Although the media, policy analysts, and politicians have been depicting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the man who has the final say in Iran, the man who wields ultimate power in the Islamic Republic, the Supreme Leader, but a tactical shift in Ayatollah Khamenei’s policies indicate that he has increasingly become less powerful or “Supreme” as the mainstream media reveals or as his title indicates. Ayatollah Khamenei totally distrusts any domestic institution, even the clergy. More specifically, he distrusts two categories: the Iranian population as well as foreign countries and powers including Arab and Western states.
Velayate Faqih, the supreme leader’s lifelong authority
In the last few months, Iran’s supreme leader has been delivering speeches in contradiction, hypocrisy and double standardsDr. Majid Rafizadeh