Iran: Khamenei the real winner in presidential election

Iran: Khamenei the real winner in presidential election

TEHRAN, June 13 (UPI) -- With the Revolutionary Guards poised to crash down on any political protests, Iran goes to the polls Friday in a presidential election in which the real winner will be the Islamic Republic's dour supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

What to make of Rafsanjani's disqualification

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- The Iranian regime's presidential election took dramatic turns last week when the Guardian Council disqualified former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
ALIREZA JAFARZADEH, UPI Outside View Commentator

Rafsanjani speaks out after disqualification

TEHRAN, May 22 (UPI) -- The declining reputation of Iran and its related economic problems are the true enemies of the Islamic republic, former President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani said.

Iran: 'The Shark' challenges regime in poll

TEHRAN, May 13 (UPI) -- The last-minute entry of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani into June's Iranian elections poses a major challenge to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Crowded race for Iranian presidency

Crowded race for Iranian presidency

TEHRAN, May 9 (UPI) -- Former Iranian Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian said Thursday he'd try to emulate Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini if elected president of Iran.

Iran sets sights on global LNG market

TEHRAN, April 15 (UPI) -- The launch of a refinery in central Iran means the country can start plans to export liquefied natural gas, Deputy Oil Minister Alireza Zeighami said.

Iran: Khamenei gets tough as poll nears

TEHRAN, March 7 (UPI) -- The power struggle in Iran is getting rougher as President Mahmoud Ahmadienjad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei square off.

Iran 34 years after the revolution

BRUSSELS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The Iranian people had many hopes after the fall of the shah in February 1979 but that great revolution was hijacked by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the Islamic fundamentalists and a much more ruthless tyranny began.
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Iranians attend Islamic Revolution rallies

TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Thousands of Iranians rallied Sunday to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the ouster of the U.S.-backed Pahlavi regime.

Iran poll likely to bolster feared general

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- An Iranian military commander whom the Americans deem one of their most formidable foes will be a key force in Iran's presidential election in June.

Iranian group taken off U.S. terror list

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The United States has decided it will no longer designate as a terrorist group a fringe Iranian organization opposed to the current regime in Iran.
Iranians rally against Israel for Quds Day

Iranians rally against Israel for Quds Day

TEHRAN, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday called Israel an "insult to all humanity" in a speech during an anti-Zionist Quds Day event in Tehran.
Iran's new space center boosts rocket plan

Iran's new space center boosts rocket plan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Iran is reported to be putting the finishing touches on a secret new space center, a step Western analysts say will move Tehran closer to developing ICBMs.
Is Socratic Method DOA at Columbia University?

Is Socratic Method DOA at Columbia University?

HERNDON, Va., July 5 (UPI) -- Columbia University provided a stage for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and now is home to a professor saying Iran should be allowed to build nuclear weapons.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
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Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) prays as he visits the shrine of late Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran, Iran on January 2008. Mostafa Khomeini, Iran's late supreme leader Ayatollah Rohollah Khomeini's grandson is seen on the right while he reads Koran. On the eve of the annual `Ten-Day Dawn' celebrations marking the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the supreme leader renewed his allegiance to the ideals of the late Imam. (UPI Photo/Iran's Supreme Leader Official website). .

Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ayatollah As-Sayyid Ruhollah Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini (Persian: روح‌اللّه مصطفوی موسوی خمینی, Persian pronunciation: , 24 September 1902 – 3 June 1989) was an Iranian religious leader and politician, and leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which saw the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran. Following the revolution and a national referendum, Khomeini became the country's Supreme Leader—a position created in the constitution as the highest ranking political and religious authority of the nation—until his death.

Khomeini was a marja ("source of emulation", also known as a Grand Ayatollah) in Twelver Shi'a Islam and like other senior shi'a clerics has written many books, but is most famous for his political role. In his writings and preachings he expanded the Shi'a Usuli theory of velayat-e faqih, the "guardianship of the jurisconsult (clerical authority)" to include theocratic political rule by the Islamic jurists.

He is the author of more than 40 books mainly on mysticism, philosophy, and Islamic jurisprudence most of which were written before revolution. After his death, a book of poetry was published under his name. He was arrested in 1963 for 10 months and banished in 1964 for near 15 years for his speeches against the Capitulation (treaty) approved by the Shah regime.

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