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  Politics In Iran
Iran is a country still rebuilding after a withering eight-year conventional war with Iraq (1980-1 988).
Iraq and Iran have re-established diplomatic relations but a number of issues -- as fundamental as the exchange of POWs -- are still unresolved.
The extent to which the government is willing to allow foreign imports continues to depend on oil revenue, as Iran works to pay its debts and balance its books.
www.iraniantrade.org /doinbiz/poly.asp   (393 words)

 Sociology Department @ SUNY Stony Brook
Arjomand is the author of The Shadow of God and the Hidden Imam: Religion, Political Organization and Societal Change in Shi'ite Iran from the Beginning to l890, the University of Chicago Press, l984, and The Turban for the Crown.
Constitutional Politics in the Middle East, edited with an introduction, London: Hart Publishers, 2007 (in press).
The Political Dimensions of Religion, edited with an introduction, State University of New York Press, 1993.
www.sunysb.edu /sociol/?faculty/Arjomand/arjomand   (583 words)

 Iran - Government and Politics
The political institutions established under the Constitution have been in the process of consolidation since 1980.
Most of the political parties that were formed in the immediate aftermath of the Revolution have disbanded, gone underground, or continued to operate in exile.
It is a theocracy in the sense that the rulers claim that they govern the Muslim people of Iran as the representatives of the divine being and the saintly Twelve Shia Imams.
countrystudies.us /iran/80.htm   (502 words)

 Civil Society and the Rule of Law in the Constitutional Politics of Iran Under Khatami –Iranian president ...
Constitutional politics have come to the foreground, as they were in 1979, the first year of the Islamic revolution and the making of the new constitution.
Political murders that were committed by the secret services of the Islamic Republic constitute a blatant breach of the rule of law.
He then announced that "the first step in political development is participation, and the most evident channel for participation is the election of the Councils." The elections for the councils took place, as Khatami had promised, and gave his supporters another landslide victory with over 4/5 of the popular vote.
www.iranchamber.com /government/articles/civil_society_politics_iran_khatami.php   (4975 words)

 Iran - Iran Info   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The constitution stipulates that this national religious leader or members of the council of leaders are to be chosen from the clerical establishment on the basis of their qualifications and the high esteem in which they are held by Iran's Muslim population.
Iran's post-revolution difficulties have included an 8-year war with Iraq, internal political struggles and unrest, and economic disorder.
The early days of the regime were characterized by severe human rights violations and political turmoil, including the seizure of the U.S. embassy compound and its occupants on November 4, 1979, by Iranian militants.
www.iranmania.com /Information/Iran_Information/politics.asp   (738 words)

 The Landscape of Factional Politics In Iran
Politically, the fundamentalists are organized through the Society of Assertive Clerics (Jame'eh Rohaniyate Mobarez, or JRM) and the Society of Instructors of the Seminaries (Jame'eh Modarresin Hoze Elmieh), which is the core cultural group among fundamentalists.
Reformists are united in their support for a pluralist, democratic political system, but the idealists emphasize the promotion of civil society in Iran while the realists believe in a balance of power in domestic politics.
Iran has applied for consideration to join the World Trade Organization, and its faltering economy is desperate for international investment to help create jobs for its overwhelmingly youthful population.
www.parstimes.com /history/factional_politics.html   (2678 words)

 "Iran after the Elections" (February-March 2004)
Mahan Abedin is an analyst of Iranian politics, educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
In the next few years politics in Iran is likely to revert to the familiar left/right factional divide, but the reformers will not figure prominently in the equation.
Iran, for its part, is unlikely to grant such concessions at the best of times, let alone during a period when the system is undergoing its gravest legitimacy crisis in 25 years.
www.meib.org /articles/0402_iran1.htm   (2138 words)

 Iran’s nuclear politics | EnergyBulletin.net | Peak Oil News Clearinghouse
The nuclear politics of Iran have recently returned to centre—stage as hurried diplomatic contact between several European governments and Tehran, under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), averted the possible referral of Iran’s nuclear activities to the United Nations Security Council.
Iran’s unease extends to a private acceptance that the US has near—total superiority in military power: evidenced by the very powerful fifth fleet controlling the Persian gulf and the Arabian sea, and bases in western Gulf states and in Iran’s north—western neighbour, Turkey.
The process of political decision—making in Iran is complex; ultimate power still tends to lie with the religious leadership, which is particularly strong in the judiciary.
www.energybulletin.net /3456.html   (1663 words)

 World Politics Watch | Iran Watch: Another Activist Dies in Prison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Iran Watch is a biweekly collection of news and information on Iran that is generally not reported by the western media.
According to human rights activists in Iran, the family of young activist and political prisoner Valiollah Fayz-Mahdavi, who suffered a stroke at Rejaii-shahr prison, was not able to obtain any information about the condition of their son for two entire days.
Based on received reports from human rights groups in Iran, on Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, the regime's agents are said to have appeared at ward 5 of Rejaii-shahr prison, the political prisoners ward of this penitentiary, threatening all prisoners and coercing them to confirm that the young activist did indeed commit suicide.
worldpoliticswatch.com /article.aspx?id=160   (2049 words)

