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Don’t get too excited about Iran vote, says Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

Israel is trying to curb the West’s enthusiasm at the election of cleric Hassan Rouhani as the new president of Iran in the hope that the diplomatic pressure and sanctions will not be weakened until Tehran abandons its nuclear ambitions.

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In one sense...

June 20, 2013

The new Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, is apparently a moderate. Which simply goes to show that it depends from where you are starting.

On a theocratic extremist scale of 0-100, where Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is a 99 and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was, say, a 98, then President-elect Rouhani might well be a 97. Or even a 96. Which would indeed, in a manner of speaking, make him a moderate.

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Iran still enriching uranium, but politely

By Saeed Ghasseminejad , June 20, 2013

Iran’s presidential elections invariably offer a limited choice of candidates, all hand-picked by the Guardian Council, a body selected by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. It is then up to Khamenei whether their vote should be counted.

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Bibi warns of 'wishful thinking' over Iran election result

By Josh Jackman, June 17, 2013

The reformist-backed Hassan Rouhani has won Iran’s presidential election, receiving just over half of the vote to narrowly avoid a run-off.

Mr Rouhani, who will succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, mobilised the moderate vote after Mohammad Reza Aref, the sole reformist candidate, withdrew from the race on Tuesday.

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Iranian leader marks election day with antisemitic cartoon

By Orlando Radice, June 14, 2013

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, has posted a cartoon on his English-language Facebook page which claims that the current Iranian elections are freer than those in the US because the American vote is controlled by ‘Zionists’.

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Late boost for reformist candidate in Iran election unlikely to bring change

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 14, 2013

Iran’s foreign policy is not expected to change whatever the result of today’s presidential elections, but the outcome is being closely monitored in the West in an attempt to gauge the Islamic Republic’s future direction.

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For now, Iran protests are utterly futile

By Meir Javedanfar, June 6, 2013

Anti-regime Chants at the recent funeral procession in Iran of the reformist Ayatollah Jalaluddin Taheri have grabbed the international media's attention.

Ayatollah Taheri was a critic of the regime who, in 2002, resigned in protest from his post of Friday prayer leader in Esfahan. This was a bold move as Friday prayer leaders are usually direct appointees of the supreme leader.

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US ‘deeply troubled’ by Iranian reactor

By Elliot Miller, June 5, 2013

There is growing concern in international circles over the development of the Iranian nuclear reactor at Arak.

According to Reuters, the US is “deeply troubled” by Iran’s plans.

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Who will win Iran’s election? Ask ayatollah

By Meir Javedanfar, May 30, 2013

At a speech on May 27 at Tehran’s Imam Hussein University, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said: “We don’t know who is going to be the president. We also don’t know in which direction the almighty will direct the hearts of the people.”

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Iranian troops are fighting in Syria, says US

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 24, 2013

The US State Department finally acknowledged this week what has been common knowledge in the Middle East for months — that the Syrian civil war has become a conflict between regional and global players in which foreign fighters and proxies are playing a growing role.

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