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June 15th, 2009
07:28 AM ET

Iranian Elections

The Iranian government says Pres. Ahmadinejad won. Others have doubts. What do you think? Post your comments below.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Kovith

    just leave them alone. the other candidates will have the same policies, ...suports Hammas/Hezbullah, Holocaust denied!!!! ...so what?

    June 15, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  2. Hassan -- Toronto

    Even if we to assume that Mir Hossein Moussavi won the elections, how much of a "change" will there be in Iran anyways? I don't believe their president, whether Nejad or Moussavi, has the ultimate power when it comes to making drastic policy changes, and any such decision is always controlled by the spiritual leaders. Nonetheless, it's everyones right to have a fair election.

    June 15, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  3. niloo rad

    we never believe ahmadi nejad to be our presidet , it is a big unbelievable cheatting, they are liers, they prove how much they are care about their people wants. we hate them by our hearts.i hope god help iranian people to prove this unjust attitude, and take their right,

    June 15, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  4. Sylvia fr. NY

    Are you saying we should assume the probe & investigations into irans allegated election fraud can be a fair and honest one??????? I'm not so sure about that, i think they better do a probe, into the probe.. The only way i would believe it to be a fair one is if they found the corruption and fraud that obviously took place , and replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the iranians true winner Mir Hossein Mousavi.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  5. dave calkins

    no different than bush, whats the big deal. the people really don't pick their leaders.wake up and smell the coffee.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  6. Jesse Hamric

    Seriously, do people really think that fraud took place? Would the president really risk his reputation and future career in politics?

    I believe that he won a 2nd term, leaders usually do.

    The "gripe" from the opponents supporters seems to be that they voted the other way and still lost.

    That is what happens when you have an election, people lose.

    Sad sitaution.

    I think this all comes down to a day of being a sore loser.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  7. Remington

    I really don't think this was a "fair" vote. As a history education student in college following the election, all the media hype was on the opposition and how they were able to rally up enough supporters to possibly beat Ahmadinejad. So how is it he comes up with 62% of the vote with the previous information? All the irregularities point to, in my opinion, voting fraud. So, how are we, as Americans, who are able to enjoy the freedom of a (usually) fair election, to assume any other way that this is a fair election? In my opinion, we can't.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  8. Evan Bjorkenstam

    Fair? Compared to what? I would imagine that there's not much that is fair in Iran these days. I just hope this is the begining of something good.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  9. Alejandra

    Hi Heidi,
    I know you can't mention this comment but I can see what is happening in Iran is exactly what has happened in Venezuela- where I am from -since many years: the government has the electoral power and manipulates the results to its convenience under a false democracy.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  10. michael armstrong sr.

    this is what i think the iyatholas have proclaimed the winner that meens its over theres no recount this is iran not america when the iranian government makes a decision its final .

    June 15, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  11. Sima Parsai

    It is obvious the election results were rigged. I am proud of the Iranians that have been courageous enough to demonstrate in the streets. Will CNN be there after Ahmadinejad bullys his way in to powere to document the fate of the protesters?
    The average intelligent Iranian would ABSOLUTELY NOT support Ahmadinejad. He has no respect for women or any other country . He has dispayed arrogance and dictatorship throughout his rule. Everyone I know is trying to escape from Iran . Its a shame its a beautiful country ran by extremists. There is little difference between a christian and a muslim extremist. They are both dangerous.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  12. Ben H

    I lived through the first revolution and strongly believe that this is the second best thing the Iranians could have hoped for. Keep the demonstrations going and fight back if you must. Don't wait for US or anyone else to help. This is a great opportunity. If you want democracy, you’ve go to fight for it!... DO NOT STOP!

