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Politics of Iran

Iran is a republic in which the president and judicial system share powers reserved to the national government, according to its Constitution. The politics of Iran take place in a framework that combines elements of theocracy and presidential democracy; the December 1979 constitution, its 1989 amendment, define the political and social order of the Islamic Republic of Iran, declaring that Shia Islam is Iran's official religion where around 90–95% of Iranians associate themselves with the Shia branch of Islam. Iran has a democratically elected president, a parliament, an Assembly of Experts which elects the Supreme Leader, local councils. According to the constitution, all candidates running for these positions must be vetted by the Guardian Council before being elected. In addition, there are representatives elected from appointed organizations to "protect the state's Islamic character"; the early days of the revolutionary government were characterized by political tumult. In November 1979 the US embassy was seized and its occupants taken hostage and kept captive for 444 days because of support of the US government for the King of Iran.

The eight-year Iran–Iraq War killed hundreds of thousands and cost the country billions of dollars. By mid-1982, power struggles eliminated first the center of political spectrum and the Republicans leaving the revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini and his supporters in power. Iran's post-revolution challenges have included the imposition of economic sanctions and suspension of diplomatic relations with Iran by the United States because of the hostage crisis, political support to Iraq and other acts of terrorism that the U. S. government and some others have accused Iran of sponsoring. Emigration has lost Iran millions of entrepreneurs, professionals and skilled craftspeople and their capital. For this and other reasons Iran's economy has not prospered. Poverty rose in absolute terms by nearly 45% during the first 6 years since Iraqi invasion on Iran started and per capita income has yet to reach pre-revolutionary levels when Iraqi invasion ended in 1988; the Islamic Republic Party was Iran's ruling political party and for years its only political party until its dissolution in 1987.

After the war, new reformist/progressive parties had started to form. The country had no functioning political parties until the Executives of Construction Party formed in 1994 to run for the fifth parliamentary elections out of executive body of the government close to the then-president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani. After the election of Mohammad Khatami in 1997, more parties started to work of the reformist movement and opposed by hard-liners; this led including hard-liners. After the war ended in 1988, reformist and progressive candidates won four out of six presidential elections in Iran and the right-wing nationalist party of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won twice; the Iranian government is opposed by several militias, including the Mojahedin-e-Khalq, the People's Fedayeen, the Kurdish Democratic Party. For other political parties see List of political parties in Iran; the Supreme Leader of Iran is the head of state and highest ranking political and religious authority. The armed forces, judicial system, state television, other key governmental organizations are under the control of the Supreme Leader.

There have been only two Supreme Leaders since the founding of the Islamic Republic, the current leader, has been in power since 1989. His powers extend to issuing decrees and making final decisions on the economy, foreign policy, national planning of population growth, the amount of transparency in elections in Iran, and, to be fired and reinstated in the Presidential cabinet; the Supreme Leader is supervised by the Assembly of Experts. However, all candidates to the Assembly of Experts, the President and the Majlis, are selected by the Guardian Council, half of whose members are selected by the Supreme Leader of Iran. All directly-elected members after the vetting process by the Guardian Council still have to be approved by the Supreme Leader; the Guardian Council is an appointed and constitutionally mandated 12-member council with considerable power. It approves or vetoes legislative bills from the Islamic Consultative Assembly, approves or forbids candidates seeking office to the Assembly of Experts, the Presidency and the parliament, Six of the twelve members are Islamic faqihs selected by the Supreme Leader of Iran, the other six are jurists nominated by the Head of the Judicial system, approved by the Iranian Parliament.

These are the most recent elections. Active student groups include the pro-reform "Office for Strengthening Unity" and "the Union of Islamic Student Societies'; the conservative power base has been said to be made up of a "web of Basiji militia members, families of war martyrs, some members of the Revolutionary Guard, some government employees, some members of the urban and rural poor, conservative-linked foundations." Opposition groups include the Nation of Iran party.

Waianae High School

Waiʻanae High School is a public, coeducational secondary school in the Waianae CDP, City and County of Honolulu, United States, on the leeward coast of the island of Oʻahu. The school about 40 miles northwest of central Honolulu CDP. An average of 2,000 students are enrolled annually in grades 9-12. Wai‘anae High School is part of the Leeward School District, under the Hawaii State Department of Education; the 40-acre campus is located at 85-251 Farrington Highway between the towns of Waiʻanae. Wai‘anae High School is situated on the coastline; this location makes it the only high school in the U. S. built on the beach. The school's football field, which borders the shoreline, is named after the school's first principal, Raymond Torii; the school's annual commencement ceremony is held there. The campus boasts the sculptures Kuikahi by Four Valleys by Ken Shutt. Wai‘anae High initiated its self-contained career academy program in 2004. According to the school's website, the academies provide students work-based education in addition to a core college preparatory curriculum.

