Iran Update
Volume: 2 - Issue:  12025 May 2011
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Iran Update



Another faceoff at the highest levels of the Iranian regime, this time between Khamaneie and Ahmadinejad, has made the regime more vulnerable than ever before.  

The intrinsic totalitarianism in mullahs' backward ideology, cannot allow for power sharing, especially at the top.  Only the Supreme Leader, who represents God on earth, can have all the power.  His opponents are Moharebs (ones who wage war on God).

For this reason, the Iranian regime has experienced repeated divides through its ranks since the 1979 revolution. This is tearing the regime apart.

The last split happened during the 2009 elections in which Khamanei deposed of a major faction of his regime.  During the 1980s when Khamanei was himself president, Mir-Hossein Mousavi was his Prime Minister.  He could never be considered an outsider.


Now Ahmadinejad, the president whom Khamanei supported so dearly during the 2009 crisis against his rival Mousavi, has turned on him.


It all started when Ahmadinejad removed one minister from his cabinet. Obviously, he considered himself to be in control of his own cabinet.  Not really, said the Supreme Leader, reinstating back the minister. Ahmadinejad disappeared from public view for 10 days, and on return, he let go of some other ministers, mocking the Supreme Leader... The quarrel continues.


Mullahs' regime inability to cope with growing popular discontent and fear of downfall has intensified the infightings.  The infighting is the reflection of uprisings and popular discontent which has led to Khamanei losing his clout.

The simple fact that Ahmadinejad has dared to stand against Khamanei shows that the Supreme Leader has lost his influence.  His actions are the other side of the coin to the street demonstrations and chants of "Death to Khamanei" by the Iranian youth. 


We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI). 


We recommend the following readings:

Ahmadinejad vs Khamenei vs the will of the people
Watchdog Finds Evidence That Iran Worked on Nuclear Triggers
Iran Nuclear Work Advances & UN Scrutinizes Weapon Plans
Avert a humanitarian catastrophe Mr President
Catherine Ashton Calls for a Camp Ashraf Resolution
British MPs, Peers urge UN protection for Camp Ashraf residents
U.S. Cuts Off Firms Over Iran
Ahmadinejad vs Khamenei vs the will of the people
World Tribune
The balance of power in Iran's ruling hierarchy seems to be shifting rapidly away from President Ahmadinejad, who is only too aware that the high command of the Islamic Republic Guard Corps is still, and likely to remain, loyal to Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Iran's spiritual leader. Read On...
Watchdog Finds Evidence That Iran Worked on Nuclear Triggers
The New York Times
The world's global nuclear inspection agency revealed that it possesses evidence that Tehran has conducted work on a highly sophisticated nuclear triggering technology that could be used for only one purpose: setting off a nuclear weapon. Read On...
Iran Nuclear Work Advances & UN Scrutinizes Weapon Plans
Iran may have continued nuclear weapons work after 2004. Read On...
Avert a humanitarian catastrophe Mr President
The Independent
US President Barack Obama, who is visiting the UK at the moment, will be aware of the urgent humanitarian situation facing 3,400 Iranian pro-democracy supporters in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, who came under deadly attack by Iraqi armed forces last month at the behest of Iran.  Read On...
Catherine Ashton Calls for a Camp Ashraf Resolution
Stop Fundamentalism
The High Representative of Foreign Affairs of the European Union, Baroness Catherine Ashton, in a press briefing , yesterday 23 May, told reporters that one of the subjects discussed at the Foreign Affairs Council was "Camp Ashraf." Read On...
British MPs, Peers urge UN protection for Camp Ashraf residents
At a meeting in Central Hall, Westminster, on Monday MPs and Peers condemned the Iraqi attack last month on Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, and called on the United Nations to take over protection of the camp.  Read On...
U.S. Cuts Off Firms Over Iran
The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration slapped sanctions on seven energy firms, including Venezuela's state oil company, saying they supplied gasoline and other refined petroleum products to Iran in violation of U.S. law. Read On...

Other Suggested Readings:


Amnesty International Report 

Execution of Two political prisoners in Isfahan 

Lawsuit Reveals Iran's Direct Involvement in 9/11 Plot

European Initiative on Camp Ashraf - A Long-Term Solution 

Iran building rocket bases in Venezuela 

The British government must act now to help those at Camp Ashraf 

MPs, Peers back European Parliament solution to Camp Ashraf crisis 

North Korea, Iran Share Ballistic Missile Technology 

'Nakba' clashes: Iran, Syria trying to turn Arab Spring fury into attacks on Israel? 

Maryam Rajavi calls on France to take initiative to protect Ashraf residents 

France Dismisses Terror Probe of Iranian Opposition Group 

Proposal for a peaceful and permanent solution for Camp Ashraf ...  

Threat of massacre at Ashraf camp in Iraq, warn Euro-MPs 

Solving the Ashraf crisis  

Thank you for your reading Iran Update. We welcome your comments.



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