    June 15, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  13. roger-VA

    Why would anyone ever believe that a Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the dictator would be part of a legitimate election process!
    This election could have been predicted before it started, typical of a third world country with a nuclear aspirations.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  14. zahra

    No matter what happens they say the Israeli's had something to do with it. Ahmadinejad just proved to everyone that it is not just Israel he wants to destroy but to reach his personal goals he will vanish even the Iranian children.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  15. Damon Gregory Klee'

    I cannot help but be reminded of the Bush/ Kerry Election in 2004.
    Good luck on your quest for Democracy People of Iran.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  16. Charlotte

    Puh-Leez! While I think the elections were probably rigged, we as a nation have no business commenting on other nations' elections, when we allowed George Bush to steal the 2000 election.

    Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  17. Landon

    If Iranians believed they were a democracy before this election, they now know better. I'm sure Ahmadinejad knew long before this election he would continue to be in power in Iran.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  18. Mansour

    You can bet Ahmadinejad will place Army in the cities and will not be shy of taking thousands of lives to secure his personal goals. He believes in using force to rule.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  19. Aida

    I don't believe Ahmadinejad won the election, for sure they cheated! Also I believe the reason for all iranian people who voted is because they want peace and change in their country. They are sick of hearing lies after lies in last 30 years! WE WANT PEACE!
    Thanks for caring and hearing our voice!

    June 15, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  20. Jared Salinger

    I am encouraged that the Supreme Leader of Iran has ordered an investigation into possible election fraud; However, I have little faith in the ability of the Iranian government to consider the best interests of their citizens in any event, regardless of who is elected President.

    June 15, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  21. jccc

    Let the process take its course. If there is fraud, investigate.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  22. HollyMartins

    I hope that your coverage of the protests intensifies – there is so much more information online than on TV, but it's hard to sort the truth from the rumors. I don't understand why a potential Iranian revolution isn't a bigger story on the networks or on cable! Why on earth am I watching a segment on "Remodeling Gone Bad" while people are risking their lives there to fight back against a dangerous dictator?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  23. andrew pearson

    It doesn't matter if the election was a fraud. Our new policy is to "get along" with everybody. Our new president thinks that we are the problem in the world, so all we will do is talk and take polls.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  24. Martin in Shoreline, WA

    It sounds like the Supreme Leader took a page out of the 2004 American election, and just flipped the results. Are they using Diebold machines?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  25. Dan

    Well I suppose if one voted for the shah of iran or who ever is trying to get power now they would not be safe. The only safe environment is to have church and state separated. It appears that students can make constructive opinions of the current conditions in Iran......

    June 15, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  26. Kevin

    It's really surprising that there hasn't been any comparison to the 2000 election in the US. In both cases, the will of the people was handed over to a "guardian council" i.e. supreme court. If democracy is so fragile and fallible in the world's paragon and champion of democracy, what hope is there for fake democracies like Iran? Were there people in the US willing to sacrifice their life for the ideal of democracy and freedom then? Makes you wonder who cares more about those values?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  27. Farshid

    We drove 444 Kms to Ottawa on Friday June 12 to ensure our voice is heard and waited close to an hour in line to vote. Here is what I overheard when I was inside the embassy:

    A lady asked a question from one of the officials about her ballot and this was the response:

    "Ma'am I am not sure, Just write something and drop it in the box"

    That is when I felt that the smirks on most officials' faces suggested that our votes are worthless...There was NO sign of anyone supporting Ahmadinejad!!...Judge for yourselves...

    June 15, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  28. Addo

    I think that the goverment of iran riged the votes who won? I think that if the same guy is in office it could get worse.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  29. James Crowell

    I mean no disrespect, but Iran is a real 3rd world country, they can not keep their telephone lines up and working without help, the have a very poor electrical gride that always fails and you expect me to accept and election was conducted fairly and in a timely manner? We here in the US can not complete an open and fair election in 24 hours with some of the greatest technology in the world.

