Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami criticized ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi’s government today for not being able to distinguish between “friends and enemies.”
Although Iran had initially hope to improve relations with Egypt very quickly, many differences have surfaced. Yesterday, Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi faulted Morsi for “continuing the old policies” of deposed president Hosni Mubarak.
Mohammad Reza Aref, former first vice president from 2001-2005 under former president Mohammad Khatami, registered for Iran’s presidential elections today. Aref, who is currently a member of the Expediency Council, an advisory body to the supreme leader, said that soon a united Reformist candidate would be introduced among the other potential candidates. He is perhaps the most well known Reformist candidate to register thus far.
Iranian media has given the Boston bombing and the subsequent manhunt extensive coverage. Most media outlets confined themselves to reprinting the photos of the events with straight reporting. Some other sites and Tehran Friday prayer believed there were larger lessons to be gleaned from this event.
In response to the manhunt in Boston for the marathon bombers Fars News Agency ran with the headline, “Will America Now Have to Confront Salafis in Its Own Streets?” Ali Reza Karimi wrote, in a long article covering several decades of US foreign policy, “Jihadi Salafism, which is a type of Salafism, has not only entangled itself with the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and Iraq, but that virus that the United States nourished in the region now has inflicted America.” He used the analysis of a Stratfor article about the Boston bombers which said, “The jihadist threat now predominantly stems from grassroots operatives who live in the West rather than teams of highly trained operatives sent to the United States from overseas.” Continue reading