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'Great Shock' Over Rafsanjani's Disqualification

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
The front page of Iran's "Ebtekar" daily (below left) is a good indication of how many Iranians felt when they heard the news that former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani -- one of the pillars of the Islamic establishment -- had been banned from running in next month's vote.
The headline in red reads: "Great Shock"
The exclusion of Rafsanjani from the vote paves the way for the Islamic establishment to bring a loyalist to power. 
(Read more about the significance and implications of the Guardians Council's decision here.)

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: Anonymous
May 22, 2013 16:39
I can't say that I'm surprised. Is it any coincidence that as sanctions mount against Iran its regime only becomes stronger and its people weaker? No, I think not. In fact, there's plenty of historical precedent for this (Iraq, North Korea, Myanmar, and more) and an oft cited paper by Mack and Khan all about this phenomena. If there is so much information verifying that this is happening, why are sanctions still considered a valid tool? It's either endemic, ineffective institutional policies and bad advising or something much more sinister. Probably a bit of both.

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