    The election appears to be controlled by hardliners.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  30. vic

    please keep us updated on the reporter you interviewed last nite..thanks!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  31. Fakhri

    For the first time since the revolution the Iranian regime is facing a real pressure, that is much stronger than any sanctions Thanks to CNN for continiously covering the stroy.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  32. Ziba Bahadori

    Ahmadinjead must be removed NOW ! his leader mr khamenie must be removed now. the whole world must get involve in
    what people of iran are going through.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  33. Suzan

    election was not only a fraud but also was a COUP. Our friends, the students of Tehran University, were beaten and killed last night while they were sleeping in the dormitory! We expect CNN and other media to provide more coverage to Iran and spread the news to the world and enable Iranians voices to be heard.
    Ballots were not even counted. The numbers had been generated from long time before the election. Guardian Council is part of the regime and we don't believe their investigation of the fraud would come up with the true result.

    Tell the world that WE DO NOT STOP!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  34. Akin Isijola

    Until the good Iranian people can topple the so called Supreme Leader Ayatollah their dream of becoming a civilized society will be illusive. I am a Nigerian I support the protesters because I know what it is to live under a dictator. Get rid of the Ayatollah

    June 15, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  35. Niki

    Dear newscasts:
    Our people are very brave as it has been proven to the world. This nation is looking for a positive change which is why people are protesting against the unfair election results. We only need your verbal support and we don't need the American troops to move into our soil like Iraq. The people aren't happy about the current regime and they only want the world's support and not war. As I was watching CNN today, our people and country were insulted by a commercial saying that the terrorists in Iran and Iran's nuclear weapons have to be stopped. This should not be the focus right now as it only creates tremendous amount of tension. Human rights should be the focus. With commercials like this you are insulting and judging Iran as a nation and this is very hurtful. Please be mindful of our people who are very angry and hurt. We all hope that this ordeal will be behind us soon and once again we can have that shining glory we once had as a nation 30 years ago (Shah's time).

    Thank you

    June 15, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  36. Akin Isijola, NY

    Until the good Iranian people can topple the so called Supreme Leader Ayatollah their dream of becoming a civilized society will be illusive. I am a Nigerian I support the protesters because I know what it is to live under a dictator. Get rid of the Ayatollah the blood of the tyrant shall be watered the tree of liberty

    June 15, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  37. Ken Adamson

    Does anyone really think the elections in Iran were going to be fair?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  38. Patrick Fallon

    Hi people. RE: Health Care.
    I think I am tired of that same old line 'would you like the government handling your health care system'?
    Do we really think 'healthcare for profit' companies have health care for all people in mind ? Of course not, it is private enterprise and needs to be profitable. I like private enterprise but not executing the public need for all inclusive health care.

    Secondly, young people with new business ideas that could create new wealth and enterprise are telling me that they are holding back executing their dreams. They can't... as their young families at home need health care coverage while their new entrepreneural dreams are executed.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  39. Sam

    I think it is important to trust Iranians' intelligence on this whole thing. People rightfully believe that their votes were not counted. They very well know the tricks that Ahmadinejad tries to pull off to kill the momentum in Iran. This level of uprising is unseen in recent history and should be used as a very rare and good opportunity to bring change in Iran. So it is important for other governments not to rush in and recognize the official election results...yet

    June 15, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  40. D.Thornton

    I have the feeling that some how this election was just like the one in socialist Amerika back in November. Does Iran have a ACORN group too?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  41. Sara

    Fraud ...Fraud .... 24 milion votes belong to Mousavi .

