistan, in which Rahimi heaps lavish praise on Rafsanjani. Rahimi was then governor of Kurdistan and owed his position to the so-called “Commander of Reconstruction”, a figure who has since been subject to innumerable public attacks and vilification by President Ahmadinejad and his allies.

The article quotes at length Rahimi’s introduction to the book, “Meeting with the Commander of Reconstruction in Kurdistan, the Land of Love and Friendship”: “the people of Kurdistan’s hospitality in welcoming the President [i.e. Rafsanjani] and his popularity is beyond natural and manifests itself in a mythical form”.

Rahimi is then quoted as stating that a “Syrian Muslim” told him, “that if a Prophet was meant to come after the Prophet of Islam, he would be Ahmadinejad”.

The article then goes on to look into Javanfekr’s past statements praising the Reformist government of President Mohammad Khatami, publishing an old interview from the year 2000 with Javanfekr in which he said, “in my opinion with the coming into office of the government of Mr. Khatami, the desire and spirituality of the Supreme Leader on the issue of Reform is better, more smoothly and more completely pursued”.

The reports also states that Ahmadinejad Minister for the implementation of the Constitution, Mohammadreza Mirtaj al-Dini, was also formerly in Ali Larijani’s presidential campaign, and had been wary vis-à-vis Principalist support for Ahmadinejad, until the opportunity to serve in Ahmadinejad’s government presented itself.

Numerous attempts have been made over the last year to discredit Ahmadinejad’s inner circle and paint them as corrupt opportunists, whose sole ambition has been their own self-aggrandizement. This article is one of the more frontal attacks in recent months.

“With these explications of the manner of appointment on the one hand, with attention to the past positions of the aforementioned [there is room] for surprise and shock. How it is possible in a short space of time for someone to change their position and with a 180 degree reversal undermine their past statements?”

Due to the death of the influential Ayatollah Anvari, numerous political personalities sit and make small talk under a single roof for his funeral ceremony. Amongst those present were: Hassan Rowhani (former head of the Supreme National Security Council), Ali Saeidi (Supreme Leader’s Representative in the Revolutionary Guards), Ahmad Jannati (head of the Guardian Council), Ali Motahhari (prominent MP and government critic), Ali Akbar Nateq Nuri (former Majles Speaker, Ahmadinejad critic), Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani (Head of Assembly of Experts), Ahmad Khatami (Friday Prayer Leader), Mostafa Pourmohammadi (Head of Iran’s Inspectorate Organization), Asadollah Badamchian (Deputy Chairman of the Islamic Coalition Party), Mohsen Rafiqdust (former Revolutionary Guards’ Minister and head of the Foundation for the Oppressed).

Former Intelligence Minister, and arguably one of the most infamous figures in the history of the Islamic Republic, Ali Fallahian, has expressed his readiness to stand in next year’s presidential elections “if the people want”. Fallahian is best known for his role as Intelligence Minister during the 1990s when tens of intellectuals and journalists critical of the regime were assassinated inside Iran. He is currently head of the group known as the Principalists Progressive Front.

In his interview with Mehr News Fallahian also stated that Mohammad Ali Najafi would make the best Reformist candidate in the presidential contest, and that he had asked former Majles Speaker, Ali Akbar Nateq Nuri and former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani whether they would stand in the presidential election in 2013, both of whom replied in the negative.

Foreign Affairs

The head of the Basij militia, Commander Mohammadreza Naqdi, at a gathering of Basij memers in Palestine Square in Tehran has said, “The nearer that Iran’s rivalry with America draws to the final the better. We would like this event to occur sooner”.

“The time when America was a superpower economically and politically, Iran resisted it and kicked out the Shah, but now everything is the reverse. America’s economy is bankrupt and politically has also become embroiled in bankruptcy. Now we [should] say let’s negotiate with America? Of course some [American] dependents inside [the country] wish to have relations with America, but the words which our politicians say in this regard are more a kind of political game”.

Fararu reports Turkey’s “positive response to Ahmadinejad’s recommendation” for an immediate ceasefire in Syria.

Tehran Friday Prayer leader and Assembly of Experts member, Ahmad Khatami, has said that the “European Union’s file is black” in reaction to its efforts to further ratchet up pressure by sanctioning Iran’s gas exports.

Khatami also outlined that attempts of several strategies of “the enemy” i.e. the U.S., Israel & Europe, ahead of Iran’s presidential election. In particular he alluded to the role of sanctions in trying to influence the election’s outcome.

Mashreq News posts an expose of Obama’s favoured “Islamophobic” serials, including Homeland, claiming “before the serial begins Israeli propaganda is broadcast, which numerous times distorts Iranians’ statements regarding Zionism”.

Images:  “Meeting with the Commander of Reconstruction in Kurdistan, the Land of Love and Friendship”, Seratnews.ir

Hojjat al-Islam Nateq Nuri and Hojjat al-Islam Saedi, Fararu.com