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Iran's Revolutionary Guard takes command [LAT] The top leaders of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard publicly acknowledged they had taken over the nation's security and warned late Sunday that there was no middle ground in the ongoing dispute over the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a threat against a reformist wave led by Mir-Hossein Mousavi. read

Despite Crisis, Policy on Iran Is Engagement [NYT] President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., in separate interviews this weekend, said that the accelerating crackdown on opposition leaders in Iran in recent days would not deter them from seeking to engage the country's top leadership in direct negotiations. read

Iran: British-Greek reporter held for weeks freed [AP] Foreign Ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi said that Iason Athanasiadis, believed to be the only journalist held in the widespread crackdown who does not hold Iranian citizenship, had been released in the framework of "Tehran-Athens ties." read

Biden Suggests U.S. Not Standing in Israel's Way on Iran [NYT] Plunging squarely into one of the most sensitive issues in the Middle East, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. suggested on Sunday that the United States would not stand in the way of Israeli military action aimed at the Iranian nuclear program.

The United States, Mr. Biden said in an interview broadcast on ABC's "This Week," "cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do."

"Israel can determine for itself -- it's a sovereign nation -- what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else," he said, in an interview taped in Baghdad at the end of a visit there. read

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It seems to me that the Iranian people have crossed a threshold where they now understand that their leaders are not elected but have taken power for themselves. I think that the result will be the same as that of Eastern Europe under the control of the Soviet Union . There will be a continuous flow of the best and the brightest young people, Professionals and Technicians, to the outside world and the country will slide into a coma like Poland and East Germany did for 50 years. The rest of the world will benefit from the emigration of the best of Iranian people. Iran's loss will benefit the rest of the world including Europe and North America

Pete Barry / July 5, 2009 5:08 PM

This is new: and good news.


Reporting from Beirut -- A day after commanders of the Revolutionary Guard warned there was no middle ground in the dispute over the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the political party of one of Iran's most powerful clerics Monday defiantly issued a statement dismissing the vote.

jaleh / July 6, 2009 11:56 PM

The knowledge I acquired for past ten years from touring Iran and surrounding countries, communicating with locals, as well as living in the west for 35 years, created an opposite perspective, to Iranians I once was, proceeding to the search.

All independent poles indicates Ahmadinejad is the election winner, "Terror Free Tomorrow, The center of public opinion New America foundation" is one of many, and my personal contact with people in provinces out side Tehran, mark the same result.

The people in Iran are not blind, they see minorities abusing power, and for financial gains breaking laws, using the west, and or vice versa to gain their aspirations.

There are many ridiculously interpreted laws assist the turmoil, putting the name and face in the media, more effective than relate it to the human dignity, having people lashed in close doors, the table gets lashed, the villain groans, and the lasher gets reach.

Questioning the effect of holocaust, falsely publicized as questioning the event, propaganda for asking democratic referendum, is attacking Israel, are few example of affairs.

Ahmadinejad stance against injustice, powerful and rich enemies in the world and in Iran has been formed.

Alan Mirs / July 7, 2009 6:24 AM

TO PETE BARRY: This realization and the following migration you speak of has been happening for the past 30 years. Something people don't seem to understand is that we NEVER wanted this regime. The 1979 revolution was stolen from the people of Iran. Our parents gave their lives so we could live in a better Iran, but that promise never came. Instead Ayatollah Khomeini took rein and the Islamic Republic was born. This is NOT what we asked for in 1979. It's not what we ask for now. The sooner the rest of the world comes to terms with this the better things will be.

Daryoosh / July 8, 2009 9:08 PM

Mr. Mirs claims that independent polls support Ahmadinejad's claim to popular acclaim in Iran is in marked contrast to poles, interviews and surveys of which I am aware.

Would others with trustworthy data on polls and post-election surveys please share what you have?

From virtually all the sources of which I am aware, Ahmadinejad was popular in many rural, conservative areas, and in parts of Tehran, but did not get even a simply majority in any city or large region.

Roger / July 15, 2009 10:26 PM