Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran announced it has begun using advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium.
More than twenty are dead after protesters in Iran took to the streets to demonstrate against the country’s leaders.
Ominous headlines across the globe trumpet that the Trump Administration and Iran on a collision course. To what end, and
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been ill for quite some time, and over the years there have been speculations on his possible successor. The developments over the past year indicate that a possible successor is emerging.
The man who stepped into Khomeini's shoes almost three decades ago turned 77 on July 16th. Things have changed a lot since that first day when a man from outside the Grand Ayatollahs' club became Iran's leader.
100 years on, it seems naive to continue to believe that the division of the region via the Sykes-Picot agreement is still relevant when the reality on the ground tells an entirely different story. The West must take this into account if it hopes to find a solution to a conflict by which it is now also directly concerned.
Let's start with the last year's announcement for the Holocaust cartoon competition. Its organizers publicly stated that
From opposing the nuclear negotiations to impeaching key ministers, parliament made it increasingly difficult for Rouhani to fully realize his moderate political agenda -- until now.
We have yet to find any leader, and I challenge anyone to name one, who can rise to meet these awesome challenges we face today. A leader who stands above human frailty, shortcomings, and failings.