 Debating Religion and Politics in Iran: The Political Thought of Abdolkarim Soroush (Occasional Paper) - ...
Post-revolutionary Iran often is depicted as a society devoid and incapable of self-criticism that is dominated by a monolithic view of religion and politics.
He argues that while in religious countries religion and politics are connected intimately, religion should not be reduced to a political platform.
He formulates his political thought entirely within his conception of Islam, and it is the compatibility between his religious and political visions that lends his criticisms such practical consequences.
www.cfr.org /publication/8648/debating_religion_and_politics_in_iran.html   (1033 words)

 Iran-Al Qaeda Connection
Iran is harboring members of al Qaeda, and the United States is investigating whether the Iranian government had a role in the September 11, 2001, attacks, President Bush said Monday.
Iran offers Bush and Kerry a chance to demonstrate their different approaches to the issue of dealing with regimes that, rightly or wrongly, are perceived as hostile to the United States and/or its allies.
His idea is simple: The United States and its allies should offer to provide Iran with as much enriched uranium as it needs for producing electricity and, at the other end of the cycle, receive the total amount of spent uranium fuel for reprocessing.
www.suite101.com /discussion.cfm/middle_east_politics/107415   (506 words)

 NonParty Politics: China, Iran and oil
Iran, which may face additional United Nations sanctions after defying a deadline to stop uranium enrichment, was China's leading supplier of crude oil in January.
Shipments from Iran, holder of the world's second-largest oil reserves, rose 13 percent from a year earlier to 2.1 million tonnes, according to General Administration of Customs figures received Thursday.
Iran, unlike North Korea, is not in China's backyard, which may diminish their sense of urgency.
nonpartypolitics.blogspot.com /2007/03/china-iran-and-oil.html   (288 words)

 Electoral Politics in Iran
Iran's first local elections were an appropriate forum to begin devolving power from the central authorities, dominated by conservative clerics, and empowering ordinary Iranians through a democratic process.
The triumph of reformist candidates brought to the surface the underlying cause for Iran's new phase of philosophical angst.
Her growing popularity has stemmed in part from a backlash against an earlier political setback at the hands of the conservative clerics of the Guardian Council, who nullified her election in 1995 to the fifth Majlis from her hometown of Shiraz on ideological grounds.
www.mepc.org /journal_vol6/9906_abdo.asp   (4081 words)

 The Politics channel » Netscape.com
Politics – The United States gave India nearly everything it wanted in a landmark nuclear energy deal, but that may not be enough for a vocal chorus of Indian critics.
Politics – Earlier this week, Moyers argued that Wallace shouldn't have taken Rove's ''every word as gospel,'' but instead, should have challenged Rove's assertion with other sources who report that he is an agnostic.
Politics – Top military lawyers have told senators that President Bush's new rules for CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists could allow abuses that violate the Geneva Conventions, according to Senate and military officials.
politics.netscape.com   (833 words)

 In the News Archive - U.S. Program Is Directed at Altering Iran's Politics
It comes at a time of escalating confrontation between Iran and the United States over Iran's nuclear program, exacerbated by reports, which the administration has played down, that military contingency plans are being reviewed as well.
"Iran is governed by an unelected clerical elite not accountable to the people," the official said, speaking anonymously under ground rules imposed by the department.
There have been reports in Iran of advocates of change being arrested after having met with American officials at conferences, though some experts charge that Iran has exaggerated those reports in order to discourage contacts with the West.
www.iri.org /newsarchive/2006/2006-04-15-News-NYT-Iran.asp   (983 words)

 The politics of Iran-USA relations
Iran claimed that it would use the technology for peaceful purposes and invited the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear monitoring body, to visit its nuclear facilities.
The USA alleged that Iran was using the program to develop nuclear weapons and sought to refer the issue to the UN Security Council.
Iran signed a temporary agreement with Germany, France and Britain in November 2004 to cease uranium enrichment.
www.merinews.com /catFull.jsp?articleID=123291&category=World&catID=1   (735 words)

 World Politics Watch | Iran Watch: Activists Arrested, Execution Scheduled   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Iran Watch is a biweekly collection of Iran news that is generally not reported by the western media.
According to the Students Committee for Human Rights Reporters in Iran, Amir Sawron, political activist and Secretary General of the National Solidarity Organization of Iran, was re-arrested without warning on Sept. 7 at his home by agents of the Islamic regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security and their secret police.
Iran has lobbied for the largely symbolic job of OPEC president, arguing that it deserves a leadership post as the organization's No. 2 producer.
worldpoliticswatch.com /article.aspx?id=173   (1582 words)

