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News Fri Jun 12 2009

Iran ran ran ran ran, Iran ran ran.

I love democracy, don't you? I've been following the Iranian election pitting (primarily) Ahmadinejad (Bush) versus Mousavi (Anybody But Ahmadinejad) pretty closely. It's funny--the conservative Iranian elements are saying similar things to what the most conservative American elements were saying in 2004--the enemy wants the challenger to win because it'll make us weaker and more rife for takeover. A vote for Mousavi (Kerry) is a vote for the Americans (terrorists)! (Please don't construe that as a defense of John Kerry's shitty campaign).

I hope Iranians don't fall prey to fear mongering.

The Guardian (UK) has the best coverage.

5.10pm: President Obama said that his government was "excited" about the debate surrounding the elections, Reuters report. "Whoever ends up winning, the fact there has been a robust debate hopefully will advance our ability to engage them in new ways," he said.

4.50pm:

Update: Voting has been extended for a third time, Reuters reporters. Polls will now close at 9pm (5.30pmBST).

3.50pm:

Polling time has been extended until 8pm (4.30pmBST) AP confirmed, in another sign of the huge turnout.

3.35pm:

The Ahmadinejad camp claims their man is winning.

"Based on the evaluation of Ahmadinejad's position he is ahead ... with 60% of the votes and we are certain that the election will end in the first round in his favour," Ali Asghar Zarei told Mehr News Agency, according to Reuters.

 

Alex / June 12, 2009 1:46 PM

The proper title would be, "Ira-a-an, Iran so far away."

Dave / June 12, 2009 4:13 PM

Hey, Rasmin...Is the election by secret ballot?

ramsin / June 12, 2009 4:29 PM

Ramsin*

Yes, Dave it is. However, unlike union "secret ballot" elections, both sides have access to voter lists, and neither side can intimidate activists out of campaigning by threatening their livelihood.

Dave / June 12, 2009 10:19 PM

Rizman:
I love it when union sympathizers claim intimidation on the other side. Never forget the day a colleague was threatened to be stuffed into a glove box by a union boss.

Ramsin / June 15, 2009 12:34 PM

Wow, a probably anecdote. Wanna swap employer intimidation/physical violence against/murder of unionists stories? I bet I'd win.

Between that and your 4th grade/ignorant adult tactic of purposely mangling my funny soundin' for'nur name, you're making a lot of allies.

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