Outspoken conservative Iranian MP Ali Motahari has written a controversial letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in response to the disqualification of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Rafsanani, who is one of the founding members of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was disqualified by the Guardian Council to run for Iran’s presidential elections in June. The decision stunned many and is viewed by some analysts as a sign of Khamenei’s increasing concentration of power.
Amid rumours originating on the opposition website affiliated with Mir Hossein Mousavi Kaleme, about Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s trusted advisor Ali Akbar Velayati’s secret visit to the United States with Hossein Taeb, former head of the Basij militia and incumbent chief of the Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence Bureau, Baztab-e emruz, close to former IRGC commander and presidential hopeful Mohsen Rezaei, comments:
“In the language of diplomacy dialogue and negotiations are different and [dialogue] is counted as an introduction for [negotiations]. The most optimistic view of that rumour [i.e. that Velayati visited the U.S. to pursue negotiations] is that Velayati wasn’t there, someone else was, it wasn’t in America, but somewhere else, Taeb wasn’t there at all, nor were there negotiations, there was dialogue and it didn’t result in agreement”.
The lead article of the Revolutionary Guards-affiliated weekly, Sobh-e Sadeq, by Commander Yadollah Javani, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Political Bureau, bears the title, “Is the Revolutionary Guard after War?”
“During the last weeks some of the foreign media and anti-revolutionary networks have attempted to frame the Guards as war-mongering on the basis of the statements of a number of commanders and high ranking authorities in the Revolutionary Guards. This is a form of psychological operation against this revolutionary institution. Although this approach of anti-revolutionary movements has a long history and its background goes back to the 2nd Khordad [when Reformist politician Mohammad Khatami won the presidency], now fear-mongering about the Guards is pursued with greater force…Some these days are abrasively writing along the lines…that Iran is at a dead-end and some in the armed forces, including the Guards, see the way out of the present dead end in war and on that same basis strive to push the country towards war. Is this analysis correct?
Alef, close to Conservative MP and Ahmadinejad critic Ahmad Tavakkoli, covers the president’s controversial comments in an interview on state television which addressed the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) summit, along with other key issues in the domestic sphere. In the interview he spoke of the need to give NAM a proper structure, and sought to apportion blame for the currency crisis to hoarders. Continue reading
The Reformist daily Etemaad and Khabar Online report on the speech of Mostafa Pourmohammadi at the 13th meeting of the Union of Independent Student Societies throughout the country. Pourmohammadi was forced to resign from his position as minister of the interior by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and has since been appointed national chief of the Organization for the Inspectorate. Since the former interior minister’s break with Ahmadinejad, Pourmohammadi has been among the president’s most vociferous detractors, and recently addressed a letter to the Supreme Leader alongside other disgruntled ex-ministers, calling for the president’s executive powers to be transferred to a council. In the course of his speech, Pourmohammadi replied to his critics, many of whom are in government, and accuse Pourmohammadi of acting out of revenge against his former boss. “Those who clash with me and believe that I’m acting politically don’t want the country to have a desirable political atmosphere. They blunt the work of [government] supervision, because unlike my reports they are operating politically.” Continue reading