Tag Archive: Islamic revolution

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The Two Irans

The dynamics of the Iranian state make for an intriguing case study.  Informed observers maintain that two strong internal forces are pursuing irreconcilable political objectives.  On the one hand there is the reformist camp, concerned about the people’s welfare and willing to engage with the outside world.  On the other, there is the “deep state”, led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supported by the powerful IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps), dedicated to upholding and strengthening the Islamic Revolution.  It is the deep state that has complete dominance over the country’s political affairs, and can exercise its will in defiance…
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President Elect Hassan Rouhani Holds His First Press Conference

Iran: Election or Selection? – Op-Ed

The 1979 revolution, also known as the Islamic Revolution, marked the end of the Pahlavi dynasty under the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah, and resulted in the birth of the Islamic Republic of Iran led by then Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (1979-1989). The Islamic Republic of Iran is a theocratic Republic with a Shiite Islamic political system based on “velayat-e faqih” [lit. ‘guardianship of the jurist’ or ‘rule by the jurisprudent’]. The supreme leader, otherwise known as Rahbar, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (1989-present) has ultimate control over key power structures and institutions from the legislative and executive branches of government to…
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The lure of power in Yemen: A woman shows her palm during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz June 14, 2011. The writing reads "The freedom". Image ©: ibtimes mpc-journal.org

The Lure of Power in Yemen

In Yemen – as in much of the Middle East – Islam is at war with itself. As Saudi Arabia’s Sunni fundamentalist ruling family and Iran’s equally uncompromising Shia-based Islamic Revolution play out their deadly rivalry, the fault-line between the Shia and the Sunni traditions of Islam defines the conflict, as on so many of the region’s battlefields.

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