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href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090620/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iran_rafsanjani_s_role_2">AP reporting (from Yahoo):

Top cleric may be playing role in Iran unrest

One of Iran's most powerful men may be playing a key role behind closed doors in the country's escalating postelection crisis.

Former president and influential cleric Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani has made no public comment since Iran erupted into confrontation between backers of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and reformists who claim he stole re-election through fraud.

But Iranian TV has shown pictures of Rafsanjani's daughter, Faezeh Hashemi, speaking to hundreds of opposition supporters. And Rafsanjani, who has made no secret of his distaste for Ahmadinejad, was conspicuously absent from an address by the country's supreme leader calling for national unity and siding with the president.

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Rafsanjani was president between 1989 and 1997, but failed to win a third term when in 2005, losing to Ahmadinejad in a runoff. He was a close follower of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, father of Iran's Islamic Revolution. He now heads the Expediency Council, a body that arbitrates disputes between parliament and the unelected Guardian Council, which can block legislation.

I note the standard reference to a Iranian nuclear weapon program with the standard lack of any evidence Iran actually HAS a nuclear weapon program.

All in all, this is a piece of Grade C reporting but thought I'd include it to show just how bad the US media is.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 10:55:18 PM EST
To be fair, some of the best coverage in the US has come from fairly well-established bloggers (Sullivan and Nico Pitney).  And there have been a few rays of hope in the msm.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 11:19:52 PM EST
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"The revolution will not be televised but it will be twittered."

Need some time to think it out but first hack at it: Sven is correct.  The ability of the ordinary person to communicate direct from the front lines really does change everything.

(I loathe those last two words, BTW.)


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 11:39:47 PM EST
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ATinNM getting all hopey-changey on me?  Dear, dear....

;)

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 11:41:18 PM EST
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LOL

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Jun 21st, 2009 at 12:01:32 AM EST
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