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June 23, 2009
Iran’s authorities refuse new vote as Obama talks tougher

Iran’s highest election authority said on Tuesday that there was no major fraud in the presidential vote and the results will stand, but U.S. President Barack Obama responded by saying there were “big questions” about the election.

At a news conference, the president said what has happened in Iran is “profound,” and he was more critical than he has been of the election and the violence against demonstrators that followed.

Iran’s security forces have been intensifying their crackdown in recent days, sometimes brutally.

Richard Bulliet, a professor of Middle Eastern history at Columbia University, joins Martin Savidge to discuss what the future holds for Iran’s protesters and what role the U.S. will play.

For more, view our Voices of Iran extended coverage page and listen to our online radio show on Baha’i faith and modern Iran.

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The problem in Iran is not the recent allegedly fraudulent election. The existence of the Islamic Republic is the main problem in Iran. Thousands of young Iranians have been executed when Mir Husain Moosavi was the prime minister in Iran. The Islamic Republic constitution undermines the freedom individuals and refutes the human dignity. I believe, if president Obama wants to stabilize the region, he should learn from president Jimmy Carter and the way that he supported Khomeini, while everybody mistakenly believed he was supporting the Shah! I agree with the Anjell that any obvious involvement of the US would damage the recent movement in Iran against the Islamic regime. However, I also believe that President Obama has the stamina to break the backbone of terrorism by taking out the Islamic Republic. Let’s make history; the world would be a better place without the Islamic regime in Iran.


Annjella: I have to disagree you with you on this one. I think WF has been doing a fantastic job with their guests on Iran. Richard Bulliet and Ervand Abharamian are better authorities on Iran than Tarita. The difference between CNN and WF is very clear. WF goes for knowledge and real expertise and substance whereas CNN and other are going for Sound bites. Tarita wrote one book. The other wrote more than 20 on Iran. So on this, I think WF is doing a great job


BTW, I’m not criticizing World Focus – I love your news hour. I am addicted to your news program.

But please, bring someone on like Trita Parsi – yes, I know he is getting a lot of attention and he likes the attention, but bring someone on that’s Iranian.

Example, you can’t really have a White person speak for a Black person, or a Black person speak for a Latino person. That’s the point I’m trying to make.



Again, the U.S. needs to stay out of this.

All of these so-called experts on the Middle East, and cable news – reality show style journalists needs to stop inflaming this mess that the GOP has their hands in.

In case you haven’t noticed – the world has calmed down just a little.

When Boy George and the rest of the GOP were in charge, Morales, Chavez, Putin, Ahmadinejad, Lil Kim (Kim Jong-Il)…all stood up to the U.S. at the same time in a challenging manner.

To sum it all up, we (U.S.) don’t like their laws, and for sure, they don’t like ours.

Thing is, it’s all white men that are showing up on most so-called news programs – where are the Iranians that have lived there or were born there?

I say this because it was these same type experts that helped influence the mind-set of going into Iraq.

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