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Posted on Jun 29, 2009
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Iran has begun a strange process of recounting 10 percent of the ballots cast in the visibly fraudulent June 12 presidential election. According to the brother of a losing presidential candidate, former Revolutionary Guard commander Mohsen Rezai, a substantial number of ballots cast in the disputed election were written in the same pen and the same handwriting.

Meanwhile, Iranian authorities continue to blame the West for the protests and the death of a woman tour guide shot in the streets of Tehran who now serves as a symbol for the Iranian people of the violent crackdown that has taken place in the Islamic Republic.

Update: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been declared the victor of the recount by the Guardian Council.

The Los Angeles Times:

Iranian authorities today announced that a recount of 10% of the ballots cast in the disputed June 12 presidential election had begun even though all the opposition candidates, who have alleged irregularities or vote fraud, have declined to participate in the recount effort, at least two rejecting it as little more than a ploy.

... Iran has blamed Britain, other foreign nations and international media of being behind the unrest, which has led to a broad crackdown and wholesale detentions.

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And on Sunday, Iranian officials arrested nine British Embassy workers in Tehran for allegedly being involved in postelection rioting. After the Brits expressed their outrage, five of the detainees were released Monday. In an act of solidarity with the remaining four captives, EU countries threatened to recall their diplomats from the Islamic Republic. 

The Guardian:

European Union states are considering recalling their ambassadors from Iran in an attempt to secure the release of the British embassy employees being held in Tehran.

EU diplomats said the envoys could be recalled temporarily in solidarity with locally engaged staff from the British mission in Tehran who have been accused of involvement in post-election rioting. The British government insists the accusations are false.

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By Folktruther, June 30, 2009 at 4:59 am Link to this comment

In reality the “Stolen Election” Big Lie was not all the fault of the West.  The US was only MOSTLY responsible.  The Irani regime IS in fact repressive, especially for women, although of course not nearly so as other US supported regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt. 

But the US and the West is using the justified irritation of the Educated classes with the regime to try to break up public corporations as it did in Russia and Iraq, and impose an neoliberal regime.  Especially the oil companies. 

Since the US is still funding terrorist groups, the struggle is not yet over.  And US imperialist media, like Truthdig, will continue to support the US assault.

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By Shingo, June 29, 2009 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment

nefesh,

“There’s a shocker.
The reactionary, murderous, authoritarian Islamist regime declares itself winner of elections while its Basiji gestapo terrorize anyone who dares to speak out.”

You might want to rethink your logic, or lack there of.  These elections had no bearing on the authority of the Supreme Council.  These were presidential elections, not a referendum on the constitution of Iran.

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By PatrickHenry, June 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment

Theres more proof of election fraud in Ohio the Iran.

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By chrism, June 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment
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The West is enamored with this “reform movement” because the “reform” camp stands for privatization and removal of social welfare systems which will open up Iran’s vast natural resources as wells as its economy to the West. In addition the movement is dominated by the well-to-do youth who wants to behave like the youth in the West. The West sees a chance to transform Iran into a US client state.

I am all for reform but any reform which marginalizes those who are economically disadvantaged is not a reform in my book. By very minimum, it should stand for economically equitable just society. The main reason this “movement” is Western fad and remains as such is that it leaves out the interest of large segment of Iranian populations who are poor and would definitely not benefit from privatization and draconian curtailment of social welfare. If this movement were more like the populist movement of Bolivia or Venezuela, I believe it had a better chance of succeeding. Obviously the West’s reaction would have been very different then.

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By nefesh, June 29, 2009 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

By nefesh, June 29 at 2:48 pm #


Update: Ahmadinejad has been declared the victor of the recount by the Guardian Council.

There’s a shocker.
The reactionary, murderous, authoritarian Islamist regime declares itself winner of elections while its Basiji gestapo terrorize anyone who dares to speak out.

I should have been more precise:

The reactionary, murderous, authoritarian, un-elected and permanent “Supreme Leader” cleric Khameini’s Islamist regime declares its puppet “president” winner of elections while its Basiji gestapo terrorize anyone who dares to speak out.

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By nefesh, June 29, 2009 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

Update: Ahmadinejad has been declared the victor of the recount by the Guardian Council.

There’s a shocker.
The reactionary, murderous, authoritarian Islamist regime declares itself winner of elections while its Basiji gestapo terrorize anyone who dares to speak out.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6597957.ece

More than 2,000 Iranians have been arrested and hundreds more have disappeared since the regime decided to crush dissent after the disputed presidential election, a leading human rights organisation said yesterday.

“A climate of terror and of fear reigns in Iran today,” the International Federation for Human Rights , an umbrella body for 155 human rights organisations, said as it released the startling figures.

Human Rights Watch says that the Basiji — volunteer Islamic militiamen — are raiding houses, beating civilians and destroying their cars and other property in an effort to silence the nightly rooftop chanting that has become the opposition’s last means of peaceful protest. “The Basiji entered our neighbourhood and started firing live rounds into the air, in the direction of the buildings from which they believe the shouting of ‘Allahu akbar’ [God is greatest] is coming from,” a middle-aged Tehran resident said.

“Shortly thereafter my cousin arrived at our apartment. He was very shaken. The Basiji had entered their house and they had destroyed the doors and they had destroyed cars in the street. In every neighbourhood of Tehran people are talking about how the Basiji and other security services are coming into their houses and terrorising people.”

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http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE55Q1V720090627

(Reuters) - Iranian paramilitary Basij forces stage nightly raids in Tehran, invading private homes and beating residents in an attempt to stop protests against Iran’s disputed election, Human Rights Watch reported.

“Witnesses are telling us that the Basijis are trashing entire streets and even neighborhoods as well as individual homes trying to stop the nightly rooftop protest chants,” Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said in a June 26 report by the New York-based group.

Twenty people have been killed, according to Iranian media, in violence after the June 12 presidential election, which losing candidate Mirhossein Mousavi says was rigged to ensure a second term for hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“On June 22, while we were shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ from the rooftops ... the Basiji entered our neighborhood and started firing live rounds into the air, in the direction of the buildings from which they believe the shouting of ‘Allahu Akbar’ is coming from,” a middle-aged resident of Vanak district said, according to the report.

A woman said Basijis climbed over walls to enter homes after they failed to kick down doors in Velenjak district when people were shouting from rooftops on June 23.

Gotta wonder why most commenters here at Truthdig basically ignore the crimes of the Iranian Islamist regime and heap blame on America, and of course, those evil “Zionists”.

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By hass, June 29, 2009 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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There really is no evidence of election fraud in Iran. Every claim is matched by a more convincing counter-claim—these have been compiled at IranAffairs.com

THINK: Was Mousavi really such a threat to regime that they had to resort to massive election rigging to prevent him from winning? No, sorry. He’s more of a regime insider than even AHmadinejad.

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By Commune115, June 29, 2009 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

The Green Revolution never had a chance because it was always lead mostly by the upper classes from North Tehran. Just look at the girls in the picture used for this article. Can you imagine these Persian versions of Orange County Barbies waging revolutionary combat? That’s not to say to repression or the Islamic regime itself are justified. But for real change to come to Iran there needs to be a broader movement that involves all sectors of society, as happened when the Shah was overthrown in 1979.

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