    June 15, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  42. gildokhtar

    As an Iranian, we always can predict who the winner is before the results are revealed by the country's environment. For example the year Mohammad Khatami was elected by more than 20 million votes; all of us knew it because everyone around us was talking about voting to him. This year we even have seen more supports for Mousavi! If Ahmadinejad really earned higher than 60% of the votes, we should have seen some signs of voting in favor of him around us in cities and rural area! Anether thing is the proportions of votes were given to other candidates including Mehdi Karoubi and Mohsen Rezaee sounding clearly fake!!! Karoubi had the votes of religious groups who are in mintority such as Darvish group. This group has a leader who ordered his supporters to vote for Karoubi! Since Darvish is a religious group, the followers obey the leader's order completely! All of them voted for karoobi which should be around 2 million! Furthurmore, Karoubi is supported by Tahkim Vahdat, one of the student organizations which should have earned him at least another one million votes. Now look at what is announced by government: 300000 votes!!! I just mentioned two groups who followed Karoubi while there are more groups announced supporting him. The reason we see such a low votes announced for Moosavi, Karooubi and Rezaei is that Ahmadinejad wanted to have higher than 50% votes to get elected as a president directly. Believe us the votes announced by Iranian government are not even close to the reality. They are all made up by the government! Ahmadinejad is a dictator and what we have seen in this election was dictating his name as a president!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  43. Dunk Pruett

    It is surprising that no one questioned the timing of the winner's announcement less than 3 hours after the polls were closed recognizing that the time required to count votes in the U.S is many hours, even days. How did the Iranian votes get counted in this short time and by whom?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  44. alex

    I do not understand why CNN gives much air time for Iran and Zimbabwe election unlike they gave for other African elections (the Kenya and Ethiopia). CNN should act like a media not as a political organisation. There is no killing in Iran but there were in kenya nd Ethiopia. where was CNN's coverage.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  45. Gayle

    Iran elections is just a repeat of the 2000 presidential elections did people make a stand and say George Bush was a Fraud.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  46. modu

    to ensure that hamadenejiad won t manipulate the election they shuld bring international obsever to monitor vote count

    June 15, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  47. saman daftarian

    Today all persians around the globe can be proud of the brave youth of Iran. thanks CNN for polarizing this amazing event.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  48. firouzeh

    That election is fake and there is a huge cheating in Iranian election .they are killing people in Iran .
    We do not accept Ahmadinejad as our president .
    We participated in election to change this situation in Iran ,but they cheated and They changed the result of the election.
    I hate ahmadinejad most people in Iran are like me
    WHERE IS OUR VOTES???

    June 15, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  49. Mahmmoud

    More power to new generations of Iranian who want to bring our country back. Maybe this will stop the world sanctions against us. The Ahmadinejad government is probaby busy transfering money out in case he needs to run away. Ahmadenijad should runaway and live with his bodies Hezbollah.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  50. Nana

    Help and support Iranian people and get back their vote from this dictator regime. Help Iranian people's voice be heard by U.N. and all countries top rulers.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  51. Curt

    The US continues its imperialistic policies set forth by the previous administration. Change you can believe in....

    Overwhelmingly the people of Iran have spoken, providing an overwhelming mandate for its current leader Ahmadenijad. US leadership and policy prevents it from accepting leaders which they feel are anything other than pro American.

    US aggression and continued questioning leads a small group of individuals in Iran to begin protesting. It should be noted that Americans need to be held responsible for any bloodshed that may come from the government of Iran having to regain control of the country.

    Withdrawing funding from nations like Nicaragua at the same time planting seeds of mistrust and doom in countries with free and democratic elections. A majority of protestors are not even in the country of Iran... Change, you can really believe in...

    June 15, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  52. Senoumou

    I think that if the results of the elections have been aproved by the National Electoral commission, and by the majority of the population, it means there should be a part of reliability as far as the results are concerned. The cleric Khameney (a reliable personality in the religious ranks) also aproved the results as clear. Anyway, I don't know how it works, but what I know is that there is no need to contest something aproved by the majority. Politics is like war, you can lose when you very confident. It is all a matter of strategy. therefore, if you lose, just get ready for the next time (especially a loss aproved by more than 50% of the population should be considered as a loss.) Let's peace reign in everywhere in the world.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  53. Ted Andreasian

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    More than a million people have this plan.

    Your Congressman has this plan.

    Immediately, and if nothing else, this plan should be open to everyone. The Federal Employee Health Benefits program provides an excellent choice of coverage at affordable rates in every state. And, surprise, surprise, the health insurance companies still make money.

