Who is who?

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. NiteOwl Member

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    Ayatollah Khamenei:

    - Supreme Leader of Iran since 4 June 1989 and was president of Iran from 2 October 1981 – 2 August 1989.

    - De-facto Dictator (His powers are almost as extensive as the Fuhrer's in Nazi Germany)

    Powers and Duties: He is more powerful than the President of Iran and appoints: 1. The commanders of the armed forces, 2. The director of the national radio and television network, 3. The heads of the major religious foundations, 4. The prayer leaders in city mosques, 5. And the members of national security councils dealing with defense and foreign affairs, 6. The Chief Justice, 7. Attorney General, 8. Special tribunals, 9. And with the help of the chief justice, the 12 jurists of the Guardian Council – the powerful body that decides both what bills may become law and who may run for president or parliament. Also dictates foreign policy, the armed forces and the nuclear policy of the Iranian state.

    Personal: Hard-line conservative. Has repeatedly stated that he does not want any liberalization of the Iranian society. Has had an active hand in the violent repression of minorities in Iran - especially Baha'is. Has remained a strong supporter of Ahmadinejad.

    More on his powers:

    More on Khamenei:


    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

    - President-Select of the Islamic Republic

    - De jure president 3 August 2005 - June 2009 ~~ De-fact president June 2009-

    Powers and Responsibilities: Responsible for the "functions of the executive", such as signing treaties, agreements etc. with other countries and international organizations; the national planning and budget and state employment affairs; appointing ministers, governors, and ambassadors subject to the approval of the parliament.


    Mir Hossein Mousavi:

    Hashemi Rafsanjani:

    Mohammad Khatami

    Mahdi Karroubi:
  2. Ray Murphy Member

    It would be handy if we had a progressively growing list of names that showed who was on each side.
  3. If my information is wrong, call me on it, correct me. But for now, the biographies I am posting are going to be somewhat short, until I have time to improve on them.

    Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi

    -Voted into Assemby of Experts in 2006. The Assembly of Experts is the governmental organisation responsible for choosing the Supreme Leader, and dismissing the Supreme Leader should he be unable to perform his duties. In 2006, He and Rafsanjani competed for the position of Chairman, and he sought to have his past students become a majority in the Assembly of Experts. He did not succeed, and Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is the Chairman of the Assembly of Experts.

    -Has been referred to as Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor, as far back as 2006 in the English-language media.

    -He runs the Haghani School in Qom, which is financed by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    Political views: Mesbah-Yazdi holds that Islam is incompatible with democracy or elections, and considers democracy to be the uneducated holding power over the educated. He has called people sheep to be led by the government--and that, should elections or referendums be held, their results should reflect what hardliners like him want, by fraud if necessary.
  4. Who's who in Iran Today

    I've gone back to Aug 15 and re-read the Green Briefs, gleaning as many names as possible. Then I categorized them as best I could. Here's what I got:

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad former president and the government's "President Select" who the populace believes stole the election
    General Abdullah Araqi - IRGC Commander in charge of Tehran Province
    Mohammad Araghi – the commander of IRG in Tehran

    Hasan Bayadi, the deputy chairman of Tehran's city council
    Alauddin Boroujerdi, Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security
    Morteza Bakhtiari – a former head of Iran’s Prisons Department, to replace Saeed Mortazavi as Tehran’s Attorney General

    Marzieh Dastjardi – the proposed Minister of Health
    Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi - the former head of Khuzestan province's Judiciary, appointed Tehran's Attorney General.

