Ex-Iran President Seeks Comeback Against Odds - "There was a time when Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani seemed to have it all. A founder of the Islamic Revolution, he headed a family empire that owned the second biggest Iranian airline, Mahan, had a near monopoly on the lucrative pistachio trade and controlled the country’s largest private university, Azad."
Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ex-President of Iran, Dies at 82
"Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president, accused Mr Assad’s government of using chemical weapons against the Syrian people in what analysts saw as a warning to the government to rethink its support for its main Arab ally." "God bless the people of Syria...they were subjected to chemical weapons by their own government and now they have to expect a foreign invasion," said Mr Rafsanjani, who heads the powerful Expediency Council.