Cheerful news from Iran

Eurasianet says that Rafsanjani already has the votes to displace Khamene’i and revoke the rigged election results.

No, that’s not a typo, though it could be false hope.

According to a report from the Open Society Institute-funded Eurasianet, Rafsanjani already has the votes in the Council of Experts to remove Khamene’i and revoke the rigged election results. Apparently Ali al-Sistani is supporting the move.

Boy, would I ever love to believe that! And it makes sense of the reports, apparently confirmed, that Rafsanjani’s daughter and three other female relatives was arrested and released. That can only be read as a threat to all the clerics involved that their families are not safe.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com