no, this is real news, i am not making this up
quote:A few minutes ago on May 5, 2011, Arab TV announced that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini requested Iran's President Ahmadinejad to step down from his post. This has not been confirmed nor verified by Western media as yet, however, it has been reported that several of his close aides are already under arrest.
The UK Guardian reported today that many of Ahmadinejad's aides were accused of using 'supernatural powers', including invoking jinns (spirits) in an attempt to further the president's agenda against Khameini. This includes Irani Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei,
quote:The arrests come amid a growing rift between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei which has prompted several MPs to call for the president to be impeached. The Guardian 5/5/2011
Checking for the latest on Iranian website Ayandeh-Negar, an article posted therein declared that relations between Ayatollah Khameini and his 'son' Mahmoud Ahamadinejad had become deviant.
'Without the leader, the president has no legitimacy'
This statement came about midway through the article,
Another article which was linked to this news, when translated from Farsi, gives this revelation about metaphysical powers:
quote: In separate news, site yesterday "future" of the arrest of a person named "Abbas. Gh" crime "and Jen Rmaly making" written at the same time, the site "Sunday" from people like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's media, with a unique claim to know "with spirits "to" a few special cases ", calling on the Judiciary explained arrested" Abbas Ghafari "is.
Future site introducing Abbas Ghafari as someone "special skills in metaphysical matters, including with other worlds ... and a close relationship with Mr. M.. Had" claimed that after his arrest, "one of the officials and track repeated requests and a record low "to free him has done.
I have made no attempt to correct the English, however, it is clear that Ahmadinejad himself and a close aide are being accused of having special skills in ....
This is the result of an unprecedented walk-out of 11 days by Ahamadinejad, as protest for Khameini having reinstated his intelligence chief, after Ahmadinejad had dismissed him.
quote:Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits).
Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds".
The arrests come amid a growing rift between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei which has prompted several MPs to call for the president to be impeached.
On Sunday, Ahmadinejad returned to his office after an 11-day walkout in an apparent protest over Khamenei's reinstatement of the intelligence minister, who the president had initiallyasked to resign.
Ahmadinejad's unprecedented disobedience prompted harsh criticism from conservatives who warned that he might face the fate of Abdulhassan Banisadr, Iran's first post-revolution president who was impeached and exiled for allegedly attempting to undermine clerical power.
Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, a hardline cleric close to Khamenei, warned that disobeying the supreme leader – who has the ultimate power in Iran – is equivalent to "apostasy from God".
Ahmadinejad has so far declined to officially back Khamenei's ruling over Heydar Moslehi, the minister at the centre of the row. In the first cabinet meeting since the president returned, Moslehi was absent.
Khamenei's supporters believe that the top-level confrontation stems from the increasing influence of Mashaei, an opponent of greater involvement of clerics in politics, who is being groomed by Ahmadinejad as a possible successor.
But the feud has taken a metaphysical turn following the release of an Iranian documentary alleging the imminent return of the Hidden Imam Mahdi – the revered saviour of Shia Islam, whose reappearance is anticipated by believers in a manner comparable to that with which Christian fundamentalists anticipate the second coming of Jesus.
Conservative clerics, who say that the Mahdi's return cannot be predicted, have accused a "deviant current" within the president's inner circle, including Mashaei, of being responsible for the film.
Ahmadinejad's obsession with the hidden imam is well known. He often refers to him in his speeches and in 2009 said that he had documentary evidence that the US was trying to prevent Mahdi's return.
Since Ahmadinejad's return this week, at least 25 people, who are believed to be close to Mashaei, have been arrested. Among them is Abbas Amirifar, head of the government's cultural committee and some journalists of Mashaei's recently launched newspaper, Haft-e-Sobh.
On Saturday, Mojtaba Zolnour, Khamenei's deputy representative in the powerful Revolutionary Guard, said: "Today Mashaei is the actual president. Mr Ahmadinejad has held on to a decaying rope by relying on Mashaei."
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quote:Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, a hardline cleric close to Khamenei, warned that disobeying the supreme leader – who has the ultimate power in Iran – is equivalent to "apostasy from God".
It's interesting that Yazdi would put it this way, since putting it this way is explicitly blasphemous according to almost every Muslim I know. If Yazdhi is implying that disagreement with Khamenei is tantamount to disagreement with God, Yazdhi himself is blaspheming, big-time.
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A more realistic view of the Iranian power struggle. This opinion piece argues that Khameni represents the lesser of two evils when it comes to Iran. The author believes that Ahmedinejiad is a loose cannon who is likely to lead the IRGC into armed conflict with Israel, leading (presumably) to the US getting embroiled in a pan-Middle Eastern war.
Personally, I have my doubts. It's unclear to me that clerical checks are what is preventing Iran from being more militaristic. It seems as likely that a secularized presidency, even if it were a dictatorship, would be more conformal to sticks and carrots than the current ideologically driven theocracy.
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quote:"Everybody smells blood," said Alireza Nader, an Iran analyst at the Rand Corporation. "Ahmadinejad's fatal mistake was to challenge Khamenei head-on over the intelligence minister."
quote:"You know how this works," said Mehdi Khalaji, an Iran expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "This is what happened to Khatami and to [Khatami's predecessor Ali Akbar Hashemi] Rafsanjani and to Khamenei when he was president. Khamenei has no problem with any president as long as he is weak."