On Friday, Iranians and the rest of the globe are eagerly awaiting an outcome in the presidential elections. Iranians started voting Friday morning. Rallies and electioneering were not allowed on Thursday, the day before the vote, leaving Tehran’s streets eerily ghost-like after days of raucus rallies every evening.
Howard LaFranchi at CSM asks what the ‘Obama Effect’ will be on the Iranian revolution. Although it was not decisive, UNscientific polling in Lebanon suggests that Obama did have an effect in the defeat of the Hezbollah coalition, “March 8”, in Lebanon, even if it was a slight one. [Sorry for the typo in the earlier draft, meant to say ‘unscientific polling.’]
John Kerry finally breaks the taboo in Washington to say what everyone already knows. Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has the right to enrich uranium for peaceful, civilian energy purposes. The Bush administration’s lame attempt to unilaterally revise the NPT to forbid Iran from this capability just made the US a laughingstock in the international community.
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