One way to describe #Iran Guardian Council and the upcoming Assembly of Expert elections

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One of the important tasks of the 12 member Guardian Council in Iran is to vet candidates for elections, including for the upcoming February Majles (parliamentary) and Assembly of Expert elections.

And how has the vetting process been so far for the Assembly of Expert elections?

Well, the Supreme Leader’s ally Ayatollah Jannati, the head of the Guardian Council who is in charge of allowing/disallowing other candidates to run in these elections is himself a candidate for the very same elections! And his goal is to make sure that the next Assembly is made up overwhelmingly of Conservative allies of the Supreme Leader.

Judging by the massive culling of candidates before the elections (including the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini), in terms of making sure who “wins” the next elections, the February race for this Assembly can almost already be described as:

تظاهرات ۲۲ بهمن در شیراز

12 Feb



چالش خشکسالی در #ایران: آغاز درگیریهای بین شهری و قومی ؟

8 Feb Drought

در مقاله ای که در ماه نوامبر سال ۲۰۱۳ برای سایت ال مونیتور نوشتم , در مورد عواقب ممکن خشکسالی چند نقطه را پیشبینی کردم, به خصوص امکان افزایش تنش بین شهرها و قوم های مختلف در ایران.

بر آساس این مقاله جدید در رادیو زمانه, متسفانه به نظر میاد که این پیشبینی در حال محقق شدن هستش.

محمد درویش در پیوند با معضلی که آب در شهرهای مختلف ایجاد کرده، گفته است: «غلبه تفکر سازه‌ای در مدیریت آب باعث شده است که مردم الیگودرز چشم دیدن قمی‌ها را نداشته باشند، چون می‌گویند آن‌ها آب ما را می‌دزدند. باعث شده که مردم سامان چشم دیدن کاشانی‌ها را نداشته باشند، چون می‌گویند طرح تونل گلاب یک و دو آب ماست و درگیری شده است. ورزنه‌ای‌ها با یزدی‌ها، خوزستانی‌ها با اصفهانی‌ها و بروجنی‌ها با رفسجانی‌ها در افتادند. سد تالوار دارد بین زنجان و همدان تنش ایجاد می‌کند و جریان‌های پان ترکسیم در ارومیه تقویت شده است، به خاطر این‌که می‌گویند فارس‌ها از عمد ۷۲ سد روی ۱۱ رودخانه ما زدند و می‌خواهند تمدن ما را نابود کنند.»

#Iran Quds Force Commander has good taste

6 Feb In this picture taken on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, Iranian Revolutionary Guards members march during a parade ceremony, marking the 28th anniversary of the onset of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. Speaking to Arab students at Carnegie Mellon's Doha campus, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps appears to have gained so much power that it effectively is supplanting the Iranian government. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

As I mentioned in my recent piece for the Middle East Eye:

These days you cannot open an Iranian newspaper or internet news website without some Iranian hardliner, including the supreme leader, warning about “nufuz, or infiltration, by the West. Khamenei’s office has even produced an infograph warning the Iranian public that candidates want to “infiltrate” Iran’s upcoming elections like termites.

Well it seems that America has already won that battle. Here he is, the Commander of the IRGC Quds force, the man who in September this year said that “the collapse of American power in the region has happened“, sporting a Northface American outdoor jacket. Ironic? imagine Che Guevara showing off his Levis jeans!

Good choice Mr Soleymani.

Take a virtual tour of Haim synagogue- in Tehran, #Iran

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There are different estimates as to how many functioning Synagogues there are in Tehran. I have heard numbers as high as 20, and as low as 12.

One of the oldest synagogues of Tehran is the Haim Synagogue, which was built 103 years ago. Its situated on 30 Tir avenue, near the British Embassy in Tehran. The synagogue is named after Rabbi (Hakham) Haim Mor-e. In the 1950s, it played host to fleeing Iraqi Jews, who immigrated to Israel, via Iran. They camped in the Synagogue.

These days the synagogue is only open on Shabbat and high holidays, due to the dwindling numbers of its congregants, mainly because of immigration.

With thanks to the 7Dorim site, Iran’s Jews community who do such a great job of keeping Iran’s Jewish heritage intact.

To start the virtual tour, click here

​سنگ پا قزوین ​

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​اشتباه ​رفسنجانی ?

3 Feb
در دراز مدت حمله دیروز آیت الله رفسنجانی به شورای نگهبان میتونه نه فقط برای خودش بلکه برای حامیانش, از جمله حسن روحانی گران تمام بشه.


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