Respites

June 2009

daybreak in iran

June 21, 2009 // 1 Comment

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It’s 7:14 a.m. Monday in Tehran. It promises to be a fascinating day. Over the weekend authorities arrested the daughter and four other relatives of ex-President Hashemi Rafsanjani, still a powerful figure among the ruling class. The backstage [...]

thugs on the run

June 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

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This incredible footage shows demonstrators overwhelming the Iranian rioting police, who turn tail and scatter. No telling if this is an exception or the rule, but it certainly fuels my optimism. Watch it. via Andrew [...]

the lowdown on the revolution

June 19, 2009 // 1 Comment

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Worth reading: Leading opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi isn’t an Iranian Nelson Mandela or a Lech Walesa. He’s not so much leading a revolt as he is skillfully surfing a wave of public displeasure. Of course he won the election. Iran’s [...]

diagnosing the conservative malady

June 19, 2009 // 1 Comment

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Leonard Pitts sums it up well: By contrast, modern conservatism is defined by an Alice-through-the-looking-glass incoherence: small government except when it is growing larger than ever, fiscal restraint except when we are spending like Michael [...]

the supreme liar speaks

June 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader sternly warned of a crackdown if protesters continue days of massive street rallies, escalating the government’s showdown with demonstrators demanding a new presidential election. Ayatollah Ali [...]
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