Latest ArticlesArchivesForumsRSS FeedGuestbookContact UsSearch

Iran Press Service (logo)

As of January 2009, this site is definitely closed, but you can follow Safa Haeri on his new blog: DAMAVAND at

Keyhan Criticises Rev Guards Commander and the President

Published Thursday, February 14, 2008

Paris, 13 Feb. (IPS)         In an unprecedented event, a newspaper known as the mouthpiece of the Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenehei strongly criticized Wednesday both the fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Commander of the Revolutionary Guards.

          In two articles, itself a “rare event”, Mr. Hoseyn Shari’atmadari, a high ranking intelligence officer appointed by Mr. Khamenehei as Editor of the radical daily Keyhan, criticized Revolutionary Guard Commander General Mohammad Ali Ja’fari who, in a recent speech, recommended the Basij militia and the Guards to support the list of the “principalists”, or the conservatives in the coming Legislative elections.

In a rare event, the Editor of the hard line daily Keyhan, considered as the mouthpiece of Ayatollah Khamenehi, strongly criticised both the Commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards and President ahmadinejad

          “The revival of the principalist current twenty five years after the Revolution and its emergence if two powers, the Executive and the Legislative is an event that the Basij, if it wants to do something for the Islamic revolution, must start from supporting it and protecting it”, General Ja’fari recommended in a speech at a ceremony, on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the Islamic revolution of Iran.

While the call had been supported by the conservatives, observing that the elite Revolutionary Guard, as a guarantor of the Islamic Revolution, has the right to defend revolutionary values, it had been widely criticized by the reformists as “contrary” to both the constitution and orders of the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini forbidding the armed forces from entering political arena.

          “There is no doubt that the declaration of our dear brother General Ja’fari, when calling on the militias to support the principalists, he had in mind not a political party or a specific group, but the principles of the Islamic Revolution”, Mr. Shari’atmadari wrote, adding:”however, one had to admit that in the context of present circumstances, his intervention is against the clear guidelines of the late Leader ordering Armed Forces not to intervene in political rivalries and against the constitution”, Mr. Shari’atmadari wrote.

“The least one can say is that the Commander of the Revolutionary Guards had not been able to successfully express his mind and therefore, the least one can expect from him is to apologize and explain his faulty declaration”, the article said.

Knowing the “dangers” such a straight criticism of the Commander of the elite forces can present in the one hand and considering the fact that Mr. Shari’atmadari is one of the closest advisors to Mr. Khamenehei on the other, some political analysts think that the article must have been written on specific orders of the Leader.

Hojjatoleslam Hasan Khomeini
Hojatoleslam Khomeini was insulted by pro Ahmadinejad sites for having criticised massive rejection of reformist candidates

In a second article, the journalist, specializing in the interrogation of political and intellectual dissidents, warned Mr. Ahmadinejad to be “more careful about his entourage and particularly those pretending to be his supporters and working for him”.

Mr. Shari’atmadari was referring to an article insulting to Hojjatoleslam Hasan Khomeini, the nephew of the Founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran published on Monday by an internet site backing Mr. Ahmadinejad and his government.

Under the suggestive title of “The Secret of the Redding of the Lips of Seyyed Hasan Khomeini”, the internet site “No Sazi” (Modernisation), revealed that the nephew of the Grand Ayatollah had received a 80.000 US Dollars BMW car and live in a posh apartment on the mountainside north of Tehran where he relaxes in the vapors of his sauna, “wondering about the miserable situation of the poor people in the hot, dirty downtown of the Capital”.

The article, believed to be “inspired” by the fanatic President who is going down in the popularity, was a response to the young Khomeini’s criticism of the massive wave of reformist candidates to the coming Majles elections being rejected by various instances looking in the credentials of the candidates.

Among those being rejected figures Mr. Ali Eshraqi, another nephew of Mr. Khomeini, who works as an urban engineer with the Tehran municipality.

"One must be more aware of those pretending to be your friends than enemies that are known to you", Mr. Shari'atmadari advised the President.

Following a series of strong criticism to the massive rejections, more than 2/3 of the more than 7.000 registered, most of them reformists, the council of the Guardians, the supreme vetting body of all elections in Iran, confirmed near 300 hundreds, including 30 former lawmakers, explaining that most of the rejections were caused by the candidates themselves, including Mr. Eshraqi who failed to submit their scholar documents.

“It is not clear under what motive the responsible of the site published such a shameful, unethical article, using such impolite words against Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Hasan Khomeini”, Mr. Shari’atmadari asked, wondering if it was not the work of “infiltrators and the enemies”, whom though he did not named, but was clear that he means the reformists.

He concluded his second article by warning Mr. Ahmadinejad to be “attentive” to his entourage and particularly the “zealots” who, under the pretext of defending him, actually harm him more than some enemies.

“Beware of infiltrators and the enemies, but mostly ignorant friends that are more dangerous in an internet site pretending supporting you and your Government”, Mr. Shari’atmadari said.

At same time, as the official spokesman of the Government would insist that the Government had “no site under its orders”, the Islamic Culture Guiding” warned all internet sites and blogs to be “very careful with their articles concerning elections” while the authorities shut down five internet sites for “polluting the electoral atmosphere”. ENDS KEYHAN DENOUNCES 13208


Comments on this page are closed.

As of January 2009, this site is definitely closed, but you can follow Safa Haeri on his new blog: DAMAVAND at

Hoseyne Shari'atmadari
Mr. Hoseyn Shari'atmadari in a close advisor to the Iranian Leader.

Powered by the Big Medium content management system. sitemap xml