Iran Daily: Regime Buries Former President Rafsanjani

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PHOTO: Mourners surround the coffin of Hashemi Rafsanjani as it is taken to the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini


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Funeral services have been held for Iran’s former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, who suddenly died on Sunday.

Crowds have gathered in Tehran for Rafsanjani, who led the Government from 1989 to 1997 and continued to be an influential figure in Iranian politics, despite efforts to curb him after the disputed 2009 Presidential election.

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The Supreme Leader — whose office guided the maneuvers to contain the former President after he supported the right to protest against the supposed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — led the service at Tehran University, before the body was moved to the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini. President Hassan Rouhani, Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani, and head of judiciary Sadegh Larijani are in the procession.

But former President Mohammad Khatami, a reformist who succeeded Rafsanjani from 1997 to 2005, has been barred from attending. Video is showing some in the crowd chanting, “The will of Hashemi is supporting Khatami”:

Iranian State media, which often tried to ignore or diminish Rafsanjani in recent years, are hailing the “huge crowds of mourners” and calling the former President an “Ayatollah” — the esteemed clerical rank which the Supreme Leader refused to condone in his letter of condolence over Rafsanjani’s death.

The Rouhani Government declared three days of national mourning, and flags are being flown at half-mast at Iranian embassies.

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Top regime officials, including Supreme Leader and President Rouhani, beside Hashemi Rafsanjani’s coffin

Rafsanjani and the Supreme Leader were the last two surviving members of Ayatollah Khomeini’s inner circle at the time of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Months before his election as President, Rafsanjani — as chair of the Assembly of Experts — was instrumental in the selection of Ayatollah Khamenei to succeed Khomeini

Despite the pressure on him since 2009 — including his removal as a Tehran Friday Prayers leader; the loss of his chair of the Assembly; and imprisonment of two of his children — Rafsanjani remained the head of the Expediency Council, with its mediating role between Iran’s Guardian Council and the Government.

Barred from standing in the 2013 Presidential election, Rafsanjani gained influence through the surprise victory of his protégé Rouhani. He was instrumental in the development of the centrist-reformist List of Hope bloc which won the largest share of seats in the February 2016 Parliamentary elections.

However, Rafsanjani continued to face hardline criticism. He had to pull back the suggestion that the Supreme Leader, upon his death, be replaced by a five-cleric council with a limited term, and to restrict comments on the opening up of political space, including the freeing of political prisoners. His renewed promotion of reconciliation with Saudi Arabia was undermined by the breaking of relations between Riyadh and Tehran in January 2016.

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A mourner holds up a photograph of President Rouhani and Hashemi Rafsanjani


Reformist Journalist Tabatabaie Freed After Year in Prison

Reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie has been released from Evin Prison after serving a one-year sentence.

Tabatabie was arrested in November 2014, soon after a five-month imprisonment, amid a crackdown by the Revolutionary Guards and hardliners on media personnel. She was sentenced a year later and banned from working in the media for two years

Her “crimes” included interviews of Iranian Sunni leaders, criticism of conservative politicians on Facebook, and public support of reformists.

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  1. After the 2013 Damascus gas attacks Rafsanjani famously pinned it on the Assad government, before immediately also walking that one back. Despite his long career at the top in politics he had apparently never previously noticed that Syria is Iran’s only official ally and was had been under concerted proxy military attack by their mutual enemies for several years already, until, that is, some chaps from IRGC called late at night with a briefing he was unlikely to forget.

    • Looks like that russian fascists have forgotten that Putins Russia is always the surpporter of shia hardline islamists like the hardline terrorists of IRGC and Hizbollah. Otherwise everyone knows that Assad 2013 has begun to gas its own people. Putin knows it too but surpporting Assad to lead a genocidal war of extermination against Syrian people.
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      Looks like if you have never previously noticed that Putins friends are massmurderers like Assad and dimwits like Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. What goes around, comes around.

      ..

    • Hashemi was the most corrupt and insincere politicians to have ever appeared in modern Iranian history. He headed a business mafia which will now be passed onto his equally deplorable children.

    • LOL. What a terrible crime. I mean, how dare he not whitewash the horrendous crimes of the butcher from Syria. Incredible. Just incredible.

    • The iranian Ayatollah who has not earned his title
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      Unlike his predecessor as Supreme Leader — Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini — Khamenei has never had his own independent base of popular support. He did not belong to Khomeini’s inner circle, nor was he an original member of the Islamic Revolutionary Council that Khomeini formed in January 1979 to prepare for the transition from the monarchic rule of the Pahlavi dynasty to the Islamic Republic. He was brought into the council only later and given a relatively junior position, deputy minister of defense.

