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In Iran, Environmentalists Are Now Seen as Spies – The New York Times

TEHRAN — The increasingly bitter feud between Iran’s president and hard-line commanders and clerics exploded into the open over the weekend with the arrest of a top environmental official and the prison death of a prominent Iranian-Canadian environmental activist who was arrested last month. The official, Kaveh Madani, the deputy head of …

Revolutionary Guard faces new foe in Iran’s opening economy

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard faces a new enemy: the gradual opening of the country’s economy after the nuclear deal with world powers. Though better known for its hard-line fervor as an elite force created to defend Iran’s cleric-led system, the Guard holds vast business interests …

Iran’s Ahmadinejad seeks political comeback

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a political campaign ahead of February’s parliamentary elections in what could prove a challenge to the moderates behind a landmark nuclear agreement reached last month. Few expect a rerun of Ahmadinejad’s surprise victory in the 2005 elections, which kicked …

Quote of the Day

“To hell with you if you do not believe in our election.” AYATOLLAH ALI KHAMENEI, Iran’s supreme leader, on American skepticism about the balloting. Quotation of the Day for Saturday, June 15, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Reports: Iran bars 2 top figures from June ballot

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian news websites have boosted speculation that election overseers have barred two prominent but divisive figures from next month’s presidential ballot. The hardline website Tasnimnews.com says the Guardian Council has rejected former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a close confidant of outgoing President …