Influential Institutions

Monday, July 27th, 2009
Friday prayers in Tehran University has traditionally been a time for the government to give its version of events, and usually there has just been one version. No longer. The Supreme Leader recently used the Friday prayers to endorse the disputed election result; two weeks ago Hashemi Rafsanjani, ex-President and a major political power-broker, flatly contradicted this adding that Ayatollah Khomeini had always...
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Last Thursday was a day when other innocents could have lost their lives as the opposition planned large protests to mark the tenth anniversay of the 1999 student uprising in Tehran. Thankfully nobody was killed, though many were hurt by the tear gas used by the police to disperse the crowd of about a thousand. Such a small turnout compared with the hundreds of thousands who flooded the streets after the disputed...
Tuesday, July 07th, 2009
The institutions of Iran have been shaken by the anger of the crowd and the fierce criticism from senior figures within the establishment such as Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president, and Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who both oppose to the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Most Iran watchers believe the divisions on the street and in government are too wide to be reconciled. Ordinary Iranians are furious at...

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