Tomorrow, Iran will hold its 12th presidential election. The election is now a two-man race between incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, the centrist-reformist candidate, and Ebrahim Raisi, the candidate closest to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. In the past week, polls show Rouhani over the 50 percent threshold he needs to win, but also show that almost 50 […]
Like many great ideas, this will probably prove a lot harder to pull off than is imagined
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No longer content to stand in the streets, burn American flags and complain about the “Great Satan”, Iran is going on the offensive by building up their military, and they’re using cash obtained through Obama’s nuclear deal to do it. Iran is using the billions in cash resources provided under the landmark nuclear deal to engage in an unprecedented military buildup meant to transform the | Read More »
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Iran’s official month-long presidential campaign period kicked off last week in the run-up to the May 19 election. While former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s candidacy garnered international headlines, the real major development came when Ebrahim Raisi — touted as a potential successor to Iran’s aging supreme leader — entered the race. Instead of a straightforward reelection […]
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We are at the crossroads or words and actions
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The recent death of Iran’s former president Hashemi Rafsanjani has triggered fears that Iran’s reformist camp has also been fatally wounded. Many are concerned that without Rafsanjani’s imposing presence, current President Hassan Rouhani will be overpowered by the conservative religious establishment and a controlling IRGC. However, Rouhani may in fact emerge stronger from Rafsanjani’s death. […]
Today is the very last day of the failed Obama Presidency. It seems like an appropriate time to take a look back at the epic fail that has been the Obama Hussein Obama’s presidency. Such a reverie must start with Obama’s false claims that he would not run for president in 2008. When Tim Russert, then the moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” first asked Obama | Read More »
Coming in from multiple sources, the U.S. Navy has had to fire warning shots at Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels that were closing in on the ships at a high rate of speed Monday. Here’s the report from Reuters, who spoke with Defense officials: The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the USS Mahan established radio communication with the boats but they did not | Read More »
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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is perceived by some as a business empire, with an estimated quarter of the country’s economy under its control. That has not changed since President Hassan Rouhani assumed office in 2013, despite his repeated calls for a reduction in the IRGC’s economic and financial activities, which had grown substantially […]