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Talking Iran: Steve Schippert Show - June 21, 2009

Last night I posted a rapid response analysis of the news that former Iranian president Ayatollah Rafsanjani has been holding talks with other Ayatollahs and clerical leaders about a form of government change in Iran that would not include a 'Supreme Leader' atop the system or society.

In Regime Change Iran: Movement Seeks to Eliminate 'Supreme Leader' Position, I mentioned that just hours before the news broke, I had discussed the significance of the presence of a representative of Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani at those meetings on my weekly RFC Radio program, The Steve Schippert Show. Below are the audio archives of the aired program in two 30-minute parts.

In the first segment, I speak with "Winston," an Iranian by birth Canadian citizen who has played a central role in getting information out from Iran to the rest of the world via phone contact, e-mail, Twitter and blogging.







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In the second segment, I begin with discussion of the roles of Mousavi and Rafsanjani and what the Shah of Iran in 1979 has in common with Supreme Leader Ayalollah Khamenei in 2009. Then the discussion turns to consider the significance of Rafsanjani's inclusion of Iraq's Ayatollah Sistani. That significance was proven true in the news that broke just after the program aired.







[To download the Steve Schippert Show 2nd half hour audio, click here or right-click, then select 'Save Target As'.]

Events in Iran are proving to be the most significant event since 9/11. And if Iran emerges as a true democracy which no longer serves as the lifeline for Hizballah, Hamas and others, it will have proven even more significant from a global perspective.

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