    Mohseni Ejaie - Former Minister of Intelligence, accused of being one of the main forces behind the brutal suppression of peaceful protesters

    Hossein Fedaie – an MP from Tehran reportedly directly involved in the prisoner abuse in Kahrizak
    Reza Foladgar – a member of the Article 10 Commission on Political Parties

    Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi - IRGC Commander-in-chief of the Mobilized Basij force

    Imam Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Yahya Jafari - Conservative Cleric
    Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari - IRGC Commander-in-chief
    Saeed Jalili – the Secretary General of the National Security Council

    Ayatollah Khamenei - Iran's "Supreme Leader"

    Sadegh Ardeshir (Hojatoleslam Agha Shaykh Sadegh Amoli) Larijani - a hard-line cleric, politician and current head of the judicial system of Iran, brother of Ali Larijani
    Ali Larijani – the head of the Parliament

    Saeed Mortazavi - jurist, former prosecutor of the IRC & Prosecutor General of Tehran, "butcher of the press", "butcher of Evin" and "torturer of Tehran"

    Brigadier General Abdol-Ali Najafi - IRGC Secret unit

    Hamid Rasa - a Conservative MP
    Mohsen Reza'ie - former head of the Revolutionary Guards
    Azizollah Rajabzadeh - Tehran's Police Chief

    Hojatoleslam Ali Saeedi - Khamenei’s representative to the IRG
    Grand Ayatollah Sane'ie
    Brigadier General Hossein Salami - IRGC Revolutionary Guards' Air Force
    Rear Admiral Morteza Saffari - IRGC Revolutionary Guards' Navy
    Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani - IRGC Quds Force, was responsible for negotiating several accords between Iraqi political figures.
    Parvez Sorouri - conservative MP aware of the tortures in Kahrizak

    Hossein Ta’eb – the head of the Basij
    Ahmad Tavakkoli - Conservative MP
    Moteza Tamaddon - The governor of Tehran province,

    Ahmad Vahidi - Ahmadinejad’s pick for Defense Minister

    Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah Yazdi Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor

    Alireza Zakani - conservative MP aware of the tortures in Kahrizak
    Mojtaba Zonnouri - Khamenei's representative in the IRGC
    Ezzatollah Zarghami - has been the head of the media corporation, IRIB
    Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Zahedi - IRGC Revolutionary Guards' Ground Forces
    Daoud Zare’eyan – an official in Iran’s government-owned telecommunication company


    Agriculture: Sadeq Khalilian
    Commerce: Mehdi Ghazanfari
    Communications and IT: Reza Taqipour
    Cooperatives: Mohammad Abbasi (Retains his post)
    Culture and Islamic Guidance: Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini
    Defense: Brigadier Ahmad Vahidi
    Economy and Financial Affairs: Seyyed Shamseddin Hosseini
    Education: Sousan Keshavarz (Female) rejected
    Energy: Mohammad Aliabadi rejected
    Foreign Affairs: Manouchehr Mottaki (Retains his post)
    Health: Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi (Female)
    Housing and Urban Development: Abdolreza Sheikholeslami
    Industries and Mines: Ali Akbar Mehrabian (*See note (a) below)
    Intelligence: Heyder Moslehi
    Interior: Mostafa Mohammad Najjar
    Justice: Morteza Bakhtiari
    Labor and Social Affairs: Ali Nikzad
    Oil: Masoud Mir Kazemi
    Road and Transportation: Hamid Behbahani (Retains his post)
    Science, Research and Technology: Kamran Daneshjoo
    Welfare and Social Security: Fatemeh Ajorlou (Female) rejected


    Abtahi - accused by Jafari of directly taking part in the elections, solely to replace Khamenei
    Qudratullah Alikhani -reformist MP & member of Foreign Affairs Commission
    Mohammad Atrianfar - accused by Jafari of directly taking part in the elections, solely to replace Khamenei
    Seyyed Mohammad Ali Abtahi - theologian, scholar, pro-democracy activist, chairman of the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue former VP & close associate of Khatami.
    Morteza Alviri - Karroubi’s representative on the vote supervision committee,

    Sayed Alireza Beheshti - a member of a reformist commission, close aide of Mir Hossein Mousavi

    Ayatollah Ali Mohammad Dastegheyb

    Shirin Ebadi - lawyer, human rights activist and founder of Centre for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran

    Arash Geety, a student activist from Zanjan-arrested
    Hamzeh Ghalebi - former manager of the youth wing of Mousavi’s campaign and has been in prison for almost two months.

