And it is only the first of 3 articles (!)
I haven't read it closely yet myself - I've only had a quick scan. So apols in advance if anything in this article contravenes forum rules (but I'm pretty sure it is OK).
But it does look interesting (and yes, I ackowledge the views that many hold re: MEMRI...).
Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei and the Iranian Regime vs. President Ahmadinejad
Part I: Messianic Group Threatens the Regime
By: A. Savyon and Y. Mansharof*
*A. Savyon is Director of the Iranian Media Project; Y. Mansharof is a research fellow at MEMRI.
This paper is the first in a series of three dealing with the rift in Iran's top echelon between Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which emerged into the open in May 2011. This rift has important ramifications for Iranian politics and also for the shape that the country will take, as it veers between two ideological/political streams: the conservative Islamic revolutionary stream and the messianic Islamic revolutionary stream.
This first paper, Part I, will discuss the rift between the streams and the ideological/political challenge that Ahmadinejad, with the force of his personality and his messianic path, has thrown down to Supreme Leader Khamenei.
Parts II and III will discuss Khamenei's response to the crisis. Part II will deal with the efforts by Khamenei's associates, primarily in the six months before the rift became public in May 2011, to bolster the legitimacy of his regime by glorifying him and presenting him as an imam, while Part III will deal with Khamenei's examination of the possibility of eliminating the presidency and replacing it with a parliamentary system, as a way of removing his rivals Ahmadinejad and Hashemi Rafsanjani.