BREAKING: Ahmadinejad to Resign? Aides Charged With Sorcery?


I wake up every morning praying for a slow news day so I can do my laundry, but it is not to be, apparently. 

Arab TV has announced that Khameini has requested Ahmadinejad’s resignation. This has not yet been confirmed by Western media. Confirmed, however, is the arrest of his allies on suspicion of sorcery. Yes, sorcery:

Close allies of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being “magicians” and invoking djinns (spirits).

Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as “a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds.”

So much for the laundry. 

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    Hang On: “How are djinns and genies very different from angels and demons and demonic possession? If a nation had those believing in angels and demos and demonic possession, would you be able to negotiate with them?”

    Point taken, but do you really believe that there is equivalent potential for superstition driven malevolence in western religious leaders; that the distinction has no difference?

    Empirically, I’d say (and hope) that there are great differences.

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    Maybe it wasn’t a Jinn but a Jinniyah

    “The feminine version of Genie is Jinniyah, plural Jinn in Arabic and Islamic folklore, and is a spirit or demon endowed with supernatural power.”

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    David Williamson

    I’m more worried by the fact that they believe in the 12th Imam – a branch of Shia Islam, an apocalyptic cult.

    I hope it’s not racist to suggest that Mr Obama II, having been brought up partly in Indonesia, should have a better understanding of all this. But I think his Marxist education probably determines his World View, more – I dunno, he’s not gonna say. · May 6 at 11:22am

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    No offense, but the Twelvers are about as apocalyptic as a lot Protestants are here; which means they are a lot of talk but no one, not even the most devout would actually push the button if given the opportunity make Heaven on Earth…

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    He’s toast.

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