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Iran: Reading Khabar's "Conservative" Attack on Ahmadinejad

EA readers will know the attention we have given to Khabar Online, the website affiliated with Ali Larijani, as a possible outlet for a challenge to the Government. However, tonight --- less than 48 hours after the supposed victory for the President in the 22 Bahman rally --- the poking at Ahmadinjead seems more than blatant.

Follow this: yesterday Khabar featured an interview in which Larijani ally and high-profile member of Parliament Ali Motahhari (pictured) called on the Government, as well as the opposition, to admit mistakes and demanded freedom for all political prisoners and a cessation to bans on the press. Later on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times featured the interview.

The Latest from Iran (13 February): Re-assessment, Renewal

So did Khabar recoil in horror that one of the leading newspapers in the US --- you know, where the press is supposedly responsibility for the "foreign intervention" which the Government claims is threatening Iran --- had lifted its pieces to illustrate internal tensions? No, not at all. Instead, Khabar proudly features the LA Times piece.

And here's more. Khabar also highlights, without criticism, the statement of the reformist Islamic Iran Participation Front claimed that the large numbers at 22 Bahman rallies were due to the Green presence. It has a special feature noting that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Qatar only a few days after Qatari officials invited Ahmadinejad's right-hand man Esfandiar Rahim-Mashai to the country. The website surmises that Rahim-Mashai is in secret talks with the US --- despite Ahmadinejad's Friday posture that Iran would enrich its uranium without foreign help --- for a nuclear deal; it backs up that assertion with Motahhari's criticism that the President could be selling out Iranian interests to Washington.

Reader Comments (3)

Fascinating, the internal politics in Iran, the huge paranoia. So, one faction accuses the other faction of back stabbing and making secret deals while another faction re-publishes information from Western news media while accusing the other of foreign meddling - this sounds like Western politics! Someone's holding a noose behind their back while smiling, someone else has a torturer on call to get your college kid if you don't bow, and everyone's holding a dagger behind their back! The Supreme Paranoid State that is Iran!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAli Mohommad

[...] Konservative attackieren Ahmadi-Nedjad – mit LA Times! [...]

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNews vom 14. Februar « A

@Ali Mohammed

As a famous Book says : As you sow, so shall you reap.


February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarry

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