Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Dissent, repression and Iran's June election

A thoughtful, measured and informed appraisal of pre-election Iran, as well as a commentary on the election and the immediate aftermath. How may a discredited and pitiless regime be brought to accountability? If the authors (Kaveh Ehsani, Arang Keshavarzian and Norma Claire Moruzzi) are correct in their assessment of the widespread discontent with Ahmadinejad's leadership, then we may expect to see continuing unrest, perhaps in the forms of boycotts, strikes and work stoppages reminiscent of the 1978-9 revolution. Yet, as they note, many opposition leaders have been jailed, so it will be apt to see if the June demonstrations have given rise to a new set of leaders.

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