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June 15th, 2009
10:21 AM ET

Iran: Keep the conversation going

Defiance in Iran:

Keep the conversation going! Iran’s Guardian Council says it will review the election results. Thousands of supporters for both candidates are rallying in the streets. The people want the world to keep discussing the politics and the regime. So, tell us what you think– share your thoughts with Tony.


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soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. brian

    You have got to be kidding after the BUSH debacle in Florida. Try respecting other countries. We have killed 100's of thousands of innocent lives througout Iraq and Afghanistan with Predator bombings.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  2. Iranianstudent

    It is time for president Obama to give a word of support to Iranian people. There is no hope for guardian council to get people's vote right as they themseleves were the player of this dirty and ugly game.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  3. Daniel Nelson

    I think that the younger people who were not involved with the Islamic revolution are showing their true feelings of the Islamic radicals who control Iran. They are very concerned about how their government is bringing about confrontation with the western world instead of being a part of a world without terrorism! They do not want the radical views of the ruling party to cause confrontation with the western world and would rather be a part of world peace then the hateful extremists which the Iranian government supports!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  4. parvin

    Heidi,

    I was watching your report today with Trita Parsi, and didn't like the fact you were trying to cut him up and move on. You invited him for questions, you better be respectful to him to finish his comments.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  5. Rosita

    My ten year old kid keeps asking me this question" Mom, how could they count more than 41 million votes in less than 2 days?" and I am asking " Where is my vote?".

    June 15, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  6. Sean

    Your coverage of the Iranian elections is horrible. You should be really ashamed of yourselves for this type of coverage. I watched your 2 hour "special coverage" on this topic last night and was disappointed to see other topics discussed – and many of the clips were repeated over and over. You guys used to be the high standard of news reporting – now, you're just reading what I can read online myself and repeat the 1 or 2 clips you have... where is my vote? Where is my CNN?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  7. Iranian-Canadian

    I am certain the election results are fraud as there are reports that Mousavi had won the election by a large margin. The results were announced only 2 hours after the polls closed despite the overwhelming voters turnout. Any government-led inspection of the polls would only result in another set of fake numbers, not much different than the original "official" numbers. I believe the only solution is a UN-led supervision of a re-election, where a UN team counts the votes and not the current members of the Islamic Republic of Iran regime.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  8. parvin

    Hi Tony,

    This is very critical time in Iran and very important for Iranian people, please persue your comments as much as possible in hopes that Iranian people will win against evil. Thanks.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  9. Adam sousley

    I think there is no doubting the election was fraud, what happend to all the 60% of irans population of woman that wanted this change for moussavi??? Ahmadinejad is a smart intelligent man but he is driving his country more to hatred and coruption. They needed a change and did not recive I think they need to do a runoff election with just Ahmadinejad and Moussavi. Thanks,
    Adam from Houston texas.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  10. Heide Daftari

    I highly agree eith the sound position of President Obama regarding not taking any side.
    The Iranian Students are doing a great job to take their Votes back . Lieberman advise would not do any good to the possibale relationship in the future. This is crusial time that all different political groups in/out of Iran do not wave different flags; The Lion & Sun or the Allah one. It is Not about any of those matter. It is About getting the Votes back.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  11. Skyler

    The people's Vote doesn't really matter because what Khomeni wants he gets along with the Mouallas which are the religious leaders that control the government. The President is only the face that the people see but Iran must continue to fight for democracy. As far as any chance for change–God only knows.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  12. Farshid

    Why is it that it takes less than 5 hours to announce the results of the election but it takes 10 DAYS!! to investigate it? I think UN should step in and do the investigation without the Iranian officials' interference!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  13. Iranian-Canadian

    In response to Adam sousley, even in the case that they agree to a runoff election with Ahmadinejad and Moussavi, the supreme leader (Ayatollah Khamenei) will still have the final say and his son and many clerics in the Majlis will manipulate the results in any way they want. It is clear the Iranian government is moving towards a dictatorship and that the "theocracy" regime is only a facade for them.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  14. Kaveh Ahangar

    Any government that accepts Mahmood Ahmadinejad as the new president of Iran has betrayed the Iranian people, endangered world peace, and has no sympathy for human pain.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  15. Reza

    HE IS THERE.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2009/06/090615_ba-ir88-mousavi-gathering.shtml

    June 15, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  16. Amir

    Thanks for covering Iranian demonstration. Just a quick note, in the coverage, CNN is messing today's huge Mousavi's rally with a small number of pro-government people that were throwing eggs and stones to the foreign embassies. These are two complete opposite groups!
    Please don't show pro-Ahmadinejad fanatics when you're talking to Christiane Amanpour on the phone.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  17. Larry

    The Supreme Ruler of Iran has already declared Ahmadinejad's victory a "divine miracle".

