Iran’s Election Dramas And Protests

Over the past 10 days I have been keeping a keen eye and ear on the Iranian election farce and associated events. I had the pleasure of visiting Iran in 2004 (see a, b, c, d, e, f and g) and lived next door for several years so am very interested in the country’s current affairs.

 

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In a peaceful and beautiful Isfahan, 2004

 

Iran is an amazing country with unlimited potential. The wonderful Iranian people deserve to be heard and not controlled by violent thugs and unelected gurus if they don’t want to be.

 

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Another photo from Isfahan, 2004. So much for “…provid(ing) solace and comfort to distressed, weary and troubled hearts…”

 

My main sources of news have been the http://nomadlife.org website (thank you Dody), #iranelection tweets and the BBC World Service on News Radio. Kylie, a friend from Adelaide moved to Tehran 4 weeks ago to join the AIESEC Iran Member Committee. What a time to live abroad for the first time! Her fascinating firsthand stories of the events in Iran are here and here. I kind of wish I was there now.

 

After a week of mass protests followed by a lull yesterday, there is a feeling that today will be a turning point in the saga and perhaps even in Persia’s distinguished history. Fingers crossed all will work out for the better…