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Late Night Open Thread: Iranian Uprising

We are all Iranians tonight.

141 Responses

  1. Dear Iranian People, Mousavi has not left you alone, he has been put under house arrest by Ministry of Intelligence #IranElection

    This is bad.

    • Mousavi just said his prayers @ HQ & is moving toward ministry with 30000 supporters

      Wow, there is going to be more going on in a couple of hours and still no major coverage from the big networks.

  2. Thanks for coming up. It was taking forever to reload that thread.

  3. amazing

    social media, such as youtube and twitter, is/are telling this tale:


  4. IranRiggedElectdear followers: when newspapers are shut down and the media is state-run, we can just report what we hear/see #iranelection

    There is a report that Mousavi is marching to planned protest with 30,000 supporters.

  5. That’s amazing, so inspiring.

  6. Iran Election protests (13 June 2009) — (Good Quality video)

    What happened to Christian? Did she leave?

  7. We should be marching in the streets like that to protest torture, war, domestic spying and all manner of tyranny that we have been just rolling over for.

    • the American populace hasn’t felt the tyranny yet. I suspect when the haze of propaganda clears we shall see the streets filled.

      • Um, not going to happen. They won’t feel it, and even if they did, they won’t do anything about it. Sorry, but that’s the reality.

      • The American people had great hopes that this election would actually create a change. Unfortunately, and sadly, it won’t.

    • Donna should end the crisis by flying to Tehran and awarding Mahmoud Moussvi’s delegates. Voting is overrated.

  8. mousavi1388’s photostream

    30 July - 8 مرداد

    Protest against the June 2009 coup d’état in Iran
    1551 Signatures
    [Sign Petition]
    Published by ehsan on Jun 13, 2009
    Category: Politics
    Region: Iran
    Target: Secretary-General of the United Nations
    Web site: http://www.mowj.ir/ShowCategory.php?fld_News_Type_
    Background (Preamble):
    The 2009 Iranian presidential election was held on 12 June 2009 in Iran, the tenth presidential election to be held in the country. The incumbent was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian reform movement attempted to unite behind former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi. The turnout was very high with around 85 percent of the electorate voting. Unofficial results from within the interim ministry report Mousavi the absolute winner with 45% of the votes with Mehdi Karoubi and Ahmadinejad with 31% and 13% ranked after Mousavi.

    In total denial of Iranian people’s choice, the Islamic Republic’s officials announced Ahmadinejad to be the winner and Iranians are repressed by military forces.

    A petition is up for those that want to sign it.

    • We Iranian people and supporters of democracy and freedom across the world request united nations to condemn the current coup d’état, support Iranians in their efforts for a fair election and restrain from accepting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the next president of Iran.

      We ask the world leaders to insist on security of the opposition leaders–president elect Mir Hossein Mousavi, former presidents Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Rafsanjani and the former speaker of the Parliament Mehdi Karoubi.

      I left out the main part which asks for help from world leaders.

  9. I thought Christian was in London.

  10. From a young student in Iran

    Gita they’ve shatterd everything in dorms. students’re wounded.

  11. At least the Iranians had the balls to protest, unlike Americans this year. That being said, we don’t know for a fact that the election was rigged. Am i reading that report correctly, Mahmoud with 13% of the vote? That is way too low, he is not that disliked there, many people like him very much. So i’m not buying *that* either. No way he would have only gotten 13 percent of the vote.

  12. The fall of the Shah began in 1978 with similar student and public demonstrations. A year later he fled the country. The Shah secret police, the Savak, numbered more than 60,000 and still couldn’t turn the tide. The Mullahs have to be worried.

  13. TORONTO PROTEST against fraudulent election in Iran SUN@ 2pm. Mel Lastman Sq

    There were also some local protests, but none were covered by the cable networks. Wondering why?

  14. An apt tweet:

    @Rationalists “The elections in Iran were free and fair, but we have now imprisoned the opposition party. “

  15. Don’t know why CNN didn’t turn it over to CNN Int’l. Don’t they have any reporters in the field in the M.E.?

  16. http://twitter.com/Change_for_Iran
    according to rumor mousavi requested all people to gather near his office at 12:30 pm today.
    less than 5 seconds ago from web
    there is a rumor now in Farsi twitting community about mousavi being seen after 12h of no known location


    He asked ppl not to come out alone, especially girls, come in groups #iranelection
    20 minutes ago from web
    Mousavi just said his prayers @ the HQ and is moving toward ministry with 30000 supporters #iranElection

    More Twitter sites to monitor:



    And… Twitter site cnnfail is watching CNN fail miserably in it’s NON-coverage of what is unfolding in Iran:


  17. Tehranbureau FB page announces the 12:30 rumour is a trap #iranelection

  18. Hey CNN–I wonder if these protests would be less likely to end in deadly violence if someone were televising them? Maybe live?

    • Obama probably ordered them not to cover the protests. Wouldn’t want to give Americans any ideas.

  19. US Rejects Victory Claim by Iran’s Ahmadinejad

    Published: June 14, 2009

    Filed at 2:12 a.m. ET

  20. iran09RT: @lotfan: IMPORTANT: No Organized Demonstrations are planned for today,Riot police is has been given the right to shoot ppl #iranelection

    TehranBureau@Change_for_Iran this is a trap. We have been trying to put a stop to this rumor for an hour now.

