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June 24, 2009
U.S., others wrangle with response to growing Iran violence

On Wednesday, it was another day of violence on the streets of Tehran, with reports of beatings — and at least one shooting — after demonstrators defied a government ban and gathered outside Iran’s parliament building.

There were other signs that the government’s position towards the protestors is hardening. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared on state television and stated empathically, again,  that there would be no new presidential election.  In an effort to portray business as usual, Iranian authorities allowed reporters to attend President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first official meeting in Iran since the controversial election.

Afshin Molavi, a fellow with the New America Foundation and the author of “The Soul of Iran,” joins Martin Savidge to discuss what role the U.S. and other countries can play in ending Iran’s conflict and how the protests may evolve.

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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Come on guys post some comments this is a good article! Where is everybody?


Good interview! I am ashamed of the support given to the repression by the elected leaders of my developing country – Brazil.


Great perspective on the situation in Iran. Mr. Molavi provides the kind of understanding we need more of in geo-politics today.


excellent job Mr. Molavi


Thumbs up for this interview with Mr. Molavi.

Mr. Savidge – you did an excellent job.


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