While Iran continues with its nuclear ping-pong match with the European Union threatening the regional stability, it also gets ready for next Friday elections. Teheran carries the flag of the Islamist democracy and feeds the hopes of the world on Rafsanjani, described as a symbol of hope and moderation. But he was already president from 1989 to 1997; therefore, he represents the past rather than the future. Anyway, the president is not the most important figure in the Iranian political system, but Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of the Revolution Guardian Council, the body that plays a key role in the organization of the elections.
Considering this system, the youths make demonstrations and cling to the hope of change. This hope has been strengthened by the release of Hamid Pourmand, an Iranian Christian tried for proselytizing and apostasy. International pressure made his liberation possible. However, this good news should not conceal the bad ones for Iran does not follow the rule of law. Is Mr. Pourmand release a response to international pressure or a sign of change? In any case, it is obvious that when the international community joins together to speak with one voice the mullahs are not willing to confront it. This shows Teheran must be even more pressured.

Washington Times (United States)
Propriété du révérend Sun Myung Moon (Église de l’Unification).

Facing the Iranian elections”, by Nir Boms and Elliot Chodoff, Washington Times, June 16, 2005.