Category: Divide and conquer

Leaked Iranian intelligence report reveals fratricide and corruption

A leaked classified report by Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi reveals intense fratricide at the highest levels of the Islamic Republic, as well as staggering levels of official corruption. The report, made public by a reformist dissident news organization inside Iran, has received little publicity in the outside world. The reformist news group, GreenCorrespondents.com, provides a full context and commentary...

Crooked mullahs: Khamenei places his son in control of Iran’s oil

It’s a classic case of an isolated elite in a dying regime, fighting over the spoils of the nation’s wealth. Iran’s petrodollars are now under the direct personal control of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his son, and his most trusted inner circle. The Khamenei family has taken control of every aspect of Iran’s oil and gas industry, keeping all contracts,...

Ahmadinejad apparently bugged Khamenei’s compound

Now we see why President Ahmadinejad has seemed so confident in challenging Supreme Leader Khamenei. Apparently Ahmadinejad had succeeded in planting listening devices in Khamenei’s fortified compound. Our sources in Iran told us on April 24 that after the flap surrounding Ahmadinejad’s dismissal of Intelligence Minister Moslehi and Khamenei’s instruction that Moslehi remain in place, the security detail at Khamenei’s...

Details on the bitter conflict between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is afraid of many things, but what concerns him most right now is that his main rival, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, seems to be spoiling for a nasty, public fight. Like mafia gang wars, this fight promises to be brutal. It’s the type of fight in which the civilized world should be rooting for both sides –...

Ahmadinejad threatens mutual destruction against the ayatollahs

This is IranChannel’s exclusive English translation of the April 17, 2011 article in Dolateyar.ir, a website controlled by the Ahmadinejad faction, in which the Iranian president threatens his opponents inside the Islamic Republic leadership, and references the resignation of Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi. The original article in Persian was taken down from the Web after Supreme Leader Khamenei reinstated Moslehi,...

Time is ripe to give the Iranian regime a push

In the life cycle of a regime, the leadership starts devouring itself when it believes its end is near. It becomes intolerant of dissent, especially within its own ranks. Factions point fingers of blame at one another. Each faction tries to portray itself as ideologically pure, and its rivals as dangerous deviants. Each faction airs the dirty laundry of the...

Is the Iranian regime set to tear itself apart?

The office of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, the cleric-controlled judiciary and the security forces have agreed, until now, not to go after opposition protesters too aggressively for fear of creating martyrs as they did when they murdered Neda Agha-Soltan in 2009. But in Iran’s “parliament,” regime allies want the opposition leaders dead – and they want it now. Take...

Russia creates too many questions about Polish plane crash

The Russian government’s actions raise too many questions about the April 10 airplane crash that killed many of the most anti-Russian leaders of Poland. My recent conversations with informed Polish sources reveal so many irregularities with how the Russian government handled the crash that nobody should presume that the disaster was accidental until all the facts are in. I knew...

Armed Forces Journal says my book could ‘squelch the enemy into a blob of irrelevance’

The Armed Forces Journal has published a review of my new book Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War. “The book is packed with action points that could be implemented rapidly and at little cost,”writes Armed Forces Journal editor Karen Walker. “We could, for instance, stop feeding the terrorist’s self-esteem and confirming his status as a martyr by using the term he selected...