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I was talking to my Persian video rental store owner, he thought it pretty disgusting the way the recent elections were held.
Iran has a few problems…it was known beforehand a honest election would be hard to sustain.

A group of men known as the Guardian Council decides who is permitted to run for president in Iran.

We also know that the campaign did not take place in “fair and healthy” circumstances, as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims.

Reporters Without Borders, the Paris-based media watchdog group, calls Iran the “biggest prison” for journalists in the region.

The government regularly jails dissidents.
On the eve of the election, Web sites were blocked and cellphone text messaging was disrupted.

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A wave of arrests (numbering in at least the dozens) has been reported since Friday; on Sunday afternoon, a 28-year-old journalist in Tehran told one of our reporters that members of the Iranian intelligence service had just come to her office and taken away a colleague.

Washington Post Op-Ed piece June 17/09 via Radio Free Europe

These seem like old tactics pre WWII in Germany, Tactics for countries that have no freedom of speech and run by despots. Familiar? Just void the intelligentsia.

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