    I doubt a whole lot will change with an investigation.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  18. fotyc

    My sympathy is with all the voters of Iran who are being so disregarded. I agree it is not possible that all the votes were counted a mere 2 hours after polls closed, there is definitely something wrong. It is all the more painful to watch because this is causing me flashbacks of the two elections stolen in the US in the past 10 years and the crushing sense of disbelief that we felt. But take heart: we would not have gotten Obama if there had not been two elections stolen from the democrats by Bush. Better days will come and you will have better government sooner or later! Meantime, keep fighting! your commitment to your democracy is admirable.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  19. IranianJDMBA

    The more important issue here beside having one's vote counted is that there is currently a silent coup occurring in Iran that, unless thwarted, will cement into place much more radical elements within the government hierarchy that will be a direct and real threat to the US AND the ruling mullah class.

    In short, the Basij (i.e. the ten year old kids used as gun fodder during the Iran Iraq war) have grown up and work in key spots across the government as untouchable "children of the revolution".

    It is essentially this contingency and their families and friends who voted Ahmadinejad into power the first time around, much to the shock of the reformers AND the clerics. Since the first election, their power has grown, to a point where they are now threatening BOTH the clerical supremacy AND the democratic fundamentals of the Iranian system.

    Imagine the following, being thrown into the front lines of the Iran-iraq war at the age of 10, and seeing the violence of war first hand, and then knowing nothing else your entire life but the islamic revolution and being coddled your whole life within this system, never leaving Iran, knowing or understanding the world. Now imagine that same person is slowly moved up in that system to a position of power within the the military, police, banking, interior ministry and other systems. It is this very contingent, feeling ignored and used by the clerical class, that now is attempting to impose their will on Iran. The logical necessary extension of which is the military (i.e. Basij) overthrow of the Guardian Council and teh suspension of all reform efforts.

    What many fail to appreciate is that the clerical class is now in a very difficult position because they created a monster in the form of the Basij and not only supported them but hailed them as an ideal within the revolution. so how do you control a beast without being seen as rejecting the revolutionary ideals?

    The media needs to stop lumping Ahmadinejad and the clerics on one side against the reformers. In fact there are 3 sides to this; ahmadinejad as the puppet for the basij, the clerics and the reformers.

    In short the above spells a single conclusion; Ahmadinejad (more the Basij behind him) are in direct power struggle with the clerics for the future of iran. If the Basij win this round, you will see a very radical iran emerge and a direct threat to the US and Israel and the ruling clerical class. The clerics created a perfect weapon in a sense by sending these children to the front lines and then taking the survivors and slowly letting them rise to power, now they are faced with a rebellious child who wants to finish the job that they feel the clerics are too weak to finish (i.e. the elimination of Israel, regional dominance etc..).

    June 15, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  20. Jessica G.

    Why does Ahmadinejad insist on insulting the common sense of not just the Iranian people, but rest of the world who hears the jibberish he spouts about being the landslide victor? How is it humanly possible to count the over 40 million pieces of antiquated paper ballots that were cast in mere hours after the polls closed? The answer is it's NOT possible. That alone shows how falsified these results of this "free and open" election are.

    The Iranians are a very smart and educated people who are tired of being embarassed by their political leaders in front of the eyes of the world.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  21. Karan

    What is preventing Iran from using a computerized voting system, instead of hand counting?

    June 15, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  22. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    The United States did not have observers sent to Iran. We are depending on the accounts from the press and the accounts from the citizens who have manage to send the information thru the Internet. These citizens are battleling a Government System who has manage to controlled the technology too.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  23. AlanC

    It's time for the world to be a more peaceful place. I am very happy to hear that the Iranian community has shown their voice (the internet is a great tool), and has caused the government to review the election. Let's hope that they listen to the people's voice and put in the rightful winner.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  24. Dave Roby

    I think its a good thing that the iranian people are standing up for there rights and i fully support them and wish them well power to the people!

    June 15, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  25. Bernadette Loesch

    Dear Tony, From my point of view CNN must keep up the coverage of what is happening in Iran. That country has been suppressed for much too long.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  26. Cassue

    It's ridiculous that Twitter followers forced you to follow the turmoil in Iran. I suppose it shows how much cable news is becoming more irrelevant as we move forward in the twenty-first century. It's fact that the internet is becoming a tool for independent news for the people, as cable news only works in the interest for ratings and money.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  27. Iran Girl

    As the Huffington post claims:

    Another emailer, Reza, is even more pessimistic: "Please put the Supreme Leader's request to probe the election results in perspective for your readers. The body that will be probing election is appointed by the Supreme Leader and all its members are hardliners and backers of Ahmadinejad and his policies. This is nothing but a sham in an attempt to extinguish the fever for change that's taking hold in the country."