    Mohammad Javad Haghshenas - the editor-in-chief of Etemaade Melli
    Fatemeh Hashemi - Rafsanjani's daughter
    Mehdi Hashemi - Rafsanjani's son, accused by Jafari of directly taking part in the elections, solely to replace Khamenei
    Mohammad Hojjati – reformist & a former Minister of Agriculture
    Ali Hekmat - a reformist

    Mohammad Khatami - cleric, former president, former Cultural Minster, supporter of Mousavi
    Mehdi Karroubi Presidential candidate & head of the Etemaade Melli Party,brought up the issue of prisoner rapes
    Hossein Karrubi - Karroubi’s son
    Ayatollah Mousavi Khoyeni - accused by Jafari of directly taking part in the elections, solely to replace Khamenei
    Ghomahossein Karbaschi – reformist and a former mayor of Tehran

    Grand Ayatollah Montazeri
    Mir Hossein Mousavi Presidential candidate who the populace believes really won the election founder of "The Green Path of Hope"
    Hojjatoleslam Abdul Majid Ma’adikha - a reformist

    Abdollah Nouri - Reformist leader

    Dariush Qanbari - a spokesperson for the Imam's Way faction of MPs, who are mostly reformists

    Hashemi Rafsanjani - a past president of Iran
    Abdullah Ramezanzadeh - a former spokesperson during Khatami's presidency
    Fatemeh Rake’ie - the Secretary-General of the Innovative Muslim Women’s Society
    Zahra Rahnavard – Mousavi’s wife

    Grand Ayatollah Sane’ie - supports the reformists
    Faizullah Arab-Sorkhi – a reformist leader
    Hasan Souri – a reformist from Borujerd – was arrested
    Amir Hossein Sarhadi – a student activist – was arrested

    Nasrullah Torabi - reformist MP

    Roshanak Siasi - a member of the Kargozaran Party and a women's rights activist.

    Tajzadeh - accused by Jafari of directly taking part in the elections, solely to replace Khamenei

    Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani - has released a statement in support of Karroubi
  5. Who's who continued


    Ali Larejani – the speaker of the Iranian Parliament
    Grand Ayatollah Seyed Mousa Shabiri Zanjani – a cleric who has been a teacher of Khamenei and his sons
    Grand Ayatollah Lutfullah Safi Golpaygani
    Grand Ayatollah Montazeri - cleric who has been instrumental in freeing Montazeri from house arrest
    Mohammad-Reza Bahonar - Vice Parliament Speaker
    Iqbal Mohammadi – an MP from Marivan
    Hossein Entezami – the representative of editor-in-chiefs in the Committee to Oversee the Media
    Hojatoleslam Shahrestani
    Mojtaba Khamanei - son of Ayatollah Khamenei and accused of having taken part in the post election violence
    Hamid Katouzian – a member of the parliament’s committee on assessing the condition of detainees
    Hasan Rohani, a member of the Assembly of Experts and a former national security chief (leans toward the reformists)
    Reza Tabish - the Secretary General of Imam's Way faction of MPs (leans toward the reformists)
    Mohammad Reza Bahonar - The Deputy Speaker of Parliament
    Parviz Sarvari – a member of the parliament’s committee for assessing the condition of detainees


    Saeeda Pour-Aghaie, a young girl, was raped and killed in detention
    Sohrab A’rabi
    Alireza Azadpour - a reisdent of Kermanshah
    Hossien Beg Araghi, was killed on June 20 by a single bullet to the heart

    Mostafa Ghanian

    Taraneh Mousavi

    Mahmoud Raiesy Najafi -

    Mohsen Rohulamini

    Neda Agha-Soltan


    Ghaim Montazer raped with a bottle
    Dr. Ali Mohammad Dadkha – A lawyer & human rights activist – is under pressure, to make a confession, stating that the human rights organization he works for is working against the government.
    Faizullah Arab-Sorkhi – a reformist leader
    Reza Rastagar had shown torture wounds on his body to the committee members and spoken openly about the torture of other detainees.
    Majid Mogheemi had shown torture wounds on his body to the committee members and spoken openly about the torture of other detainees.
    Abbas Begdili, had shown torture wounds on his body to the committee members and spoken openly about the torture of other detainees.
    Hangameh Shahidi, has been repeatedly harassed by guards and told that she is going to be hanged.