    Let me choose from among the plans and pay my premium (the government pays about 72% for Congress and federal employees). Provide this plan as an option for US companies and see how competitive we become. Those who need to be subsidized can be. A government option can be added later, if necessary.

    Obama and others said during the campaign that we should have the same health care as Congress. I would like to see it.

    Take a look at the Federal plan at http://www.opm.gov and click on "health insurance."

    Last note: if we want reform, take insurance away from Congress and put them on COBRA. They will have to pay their entire premium and will have 18 months to come up with a plan before THEIR rates get boosted sky high.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  54. zoya

    The people's angerness is truly wellgrounded. the election was rigged so as the last time but the difference between this year cheating election and 4 years ago is that Iranian can't tolerate Ahmadinejad for 4 more years! Now they know what a disaster Ahmadinejad presidensy is!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  55. ali

    Ahmadinejad bought people before his election. He bought Iranians by raising employment and retirement. He slandered his opposition, by lying to people during the debate.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  56. Krystyna Dudek

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    June 15, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  57. Reza

    My parents told me not to vote., election is all shows and fake, but I could'nt ignore this important matter. so I did and now im so sad and know that the ELECTION in islamic republic of (ayaat-o-laah) is simply SELECTION. and i think is time for their shows that has been going for 30 yrs. to be OVER. down with DICTATOR.

    reza 28 from houston texas

    June 15, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  58. Max

    Ahmadinejad's victory was decided prior to the general elections. Iran is under a repressive theocracy controlled by a supreme leader. The elected president must be approved by the supreme leader and this is in direct conflict with freedom of choice voiced via general elections.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  59. reginald hicks

    Heidi:

    I support the peaceful, organized protests in Iran. And in light of the obvious wide-spread discontent against Ahmadinjead and his administration, President Obama should use this window of opportunity to add fuel to the fire by lending a strong voice of support for the demonstrators and the jilted candidate. The President may never get another chance to make the world safer and United States more secure.

    Thank you,

    R. Hicks

    June 15, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  60. Gildokhtar

    I suggest having another election in just a few cities/towns (chosen randomly) under the control of United Nation...I'm sure even the reults from a few cities will show how much this election result was FAKE!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  61. Nooshin Anjom

    This week Iranians turned out in record numbers not seen since the beginning of the Iranian revolution to change their current President Mahmood Ahmadinejad.

    Their willingness to exercise their democratic right was both historic and uncommon in the Middle East. Iranians longed for change the same way people in the United States, and indeed worldwide, longed for a new beginning after the Bush years. They were tired of an increasingly delusional President who has thrown their country into economic turmoil and portrayed their country as a conflict seeking entity in the Middle East.

    But today the same Iranian regime that has denied a dialogue with the world, denied human rights, denied democracy, denied the Holocaust, is blatantly denying the will of its people by committing massive election fraud to reelect Mahmood Ahmadinejad, and arresting journalists and opposition leaders in broad daylight.

    Accepting this deception will be costly not only for the people of Iran but also for the people of the Middle East, with far reaching consequences worldwide.

    As you read these words, the people in Iran have taken to the streets in nationwide protests. Despite brutal government suppression tactics the Iranian people are courageously fighting for their rights. As antiriot police batons crush the bones of demonstrators whose only protest is election fraud, Iranians are screaming for the world to hear them: WE DENOUNCE MAHMOOD AHMADINEJAD!

    The people of Iran now ask for your support!

    We do not expect you to fight our struggle but to help us fight it. We expect people worldwide to put pressure on their governments and politicians not to accept the legitimacy of the Iranian elections and the fraudulent presidency of Mahmood Ahmadinejad. Democratic societies worldwide must not leave the Iranian people alone now that they have risen to the challenge. Instead they need to align their policies with the will of the Iranian people.

    Friends, we ask you not to let 70 million people in Iran be taken hostage. 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.