    June 15, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  28. Mariam Hoseini

    Iran’s Guardian Council is the main supporter of Ahmadi nejad. They will no declare their own cheating in the election.
    Jut see how violent they are. Last night, 3 student were killed in the attack of government forces to Tehran University's dorms 🙁
    http://www.autnews.ws/archives/1388,03,00027593

    June 15, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  29. John - Ft Lauderdale

    If the new Iranian President is so confident in his win, then he should have no problem just letting non-interested individuals (groups) to come in and do a re-count. If he has to monitor (sure, it's OK to watch over things) then something is wrong. If he has nothing to hide – then let it all 'hang-out'.

    Why doesn't someone have the guts to put the challenge to him?

    June 15, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  30. Caleb

    I believe Ahmadinejad has won due to election fraud.. How do you get some many numbers in a country that hates you? He is a dictator, an evil person, a holocaust denier. He is a joke as a leader... Moussavi is what Iran needs, not the spawn of satan. Iranians were robbed of their votes there's no doubt about that. He is a global threat.. and i believe it will get as worse as North korea has gotten if it continues on the path it does now. Im an American and i have protested the election results myself this doesn't only affect Iranians it affects the world!

    June 15, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  31. John

    As for politics in Iran...In what world did the challenger EVER think he could beat the current president. He should have known they would never let him win to begin with...he got the big shaft.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  32. Aria

    ran has been an state of corruption for the past 30 years, the obvious fraud election was just a spark to people’s anger over the years at a dictatorship regime, everyone is missing the real point here, this fraud election is just a tiny example of what has been going on in Iran since the revolution, and people are just fed up with it and they are using this election as an opportunity to let their voice be heard

    June 15, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  33. Mama Creative

    Saw on Twitter that Tony Harris said he can't believe Iranians in Iran are "wasting their time" Twittering.... how dare you?? They are in danger and trying to get the word out.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  34. parand

    We simply want our votes back... that was a big lie from the biggest laier of Iran (Mohmood Ahmadinjad) help us around the world and support us please. This is a world problem not just Iran...

    June 15, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  35. Anonymous

    I am an Iranian student in the United States. I would like to thank you all for the great coverage. Because of these coverages Iranian government can't do whatever they want this time and people can hear us all over the world. Thank you!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  36. Eric Tunis

    1. You call on your "commentator on Arab affairs" to review what's going on in Iran! How many years will it take?? Iranians are not Arabs, and, yes, that is a VERY significant distinction (learn it, I'm not going to tell you).

    2. C'mon. Nix to a pic of a demonstrator in LA holding a sign "stop the killing of hundreds in Iran." If that had happened, that WOULD be news, and you should be reporting it. It has not happened, so either don't show that demonstrator or comment on how emotional–and inaccurate–demonstrators can get in such circumstances.

    Bottom Line: show some journalism CNN!

    June 15, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  37. Ali

    The true power in Iran is in hand of Leader,

    But president has power too.he is second person in government. The current leader was in his position with three diffrent president in past 20 years. we experimented totally diffrent experiment with each of them. And the last one,Mr.Ahmadinejad has a lot of agrrement with Suprem leader whom others (Mr Rafsanjani & Mr.Khatami) hadnot.
    That is why he wants him in the office.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  38. Gisele

    I am very proud of the Iranian peope for showing the wolrd that they have never taken a back seat to what happens in their country and that they dont need the help of the more powerful nations when it comes to their own affairs. The real power resides in their passion and love for their country.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  39. EMF

    Is it possible to have an independent body in Iran that will review the election results? Nevertheless, if the people wants change, they must work hard for it and fight for it.. Democracy is earned and is worth fighting for..

    June 15, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  40. Farshid

    Why is it that it takes less than 5 hours to announce the results of the election but it takes 10 DAYS!! to investigate it? I think UN should step in and do the investigation without the Iranian officials’ interference!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  41. mouse

    when it comes to iran every one should
    applaud the people. do you think
    they are a little bit tired of being in the
    dark ages, whats wrong with being
    in the modern age

    June 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  42. Nassrin Banai

    The results of the Guardian Counsel's investigation will undoubtedly support Ahmadinejad as the elected president. This election was pre-engineered and they will not let it fall in the hands of the people. Even if Mousavi comes out as the winner after the investigation, the ruling power will significantly limit his powers and he'll become another puppet of the regime as Khatami did. PLEASE SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF IRAN!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  43. Heide Daftari

    I just had a call from Tehran: They said it has been announced that President Obama is going to talk to Khameneii???

    June 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  44. Lorenucia

    I bought some of my psychiatric medication online from a pharmacy in India. It was alot cheaper than here.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  45. Alex Dyke

    Deep in my heart Im so happy ,FINALLY we can see the true face of Iranian people , they are peaceful and civilize not terrorist .

