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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Rumors on Iran

TPM carries a rumor that foreign reporters are being asked to leave Iran.

And, Steve Clemons has perhaps the scariest "prediction" I've read on Iran.

Also, It is looking more and more like there was an "electoral coup" by the hard right to hang onto power. (Juan Cole, too.)

Sunday: (AP) A bit calmer on the streets Sunday. Cell phones have been turned back on in the capital, but not text messaging. Some of the top reformist leaders have been arrested, and the government has let it be known that internet monitoring is up. Some websites are blocked.
Reports that Mousavi was under house arrest could not be confirmed, but the 67-year-old former prime minister has not been seen in public since he gave a late night press conference Friday where he accused the government of voter fraud....

Mousavi's newspaper, Kalemeh Sabz, or the Green Word, did not appear on newsstands Sunday. An editor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said the paper never left the printing house because authorities were upset with Mousavi's statements.

The paper's website reported that more than 10 million votes in Friday's election were missing national identification numbers similar to U.S. Social Security numbers, which make the votes "untraceable." It did not say how it knew that information.



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