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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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November 2011: '"They are all armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons but, quite unashamedly, they accuse Iran of trying to acquire nuclear weapons," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said. "Know that this nation will not retreat an iota from its (position)."'

June 2010: "TEHRAN — One year after Iran’s disputed presidential election, the familiar rhythms of life have returned here. Through a widespread, sustained and at times brutal crackdown, the government has succeeded in suppressing a protest movement that shook the nation for months after the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which the opposition said was fraudulent."

August 2009: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was officially inaugurated for a second term Wednesday, killing the slim hopes his opponents had of overturning his controversial election victory. Now Tehran is holding its breath, wondering if Ahmadinejad will seek to consolidate his position by widening his ongoing crackdown against reformers and his political opponents."

June 2009: 'In China, political commentators tinted their blogs and Twitters green to show their support for Iranians disputing President Ahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection. The deaths of at least 20 people in violent clashes in Tehran have drawn comparisons online to "June 4," the date of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing in 1989. And a pointed joke about how Iranians are luckier than Chinese because sham elections are better than no elections made the rounds on the country's vast network of Internet bulletin boards.'

June 2009: "With votes still being counted in many cities, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was leading by a 2-1 ratio in early returns, according to Iranian Interior Ministry officials. But Mousavi's supporters dismissed those numbers, saying the ministry was effectively under Ahmadinejad's control."

May 2009: "TEHRAN, May 24 -- Iran blocked access to Facebook on Saturday in what opposition candidates said was an effort to sabotage their challenges to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."

March 2008: 'Human rights advocates have long deplored the treatment, including executions, of gay men in Iran. Last year while in New York City, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was asked about executions of homosexuals in his country, and he replied: "We don't have homosexuals like in your country. I don't know who told you that."'

January 2008: "The out-of-power reformists had hoped that the coming election would be a referendum on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s management of the state. With inflation and unemployment high, and now a serious shortage of heating gas during a record cold winter, the races were seen as a way for reformists and their allies to gain a second chance at power in Iran. They had once controlled Parliament and the presidency."

September 2007: But on Monday, the atmosphere was tense when Bollinger hosted a campus forum featuring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran who is known for Holocaust denials and his expressed desire to eliminate Israel.

December 2006: 'The ambiguity so far has been useful, and we have never threatened the region with a nuclear catastrophe. But sometimes there is no way out of it,' says Shlomo Aronson, a political science professor at Hebrew University. 'When [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad talks about wiping Israel off the map, this may mean the end of Iran, too.''

September 2006: NEW YORK, Sept. 20 -- In a feisty session with leading foreign policy experts, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defiantly stuck to his hard-line positions on issues including Iran's nuclear program and a need for further study to confirm the Holocaust.

November 2005: "The election in June of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad , a former mayor of Tehran, threatens to erase the gains made by a civil society trying to organize and energize against all odds, Memarian said in an interview last Friday in Washington. But reformers are still working to expose arbitrary detentions, prisoner abuse and other injustices."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Supported by (past or present) Cooperation (past or present) Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Organization Jun 12, 2010
Opponent (past or present) Mir Hossein Mousavi Person Jun 22, 2009
Opponent (past or present) Mir Hussein Moussavi Person Jun 12, 2010

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Nov 09, 2011 Iran's nuclear program alarms world powers

QUOTE: no evidence that Iran has decided to actually build a bomb. But its nuclear program is more ambitious and structured, and more progress has been made than previously known....Iranian officials slammed the nuclear watchdog agency's report as a fabrication aimed at satisfying U.S. allegations about Iran's nuclear program.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 11, 2010 Across Iran, Anger Lies Behind Face of Calm

QUOTE: Through a widespread, sustained and at times brutal crackdown, the government has succeeded in suppressing a protest movement that shook the nation for months after the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which the opposition said was fraudulent. But the veneer of calm masks what many here call the “fire under the ashes,” a low-grade burn of cynicism and distrust.

New York Times
Apr 04, 2010 How to use Afghan culture to devise a political strategy -- and exit

QUOTE: a precept of military strategy to explain his mission: "The object of war is a fair peace." Lamb argues that the first hints of how this war will end can be seen in a loose and sometimes inchoate process of signaling that involves the various Afghan parties to the conflict, the neighboring countries such as Pakistan and the U.S.-led coalition.

Washington Post
Aug 10, 2009 Iranian Officials Call for Arrest of Opposition Leaders

QUOTE: Revolutionary Guard generals, top politicians and senior clerics have called for the arrest and punishment of opposition leaders, including defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi...

Washington Post
Aug 05, 2009 Now sworn in, Ahmadinejad could crack down harder: Top opposition candidates, including defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, are among those who may be targeted.

