Mahmoud Ahmadinejad http://www.kunc.org en A Sign of Disunity? Iranian Candidates Jockey For Position http://www.kunc.org/post/sign-disunity-iranian-candidates-jockey-position Nearly 700 presidential hopefuls have thrown their names into the ring for Iran's June 14 presidential elections. But two last-minute entrants have altered the shape of the already-chaotic race: a former president once dismissed as a has-been and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator.<p>Although not exactly a free-for-all, analysts say, there's a clear sense that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has failed to unify the political elite behind a single establishment candidate. Tue, 14 May 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 44307 at http://www.kunc.org A Sign of Disunity? Iranian Candidates Jockey For Position Ahmadinejad Touched And Consoled Chávez's Mother, To Clerics' Dismay http://www.kunc.org/post/ahmadinejad-touched-and-consoled-ch-vezs-mother-clerics-dismay A photo of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad holding the hand of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's mother and appearing to brush his face against her cheek as they consoled each other last week has him "mired in a fresh controversy" in Iran, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21741074" target="_blank">as the BBC writes</a>:<p>"Conservative critics, already irked by Mr Ahmadinejad's effusive eulogy for the leftist leader, reminded him that he has not only committed a sin, but also behaved in a way inappropriate for the president of an Islamic state."<p><a href="h Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:17:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 41416 at http://www.kunc.org Ahmadinejad Touched And Consoled Chávez's Mother, To Clerics' Dismay Ahmadinejad Says Chávez Will Rise With Christ; Is Chastised By Cleric http://www.kunc.org/post/ahmadinejad-says-ch-vez-will-rise-christ-chastised-cleric Just before leaving for Venezuela to attend the funeral of Hugo Chávez, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad penned a laudatory tribute for the late president.<p>"[Chavez] is alive, as long as nations are alive and struggle for consolidating independence, justice and kindness. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:07:00 +0000 41209 at http://www.kunc.org Ahmadinejad Says Chávez Will Rise With Christ; Is Chastised By Cleric For The First Time In Decades, Iran's President Visits Egypt http://www.kunc.org/post/first-time-decades-irans-president-visits-egypt President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday became the first Iranian leader to visit Egypt since the 1970s, the latest sign of the thawing of relations between the rival Muslim nations.<p>Ahmadinejad received a red-carpet welcome as Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi greeted him on the tarmac at Cairo International Airport with a kiss on each cheek.<p>Under Egypt's former leader, Hosni Mubarak, a visit like this would never have happened.<p>Egypt is a leading Sunni Muslim nation, while Iran is the most influential Shiite Muslim country. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:38:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 39785 at http://www.kunc.org For The First Time In Decades, Iran's President Visits Egypt Ahmadinejad Volunteers To Become First Iranian In Space http://www.kunc.org/post/ahmadinejad-volunteers-become-first-iranian-space Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he's ready to become the first Iranian in space.<p><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/hes-going-himself-president-mahmoud-ahmadinejad-says-he-is-ready-to-be-the-first-iranian-in-space-8480116.html">Britain's <em>Independent</em> reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"'I am ready to be the first human to be sent to space by Iranian scientists,' Ahmadinejad said on the sidelines of an exhibition of space achievements in Tehran, according to the Mehr news agency.<p>"'Sending living things into space is the result of Iranian efforts and Mon, 04 Feb 2013 18:45:00 +0000 39704 at http://www.kunc.org Ahmadinejad Volunteers To Become First Iranian In Space