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Iran's Hidden Revolution

Just after Iran’s rigged elections last week, with hundreds of thousands of protesters taking to the streets, it looked as if a new revolution was in the offing. Five days later, the uprising is little more than a symbolic protest, crushed by the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Meanwhile, the real revolution has gone unnoticed: the guard has effected a silent coup d’état.

2009 Iranian Presidential Election Results by City

On this page, we have gone further into the details by providing a list of returns for every city in Iran that was made available by the Ministry of the Interior.

Pakistan Security Brief - Week of June 8

[Photo by Fantaz, available at Flickr]
 
Militant Attacks & Targets

Four More Years of Ahmadinejad

Elections in the Islamic Republic are neither fair nor free, but unlike Iraq under Saddam Hussein the Iranian leadership usually manages to manipulate the elections in a very sophisticated and elegant way in an attempt to portray itself as an Islamic democracy. The 2009 presidential election however was not an exercise in sophistication and elegance.

Iranian Presidential Election News

We provide here historical data on the Iranian election, including the below election night updates and continuous campaign news coverage. In this section, we also have data on:

Iranian Presidential Election Polling Data

At a Khatami rally this spring, Persian singer Hesameddin Seraj speaks up (Photo by eshare, available at Flickr)

 

The Islamic Republic of Iran will hold its 10th presidential election on June 12, 2009. On May 21, the Guardian Council will select the candidates allowed to run for office, leaving three weeks for candidates to campaign.

Mousavi vs Ahmadinejad: Examining Iran's First Major Presidential Debate

Supporters rally for Mir-Hossein Mousavi on June 9, 2009 (Photo by Shahram Sharif, available at Flickr)

 

IranTracker provides a summary of the most important debate in the Iranian election, and provides here a transcript of the debate.

 

Mousavi - Ahmadinejad June 3 Presidential Debate Transcript

A statue adorned with green, the color of Mir-Hossein Mousavi's campaign, sits amid a supporters' rally on June 8, 2009. (Photo by Shahram Sharif, available at Flickr)

 

U.S.-Israeli Dialogue on Iran

President Obama meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu on May 18 (Photo by White House photographer Pete Souza, available at Wikimedia Commons).