Each of the four career academies has several hundred students enrolled. Groups of teachers serve in teams in each academy. Business/Industrial Education and Technology Health and Human Services Natural Resources Ninth Grade Success Academy Searider Productions Academy Listed alphabetically by last name, with graduating class year in parentheses. Kurt Gouveia – professional football athlete Max Holloway – professional MMA fighter, current UFC Featherweight Champion Israel Kamakawiwo'ole – recording artist Yancy Medeiros – 3rd at Hawaii State Wrestling Championships.

Hard Time (comics)

Hard Time is a comic book series written by Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes and published by DC Focus, a short-lived imprint of DC Comics. The aim of the imprint was to feature super-powered characters who did not follow the traditional format of classic superhero adventures. Hard Time's first run was 12 issues long, published from April 2004 to March 2005; the series returned from hiatus in December 2005, titled Hard Time: Season Two. With the demise of DC Focus, this run was published under the unfocused DC bullet. DC announced Hard Time's cancellation in March 2006; the comic ended with issue #7 of Season Two. Hard Time focuses on 15-year-old Ethan Harrow, involved in a high-school shooting scare gone wrong which cost several students their lives. For two years Travis Danes and the high school football team bullied Ethan and his friend Brandon Snood, whose home life was bad. After Travis and two of his friends tried to rape a girl named Inez Mellencamp, Brandon stopped it by setting off the fire alarm.

Travis and his friends got suspended for a week. Ethan and Brandon plan a "fake" school shooting as a way of getting back at the jocks. Things go wrong and Brandon winds up shooting several students and faculty members; as Ethan tells his lawyer, "it was supposed to be a joke. Brandon told me the guns were loaded with blanks". Ethan is in shock. Unsuccessful at first, Ethan's super-power emerges. After the shooting, Travis was paralyzed and Brandon was dead, along with four others. Although Ethan was not directly involved with the murders, he was tried as an adult and given fifty years to life in prison with eligibility for parole in the year 2053. Ethan maintains that the media convicted him before he got to trial. While in prison, Ethan continues to manifest a superpower called the "KHE-CHARE" that appears as psychic manifestation of his alter ego while he sleeps, or is otherwise unconscious. A fellow inmate, the elderly "Fruitcake" instructs Ethan on the use of his power and its origin. Ethan is unaware of his alter ego, which acted on his suppressed emotions of anger and revenge.

Ethan learns how to control his powers and use them in a conscious state. While in prison, Ethan encounters a number of people, including: Prison StaffHarvey Brickman, the warden Dr. Robert Dinkens, a psychiatristInmatesHubert "Curly" Wallace, Ethan's cellmate and grandfather to Norma "Red" Rothenberg George W. Cole, who gives Ethan the nickname "Prodigy". Released in 2009 and dead in 2010 in attempting a robbery. Alonzo "Fruitcake" Mullins, who knows of Ethan's powers. Dead on December 16, 2012, stroke in bed. Arturo Lopez, a Latino gang member whose girlfriend Mercedes is pregnant. Cindy Crane, a transgender woman. Released in 2011, obtained sexual reassignment surgery, inherited her mother's salon. Swift, Cindy's lover and a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, deceased Gantry the Preacher, an arsonist, deceased Lewis Gatherwood, a rapist, deceased Raeder, the gang boss of the Aryan Brotherhood Alcazar, the gang boss of the Diablos, a Latino gang Kilo, big man willing to throw his weight, for a candy bar or two Everly, a craftsman who makes things out of glass, plastic, or wood for porn Brazo, a one-armed artist who always needs supplies Saeed, a prison smuggler who likes cigarettes, pruno Duane Cutter, serial killer who carved up his victimsWhile Ethan is in prison, life goes on outside.

Ethan's mother, Sheila Harrow is dating his lawyer. Norma "Red" Rothenberg, the granddaughter of Curly corresponds with Ethan. Alyssa Nichols, now institutionalized and residing at the Shady Grove mental institution, sends him letters thanking him for saving her life, she asked Ethan to write back, the two share a dream-like relationship. On Ethan Harrow's 16th birthday, the granddaughter of one of Ethan's fellow inmates, takes his virginity against the door of the visitor's restroom. Mercedes goes into labour. Ethan's lawyer asks his mother to marry him; the first issue of Season Two was released on December 7, 2005. Ethan met with his lawyer, trying to get him a new trial, Red's parents and Truth Rothenberg, representatives of "The Prisoners' Rights Foundation". Ethan told them the full story of the school shooting. Jack told Ethan that the judge was up for an election and couldn't look "soft" on high school shooters. Jack told Ethan to stay out of trouble until the new trial. A new inmate named.

Cole starts schooling Ethan in "Prison Economics". Ethan's Khe-Chara starts having violent revulsion to CUTTER, so "Fruitcake" gives him a "Third Eye"; the CUTTER befriends Hardin and Cindy into his "Sphere of Influence". Hard Time Season Two #7 jumps ahead 49 years to the year 2053, to the end of Ethan's sentence, his mind is scanned. He is ruled to have atoned, is released, he sees a floating limousine is waiting for him. HARD TIME #1–12 HARD TIME SEASON TWO #1–7 (Dece