Analysis: Iran crisis set to rage on
BBC / Jim Muir
04-Jul-2009 (one comment)

The disturbances, and the crisis they expressed, have left much unsettled business, and many unanswered questions. For one thing, there is an unresolved political rift that is a standing challenge to the ascendant hardliners and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Two of the three defeated candidates, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, have kept up their outspoken defiance, repeating their demand for fresh elections and rejecting the legitimacy of any government headed by Mr Ahmadinejad. They are openly supported by the two-term former President, Mohammad Khatami, whose reformist platform won him landslide victories in 1997 and 2001. While they and their millions of supporters may be powerless to confront the system's instruments of enforcement, their declarations raise issues that go to the heart of the Islamic Republic, its identity and values, and the legitimacy of those now running it. These men are not outsiders. With justice, they call themselves and their associates - many of whom have been arrested - "sons of the revolution".

Ali Lakani

IRI facing defiance within

by Ali Lakani on

IRI has cracked and so much of its image has crumpled over the past month.  Beginning with Mousavi and Karroubi, other individuals and groups are openly defying The Supreme Leader's self announced "final word" on the elections, objecting to the fraud, the heavy handed approach, and the violence unleashed on people.

This is an important article for the man who wrote it should have a very good idea about what has been going on inside IRI for the past 30 years.  Read it!