    Iranian Artists in Exile

    June 15, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  62. Alireza

    All those people that participated in Ahmadinejad rally are the individuals (and their families) that on his payroll which includes revolutionary guard, Basij (voluntaries) and government employees whom they were threatened with losing their jobs unless participate in the rally.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  63. CAROL

    Well, well, well, Where the hell were all of you in Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004? Why no HUGE public outcry over our stolen elections? Why is Pence….a Republican….grabbing headlines NOW? Do Republicans and many, many journalists (who so politely reported on our own stolen elections but did not REALLY investigate) not feel SHAME? I am livid. We Americans have absolutely no right to criticize Iran’s elections and the results. In 1999 we could. Now, we can’t. And Republicans, again, are proving their well-honed hypocrisy.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  64. Fred Slaven

    Why would anybody want help from the U.S. in elections? We've had the same problems in counting votes the past few years!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  65. n b

    they have cheatted and Ahmadinejad hasn't won the votes. I hope these protests in Iran be the beginning of something good.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  66. Ben H

    What Iranians seek and deserve is true democracy. No self-appointed guardian councils, or foreign appointed kingdoms. Just a fair election! If you have nothing to hide, then let the international community monitor the election.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  67. Charles

    As someone who has studied Iranian politics for several years, there is no doubt this is a power grab by Ahmadinejad and the Revolutionary guards. There is no doubt the elections was rigged, and too many examples to note in this posting.
    Having Mousavi as President is what the majority of Iranian citizens have voted for and while he may not bring about major change in Iran, he can be a catalyst for change and is a big step in the right direction. The international community should not recognize the results of the election. Also any announcements and coverage by Iranian State Media, is controlled by Ahmadinejad, so its works as Ahmadinejad's personal press office and should not be taken as the truth.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  68. Tim

    The situation with Iran's elections is not going to change, and the U.S. will have to deal with it as it has been declared by their government/rulers. I remember the U.S. had some of the same situation in our election, don't forget what happen Flordia.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  69. Paul

    I have two questions. First, what part, if any, do you think President Obama's position on Iran and wanting to open a dialog with them, may have had on the election and the post election reaction.

    Second, do we think that Ahmadinejad was elected in a fair and honest election four years ago? At that time we believed the election was a shame yet we dealt with him. What's diferent this time?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  70. Arash

    I don't know anybody in my family and friends who voted for Ahmadinejad. Nobody is happy with his 4 years presidency. How he managed to get 7 million vote more than his first election? This is a very good thing that people want to get their vote back, but it never happened that Guardian Council said they have made a mistake! People must be clever at this moment.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  71. Peggy

    More power to the Iranian people and to the opponent for standing his ground! I wonder what the pressures were that made Kerry and Gore buckle in the Bush illegal elections -the chad fiasco and the electronic stealing of Bush's second election. We Americans looked on like the nation of sheep we have become. We lost our democracy in the last 8 years. I'm hopeful with Obama's leadership we will regain it. However, we Americans have to get back their spine or there is no hope!!

    June 15, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  72. neville stone

    ELECTION WAS FIXED FROM THE START ,NO DOUBTABOUT IT.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  73. David

    How does Iran handle a hotly contested election with spillover in the streets? Something of a question. I think Moussavi is courageous to mount an election challenge. If the election is controlled will Moussavi's challenge be able to uncover any ballot shenanigans?

    I'm for keeping the channels of communication with Iran open.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  74. Nana

    The guardians are opening fire to students in the dorms in Tehran University, Shiraz, Isfahan, Tabriz , ... Universities. It is really clear that they are afraid of people. They want to stay on the power but we do not let them to do that and we want you to support people and let all the world know what is happening in Iran right now.

    Do not let Iranian governments participate in the July 4th celebrations in US. Deny their fake victory.

