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Ahmadinejad Joins Twitter, but Tehran’s Views on Social Media Remain Unchanged

On Monday, Agence-France Presse reported that former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had joined the Twitter social networking and micro-blogging platform, in spite of the fact that his presidency had been instrumental in the banning of the site throughout the Islamic Republic. The move is the latest in a series of indicators that the regime’s hardline faction may be changing its tactics with regard to certain technologies, even as it continues to combat social media and the internet in other areas.

Rafsanjani Funeral Demonstrates Broader Surge in Protests

On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal published a report on Iran’s national response to the death last weekend of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The announcement of his death coincided with the clerical regime declaring three days of nationwide mourning for the mullah who had played a major role in the founding of the Islamic Republic. Many Western reports of Rafsanjani’s death emphasized his supposed distance from that regime in his later years, particularly following his support for some of the grievances voiced by the Green Movement in 2009.

Khamenei Rejects Ahmadinejad Presidential Bid, Suggesting Alignment with Rouhani

By INU Staff

INU - On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had recommended that a potentially divisive presidential candidate not run in next year’s race, in which President Hassan Rouhani is expected to seek reelection. Although the identity of that potential candidate was not initially disclosed by the supreme leader, it was generally understood that his comments referred to Rouhani’s predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is eligible to run again after having served two terms and taken one term off. Recently, Ahmadinejad has reportedly been touring the country, fueling rumors of his plans to return to national politics.

Khamenei Claims Victory in “Soft War,” Ignores Ongoing Challenges

By INU Staff
INU - Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei spoke with his country’s Assembly of Experts on Thursday, in a meeting that reiterated the strength of anti-Western and particularly anti-American rhetoric that has been coming out of his office in the several months since the conclusion of nuclear negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of nations.

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