    June 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  46. Cherie Stewart

    I'm surprised that people really believed it would be a fair election. Ahmadinejad is never to be trusted. I hope the people of Iran continue to protest.I believe much bloodshed will soon follow.
    I am a little more disturbed by cnn 's pro Obama reporting. I want our President to be successful but I want my news reporting to be unbiased and I do not think cnn is anymore. Your becoming the fox news of the democratic party!

    June 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  47. Mitsu

    This is a historic moment not only for Iranians but with worldwide implications. The powers that be in Iran attempted a very clumsy fraud, and yet people in the mainstream media paid very little heed to it, including, sadly, CNN. The Iranian people, however, are resilient and strong, and this just went way over the line; to blatantly falsify the election in such an obvious way, to claim that Mousavi lost even in his own home town, it's ludicrous and outrageous. The Iranians rose up and overthrew the Shah and they can do the same now, and this is a moment with vast implications for the world, not to mention a stirring demonstration of the beautiful aspirations of people when oppressors try to hold them back for too long.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  48. Ben zadeh

    first it took four hours for counting the votes,and election results now they say gurdian council will investigate the election result,and that is going to take ten days.yeah right .not this time we are all awake.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  49. Madison

    Why is there no coverage on the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speech on the conditions outlined for a two state agreement? This shows how the U.S media is controlled and media only shows the U.S what they want the people to see.

    The demonstrations in Iran shows that there is more freedom and democracy in Iran and the people have more freedom of speech than we in the U.S have been told. There is no way people in the U.S would have the freedom and courage to demonstrate in this fashion. The brutality from the security force at the Republican convention in St. Paul proves this. Additionally, the control of the media is a BIG disadvantage.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  50. pooneh azadi

    as a person who has raised In Iran and went to univercity,I know majority in Iran don't want this goverment but the minority in power are cruel,we need the world to hear us,and help us to say what we want in in a referandom.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  51. B.B

    I am wonder did people forget that mousavi was prim minister under khamenei presidency for eight years.?HE certainly had the chance in all these years to show the interest in many thing due to being one of the ELITE ,even he is related to khamenie, instead he chose to not to,at the time that was the darkest period in Iran history,. did we forget all the executions without the proper court?did we forget that they used to burry them all together because ,they didn't have time to dig individual graves.He showed again he doesn't have the Honosty,they are only using the words ,to affect our youngs 'emotion ,something that they are very good at it,WE SHOULD NOT FALL FOR IT AGAIN.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  52. Madison

    It is ridiculous that the media and so-called intelligent people in the United States are having a debate on universal healthcare. Countries such as Canada, Australia, England and the United Stated most cherished ally Israel, have Universal health care. If universal healthcare is so bad Israel would never have had it. The majority of people in the United State do not have healthcare and even if they have the co-pay is so high and other uncovered portion of bill is so much that they still cannot go to the doctor. This is ignorance and naivety from the American public and fear mongering by the Republicans and the big medical companies who is in control of the healthcare system in this country. It is an absolute shame that a country as the United State who called itself a superpower and spend so much money on wars and weaponry is claiming they cannot afford to give their entire citizen healthcare. SHAME SHAME SHAME

    June 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  53. Sara Presho

    Hello, The University of Tehran's Dorm Has been attacked in Amirabad street. 5 Students have been killed so many wounded. Please ask your correspondent in Tehran to cover this news. I have video from intenet that I am not sure How I can send you. I live in the usa. I studied in Tehran University and I feel like my sisters and brothers have been killed. PLEASE cover this news. Please let the world know.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  54. Jimmie Johnson

    Iranian youth are well educated. But, as long as they are controlled by a Religious Government they will never have a true Democracy. That is why, in any Democracy, separation of Church and State is the key ingredient to freedom. Even in the United States there is a segment who cannot grasp this point. All they need to do is look at Iran for the extreme application of their belief that a country can have two Governments.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  55. Iran Azad

    I called my friends in Iran,they told me most of the riot policemen that beat the protesters are not from Iran(they are not persians).it seems Lebanon Hezbollah soldiers are in Iran and helping Iran’s ultra-conservative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  56. Heide Daftari

    CNN, Ms. Amanpour. Anybody? Can someone verify what I posted earlier. It is true that President Obama will send a message to Khameneii, or it is just a rumer in Iran, which I heard on the phone from Tehran earlier?

    June 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  57. A.H

    president Obama must give the word out that he supports the Iranian students and people. No one should accept Ahmadinejad's presidency

    http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=97649010806&ref=nf

    June 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  58. puggles

    Does the Guardian Counsel have the b*lls to go against the Supreme Leader? Will it be a little like the Communist Politburo in 1989, where the role of Deng Xiaoping is taken by the Supreme Leader? Cant allow him to look human and fallible?