    June 15, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  75. Tomasz

    Greetings:

    Iranian elections are never going to be free and fair. This is because there are sanctions on Iran.
    The Iranian youth know that in order to get rid of the sanctions they have to throw out Islam and Islamic laws. Only this will make the Sanctioner(USA) happy with them.
    The Iranian youth are being held not at gunpoint but being held in duress of the stomache.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  76. Tomasz

    Greetings:

    If you really want to tell the truth, then you must consider this the Iranian version of the election of President Bush 43. Voter irregularities, votes being thrown out, people being accused of having criminal records and having votes disqualified.
    Iran is reading from the playbook of the USA.
    The US wants to be the global example, and so Iran is following that example.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  77. Kovith

    Come on! you are much better off than having the dictators like in Egypt, Syria or Jordan. ..stop crying!!! your enemies are laughing!!!

    Do you want it that way?

    June 15, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  78. Paul Halpin

    With all the media coming from Iran, showing the events and protests that are happening, the Iranian Government is criticizing the coverage and calling it Psychological Warfare against them. Video, pictures, and commentary from people on the ground experience this. Will the Government, now deny this is happening as they have the Holocaust? The Iranian people are obviously hungry for democracy,

    June 15, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  79. Jean

    The Iranian election was rigged. Do not expect the Ayatollah and his regime to be honest about investigating the election outcome. I would not be surprised if the opposition leader is murdered by this regime. I would not like to hear of any blood-shed but those who are demonstrating should continue to do so. Through this, they could bring down Ahmadinejad who wants to stay in power to rule them. In this day and age, It is high time that all dictatorship governments fall and allow for democracy. People want freedom not bondage. They do not want to be suppressed and harnessed and denied their basic human rights which they are entitled to, just as those who are in power. May God assist them. My prayers are with them.

    June 15, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  80. Sam

    There is NO SINGLE DOUBT that Ahmadinejad cheated. The cheating was not small by no means!! He claims he won the election by 24milion while he had only 4 milion!!!!!

    20 milion Iranians were cheated on their votes!!!

    He is the biggest liar of the century!!!!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  81. Mozhgan

    The people of Iran now ask for your support ….!!!! Please write something nice .
    We want changes in Iran & Mousavi is our persident . I do hate Ahmadinejad.
    That election is fraud and there is a huge cheating in Iranian election .they are killing iranian students in their own dorm . who can help ?!!!!! UNITED NATIONS … Now we ask for help .

    June 15, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  82. Megan

    Honestly I don't believe there is any way Ahmadinejad won this election legally. I think President Obama should get involved with this because obviously Ahmadinejad doesn't like us and the people don't seem to be a big fan of him either. We'll just have to wait and see how the meeting with the Gaurdian Council goes. Moussavi for the win!

    June 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  83. Gildokhtar

    There is a rumor in Iran saying that there is going to be a FAKE unsucceful terror of Ahmadinejad in coming days to change world's attention to his favor!

    June 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  84. Ali

    %100 Ahmadi nejad is not Iran's president.

    June 15, 2009 at 8:11 pm |
  85. Middle East Phoenix

    Iran, Where is my Vote? a Da Ja Vou of a Ukrainian “orange revolution” with Iranian “green wave”

    Is it Iranian spring yet? Hundreds of thousands protestors swarmed streets of the Iranian capital Tehran this week in a political turmoil after tyrant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was confirmed as the winner a questionable presidential election. It felt like a Da Ja Vou that reminded me with the 2005 Ukrainian “orange revolution” by Iranian “green wave”. I can almost feel “Wind of Change” over the Middle East after the recent changes in Lebanon with Saad Hariri and his 14 March pro-west bloc winning the Lebanese elections and now the attempts of change in Iran many voting for the moderate and reformist Hossein Mousavi.

    Many political analysts agreed that one main root problem of this region is manifested in the Iranian affairs and its nuclear problems. Being from the Middle East, I would argue that people in this region are tired of the current status of lack of freedom and want change. Iranians want Democracy. They want Prosperity. They want Freedom. The recent movements for change throughout the ascending street demonstrations in Iran is a great prove of this fact.

