‘I Am Convinced that the Regime Will Collapse’

In a SPIEGEL interview, Iranian Ayatollah Mohsen Kadivar, currently a visiting research professor at America's Duke University, discusses the recent death of opposition leader Hossein Ali Montazeri, the frustrations Iranians have with their regime, the future of the green movement and the prospect of an escalation.   SPIEGEL: Ayatollah Kadivar, what did Hossein Ali Montazeri mean to you, and what role did he play for the Iranian people? Kadivar:He was my teacher, my spiritual guide, my father -- the most important person in my life. I studied as a young…

Iran Opposition Leader’s Aide Is Freed

TORONTO — The main Iranian opposition leader’s top aide, who was arrested last week because of his investigations into the abuse of prisoners in the crackdown after the disputed election, has been released in what appears to be a sign of retreat by the hard-core conservative authorities running Iran. The release of the aide, Alireza Hosseini-Beheshti, was reported Sunday by the semiofficial ILNA news agency. He is a highly regarded academic with Islamic revolutionary credentials who worked directly under the opposition leader, Mir Hussein Moussavi. No explanation for the release…

After Khomeini, Iran under his Successors

Amir Arjomand, Said; After Khomeini, Iran under his Successors; (Oxford University Press, 2009); chap 2: Dual Leadership and Constitutional Developments after Khomieni & chap 5: the Rise and the Fall of President Khatami and the Reform a movement; pp. 52-54, 76, 94, 108.

Legal rulings of Grand Ayatollah Montazeri on the political legitimacy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Text of the letter by Dr. Mohsen Kadivar In the Name of God the Most Merciful To the auspicious audience of theologian and jurist, our most erudite and courageous master, the Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, may his presence endure Peace be upon you, I congratulate and offer my good wishes on the occasion of the birthday of Imam Ali (Peace be upon him), commander of the devout, guide of the oppressed, and the superlative leader of those who seek justice and freedom.  We celebrate this holiday at a time when dozens…