    Or will this look more like Zimbabwe?

    June 15, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  59. Susan

    There is no question in my mind that Ahmadinejad is a dictator and has manupulated Iranian's vote to stay in power. U.S GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD BOYCOTT AHMADINEJAD AND HIS CABINET. ANY DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN WOULD BE A FAILURE since Ahmadinejad is a lier who will not give up his plan to reach WMDs and nuclear weapon. His response to Christian Amounpour and claiming that Iran will be a superpower in four years proves my theory. Please keep that in mind that a government which can lie like this to the media and his own people will not keep its promises and should not be trusted.

    June 15, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  60. Persian1971

    Nobody has forgotten that Moosavi was the prime minister, it's just choosing between bad and worse right now. It's easier to deal with Moosavi than Ahamadinejad. I'm Iranian and I have seen the Revelution and the war, I know what you are saying B.B but right now they have to get rid of Ahmadi ...
    Lets get rid of Ahmadi he is stupid and a shame for Iran.
    There is no way we can get rid of the Islamic Republic of Iran now, so lets make it a little better for people there and when the time is right hopefully we get rid of all the mullas. But right now we can't do it, because there is no one who can come and control the country. We don't want to make the mistake that they did 30 years ago, get rid of Shah but have nobody to put in his place.
    So lets support our young generation.

    June 15, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  61. Marvin

    I am an American and I am married to an Iranian. Her sister said that there was between 2 and 3 million people protesting in favor for Moussavi today in Tehran!

    June 15, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  62. syedh03

    although i am behind Mosavi, true democracy calls for the vote to be resprected. if john McCain would have won the election in the U.S would most american have called the election rigged?? most of the news coming out if iran is strictly from Tehran, obviously we all know it is the capital and tends to be a more liberal city, what about reports from other parts of iran like Isfahan, shiraz, or Mashad?? where is the news from there? this is like saying that after the U.S election that we only showed the the coverage and footages strictly from New York City or Los Angeles. There's definetly something fishy about this election, but why is the world acting like this a decleration of war?

    June 15, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  63. Persian1971

    Dear CNN,
    there are lot of news from Iran, we are getting lot of text messages and yahoo messages about the real results, letter from interior minestry. Is there anyway you can show those?

    June 15, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  64. syedh03

    for those who try and blame the result of this election on islam, keep in mind that the same people you see on TV protesting and fighting and chanting ALLAH O HAKBAR are al muslims. the reformists candidate Mousavi himself is a decout muslim and the "mullahs" you people continue to insult are also muslims. not all the "mullahs" are radical. There are many who have come out against this elections. When the President Khatami (who happens to be a "mulllah") was in office and was a moderate reformists, the religious extremist office of George Bush wanted nothing to do with us, so why are you pretending to "support" us now? please save your hypocrisy. every religion was spread thru violence, did u guys forget the Crusades?? what about the colonialisim by christian forces of india, africa, and latin and central america??

    June 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  65. Justice & Peace

    CNN needs to CONTACT & interview Sohrab Behdad. Google His Name. He is an Professor at Denison University and an expert in this subject.

    June 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  66. Marvin

    I am Glad that people from around the world are now seeing that the Iranian People are not like the Regime or like Ahmadinjad. I am an American and I have been to Iran more than once. So I can say that I know the heart and spirit of many Iranaians first hand!

    We are also hearing reports from within Iran that a lot of Professers at the Universities have resign because of the Election fraud and the beating and killing of students!
    Does CNN have any info on this matter?

    June 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  67. Sara Presho

    Please show more videos of people being attacked and shot in Iran. Please do so. The police are shooting and beating up people. Go to Youtube and see the videos.

    June 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  68. Arash

    The student and people are being killed by the Islamic republic and the demonstration is just an excuse to say no to the regime. Please support Iranian freedom movement. We just need Medias support us by covering the inside Iran news since all the communications options are down by Ahmadinegad.

    June 15, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  69. ML Humphrey

    Rick, please tone down the "Revolution" rhetoric. The story of Iran's election is dramatic enough; it doesn't need, and can't live up to, your hyperbole. Facts are stronger than spin!

    June 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  70. Tony

    This supreme regime is a pirate system. They practice various forms of hijacking - including the vote system. These pirates are KILLERS and can easily lie.

    June 15, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  71. Sahand Doaii

    I just got word that there are police forces in civilian cloths attacking protestors, and stabbing them from behind. over 70 thousand people in hospitals injured from the beatings of the police force.

    June 15, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  72. Matt

    I applaud the youth of Iran for showing pride for their country. They have the courage to challenge and question what they feel is unfair and unjust. They are showing the love they have for their country and the desire they have for it to be the best that it can be.

