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Iran update: Rafsanjani stands on the threshold of opposition

By Tom Chatfield  

For the last six years, Martin Amis has written obsessively about 9/11 and its global aftermath—often provoking great controversy. A new collection of his writings shows us a writer whose prose remains a delicious challenge, but whose political imagination looks increasingly barren

As one of only two western journalists present at Ayatollah Khamenei’s sermon earlier today, Prospect contributing editor Christopher de Bellaigue reports in a web-exclusive dispatch from Iran on the startling absence of Iran’s former president Ayatollah Rafsanjani from the supreme leader’s side. He describes watching the massed ranks of Iran’s elite gathered around Khamenei as he spoke, with one glaring exception—”In the front rows sat most of Iran’s top civilian, judicial and military authorities, with one glaring empty space, that of Akbar Hashemi…

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