Khamene'i Thwarts Ahmadinejad
"Iran's supreme leader on Monday reversed a decision by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and ordered him to implement a law supplying natural gas to remote villages amid rising dissatisfaction with the president's performance.
"The move by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was a major rebuke to the hardline president, whose popularity has been plummeting amid rising food prices and deaths due to gas cuts in the midst of a particularly harsh winter.
"In response to a request by the parliament, Khamenei ordered the president to implement a law spending $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) from the Currency Reserve Fund to supply gas to villages after he baulked for budgetary reasons."
I wonder what sorts of political themes were woven into Ashura commemorations in rural Iran?