    June 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  73. iranian student

    we want our VOTE back !!!!! nothing more!
    a lot of Professers at the Universities have resign because of the Election fraud and the beating and killing of students! IT IS TRUE !!!!!!
    Please tell people reall news. We are against rudeness.

    June 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  74. Matt Duborg

    This situation will be helpful to change the perception of Iranians throughout the world. Iran has been under a shadow ever since 1979. Since that incident, they have become one of the world's so called bad guys, at least in the perceptions of North Americans.

    Now people are beginning to see that the Iranian people want exactly the same as the people in the United States wanted when they elected Barack Obama. They wanted to have hope that tomorrow would be a better day than they have had and they want that change now.

    The international community cannot act as of yet, but I'm sure that if the situation worsens, that they will step in in some manner. In that regard, I sincerely hope that the people of Iran do not back down, and fight for the change that they deserve. No country, no government can withstand the continuous onslaught of an ideal. Persevere and you will be successful.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  75. Iran Azad

    President Obama condemns any violence, will U.S. government help Iranians? Ahmadinejad's dictator regime has started killing innocent people who wants freedom in Iran.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  76. Iran Azad

    16 JUNE 2009 – Protest and strikes continued in Tehran – Iran
    Source: http://www.youtube.com
    Rasoul Akram Hospital's doctors and nurses protest about what happened last night . 36 people shots By Gun, 8 dies and 28 injured .

    June 16, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  77. Arshad

    I think ,the president of iran is showing ,how he's already the president by going abroad and meeting other countries and that is a sign that he wants to show to his oppononets and the rest of the world that he is still the president of iran .
    But ,in reality the issue is still not over ,when all means of practicing democracy is over ,the only way is to enforce it ! meaning since the president is away now ,is the best time to oust him and have him replaced by the legtimate candidate which is Mousavi ,iranians do believe in change and they want to see that change happen and this is part of dimocracy .

    June 16, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  78. Thurston Murray

    Male Breast Cancer--Heidi, thank you for mentioning that men can get Breast Cancer. I had this disease 26 years ago and underwent a masecematy, and Radiation Treatment. You have done a great service to the men of America and the famalies that love them.

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    Orangeburg,S.C.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  79. Peaceful_CTZ

    Thank you CNN for the great coverage! You are allowing the entire world to see for themselves how policy is made and “enforced” in Iran.

    FYI, there are circulating emails from Iran informing that calls are being made to households with a recording stating that the household members have been spoted in the protests and if they continue, they would be dealt with.
    Threating phone calls, ban on int’l journalist covering these events… what do they have to hide I wonder? Please continue to cover as much as you can. Freedom of speach should be every citizens inalienable right.

    Thanks

    June 16, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  80. Free Iran

    I think it is the time that president Obama needs to announce his support for Iranians people who are fighting in the streets of Tehran and other big cities against this current radical and terrorist government of Iran.God helps these brave people to free our country(Iran) from these terrorist and dictator government.

    And thanks CNN for informing peoples around the world that how's things are in Iran now.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  81. Hubert Humbert

    The Iran election is obviously more bogus than our own 2004 election. I am glad to see the people take the streets in peaceful protest and I hope it keeps up.
    It's disturbing that they are forbidding foreign media from covering the rallies and it's disturbing that the corruption of the electoral process has failed the people once again.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  82. Free Iran

    I think UN needs to be present if they decided to run the election again. there is no hope with the review council as they are the ones that they did this dirty act of cheating and lying the election result to the people...

    June 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  83. Free Iran

    I think CNN needs to keep up his coverage in what is happening in Iran now...we need to show to the rest of the worlds that we fed up with our leaders that they constantly putting us down with their stupid actions and speech despite the fact that people are willing to live in peace with other countries and they are happy to have good relationship with other countries especially with US and Israel. believe me what the Iranian leaders want isn't what the people want.I hope we will get rid of this dictatorship government someday very soon...this needs the others countries support. their leaders have to come up and show their support for Iranian's people action if they want to get rid of this terrorist government of Iran as well.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  84. K. Kam

    TONY: it's pronounced Ahmadinejad. . . NOT AhmaNAdinejad.

    Peace.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  85. Jimmie Johnson

    In my previous comment of 6-15. I should have said two Governments
    "cannot" exist within a Democracy. You either have a Supreme Government that is elected or you have a Religiously controlled leader. When one or the other fight to survive you have chaos and that is what has occurred in the Middle East for centuries. Good Luck to the educated Iranian youth who wish to enter modern society. I am sure it is a struggle within some of your own familes as well as within the religious institutions.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  86. Daniel Nelson

    I don't understand why were still in Iraq and fighting for their freedoms and democracy when they continue to attack and kill one another.It seems to me that they should work it out on their own because they can't work together for peace and we can't enforce peace on them if they continue to kill one another! We should move our troops into Iran where the majority of the people want to live in a peaceful country not run by religious fanatics who believe that their the most powerful and stable country in the world but suppress their people with their militias and continue to defy the international community with the nuclear plans to build a bomb! Yes the free world should join in with our troops and fight the revolutionary guard and their militias to be rid of the religious fanatics who believe that Allah will come to their aid!