      He had the rank of hojatoleslam, one grade below an ayatollah, and much less significant than a grand ayatollah.

      Hojatoleslam Khamenei was appointed as Supreme Leader and thus, overnight, became Ayatollah Khamenei, though he was not recognized as such by the grand ayatollahs and independent clergy of the era. The leading grand ayatollahs, Golpayegani and Mohammad Ali Araki (1895-1994), sent him congratulatory telegrams that referred to him as hojatoleslam. This left a lasting impression on Khamenei, making it clear to him that he needed to be recognized as a Marja if he was going to have legitimacy in the theocratic system.

      http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2010/11/khamenei-coerces-qom-into-submission.html#ixzz4VMDs975N

      Until today khamenei Isn`t recognized by the actual leaders of the Shiites.

    • That’s funny coming from the Supreme Dictator considering his own clerical rank has been an issue. He’s just a midranking cleric himself. He wasn’t even qualified when he became Supreme Dictator. They had to change to rules to allow such a lowly cleric to become Supreme Dictator. LOL.

      • “”He (Khamenei) is just a midranking cleric himself. He wasn’t even qualified when he became Supreme Dictator”
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        Looks like if Khamenei is the same typ of religous big mouth like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
        Are there any differences between Khamenei and al-Baghdadi?

        For Putin it doesn`t matter. The main criteria to be a friend of Putin are being a bloodthirsty suppressor.or stupid like Trump.

  2. Iran’s long-marginalized reformists and moderates, who would use Rafsanjani’s regular calls for more personal freedoms and requests to establish better relations with the United States to advance their political agendas, suddenly felt exposed and weakened.

    Who would now warn publicly against “Islamic fascism,” when the hard-liners sought to influence elections? Who would state openly that there should be a nuclear compromise?

    Mr. Rafsanjani said things others would not dare to say, all agreed, and his voice had at least created some tolerance for debates.

    “Hard-liners will be happy, but this is the start of a period of anxiety for many,” said Fazel Meybodi, a cleric from the holy city Qum who supports reforms in Iran. “His death disturbs the fragile balance we had in Iran.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/08/world/middleeast/iran-ali-akbar-hashemi-rafsanjani-dies.html?_r=0

  3. Putin on the way to his next war
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    Putin has done everything to change the syrian war Into a long-lasting conflict in which Islamic terrorists could establish themselves.

    At the moment it looks like if Putin intends now to use the momentum gained in Syria to change the civil war in Libya as well. In many ways, Libya is a similar conflict to the one in Syria. There is an ongoing conflict between a faction feebly supported by the West, one intransigent faction that can rely on steadfast Russian backing, and IS in the middle, trying to expand into yet another failed state.

    Putin has nearly extinguished the moderate syrian opposition and thereby he has cleared the way for Islamic terrorists to spread between the fronts.of Assad and the legitimate syrian opposition.

    The same game Putin is repeating at Libya because he is surpporting Khalifa Haftar, the military commander of Libya’s eastern government. He has met Lavrov and said he was seeking Moscow’s help in his fight against Islamic militants at home.

    Haftar, on his second visit to Moscow since the summer, requested military support from the Kremlin in September. First, Putin now has leeway to redeploy forces from Syria. And indeed, troops can be very conveniently deployed from Russia’s greatest prize in Syria, the port of Tartous.

    A UN arms embargo in place since 2011 prohibits the transfer of weapons into Libya. Only the country’s UN-backed government in Tripoli, which Haftar opposes, can bring in weapons and related material with the approval of a UN Security Council committee.

    Indeed, the only ways in which the conflict in Libya might endure longer than this year is either if the Pentagon manages to wrest some operational independence from President Trump and decides that it is worth preventing Russia from claiming the prize of Libyan oil fields – a scenario that is really quite remote; or, if Putin decides that maintaining a state of instability in that region is more beneficial to Russian interests than a swift resolution of the conflict.

    However – Putin was successful to change the whole middle east together with shiite islamists into a long lasting war zone. The next russian aim is to send massive arms exports to Khalifa Haftar to bring the mena region to an explosion.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/29/libyan-general-khalifa-haftar-meets-russian-minister-to-seek-help
    https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2017/01/10/Emboldened-by-Syria-Putin-may-try-to-make-Libya-a-Russian-satellite-.html

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