Thursday, September 27, 2007
Two questions no one asked Ahmadinejad in New York
1- As an elected official in Islamic Republic of Iran, do you have any real official power?
2- In 1980’s did you participate in the executions of over one thousand dissidents at Evin prison?
Friday, September 07, 2007
Akbar the Significant
Survival of the theocratic establishment is a vital priority to Rafsanjani, not due to any dogma, it is no secret that Mr. Rafsanjani has amassed a huge fortune since 1979 reaping some of the largest stakes from the revolutionary confiscations of private property, including industrial and agricultural holdings. Now he controls imports of automobiles as well as assembles Daewoo cars in Iran. He exports agricultural products including the highly prized pistachios, topping more than $400 Million in 2003. He owns his own airliner called Mahan Air with a fleet of 27 mostly Airbus and Boeing passenger jets. Kish Island, the Persian Gulf's most popular island destination is also controlled by Rafsanjani and his family, to just name a few of his business holdings.
Rafsanjani is acting as a safety valve, he has been a sweetheart of the the west for a longtime and the regime considers him indispensable, he is a deal maker who does not tolerate any opposition to the "grand plan" at hand. But most importantly, he is a man with many trusted and powerful friends in office around the globe.