    June 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  87. Mrs. G.

    While we all appreciate you keeping in contact with the people in Iran and keeping us informed via any means necessary, I do feel that it is harmful for you to openly display your sources. The Iranian Government has such strict filters on any communication source, therefore it would be easy for them to filter the internet even further. Lets not forget that last year the government turned off the power for at least two hours a day to try to prove to the West that Nuclear Energy was necessary due to the increased demand..a very weak excuse. This time around, the internet is spotty, the cell phone services are turning on and off with fake antenna signals, text messages are rare, if at all possible...while we all want news updates, please keep in mind that people's safety are at risk!

    June 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  88. PQC

    And they call this freedom and democracy!?
    So, with all their freedom and democracy why are they BANNING foreign media from reporting on the protesters?! I am being sarcastic!

    June 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  89. Fr. John William King

    The VA has taken care of me for 7 years at State College Clinic, Altoona Hospital and Pittsburg Hospital. I have had two Major Back surgeries in Pittsburg, hand surgery and other minor surgeries in Altoona hospital with nothing but exceptional results. My doctor (DR. Delozier) is amazing and keeps me going with a great pain management program. Anytime I call the clinic the nurses and staff take care of my problem that day. They are wonderful and caring people that work for the VA. I am tired of the VA getting a bad rap, theer standards are much higher than any civilian hospital.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  90. Tom M

    I am an Operation Iraqi Freedom Vet. I returned home in '06 and was put on medication for PTSD. This was both agreed by my family doctor and the VA. Iat that time I had insurance through my wifes job. The economy went south and I was forced to start driving an hour to go to the VA. I have never had a good experience going to the VA and I have been there numerous times. They schedule you for appointments and make you sit and wait for hours! Yes I said hours! Recently I started going because I can no longer afford my medications. Upon showing up I was told to sit and wait in the waiting area to see a doctor so I can start getting my meds through them. The doctor never showed up!
    I also made appointments because of severe lower back pain. Even when u first see the nurse they ask from 1-10 what is your pain. I told them 12... I see the doctor, they send me for xrays and send me on my way... I later talk to the Dr. and they scedule me for physical therepy. The appointment was for a month and a half from the time of the original appointment. Yes you read that right, a month and a half. about a week later I get a cream in the mail for the pain. Yes, CREAM for severe pain! I called and told the person on the phone the cream is giving me a huge rash on my back and burns something fierce, and doesnt do anything for the pain. They schedule me another appoint to see the same Dr. 2 weeks later. So for over a month I have been missing work and missing sleep because I have to wait over a month to go to physical therepy. I have never had a good experience with anyone at the VA and no one will listen.

    June 16, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  91. marry

    I heard on the Persian Radio that Palestinian police was hired instead of Iranian Komeeteh(the government police) on the streets of Tehran, is that true?

    June 16, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  92. Paul K

    Hey 'Iranianstudent', don't you think that any support that Obama would show to Mousavi would be used against him by Ahmadinejad? Obama has learned the lesson that Bush didn't, when he supported Khatami; that was used as "evidence" of Khatami being a "U.S. puppet", and he was mercilessly bludgeoned with that. Good for Obama for holding back. He is much less self-indulgent, and more responsible than W., in keeping quiet.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  93. Paul K

    FYI, Note on Iranian name pronunciation:
    Ayatollah Khomeini: "Khow-May-KNEE" (3 syllables) The original "Ayatollah" of the 1979 revolution. The 1st "Supreme Leader", he died in 1989.
    Ayatollah Khaminei: "Khah-mee-nay-EE" (4 syllables) The current (2nd) "Supreme Leader".
    Khatami (former President): "Khah-tam-ME" (3 syl.) The reformer president who preceded Ahmadinejad. Bush's endorsement discredited his re-election campaign.
    Mousavi (Pres. candidate): "Moose-Ave-EE" (3 syl.) Current pres. candidate. A popular campaign poster feature these first four figures in profile a-la old Soviet political posters.
    Ahmadinejad (Pres.): "Ah-mad-ee-Neh-JOTT" (5 syl.) Incumbent pres. candidate. Think of his name as "Ahmad E. Na-Jott".
    Iran (the country): "ee-RON" (2 syl.) NOT "Eye-Ran" or "Eye-Ron" or "Ih-Ran". If Ronald Reagan had a secret first name "Edwin", he would be "E. Ron Reagan." "E. Ron" is the right pronunciation.