 Inside Iran's Jewish community » Netscape.com
Politics – Although Iran and Israel are bitter enemies, few know that Iran is home to the largest number of Jews anywhere in the Middle East outside Israel.
Politics – On Wednesday 9th August 2006, Ezeiza airport police arrested an important Israeli diplomat carrying a considerable quantity of explosives.
Politics – The western foreign policy is responsible for radicalizing young Muslims and deepening the gap with the Muslim world, but some Muslims share part of the blame with their failure to engage with the Western world…
politics.netscape.com /story/2006/09/22/inside-irans-jewish-community   (234 words)

 Iran, Past and Present: Politics in Contemporary Iran
Iran: the political identities of a paradoxical republic
He was a professor of history and political science and chair of the department at Notre Dame de Namur University and a research fellow at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.
Milani was an assistant professor in the faculty of law and political science at Tehran University and a member of the board of directors of Tehran University's Center for International Studies from 1977 to 1987.
www.stanford.edu /group/psa/events/2004-05/ipap/contemporary.utf8.html   (590 words)

 israelinsider: politics: Iran: Khamenei not dead!
In spite of the official denial by the Foreign Ministry and Iran's UN ambassador over the weekend, American researcher Michael Ledeen, who was the first to report of Khamenei's death, continued to insist in his blog that "[Khamenei's] continued absence from all official events suggests that the source may be right."
Practically all media outlets in Iran are closely supervised by the regime and have yet to deny the report.
Iran's supreme leader has the final word in any issue involving the way the country is run and he is directly and indirectly involved in any important decision.
web.israelinsider.com /Articles/Politics/10266.htm   (548 words)

 Bizarre Politics
The first rule of American military politics now is that the state you attack has to be undefendable.
Iran knows too well that its democratically elected government can be overthrown by the CIA, American and Western interests.
Iran's defence policy, for any rational person who understands Amerikan Real Politik, and who understands what causes that great monster to move, and who knows the history of Iran will know that Ahmadinejad NEEDS nuclear weapons to deter an American attack.
www.bizarrepolitics.com   (1583 words)

 A Blog For All: Playing Politics on Iran   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
While John McCain talks tough on Iran in the first shots of the 2008 Presidential race, Hillary Clinton tries tacking to the right of President Bush on Iran but she's tacking left on nearly every other issue to offset her militancy on Iran.
It means that folks who depend on long term committments are left blowing in the wind because the moment the politics changes, so might the desire to fulfill the committment.
In other words, do we want a President who looks to the polls first and foremost before acting or do we want a President to do what he or she feels is the right thing based on all available information at the given point in time.
lawhawk.blogspot.com /2006/01/playing-politics-on-iran.html   (478 words)

 Dean's World - Priorities, politics, and Iran
And also classically, our main political parties spend their time arguing over which is more important.
Of course they have met their manpower goals - but the goals are just targets, and the target numbers are politically motivated to keep the appearance of no shortages.
South Korea has a large and high-tech army that could easily take up the positions that ours are in on the DMZ--as long as we make it clear to the little psycho running the show in the North that artillery on Seoul means Trident launched nukes landing on his cities and armies later that day.
www.deanesmay.com /posts/1138214609.shtml   (1725 words)

 Society on Podium: Gender, Islam, and Politics - Iran
In twelver Shi'i Islam, the majority Muslim sect in Iran, marriage based on a temporary contract (muta'a) for a specified time is allowed.
In Iran, the progressive Pahlavi reforms of the personal status law in 1967 (Bagley, 1971) and 1974 were repealed by the revolutionary government of Ayatollah Khomeini.
As valid as the various explanations for veiling may be, the really critical issue is the direct role of the state in the process.
www.iranchamber.com /podium/society/010815_gender_islam_politics_iran1.php   (3118 words)

 Politics- Bush: Iran Supplying Weapons in Iraq - AOL News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Iran was a dominant theme of reporters' questions because of conflicting statements about U.S. intelligence in Iran and recurring speculation that Bush is looking for an excuse to attack the Islamic republic, which is believed by Washington and its allies to be seeking nuclear weapons.
There have been mixed signals in the administration about Iran's involvement in supplying Shiite groups in Iraq with a particularly lethal type of roadside bombs known as explosively formed penetrators.
They based their claim on the belief the weapons are moving into Iraq through the Iran's Revolutionary Guards elite Quds Force.
news.aol.com /politics/story/_a/bush-iran-supplying-weapons-in-iraq/n20070214162809990015   (928 words)

 Cheney warns of Iran's nuclear ambition | Politics | Reuters
The stern comments from Cheney, who is known for his hawkish views, followed Tehran's refusal to heed a U.N. deadline to halt uranium enrichment and a vow by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stand up to the rest of the world and not show weakness by acceding to the West's demands.
Iran insists that it is not trying to acquire nuclear weapons and its enrichment activities are for peaceful purposes.
In addition to Iran, the two leaders touched on issues ranging from the Iraq war to China and Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks.
www.reuters.com /article/politicsNews/idUSSP6559720070224   (442 words)

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