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June 28, 2005
Re "Iran's Victor Urges Unity in Wake of Vote," June 26: Superficially, the win by hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may sound bad, but it makes dealing with the Iranian government easier. No more of its shenanigans playing the reformist-versus-conservative card. We will see a more evenhanded response, although it's nearly impossible to get a straight answer all the time. Also, there is no such thing as the Iranians now taking a more hard-line approach in nuclear talks. All dealings and concessions in that area come directly from the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
August 4, 2009
The Iranian government has displayed brutality and disdain for its own people in numerous ways since the disputed June 12 election that prompted mass demonstrations. The latest was a show trial this past weekend of at least 100 prominent reformist politicians, journalists and foot soldiers, with some high-profile "confessions" that family members and Iran- observers say were coerced.
August 5, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
A deal between beleaguered Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his opponents has given control of Iran's crucial Oil Ministry to a commander of the Revolutionary Guard who is under international sanctions, according to analysts and a former industry official in Tehran. Ahmadinejad, his rivals in parliament and leaders of the Revolutionary Guard put aside months of differences this week and appointed four new Cabinet members, including the controversial Brig. Gen. Rostam Ghassemi as overseer of the country's vast oil and natural gas riches.
September 20, 2008 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
Iran's highest authority lashed out against Israel on Friday with some of his harshest comments in recent memory about the Jewish state. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is Iran's top political and military figure, said his country's hostility to Israel extended beyond the government to the Israeli people as well. In saying so, he was brushing aside recent overtures by top Iranian officials to the Israeli public.
December 14, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Political turmoil built Sunday over the burning of an image of Iran's revolutionary founder, which was aired, in a controversial move, on state television. Accusations that the incident was carried out by anti-government demonstrators sparked protests as well as threats against reformist leaders. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday said reformist politicians and anti-government demonstrators had defiled the image of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, during National Students Day protests last week.
In a sermon punctuated by cries of "Death to America!" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei laid down a tough line Friday against any normalizing of ties with the United States, saying such scandalous talk must not be tolerated. But Iran's supreme leader stopped short of criticizing Mohammad Khatami, the country's popular president who last week urged a U.S.-Iranian cultural exchange, professed admiration for American civilization and suggested removing the "wall of mistrust" between the two countries.
August 10, 1989 | SHIREEN T. HUNTER, Shireen T. Hunter is deputy director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
The latest hostage crisis has been taking place at a delicate moment in the political evolution of the Middle East. If not properly handled, the crisis may reverse positive trends of the last few months, thereby prolonging the hostages' anguish and worsening the political atmosphere in the region--particularly regarding Iran. Increasingly in recent months, Iranian politics have become introspective.
November 13, 2011 | Doyle McManus
The United Nations report on Iran's nuclear program released last week should end the debate, if any debate remained, over whether Iran is moving toward acquiring the ability to build a nuclear weapon. In cautious but convincing detail, the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency listed evidence that Iran is still conducting research that would lead to an atomic bomb, much of it in secret military laboratories. And Iran has refused to answer the U.N.'s questions or allow U.N. inspectors to see much of what it's doing, the easiest way to refute its critics' charges.
July 22, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Iran's president, under attack by reformists after his disputed election victory last month, on Tuesday openly defied his most powerful backer, refusing an order by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to dump a newly chosen vice president who is despised by hard-liners for insisting last year that Iranians had no quarrel with the Israeli people.
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