In a series of statements in public and on his website, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani has attacked former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for ruining relations with Saudi Arabia in 2008 and wasting Iran’s natural resources the last eight years through poor policies. Continue reading
The conflict between the head of Iranian TV and President Hassan Rouhani first surfaced when the two sides clashed in early February over the choice of which journalist would conduct an interview with the president. Tensions escalated yesterday when Hesamodin Ashna, Rouhani’s media adviser and representative to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Supervisory Council, accused the council of acting against the administration. Continue reading
In response to the shock and enthusiasm of the Iranian media to the Ukrainian street protests that forced out President Victor Yanukovych, Iran’s justice minister has tried to distance the upheaval in Ukraine from domestic Iranian politics by urging newspapers to show some restraint in their coverage. Continue reading
At today’s Tehran Friday prayers, hard-line cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati warned that officials are trying establish “secret relationships” with the United States. Jannati’s comments came on the heels of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s warning that the nuclear negotiations will not resolve the issues between Iran and the United States. Continue reading
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has once again expressed that while he is not optimistic about a final deal in the nuclear talks, he is not opposed to them, either. More importantly, he said that contrary to the statements of officials in the current Iranian administration, nuclear negotiations will not resolve the differences between the United States and Iran. Continue reading
According to an Iranian member of parliament, the pressure of not being able to sell Iranian oil due to economic sanctions brought former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ministers to tears.
Mohammad Nabavian, a conservative parliament member representing Tehran, said of the former president’s difficulties in selling Iranian oil, “Toward the end of Ahmadinejad’s administration, some of the ministers in closed meetings would shed tears and say to members of parliament, ‘You know our situation; why do you speak like this in open sessions?’” Continue reading