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Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei

Chronology of Controversy: Who is Esfandiar Mashaei?

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Born in 1960 in the small village of Mashakalayeh, a suburb of the northern city of Ramsar, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei has long served as an executive in the Islamic nezam. In the early 1980s, as a young revolutionary he joined the Mazandaran Province’s branch of the Sepah’s intelligence service. Later, he was dispatched to Kurdistan Province, where the nascent Islamic Republic was engaged in an uphill battle against secessionist Kurdish rebels. During his term of office in Kurdistan, Mashaei reportedly dumped the iron fist policy in favor of a culture-oriented approach to deal with the security challenges of the region. His first encounter with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took place in those years, when Ahmadinejad served as the governor of the Northwestern city of Khoy. Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei later moved to the Ministry of Intelligence, and started the project of formulating an IRI strategy toward Iranian Kurds. Dean of the Social Affairs Department of the Ministry of Interior, and Head of the Payam and Tehran radio channels were his other responsibilities up until the election of Mohammad Khatami as president in 1997. Following the second city council election of Tehran, where an all-time low 20% turnout sent Principlists to the city council, the then obscure Ahmadinejad was elected to Tehran&. squo;s mayoralty. His choice for administrator of the municipality’s social and cultural affairs was Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.




30 November 2010

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