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Iran Arrests Hundreds, Admits Vote Errors

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Posted on Jun 22, 2009
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Iranian election officials announced over the weekend that in 50 districts, there were more votes cast than voters. It’s a glimmer of hope for protesters, who stayed home Sunday as the government flooded the streets of Tehran with security personnel. State media reported the arrest of 457 people following Saturday’s violence.

AFP via Google:

As the nation’s Islamic rulers struggle to contain the biggest upheaval since the 1979 revolution, the election watchdog the Guardians Council acknowledged discrepancies in the June 12 presidential vote but insisted they would not change the overall results.

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has led a wave of massive protests over what he says was a rigged election that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, urged supporters to continue demonstrating but to adopt “self-restraint” to avoid more bloodshed.

State radio said at least 457 people had been detained in clashes around Tehran’s Azadi square on Saturday which left 10 people dead and at least 100 more wounded.

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By KDelphi, June 23, 2009 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

Maybe we should ask ourselves—“What would Bush/Cheney do?”

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By Inherit The Wind, June 23, 2009 at 6:41 am Link to this comment

Oh-I’m not defending Lieberman—I think he is a colossal putz who puts his own career and influence blatantly ahead of his nation and his party.

Joe Lieberman only looks good when compared to Avigdor Lieberman.

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By Inherit The Wind, June 23, 2009 at 6:39 am Link to this comment

Ed Harges, June 23 at 1:30 am #

re: KDelphi, June 22 at 12:58 pm :

Considering what we have all learned about Joe Lieberman since 2000, I suspect that even though Dick Cheney was our worst vice president ever, we may have been spared an even worser one.
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Nah.  Gore would NEVER have allowed Lieberman the power, access and influence Cheney had over Bush. 

Gore had BEEN V-P, which means he knew better than to let that happen. Bush 41, a former V-P, kept his V-P, Quayle, inconsequential. McCain intended that for Palin as well.

NOBODY could have been a more dangerous VP than Cheney, our own, American Martin Borman.

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, June 23, 2009 at 4:57 am Link to this comment

Anything that undermines theocrats is worth doing.  I hope America continues to meddle and foment until the fundies have to violently put down a nationwide uprising… or die trying.  Religion has no business in the modern world.  And fundamentalists of all faiths should be converted into Soylent Green.  It’s people.  Soylent Green is made out of stupid people.

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By Ed Harges, June 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment

re: KDelphi, June 22 at 12:58 pm :

Considering what we have all learned about Joe Lieberman since 2000, I suspect that even though Dick Cheney was our worst vice president ever, we may have been spared an even worser one.

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By Inherit The Wind, June 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment

KDelphi, June 22 at 12:58 pm #

Maybe we can get them to come recount our 2000 votes—like that ne ITW?? lol
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Yeah, I’d love a “do-over” and erase and re-run December 2000 through Jan 20, 2009…... Two years ago I wasn’t sure if GW Bush was the worst President ever—after all, we still have John Tyler and James Buchanan in our history (Buchanan failed to act to prevent the secession—possibly because of his long (15 year) sexual relationship with a Southern congressman).  But the last two terrible years of his regime convinced me that he passed those two disasters to reach the very bottom.  Reagan made Nixon look good (well, almost). But Bush made Reagan look reasonable (well, almost).

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By KDelphi, June 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment

Here is what you can do, say Barack and Michelle (I dont mean to sound so familiar, but they always sound like they know me) Except the “Dear Friend” part..



 
 
Dear Friend,

Last week, I announced United We Serve – a nationwide call to service challenging you and all Americans to volunteer this summer and be part of building a new foundation for America.

And when I say “all,” I mean everyone – young and old, from every background, all across the country. We need individuals, community organizations, corporations, foundations, and our government to be part of this effort.

Today, for the official kick off of United We Serve, members of my administration have fanned out across America to participate in service events and encourage all Americans to join them.

The First Lady is rolling up her sleeves and getting to work too. But before she headed out today, she asked me to share this message with you.