    June 16, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  94. Heide Daftari

    I am so glad that President Obama made the comment yesterday and showed that he is not going to interfere and take any sides.
    It was nice and touching of him to say that he watches closely and hurts deeply of what the youth are going through.

    I for one as an Iranian / American do not wish any interference from US or any other country.

    The coup d etat which was a mistake and wrong doing of CIA in Iran in 1953 had left a deep and hurting scar in the heart and mind of the Iranian. A democracy was killed at the embryonic stage. We could have been so different, so free and be such a democratic country with Dr. Mossadegh.

    Those who remember those horrible days know what I am talking, and those who don't remember but read about it can understand what I am saying.

    I do hope that the imported Hizb Allah who are dressed as Police and the Police and Bassijis who are dressed as civilians would stop the killing of our youths.

    June 16, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  95. Deighton Morris

    Here we go again! No peace for people in the Middle East region. I feel very sad for the people of Iran for I believe they're caught between a rock and a hard place. If by some miracle the results were overturned or a new election called and the current opposition were to win then it means that the supporters of Ahmadinejad will do the exact thing those of Mousavi are doing now. It's very sad.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  96. following news

    You just showed a video of protestors in the subway and Tony was wondering what they are chanting.
    They were saying "Bye Bye Ahmadinejad", a popular slogan by Mousavi supporters to say that Ahmadinejad shall leave. (Bye bye is a common expression among iranians when someone is leaving a room,conversation,etc., though not in Farsi)

    June 17, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  97. Heide Daftari

    Please read through and you would know why the policy of President Obama toward Iran is the best for Irasn.

    Like any other social or political uprising in the world, the Iran protest needs everybody to keep their objectivity.
    We, as Iranians, love our country, but love alone usually blocks the sense of
    objectivity. We get emotional; get angry, we want to blame someone, either justly or unjustly.

    Since the afternoon of June 12th, many things have happened. Protests, all over the world.
    Media is living on what is coming out of Iran.

    Republicans and Royalists are doing their best to take their revenge on the mullahs. They do not care about us, they love our black blood, the Oil.

    Some Iranian and Americans love what the Republicans like Cheney, McCain say; that the US should take a very firm action toward Iran. Not realizing that would lead to more chaos which for sure will end up doing irreversible harm.

    Do not forget that the U.S, overthrew a popular democratic government in Iran in 1953; the Prime Minister, Mossadegh, was arrested and the Shah and his tyranny were brought back, courtesy of the CIA.

    Do not forget 1956 in Hungary, when the Hungarians were told that they had the full support of the US and they took to the streets, but the Americans never showed up and the Russian tanks did.

    Do not forget, the mass killing of the Shi’a in Iraq, after the U.S. urged them to revolt against Saddam Hussein and then left them to Saddam’s gun.

    My new adopted country has been in the habit of promising and not delivering.

    Now we, Americans have a President who understands history and has the intelligence to avoid repeating past mistakes.

    I highly recommend that everybody who has the interest of Iran in mind whether Iranian, American or Iranian /American like me, show our full support to Obama’s responsible policy toward Iran.

    June 24, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  98. Heide Daftari

    Baharestan Square again.

    It was in the same Square, some 31 years ago. The Black Friday. Today the history is repeating.
    Then demonstrators were attacked by air and land, hundreds died.

    Today, the Iranian took the same demand of freedom rights to the same square. I hope to God the result would not be as bad as the Black Friday.

    Young girl from Iran was reporting to CNN asking US to help. Be careful of what you wish for. The Hungarian did that in 1956. US didn't show, but the Russian tanks did.

    June 24, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  99. Heide Daftari

    Dear CNN:

    Call me a cynic if you want. How do you verify the acuracy of these reports, and opinions that you receive from anonynous sources.?

    June 24, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  100. M-Amin PKH

    hey guys

    I'm very disappointed to see how my Persian brothers and sisters (Iranian People) are trust to you -like these medias,

    in fact we may have some problem with our government , and of course it is usual for any country, but i can't still understand what is the meaning of behave like this for our GREAT people ?!!?!!
    IT IS A SHAME FOR NAME OF (P E R S I A N people)

    I do not think all these IRANian people accept this , some who do not know the way of arguing and talking in direct way,

    AND the most important point for us who carry PERSIAN name in our life is WHY DO WE GIVE PERMISSION TO FOREIGN PEOPLE TO ARGUE ABOUT US ?
    WE OURSELVES CAN DO THE BEST , and do not need others help LIKE THIS .........

    Hope all the best for all of the world
    and I believe that:
    -

    July 4, 2009 at 1:04 pm |

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