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Rafsanjani sparks final controversy as rival mourners clash

Al-monitor — It was Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s last journey in Tehran. The 82-year-old symbol of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran was given a hero’s goodbye, with hundreds of thousands of Iranians accompanying his coffin many kilometers on foot. People held up images of him — some new, some old, some with President Hassan Rouhani, a few with former Reformist …

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PHOTOS: Iran’s Rafsanjani Laid To Rest In Tehran

RFL/RE – The funeral of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is being held in Tehran.  Hundreds of thousands of Iranians jammed streets around Tehran University, where Rafsanjani was laying in state on January 10.  A national holiday has been declared. Rafsanjani, who served as Iran’s president from 1989 to 1997, died of heart failure on January 9 at the …

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Rafsanjani: The Death of the Ayatollah Machiavelli

PayvandNews – In October 2013, I was part of a delegation of the Social-Democratic Group of the European Parliament (EP) to Iran. The trip, which took place shortly before the Geneva nuclear interim agreement was reached between the P5+1 and Iran, was meant as a confidence-building measure between the EU and Iran, aimed at widening the space for diplomacy and …

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Iranians Protest Transmitter Jamming In Shiraz

RFL/RE – A large crowd gathered in the Iranian city of Shiraz to protest against the government’s use of broadcast jamming equipment. On January 9, demonstrators stood outside the provincial governor’s headquarters complaining about the health effects of using electromagnetic pulses for disrupting broadcasts. Some chants called the jamming a “betrayal” of the nation. The video of the rare public …

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Iran’s Rafsanjani Laid To Rest In Tehran

RFL/RE – The funeral of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is being held in Tehran. http://www.rferl.org/a/iran-funeral/28223578.html A national holiday has been declared. Rafsanjani, who served as Iran’s president from 1989 to 1997, died of heart failure on January 9 at the age of 82. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, held prayers over Rafsanjani’s casket. According to state television, …

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