Our nation faces some of the greatest challenges it has in generations and we know it’s going to take a lot of hard work to get us back on track.

While Michelle and I are calling on every American to participate in United We Serve, the call to service doesn’t end this fall. We need to stay involved in our towns and communities for a long time to come. After all, America’s new foundation will be built one neighborhood at a time – and that starts with you.

Thank you,
President Barack Obama

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By Virginia777, June 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

hi ITW:

nice propagan…I mean article from AFP Worldwide,

you liked it didn’t you? I can tell.

Now read this one:

Iranian Elections: The ‘Stolen Elections’ Hoax
By James Petras

“What is astonishing about the West’s universal condemnation of the electoral outcome as fraudulent is that not a single shred of evidence in either written or observational form has been presented either before or a week after the vote count.”

http://www.countercurrents.org/petras200609.htm

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By KDelphi, June 22, 2009 at 11:54 am Link to this comment

Let’s just give them a Wal-Mart. Or a CostCo.

It placates the majority of USAns.

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By Folktruther, June 22, 2009 at 11:23 am Link to this comment

Always willing to oblige, Inherit.  The willingness of the Iranian authorities to correct voting discrepancies, including fraud, which occurs to a greater or lessser extent in every election, indicates their confidence in the results, and is an indication of democracy, not of dictatorship.

I realize that you are operating under Zionist logic and facts, but for most of us who aren’t, this appoach is salient.

The reason that all Democratic elections of every kind are basically fraudulent is that all the major candidates are pre-selected by the money, media and management of the ruling power structure.  In the US, Democratic elections are political theater to disguise the rule of a corrupt and repressive plutocracy. 

In Iran the rulers are apparently still providing some money and services to the peasant and working classes, which drives the American plutocracy mad. It serves as such a bad example.  Like Inherit, the rich hate wasting money on taxes.

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By KDelphi, June 22, 2009 at 9:58 am Link to this comment

Maybe we can get them to come recount our 2000 votes—like that ne ITW?? lol

RAE—-If you want to “find out what the Ayatollah can do”—then encourage Western media to keep encouraging the middle class protesters.

Gawd, what is wrong with people that they are so in support of a “revolution” in iran and allow their own govt to walk all over its own people?! Allow their govt to continue mass murder all over the ME? What are you guys thinking??

If you are concerned about “freedom”—start here by reversing teh Patriot Act and Obama’s cabinet calling “mass protest”, “mild terrorism”!

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By RAE, June 22, 2009 at 9:40 am Link to this comment

It’s always a mystery to me where “authorities” can magically call out fully equipped police & troops to “deal with” unhappy citizens. What are these thousands of enforcers doing when all is quiet? And where does all the money come from to equip, train and pay them to “standby?”

“The People” need to stick together and act as one. General strike - pay no taxes - refuse en masse to cooperate. What’s even an Ayatolla going to do then?

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, June 22, 2009 at 9:40 am Link to this comment

That’s funny because wasn’t Ali Khamenei who just a few days ago said that voter fraud could not have occurred in an Islamic Republic on account of how upstanding that form of government is.  Clerics don’t cheat, after all.

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By dunablue, June 22, 2009 at 4:40 am Link to this comment
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This type of reporting shows the shallowness of the understanding of the situation in Iran. Political violence has its repercussions and it is sad, if not tragic, that in the wake of the demonstrations people have been killed, if not murdered. But, these events are only on the surface of what is taking place. Anyone with even a superficial understanding of Iranian history knows the consistent meddling of western intelligence agencies in Iran’s affairs from the 50’s onwards. The reasons are also fairly obvious. The enablers of the violence (both Western and Iranian) are never the victims: the reap the spoils. Please try and put these events into some context rather than some simplistic story.

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By Inherit The Wind, June 22, 2009 at 4:36 am Link to this comment

I’m just waiting for EH, FT and “The Contingent” to rationalize this away, too.

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