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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Green Movement
Iran's top leader gave a salty rebuke Friday to U.S. questions over the openness of the presidential contest in the Islamic Republic, telling Washington "the hell with you" after casting his ballot in a race widely criticized in the West as rigged in favor of Tehran's ruling system.
Mehr News, one of Iran's many semi-official news outlets, managed to leak the list of eight presidential finalists a day early. And Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the two surviving founding members of the Islamic republic, a pillar of the Islamic Revolution, was not among them.
This year has been widely hailed as a "year of decision" on Iran -- a moment when Western powers will need to make some hard choices about how far they are actually prepared to go to stop Iran's march toward developing a nuclear weapon.
Elections to pick Iran’s next president are still five months away, but that’s not too early for some warning shots by the country’s leadership.
Iran's supreme leader told voters it was their patriotic duty to cast ballots in parliamentary elections Friday to send a message of national unity during a "sensitive period" in the showdown with the West over Tehran's nuclear program.
A leading Iranian dissident has killed himself in what appeared to be a final act of defiance against the Iranian regime that had nearly ruined him.
After praising the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, Iranian authorities Wednesday threatened to crush a domestic rally proposed to show support for the demonstrators who took to the streets in Tunis and Cairo in massive anti-government protests.
Early on Dec. 28, as Westerners were celebrating the Christmas and New Year holiday season, I had just awakened when one of my friends reached me with tears in his eyes. In broken sentences, he said, "Akbar, Akbar, Ali Saremi has been hanged."
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that "the future belongs to Iran," and he challenged the United States to accept that his country has a major role in the world.
Iran's president will likely swagger into New York this week in much the same style as past visits for the annual U.N. General Assembly -- ready to take his jabs at America on its home turf.
The leaders of Australia's two major political parties began negotiating power deals with independent lawmakers Sunday after the nation's closest election in decades failed to deliver a clear mandate to govern.
Long-time observers of American politics know that in order to truly put your finger on the pulse of the nation, you have to watch Wall Street. Savvy Iran-watchers will tell you that to do the same in the Islamic republic, you need to keep your eye on the bazaar.
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi took aim at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday for not leveling with Iranians about the effects of U.N. Security Council sanctions that were passed last month.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday that Iran's government is becoming a military dictatorship, with religious leaders being sidelined and, as a result, new sanctions could pressure Tehran into curbing its illegal nuclear program.