High-Ranking Clerics Criticize Disqualifications ‎

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While Ahmad Jannati, head of the powerful Guardian Council, insists that the upcoming ‎parliamentary elections are “fully competitive,” a number of high-ranking clerics have protested ‎the Council’s decision to bar thousands of reformist and independent candidates from running. ‎Ayatollahs Montazeri, Makarem Shirazi, Ebrahim Amini, Noormofidi, Haeri Shirazi, and Bayat ‎Zanjani have all released statements condemning […]

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Men in Uniform Position Themselves for the Elections The massive disqualification of reformist candidates for the March 14 Majlis elections ‎that took place over the last few weeks in Iran overshadowed the strong military presence ‎in the politics of the country. The presence of the Passdaran Revolutionary Guards in the ‎upcoming elections is so prominent […]

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More Candidates for the Majlis Are Rejected

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Only 31 Seats Are Available for Reformist Candidates Following the patchy news about the review of the candidates for the March 14 Majlis ‎‎(parliamentary) elections by the Guardians Council (the highest body that vets the ‎candidates for the elections), it is now clear that reformers have no prominent candidates ‎permitted to participate in the forthcoming […]

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Budget for “Religious Activities” Expands by 600 Percent

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who promised to bring oil revenues to people’s tables in his 2005 ‎presidential campaign, has arranged to bring oil revenues to mosques’ tables by authorizing a 600 ‎percent increase in the “budget for religious activities” in next year’s fiscal package. ‎ Last year, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance had a budget […]

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Another Police Attack on Tehran University

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Authorities are Silent on Violent Students Mistreatment While the Sunday police attack on students at Tehran University resulted in injuries to ten ‎of them and the arrest of more than five, University officials either remained silent about ‎the incident or complete denied it.‎ After the bloody police attack on students on July 9, 1999, Iran’s […]

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January 30 Picked as Day of Solidarity with Imprisoned Students

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Iranian Bloggers Unite in Solidarity with Imprisoned Students . On the eve of the second month of incarceration of several prominent student activists across the ‎country, Iranian bloggers have decided to celebrate 10 Bahman [January 30, 2008] as a day of ‎solidarity with imprisoned students. ‎ A statement published on the websites of united bloggers […]

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