At Low Point, Leader's Popularity Ebbs
Tehran Bureau / KAVEH OMID
30-Jan-2012 (2 comments)

Despite appearing to be solidly in control of the Islamic Republic, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is now faced with the acerbic tongue of the Iranian population. More than ever -- in the streets, in taxis, in private conversations, and in public expressions -- his words,
dictates, and even mannerisms are being criticized and mocked.


A Figure of Ridicule

by FG on

Don't miss the subpost to the original article at Tehran Bureau by a recent visitor to Iran i which he found that Khemenei's remaining popularity is limited mainly to rural areas and substantial bribery.   While at Tehran Bureau you may want to read the related article, Head Off This Brakeless Train': Haj Seyyed Javadi's Letter to Khamenei, which you'll find at the top of the page.  

I don't know what happened to my earlier blog here today entitled "Why Iranians should keep a eye on events in six countries" which was appeared on the homepage earlier but has disappeared recently.   In a subpost there I note that the Greens have scheduled a new demonstration and question the timing, which I see as pre-mature.  For the earlier blog see:





Goodbye all.

by FG on

Yesterday, I posted a blog on Six countries Iranians should keep an eye
on.  It appeared on the home page briefly and disappeared for more than 15 hours before reappearing.  That analysis took me
hours to write.

In the late evening I posted--in the news section--a very good article
from Tehran Bureau about how Khamenei has become a leading figure of
ridicule in Iran (which you've read here if you were lucky enough to find it.)   Hours later I find it doesn't appear on the first
page and consequently has only 28 reads.   The article certainly was
worthy of more than that.  Some time after I posted (or tried to) the news item and link here Enduring America cited it and gave it several paragraphs in its roundup.  At least that news post didn't take much time to prepare. 

To put hours into an analysis post only to have it buried is
discouraging.   I may as well be living in Iran and writing critical articles on the regime
in Iran with this kind of censorship.  I could understand if the posts were
frivolous or not worth reading.  Someone at sure seems to
have it in for me.  Maybe I've offended a nationalist like
Amirforsecular monarchy or someone similar by disagreeing with him but
if you can't take opposing opinions I'd say move back to Iran and sign up with Ahmadinejad or Khamenei.