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Watch this man: the ‘Machiavellian Rafsanjani’

June 16, 2009

Rafsanjani is the king of privatization in Iran and the person most benefiting from the chaos of this election. One of my friends calls it ‘premeditated chaos.’ Keep your eyes on the shark. (So-called because of his lack of a beard. I propose an academic study of Iranian affairs based on beards.)

Simon Tisdall: ‘The super-rich Rafsanjani, his family, and his supporters in the reformist Kargozaran party make no bones about helping finance and direct Mir Hossein Mousavi’s campaign to topple Ahmadinejad, whom they despise. But with Mousavi ostensibly beaten, the developing post-election struggle now pits Rafsanjani against Khamenei rather than the president – who is widely seen as a mouthpiece for the hardline fundamentalism typified by the Supreme Leader. Although he is supposed to stay above the fray, Khamenei endorsed Ahmadinejad this time, just as in the second round of the 2005 election.’

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  1. Hans permalink
    June 16, 2009 11:14

    Is he not the pistachio king! well I must confess I love Iranian pistachios

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