Friday, June 19, 2009

Moment of truth for Khamenei? ... continued (Aljazeera English)

Early today, anticipating Supreme Leader Khamenei's speech-in-the-guise-of-a-Friday-sermon, Aljazeera English aired this very nice compact analysis anticipating the event and putting it in context. One important piece in the Iranian political kaleidoscope is the long-term power struggle between Khamenei and his one-time backer, former President (and still major power broker) Hashemi Rafsanjani. This Aljazeera report focuses on that power struggle, but without reducing the whole story to it.

(I'd be curious to know whether there is an Arabic-language equivalent--and, if so, what it says.)

This video clip is included in the wrap-up by Juan Cole that I just posted. But for those of you who didn't make it through that whole collection of items, it provides a good background to Khamenei's Friday address ... on which more later.

--Jeff Weintraub