I’m somewhat amazed at the lack of media coverage that this story is actually getting. A quick browse through the major news outlets today had some minor coverage of the dinner jacket accepting victory, etc., but almost no mention of the continued protests and riots that are occurring in Tehran. One good place you can get coverage of what is happening in Iran is through Twitter (I would suggest www.twitterfall.com, you can monitor the trending topics in realtime). There are several bloggers in Iran who are still managing to get out some tweets about what is happening there. They absolutely dispute the fact that Ahmadinejad won the election and the fact that he claims he won the Tehran vote is ridiculous.

According to Andrew Sullivan even those who are in charge of monitoring the elections in Iran have declared these results false. Here is a quote from Sullivan’s site regarding the Grand Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani, who is in charge of monitoring the election.

GStratfor is reporting that Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, head of the Expediency Council, has resigned. Though unconfirmed, the report is saying that Rafsanjani is resigning from his position as head of the Expediencey Council, NOT his position as the leader of the Assembly of Experts, which has oversight responsibility over the office of the Supreme Leader and would be responsible for naming Ayatollah Khamenei’s successor.

Apparently Rafsanani disputes the reported results and knows the fix is in, thus he resigned in protest. Another Grand Ayatollah (how many of these guys do they have) Sanei is also not going to go along with the official party line:

Grand Ayatollah Sanei in Iran has declared Ahmadinejad’s presidency illegitimate and cooperating with his government against Islam. There are strong rumors that his house and office are surrounded by the police and his website is filtered. He had previously issued a fatwa, against rigging of the elections in any form or shape, calling it a mortal sin.

There is also much reporting about what the official vote actually was. At this point there is almost no way of knowing, but at least one journalist in Iran (who has reportedly been put in jail now) leaked these unofficial results:

Unofficial news – reports leaked results from Interior Ministry:
Eligible voters: 49,322,412
Votes cast: 42,026,078
Spoilt votes: 38,716
Mir Hossein Mousavi: 19,075,623
Mehdi Karoubi: 13,387,104
Mahmoud Ahmadi-nejad (incumbent): 5,698,417
Mohsen Rezaei (conservative candidate): 3,754,218

These figures also confirm what I’ve seen tweeted, although Twitter largely acts as an echoing chamber for stuff like this. However, if true, we can see why there has been such a draconian crackdown on the Iranian people. What crackdown you ask? Check out this video footage

Iranian Election Protests – Video




It’s interesting that we have seen nothing like this really reported on by our major news stations. In fact, sentiment had so run against CNN last night for their lack of Iranian election coverage that the #4 trending topic was #cnnfail. It seems like any hint of a Iranian revolution would be of major interest to Americans, so I don’t understand why we don’t see better coverage of what is going on, possibly Iran has everything so locked down that decent reporting isn’t possible. In any event, these are interesting happenings.

Exit question: Does a revolution in Iran have any chance of succeeding?