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Give me liberty, or give me death!

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on June 29, 2010

The ruling clerics might have barred the reformists from government, but they have failed to prove they are capable of taking Iran into the Twenty-first century.

More than thirty years after the revolution, Iran’s economy (supported by one of the world largest oil reveres) is crippled by corruption and negligence. The regime has not produces employment and prosperity. Even if promised of reforms have not borne fruit, underlying desire of change is as strong as ever. Today the Islamic republic of Iran confronts the greatest challenge to its legitimacy ever seen. Its ideology of political Islam has been rejected by its own religious leader and MPs; it has seriously mismanaged what should have a booming economy; and on top of that it must answer to the demands of Iran’s educated and politicized young people who make up a massive 75 per cent of the nation.

During his two terms as president, Khatami advocated freedom of expression, tolerance and civil society, constructive diplomatic relations with other states including EU and Asian governments, and an economic policy that supported free market and foreign investment and support of U.S. attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan and providing intelligent for U.S. Military behind the curtains.  However, Khatami is widely regarded as having been unsuccessful in achieving his goal of making Iran more free and democratic.

In the 2005 presidential elections, Iran made yet another change in political direction, when conservative populist candidate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected over Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

A significant challenge to Ahmadinejad’s political power, and the foundations of the Islamic Republic itself occurred during the 2009 Iranian presidential election that was held on 12 June 2009, the tenth presidential election to be held in the country. The Interior Ministry, announced incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won the election with 62.63% receiving 24.5 million vote, while Mir-Hossein Mousavi had come in second place with 13.2 million votes 33,75%. The European Union and several western countries expressed concern over alleged irregularities during the vote, and some analysts and journalists from the United States and United Kingdom news media voiced doubts about the authenticity of the results.

“This is the beginning of the end of the Islamic Republic as we know it,” Maziar Bahari told once to his editors at NEWSWEEK.

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