QUOTE: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was officially inaugurated for a second term Wednesday... Now Tehran is holding its breath, wondering if Ahmadinejad will seek to consolidate his position by widening his ongoing crackdown against reformers and his political opponents.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 29, 2009 Tehran Combines Clemency and Toughness

QUOTE: The Iranian authorities sent a mixed message of clemency and firmness on Wednesday, saying that more detainees arrested in the post-election crackdown would soon be freed, but also that 20 protesters charged with serious crimes would be put on trial, starting this weekend.

New York Times
Jul 26, 2009 Latin American Jews contend with spike in anti-Semitism: Derogatory political statements and attacks on synagogues have increased since Israel's January war in Gaza.

QUOTE: Across Latin America, Jewish leaders say they are contending with a new level of anti-Semitism that heated up after Israel's military operation in Gaza in December.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 07, 2009 In Iran, a Struggle Beyond the Streets

QUOTE: In postelection Iran, there is growing unease among many of the nation’s political and clerical elite that the very system of governance they rely on for power and privilege has been stripped of its religious and electoral legitimacy, creating a virtual dictatorship enforced by an emboldened security apparatus, analysts said.

New York Times
Jun 27, 2009 Authoritarian Regimes Censor News From Iran

QUOTE: pro-democracy protests that appeared to inspire and energize one another broke out in Eastern Europe, Burma, China and elsewhere. Not all evolved into full-fledged revolutions, but communist regimes fell in a broad swath of countries, and the global balance of power shifted. A similar infectiousness has shown up in subtle acts of defiance by democracy advocates around the world this week.

Washington Post
Jun 26, 2009 Arab Activists Watch Iran And Wonder: 'Why Not Us?' (The View From Egypt )

QUOTE: Across the Arab world, Iran's massive opposition protests have triggered a wave of soul-searching and conflicting emotions. Many question why their own reform movements are unable to rally people to rise up against unpopular authoritarian regimes.

Washington Post
Jun 22, 2009 Amid Crackdown, Iran Admits Voting Errors

QUOTE: Iran’s most powerful oversight council announced on Monday that the number of votes recorded in 50 cities exceeded the number of eligible voters there by three million...

New York Times
Jun 22, 2009 Many Iranian-American protesters fear to speak too boldly

QUOTE: They[Iranian-Americans] want the story of their homeland told, but they worry about reprisals against relatives in Iran, as well as from pro-regime groups here in the US.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 21, 2009 Police Unleash Force On Rally in Tehran: Obama, in Boldest Terms Yet, Presses Iran to Halt Violence Against Own People

QUOTE: Fiery chaos broke out in downtown Tehran on Saturday as security forces blocked streets and used tear gas, water cannons and batons to break up a demonstration against the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Security forces were seen firing warning shots into the air, but there were also unconfirmed reports that several people were hit by gunfire.

Washington Post
Jun 16, 2009 Signs of Fraud Abound, But Not Hard Evidence

QUOTE: There are many signs of manipulation or outright fraud in Iran's disputed election results... but the case for a rigged outcome is far from ironclad...

Washington Post
Jun 13, 2009 Iran Election In Dispute as 2 Candidates Claim Victory: Ahmadinejad Official Leader, But Mousavi Alleges Fraud

QUOTE: A pivotal presidential election in Iran ended in confusion and confrontation early Saturday as both sides claimed victory....Mousavi's supporters charged that officials were trying to steal the election and cut off alternative sources of information.

Washington Post
May 25, 2009 Iran Blocks Facebook, Outlet for Opposition: Lively Discussions on June 12 Vote Took Place on Web Site

QUOTE: discussions had taken place among Iranians who wondered whether voting in the June 12 presidential election meant supporting Iran's system of clerical rule, or, as some argued, could be used to remove Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad's three opponents also used the site to spread campaign messages

Washington Post
Jan 22, 2009 Marching for Hamas

QUOTE: To stand up against an enemy bent on your destruction is everywhere counted an act of bravery. But not when it comes to Israel....In a bizarre reversal of all their commitment to human rights and the struggle of men and women for independence and self-determination, the European Left has chosen again and again to side with the bullies and to condemn a small nation struggling to survive in a hostile neighborhood.

Jerusalem Post
May 20, 2008 White House Says NBC Distorted Bush Response

QUOTE: "This deceitful editing to further a media-manufactured storyline is utterly misleading and irresponsible," Gillespie wrote, adding that NBC should air Bush's responses "in full."

Washington Post
Mar 14, 2008 Britain Halts Deportation Move Against Gay Iranian: 19-Year-Old Fears Execution at Home

QUOTE: Britain halted deportation proceedings Thursday against a gay Iranian teenager who has said he would probably be hanged because of his sexual orientation if he is returned to Iran.

Washington Post
Jan 24, 2008 Most Reformists Appear Purged From Iran Ballot

QUOTE: early indications are that the religiously conservative forces in control of every branch of government will try to block a comeback by the reformists close to Mohammad Khatami, the former president.

New York Times

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