Mohsen Rezaei announces candidacy in Iran's presidential election
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28-Apr-2009 (5 comments)

Tehran, April 22, IRNA -- Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei on Wednesday declared himself as an independent candidate in the upcoming presidential election in Iran.

Darius Kadivar


by Darius Kadivar on

Mohsen Rezai, commander of Revolutionary Guards who arrested Mr. Ghotbzadeh in his house, said the former Foreign Minister had been arrested while smoking opium, the newspapers said. Mr. Ghotbzadeh was convicted in the plot and faced a firing squad. Reuters News from 1982 Here



Killers for President !!

by 1 hamvatan (not verified) on

Is This for real? In that country, only thieves, murderers and idiots can becomes president? What has becomes of our motherland?

Sadegh Ghotbzadeh- Where the hell did he came from?
remember him and Ted Koppel at Night Line? That what got him shot. To this day, I never understood, how these traitors, Ibrahim Yazdi/ Bani Sadr/Sadegh Ghotbzadeh got together and brought Khomeini to Paris after he was kicked out of Iraq.

God save us.

Kaveh Nouraee

DK jaan

by Kaveh Nouraee on

I wonder what were his ideals....attends what is arguably the best academic institution for a foreign service career (I imagine to serve the Iranian government) yet trashes the monarchy that he would have potentially served. He sides with the Indian, and then when he realizes how grave an error in judgment he made, he goes to the very people he turned his back on, the Pahlavis, as well as the Shah's military.

If you have the name of that book, please share it. I would love to read it, and maybe shed some light on this enigma of a guy.

Darius Kadivar

I'm No Fan of Rezai

by Darius Kadivar on

I agree with you on Gobtzadeh was not a saint but nevertheless like most members of the initial provisionary government of Bazargan, he was amongst those who were pragmatist to some degree and understood that the Hostage Crisis and so on were not going to benefit Iran's international image. Also if I'm not mistaken he began plotting against Khomeiny with members of the Shah's military in what became known as the Nojeh Coup. It was truly the Iranian WALKIRIE for it was aborted and all were executed by the IRI  !

I remember Gobtzadeh making a speach in front of the Parliament mostly dominated by the Mullah's where he proved to be very bold and accusing the clerics of highjacking the Revolution. He was arrested shortly after and executed.

That was the begining of the end of the so called more moderate elements of the Revolutionaries. From then on every one from Bazargan to Sanjabi, Forouhar and Amir Entezam had to basically shut up in the face of the rising power of Khomeiny.

I had read a book a long time ago published after his death by his English girlfriend who was a journalist. And his personality was rather more complex than what we percieved of him at the time.

But well like for Ibrahim Yazdi his colleague, I cannot forgive their actions against the Shah during his exile since they demanded his return in exchange for the Hostages.

But unlike Yazdi, Gobtzadeh paid with his life. At least he was brave enough to stand for his ideals unlike Yazdi the Mr. Green Card who got a visa for an operation for his own cancer, an Irony considering that he was against the Shah's stay in NY for the same type of treatment back in 1979 ...

Kaveh Nouraee

I'm No Fan of Rezai

by Kaveh Nouraee on

but Sadegh Ghotbzadeh was nothing more than an opportunist.

He protested against Mohammad Reza Shah, yet he attended the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, the school one attends if they're pursuing a career in the diplomatic corps. (Naturally, he was expelled for cutting class).