    Mehdi Karami
    Saeed Hajjarian


    Mansoor Asanlo - a labor leaderMehdi Hosseinzadeh - a journalist and analyst who had previously worked for Etemaad
    Farshad Azizi - political activist and member of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s campaign.
    Mohammad Azadi - Journalist Emsael Azadi’s son
    Abbas Mirza Aboutalebi has been released from prison after nearly three months
    Hedayat Aghaie has given a confession, stating he had a hand in the unrest.
    Dr. Hosseinali Arab was released from Evin

    Rasool Badaqi - Human rights activist

    Clotilde Reiss , French citizen, was released on bail

    Mohammad Ali Dadkha - Members of the organization, The Defense of Human Rights

    Ali Ehsani - a Baha'i from Semnan arrested
    Stayar Emami - Photographer reportedly released

    Naseh Fareedi - a member of the committee to defend political prisoners - has been released

    Hamzeh Ghalebi - former manager of the youth wing of Mousavi’s campaign and has been in prison for almost two months.

    Fatemeh Hashemi - Rafsanjani's daughter
    Mir Hamid Hasanzadeh, the manager of the website Ghalam was released.
    Zoya Hasani was released from prison

    Mohammad Reza Jalayeepour - expected to have been released on Aug. 20

    Shahpour Kazemi – Mousavi’s brother-in-law, has been detained for months
    Saeeda Kurdinejad - student arrested
    Ali Asghar Khodayari was released from Evin.,

    Caspian Makan - the fiancé of Neda Agha-Soltan, is in detention and might be facing torture.
    Kaveh Mozafari was released
    Amir Mohsen Mohammadi, was released from Evin
    Kaveh Mozaffari was released from Evin

    Saeed Noormohammadi was released from prison

    Farbia Pajooh - journalist was also released

    Abdollah Ramezanzadeh - reformist, moved to hospital

    Amir Hossein Sarhadi – a student activist – was arrested
    Isa Saharkhiz - Journalist arrested
    Haleh Sahabi - Human rights activists and Kaveh Mozafari was released
    Kivan Samimi has been tortured so badly in detention, he had to be taken to hospital
    Abdolfattah Soltani - Human rights activist and lawyer finally released from Evin on bail
    Faizullah Arab-Sorkhi - currently in prison 45+ days
    Hesamat Salamat - Azad University student was mreleased
    Hasan Souri – a reformist from Borujerd – was arrested
    Saeed Shirkavand – a former Deputy Minister of Finance and a lecturer at Tehran University, has been released, he had been in prison for 50 days

    Mostafa Tajzadeh - currently in prison

    Ahmad Zeidabadi - Journalist, currently in prison
  6. Bantrybay Member

    Impressive Work!

    Thank you for taking the time to do this. It should be RTed regularly.
  7. to anonnymous

    thank you for taking time doing this. good things come to those who wait.
  8. Someone needs to verify this

    Great list, commendable effort. Before people distribute info of this nature it really should be verified by someone else, just in case of fresher news, inaccuracies, mis-cataloguing etc that can all happen by accident. Not a criticism, just my pov.
  9. As I stated, all names (and implied affiliations) were gleaned from Green Briefs #55-#69 (from Aug 15- Sept 5), so if you believe what NiteOwl writes in GB, then this is accurate.

    I will be away on business for the next 2+ weeks, but will try to update this list as information becomes available. I will also be adding it to my web site, Iran News Central ASAP.
  10. Of course, I'll gladly make corrections if any errors are pointed out to me.

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