Tag Archives: Iran

Nouri Al Maliki wants Vilayat-e Faqih for #Iraq?

18 Jun

Former Iraq PM Nouri Al Maliki

Iraq’s’ president Haider al-Abbadi is in Iran, again. This is his second visit in 10 months.

According to my colleague Imran Khan, he is in Tehran to:

seek reassurances from the Iranians that they will allow him to be in complete control of the armed forces.

By armed forces he is referring to the Shia militia umbrella group called Hashd Al Shaabi, or the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF). It claims to have 100,000 fighters.

The PMF consists of Shia militia such as the Badr Brigade, Asaib Ahl Haq and others. It also includes a small number of Sunni tribal fighters. Their goal is to fight and destroy ISIS.

It is believed that until now Iran has exercised great control over the military command and activities of this group. It seems now that Iraq’s PM wants to e in charge, and not Iran.

What I find particular interesting in Imran’s latest article was the remark made by Mohammed Jasim al-Dadhim, who is a professor at the Islamic jurisprudence college at Baghdad University.

Professor Al Dadhim states that Iraq’s former president Nouri Al Maliki is trying to implement the Vilayat-e Faqih (Guardianship of the Jurist) system, which is currently ruling Iran. One of the most notable features of such a system is a supreme leader who has more political power than anyone else.

While its true that Al Maliki is close to the leadership in Iran, I think such an observation deserves to be questioned.

If Vilayat-e Faqih is implemented in Iraq, it would mean that if Maliki does return to power again as Prime Minister (something which many believe he wants to do) under the Vilayat-e Faqih system, he would be subordinate to the position of the supreme leader. However under the current system, he would hold the highest political office in his country.

Why would Al Maliki want to reduce his own potential influence? Why would any politician?

In #Iran, some are openly pining for the Shah

17 Jun

The late Shah of Iran, Mohamamd Reza Phlavi

Since 2009 I have been hearing from increasing number of reporters who have been to Iran that more and more Iranians are pining for the Pahlavi dynasty which ruled Iran until the 1979 revolution.

According to the article below from The Guardian’s Tehran Bureau, some Iranians are not just pining for the Shah and how life was comparatively better under him (compared to the current regime), they are now showing it by buying Pahlavi memorabilia from the Bazaars of Tehran and Shiraz.

According to the article, the Shah is also popular with some members of the younger generation, who were born after the revolution:

“Another time I struck up a conversation with a skate boarder in Laleh Park and he noticed it. “These fucking mullahs man, they don’t give a fuck about us,” he said. He had a septum piercing and tattoos up his right arm. “The Shah cared about his people. He was a real leader. ”

The Pahlavi regime was also corrupt and abused human rights. But the current regime is far more corrupt and far more ruthless with the people of Iran. Life after the revolution has gotten worst for so many Iranians. So I can fully understand why some in Iran would want to be ruled by the Pahlavis again.

You can the read the article “Why Iranians are lapping up Shah memorabilia” here

A lively debate re: #Iran nuclear deal

9 Jun

RT CrossTalk recently hosted a lively debate on the Iranian nuclear program.

Iran based Professor Mohammad Marandi was in his full propagandist mode. He is however worth listening to. He is one of the most famous thinkers which the regime has.

The other two guests gave their two cents. The former CIA guest was unreasonable in many of the things he said. The lady in London had the most salient points.

A lively debate worth watching.

Watch: former head of #Israel Mossad condemned publicly for not attacking #Iran

8 Jun

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan

In 2010, Prime Minister Netanyahu and former Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israel Defense Forces to increase their level of preparedness, in order to entice Iran to attack Israel. They were hoping to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in retaliation.

The former head of the Mossad Meir Dagan and the former IDF chief Gabi Ashkenazi refused this order. Why were they not imprisoned? because Netanyahu and Barak were acting illegally. They had issued the order, without consulting the security cabinet. This is a decision to be made by the security cabinet and not just the Prime Minister and Defence Minister. Thats why. Otherwise the head of Israel armed forces have no right to refuse the order of the Israeli public’s democratically elected representatives. If they do so, they would be breaking the law.

At this year’s Jerusalem Post conference, Caroline Glick, the hard-line conservative editor of the Jerusalem Post attacked Dagan and Ashkenazi for not attacking Iran, and for not listening to Netanyahu’s illegal orders. And she was applauded by the participants!

Watch her remarks and Meir Dagan’s reaction. #Classic. This is the same conference in which Obama’s Secretary of Treasury was booed.

And now Yinon Magal, a member of the extremist Bayit Yehudi party wants Dagan and Ashkenazi to be subpoenad for having refused Netanyahu’s (illegal) order. Good luck with that! The law in Israel is on their side.

When #Obama spoke to the #Israel public

4 Jun

A few nights ago, the popular Israel Channel 2 program Uvda aired an important interview with president Obama.

In it, he talked about the potential deal with Iran as well as the peace process (the lack of) and prime minister Netanyahu.

The interview is in English. Here are some important extracts. This is what president Obama had to say to the people of Israel:

The #ISIS threat and question of human rights in #Iran

27 May

Some of my colleagues believe that a nuclear deal with Iran is likely to improve the human rights situation there. A major reason which I often hear to justify this view is: by reaching a deal, the threat of a U.S attack against Iran will fall substantially, thus leading to Iranian politics becoming less security oriented, or as some say “securitized”. And the less securitized the political atmosphere in Iran is, the less the regime can abuse human rights.

Yes, but no.

Yes, a deal is likely to significantly reduce the chances of war with the U.S. But, Iranian hard liners are likely to find another excuse to replace the threat posed by the US to securatize Iranian politics: namely the threat posed by ISIS to Iran.

So when it comes to the question of human rights and post nuclear agreement Iran, the best scenario is likely to be short term improvements in human rights. Not much more.

Abusing human rights is an existential necessity for Iran’s hard liners who rule the regime. And soon after a nuclear deal with the U.S, the threat posed by ISIS is likely to give them another excuse to crackdown against human rights activists in Iran, again. They’ll be back to their old tricks in no time.

Rare TV interview with #Iran Defence Minister

25 May

Iran’s Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan (pictued right) rarely gives interviews to foreign journalists.

However, when he was in Moscow last month, he gave a 25 minute interview to Russia Today.

General Dehghan is a former IRGC man. In fact he was an IRGC commander based in Beirut in 1983, the same year that the US marine barracks was attacked in Beirut and 241 people were killed. Some have linked him to this attack.

This is a worthwhile interview to watch, especially if you are interested in Iran – Russia relations.


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