Yes We Can ... in Iran?

By ObamaNerd June 12, 2009

iranelectionAs Josh notes, it's a big day in Iran today.  Big election.  Lots of protests and rallies and the sense that something electric is in the air.  Some experts are calling this the 2nd Iranian revolution.  Call me a pessimist, but I don't think surging reform candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi will topple Holocaust-denier, Nuke-toting, Gay-denier, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  

But I hope I am wrong.  It would be huge for the Obama Administration if Iran changed hands. Specifically, what would Obama and his admin potentially get from a new leader?  1. Agreement not to enrich uranium for nucler development and accept international offers to provide fuel for nuclear power only. 2.) Stop arming Hezbollah and Hamas 3.) Stop threatening Israel.  Simple stuff, right?  Hard to do with Ahmadinejad getting all dramatic and shit on the world stage.

But in the last few days, women, intellectuals, celebrities and young reform-minded adults have been taking to the streets to push a Moussavi candidacy over the finish line.  Who is at the heart of the Ahmadinejad's base?  The rural poor and the dogmatically religious.  Sound like a familiar match up?

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This isnt just a referendum on the hardline history of Iran.  The economy is huge and what will likely tip this election.  Unemployment is near 30%—the highest in the region.

CNN has some decent coverage of the Iran elections.  Christiane Amanpour is the only redeeming thing at CNN.  Click here to watch more on the elections.

Want to follow Ahmadinejad on Twitter?  You can even though most social networking is banned in Iran!  Here's the link:

Want to follow Moussavi on Facebook?  You can get to him here.

Polling results usually come in 12 hours after they close.  They extended voting 3 hours because of the long lines and huge turnout.  We should hear, by my calculation around 9 pm PST.  If not candidate gets over 50% of the vote, a runoff election will conclude on June 19.
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