Jason Ditz

Truth behind Iranian elections remains elusive


Jason Ditz, managing news editor at Antiwar.com, discusses how the Iranian election news is dominated by state-run media, Iran’s high voter turnout that was thought to favor opposition candidates – who had surprisingly poor showings – and Ahmedinejad’s pronouncement in Russia that the U.S. empire is economically unsustainable.

MP3 here. (18:11)

Jason Ditz is the managing news editor at Antiwar.com.

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  1. Wow. I'm really surprised you all have been fooled by the situation in Iran.

    Isn't it ironic that US media and politicians are condemning Iran for cracking down on protests, yet here in the US peaceful protesters are regularly harassed, arrested, tear gassed, pepper sprayed, shot at with rubber bullets and tasered? (Read the recent article discussing how the US Defense Department policy equates protesting to "low level terrorism"). Where was the outrage when the US-supported president of Peru cracked down on protests last month which resulted in at least 34 people being killed by Peruvian police?

    It is widely known that the US is supporting the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, an Iranian Marxist group that supported Saddam Hussein's war against Iran and is believed to be behind the current chaos in Iran (read "US funds terror groups to sow chaos in Iran" and "Iran finds US-backed MKO fingermarks in riots"). And the National Endowment for Democracy and Voices of America have a long history of fomenting violence in other countries in their attempt to destabilize governments, and now appear to be at it again.

    Regarding the unsubstantiated claims of the rigged election in Iran… can we honestly say US elections are not rigged when we see boxes of uncounted ballots tossed in garbage bins and voting machines malfunctioning in heavy minority districts? This is just another attempt to demonize Iran in an attempt to garner public support for more aggressive action against a country that originally had it's democracy crushed by the CIA in 1953.

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