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Topic - Ali Alfoneh
To some observers, the Iranian president's obsessive ramblings are the sign of an unhinged madman; other analysts say his incendiary rhetoric is part of a calculated effort to provoke the international community and cater to hard-liners at home. Whatever his motivations, he presents one of the thorniest challenges to President Obama.
"Disqualifying Rafsanjani further signals the regime's unwillingness to reach a compromise with the West in the nuclear issue, and resistance to domestic demands for political and economic liberalization," said Ali Alfoneh, an independent Iran analyst.
"The Islamic Republic seems reduced to a garrison state preparing itself for suppression of the domestic opposition and resisting pressure from the outside world in the nuclear issue."