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Rafsanjani: The Iranian Revolution's Unlikely Reformer - The Diplomat

No one embodied the travails and contradictions of Iran's Revolution as deeply as the late Hashemi Rafsanjani. By Kevjn Lim for The Diplomat. January 12, 2017. On January 8, former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died of a heart attack ...and more »

Iran after Rafsanjani -

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is right to be concerned about the loss of one of the leading members of Iran's religious establishment in an election year. "With the loss of Hashemi," he said on Sunday referring to the late Ayatollah ...and more »

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was a one-man political balancing act - Financial Times

He held court in Tehran's Marmar palace, a 1930s white-marbled stronghold with a majestic dome and mirrored halls. In what was once the seat of the Pahlavi shahs, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani exuded confidence as he reclined in his chair in the manner of a ...and more »

What's ahead for Rouhani with death of 'moderation sheikh'? - Al-Monitor

Headlines and analysis of what is next continue to dominate Iranian media in the aftermath of the death of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images. Mourners attend the funeral of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi ...and more »

Iran Unites, Briefly, to Mourn a Founding Father of the Republic - TIME

Iranians gather around a hearse carrying the coffin of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during his funeral ceremony in Tehran on Jan. 10, 2017. The heavyweight politician will be buried inside the crypt of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the ...and more »

Iran reacts to death of 'pillar' of Islamic Revolution - Al-Monitor

Moderate Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, known for his efforts to reduce tension between Iran and the West, dies. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi. Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani gives the opening speech during Iran's Assembly of ...and more »

Death of Iran's Rafsanjani Removes Influential Voice Against Hard-Liners - New York Times

TEHRAN — With the death of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Sunday, Iran's political factions knew immediately that any space by reformers to maneuver had just significantly decreased. Change had come, and it did not favor those seeking to ...and more »

Rafsanjani's Death Reshuffles the Political Deck in Iran - International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

The public funeral of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, on January 10, 2017, led to the outpouring in Tehran of public calls for the release of opposition leaders held under house arrest and political prisoners in a resurgence of support for ...and more »

Hero of Construction: A Glance at Rafsanjani's Economic Legacy - Financial Tribune

The shock passing of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Monday prompted an outpouring of condolences from Iranian and foreign dignitaries who mused not just on the distinguished political career of a brilliant statesman, but also on the ...and more »

Armin Rosen - Tablet Magazine

The July 18, 1994 bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) in Buenos Aires is an appropriate starting place for understanding the impact of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, who died of a heart attack last Sunday. The ...and more »