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Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

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Inside Ali Khamenei’s Mind

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The Christian Science Monitor’s star reporter Scott Peterson – author of a must-read book on Iranian history and politics post-1979 — provides an in-depth report on the decision-making process of Iran’s Leader, Ali Khamenei.

From inside his former jail cell, to a lifetime fighting personalities greater than his own, Peterson examines how this bookworm “chic sheikh” cleric — who still reads 2-3 books a week — was elevated to Leader, and ruled until the 2009 crisis saw his portraits burn to chants of “Death to the Dictator!”

Major takeaway: history shows that anti-Americanism is not in Khamenei’s DNA — as practically everyone alleges — and that he has assented to exploring detente with the US when he sensed change on the US side.

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About the Author

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A multilingual Iranian-born journalist, Jasmin Ramsey is the editor and manager of the well-known U.S. Mideast policy site, LobeLog, and the Washington correspondent for the international news wire service, IPS News. Under her leadership LobeLog was recognized by the Economist as an essential stop for Iran coverage. Ramsey was also named one of the Guardian’s top ten Twitter accounts to follow on Iran in 2014. Her current work focuses on U.S.-Iran relations, U.S. foreign policy, and mideast affairs. You can email her at jasmin[dot]ramsey[at]gmail[dot]com.



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