Live headlines from Iran

June 16, 2009

In addition to our Iran full coverage page on Reuters.com, we’re posting links to our stories on the Twitter account Reuters_Iran and in the live headline box below. We’ll also selectively re-publish tweets from Iran and other sources that illuminate events in the country.

Note: Reuters coverage is now subject to an Iranian ban on foreign media leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran.

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because of twitter, mobile network in tehran was shut down as of 8:45 local time. only security forces have their mobiles working, the network has been shut down for people.

Posted by ardeshir | Report as abusive

Until and unless there is a visible cleavage within the clerical establishment, like questioning the writ of Ayatollah Khamenei, no headway is possible in this electoral dispute.

Damage control or cover up operation, initiated by the establishment, is already in the works. The stage is set, with window dressing measures like ‘recounts in some areas’, to quell all the doubts on election. What one fails to see is the elephant in the room; judiciary and law enforcement work for the pleasure of supreme commander in chief, Mr. Khamenei ( with the loyal sepah and basij standing by). Hence, so long as the ayatollah is the one that pulls the strings, there will not be any sustenance in protests and they die down their slow death. Yes, this will be leaving a permanent scar on Ahmenijad’s administration, neverthless. Consequently, a much more serious blow that may result and hurt the establishment is the loss of faith in the very legacy of the current ayatollah, who was himself a past president of the country during Iran-Iraq war. “What is the guarantee that the next election will not be rigged”- people will debate once the trust in ayatollah is irreversibly weakened.

Communication impediments created by Ahmenijad, now and in future, are only the tip of the iceberg. On the other hand, the sooner the protests die out the better, for a good reason- the innocent people who will have to rot in jails or have to die protesting can be completely avoided. Iran has changed, as the street protests rightly confirm, but unless and until they send the clerics back to mosques and keep them there away from the citadels of power, freedom seen in mature democracies will remain a mirage. Unfortunately, this step, the giant leap I should say, of separating clergy and politics is beyond the realm of (present) Iranian mindset.

I don’t see the harm in having a society that reflects in its style of governance the morals (religion) of its citizens. Even though I do not believe in religious stories, what better foundation can you have for governance than your moral beliefs?
As far as democracy is concerned in Iran I have my doubts, but no more than any other country really, like the US for example.
What needs to be considered in this scenario is how important it is for America and its allies to seize on this opportunity to demonize and de-legitimize the uncooperative government in Iran.
It lessens the weight of the accusations to remember the lengths the coalition and world media were willing to go to when prepairing to attack Iraq.
Western powers have been trying to secure these two massive oil feilds for the last 30 years, along with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Whether it be the repressive Saudi royal family, the murderous Saddam Husein, or the horrendous Shah of Iran we are supporting the only cause for concern seems to be whether they are cooperating with us, not whether they are democratic, and believe me if they were playing ball with washington there would be no questioning their leadership. In the same way there is no questioning Israels’ illegal nuclear weapons program.

Posted by brian | Report as abusive

Brian I see your points, but many of the Iranian people are upset to the point of defying the authorities. They would not be doing this if they thought the current system is fair, all signs point to a rigged election. I too am sick of America intervening in other nations because we often have ulterior motives. How the Iranians solve this crisis is not up to us, but the brave protestors have my emotional support. Other than that there is nothing I can do as it is not my country. The Iranians might not want or need American style democracy, but I hope for their sake some constructive changes are made by (and for) the Iranian people. My thoughts are with them.

Posted by Dianne | Report as abusive

No contention here Dianne I completely agree, let the Iranians decide as they did in the last revolution against the Shah.
No doubt there are also a lot of supporters of the present government in Iran, despite the frenzy of protests and violence of late. Rather I was focussing on why this news coverage is so out of proportion with the event, because democracy has never been such a big issue in a small arabic country before, unless they are on our hit list.
It certainly isn’t in Saudi Arabia, nor has it been newsworthy to cover massive opposition to their totalitarian regime. The only relevance are America’s interests in Iran, as with Iraq.
I think its more important to talk about the real threat to the region and I agree, the one we can do something about, the US. Us.. with the longest criminal record in modern history. How can the veil still remain after something like Iraq??
If only we had the freedom to openly criticize the US government in mainstream media without fear of reprisal, though damaging unpatriotic comments are usually banned as treason to the standard line, then maybe we could judge others on their standards of free-speech.
Who are we to judge Iran?

Posted by brian | Report as abusive

Who cares what they do in Iran. We need to get out of the self-appointed world policing business and take care our own country. If they pose a threat, then deal with it.

Posted by Frank | Report as abusive