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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Picture of the Day

(A glum Iranian supporter of reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi rests his head on his arms, wearing a green T-shirt symbolizing his party's color, as he waits at a Mousavi campaign office in Tehran, Saturday, June 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili))


  • Upon hearing the news this morning, that Ahmadinejad was declared winner by nearly 2:1, all I could say was, "What the f...!" Putting your thumb on the scale is one thing, but this..?

    Is Iran setting itself up for a period of internal and international instability? Perhaps even revolution?

    By Blogger -epm, at 9:34 AM  

  • Two thoughts. There's definitely a cheating possibility, but also don't discount that Mousavi's supporters were the very most visible in the country, young, urban, and coming out to events which means they're far more likely to be picked up by the news folks. As opposed to Ahmadinejad's supporters who are older, more rural, and more religious.

    Also, I think the election coverage took on a momentum that maybe didn't represent the real state of things.

    Again, I wouldn't rule out cheating, but I think there were alot of factors that led to the US presentation showing it much more up in the air than it was.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 11:50 AM  

  • I'm remembering the last Mexican election: incumbent and challenger both claim victory; incumbent retains office.

    By Blogger r8r, at 1:08 PM  

  • With a little less nuclear and Hezbullah edge, but yeah.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:31 PM  

  • There isn't a country in the World that doesn't have some election "irregularities" including the USA.

    By Blogger Time, at 1:59 PM  

  • Agreed. It's all a question of degree and coordination.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:16 PM  

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