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Ahmadinejad Isolated by Battle With Iran’s Supreme Leader – Golnaz Esfandiari and Kourosh Rahimkhani – International – The Atlantic

A months-long political rivalry between the Iranian president and Supreme Leader Khamanei has left the former with less power, which is increasingly concentrated in the hands of the latter Speaking at the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khomeini last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was interrupted …

Venezuela Asked FARC to Kill Opposition Figures, Analysis Shows – NYTimes.com

CARACAS, Venezuela — Colombia’s main rebel group has an intricate history of collaboration with Venezuelan officials, who have asked it to provide urban guerrilla training to pro-government cells here and to assassinate political opponents of Venezuela’s president, according to a new analysis of the group’s internal communications. The analysis contends …

Power Struggle in Iran Enters the Mosque – NYTimes.com

The unprecedented power struggle between the two most powerful leaders in Iran deepened Friday, spilling out into Tehran’s public prayers where the mullah leading the service indirectly criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while the crowd chanted “Death to opponents of the supreme leader!” The split started about two weeks ago after …

More economic power for Iran’s Rev. Guards – UPI.com

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 5 (UPI) — Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has widened its ever-expanding economic power with a no-tender contract from the Oil Ministry to develop two big natural gas fields in southern Fars province. Even before the April 30 award, the IRGC’s engineering and construction arm, …

Close aid to Ahmadinejad arrested – UPI.com

TEHRAN, May 3 (UPI) — One of the Iranian’s president’s closest aides was arrested for his support for a controversial film about the Shiite faith, sources said. A special clerical court summoned Hojjatoleslam Abbas Amirifar to appear during the weekend and members of the Revolutionary Guard later arrested him, reports …