    Where is President Obama, the U.S. administration or the Western world from all of this? Why all this sudden silence after being so loud couple of weeks ago with a new message of hope to the Muslim world. One can claim that his speech maybe contributed and encouraged people to support the events that triggered the call for democracy in this region. So now, it’s our responsibility as international community has to step in NOW. The more they wait the more it allows time to the Iranian government to crush the well of the people. Everybody is looking back now at the White House waiting for a prove that President Obama can walk-the-walk after he proved couple of weeks ago that he can talk-the-talk. Can he step up for it?

    Rany Ibrahim, Halifax, NS

    June 15, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  86. Monica

    Iranian people have been suffering for 30 years. If the government is really honest, they should ask the international committee to be there for re-counting. How come counting the votes took one day, but re-counting takes 10 days?
    Stop killing our brothers & sisters in Iran.enough is enough.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  87. mascot

    God help us. The result of this election is unbilievable. They don't respect to opinion of Iraninan people in anyway even in their VOTE.
    Hope this unions have good result for iran and iranian people.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:44 am |
  88. mascot

    God help us. The result of this election is unbilievable. They don’t respect to opinion of Iraninan people in anyway even in their VOTE.
    Hope this unions have good result for iran and iranian people

    June 16, 2009 at 1:25 am |
  89. Justic

    Iranian people don't tolerate LIES and CRUELTY of this governoment. Iranian people can't have patient against this situation.
    We stand on our opinion and protest until last breath.we must RELAPSE our vote. They have stolenl our vote. We wrote Mousavi , they read Ahmadinejad.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:51 am |
  90. mascot

    God help us. The result of this election is unbilievable. They don’t respect to opinion of Iraninan people in anyway even in their VOTE.
    Hope this unions have good result for iran and iranian people.

    June 16, 2009 at 1:55 am |
  91. Fred Brons

    It does not help to recount the votes. What needs to be established is how the balad boxes have reached the counting centres. It is in this process where boxes are exchanged.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:23 am |
  92. Dave Simmonds

    From jamaica looking on i think if this current gov.in Iran is allowed to continue it may in the very near furture present a problem for the entire world at large,even as far as we here in jamaica.

    June 16, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  93. Nick

    To those who claim that no fraud took place, how do we explain the counting by hand of twenty million votes in three hours? Its impossible. Moussavi may not have won the election outright, but his share of the popular vote was surely higher than 34 percent.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  94. Sandy

    I know you oversee comments so I am hoping you can tell me how I can contact Poppy Harlow. I believe she must be related to Sarah Harlow who was a anchor/reporter in SLC during the 90's. The two look so very much alike. I worked and had alot of fun with Sarah when she was hired here for the NBC-Affiliate and I was at the ABC-Affiliate in news. I spoke to Sarah a few years ago when my twin sister died and she knew well.

    Poppy is a very, very good contributor to CNN and Forbes. Please help me connect. I did a search but could not find a way to connect.

    Thank you, Sandra Biggs-SLC

    June 16, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  95. jerry

    Having lived in Iran for almost three years, I quickly found out that there were two things that were forbidden in Iran. Do not criticize the person or persons in power and do not criticize their religion. The Shah was overthrown, in part because troops fired on students who were on strike in the city of Qom. Students were killedf and although it was a terrible thing, the real thing that got the Shah was that the studfernts were in a clerical university. Watc;h and wait, their will be a power struggle between the clerics and the students I found that the majority of Iranians are passionate in their beliefs and; educated students were a large reason for change.

    June 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  96. PersianShirZan

    I spoke to my cousin in Iran today over Yahoo Messenger....very slow internet didn't keep him around for long...I told him America's CNN is showing the crisis daily, and showing the images & pain....He told me he now has HOPE that America actually cares for them. He didn't believe me at first. He now has hope ! THANKS AMERICA and especially CNN

    June 17, 2009 at 12:59 pm |

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