  21. My prayers are with the people in Iran.

  22. Mousavi’s letter to the Iranian people in English: http://ow.ly/dWZ8 incredible less than 10 seconds ago from UberTwitter

  23. This brings back memories of the Hungarian revolution. The U.S. urged them to rise up, and when they did we abandoned them. They had nothing but homemade molotov cocktails against the Soviet tanks.

  24. Geez, i can’t find this info hardly ANYWHERE! What is WRONG with the media?

  25. I have concerns about the gathering in a little bit. I don’t think that’s a good plan to have all the supporters in one place that way.

    • They’re saying it’s a trap and they’re trying to get the word out that there are no demonstrations planned, don’t go

  26. Reuters: More than 100 Iranian reformists arrested, including brother of ex-president Khatami #iranelection less than 10 seconds ago from twhirl

    • Sure sounds like a real fair election to me.

    • Even AOL is reporting better than CNN – they are running a few hours behind but at least they are reporting it.

  27. Check CNNInterational: edition.cnn.com

    And CNN is playing the same crap from earlier. Fail.

  28. ABC News video–some from cell phones.

  29. LastSilmaril tehranbureau.com down…#iranelection less than 10 seconds ago from web

  30. Keep track of here: http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23iranelection

    and you’ll know everything as we know it. You don’t have to register, just watch.

  31. Hey myiq?

    • I don’t think he’s around. At least he hasn’t commented in awhile.

      • Oh I thought I saw his icon. 🙂 I didn’t wanna bother you while you’re busy, I was just wondering if dak’s mad at me? I noticed she closed the other thread, sorry if I did something wrong cuz I think I was the only one posting on it by then.

        • Are you talking about the one just below? It was closed because it was so long.

          • No, not that one, the one where I was feeding trolls, which I’m not supposed to do. I can’t help myself when I’m bored at work.

    • Did someone call me?

      • LOL yes, am I in trouble?

        • Well SOMEBODY made a big mess.

          • I’m so sorry. I am the thread killer. *hangs head in shame*

          • *Giving Seriously a quick peck on the cheek*

            If I had known you were being a rabblerouser I would have joined you. *grins*

            Stupid trolls deserve to be drop kicked every once in a while.

          • *hugs cwaltz* Right? If you were the poor girl who had to work the Sat night graveyard shift, wouldn’t you want to make obnoxious flip comments to amoral people who define “installing Bush thanks to thugging caucuses and violating all ethics and principles” as “winning”?

          • Bush 3 I should specify

          • If you really need to play with the troll, I reopened that thread.

            But clean up your own mess.

          • Hell no, I have no desire to play with the troll. I just don’t want everyone mad at me. I’m sorry! I won’t do it again.

          • it wasn’t me i wasn’t even born yet.lol

  32. I guess I’ll add this to my twitter. Second only to the Laura Ling detainment.


  34. OK, I have to get some sleep. Good night everyone, it was exciting watching history unfold with you.

    Don’t feed any trolls.

  35. SUGAR is on Twitter. Watch out!


    • The genius of twitter is people like sugar who can write about their daily lives and actually make it interesting.

  36. I totally need to try to get some shuteye. Hopefully, the world isn’t totally in flames by the time I get up.

  37. Reformists arrested ahead of the rally: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8099218.stm

    • Is there a rally? Iranians were twittering before that it was a hoax and everyone heading down there is in danger.

  38. Terrifying and inspiring. What would it take to get Americans off our tuchises?

  39. You should go to bed, CNN has Larry King for the 12th time and HNN has a Nancy Grace clone.

  40. Ahmadinejad is about to give a presser.

  41. Khoemeni’s grandchild arrested. What exactly is happening over there?

  42. Reg tweeted @LaraABCNews great work, don’t ever work for CNN

    Too funny!!! LOL

    • It’s true. She confirmed some stuff that had been floating around for hours. Thank God for her. What the hell to do about the rest of them I don’t know.

  43. News: former president Khatami’s brother, Mohammad Reza Khatami & wife arrested #IranElection

  44. CNN is allegedly live.

  45. Hey, did BB or you, SOD, come up with #CNNFail? Ya’ll are famous.

  46. Does CNN even know Iran exists?

    • They talked about Iran equally as long as they talked about Bill saying we’re all diverse and other sundry adorable bull. But, yeah, we’re not supposed to call them failtastic.

      • Last time I checked their channel they were talking about what searches are the most dangerous for getting malware

        • They’re back on Iran, but it wasn’t exactly riveting.

          • At this point they would be better off reading directly from twitter. Epic fail

          • Or they could wake up the crypt keeper, tell him one of the guys reminds him of Hillary, and send him into inchoate spittle flecked rage. It’s not news, but at least we’d have some drama.

    • CNN: Never bothered by annoying requests to “put that in layman’s terms.”

    • they know nothing beyond bo and company.

  47. Someone got too greedy. There is no doubt Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cheated. 62% to 33% is too much. He should have aimed for a 10% or 6% difference.

  48. Ahmadinejad is speaking.

  49. Worst translator ever.

  50. I’m so done. Off to sleep. I can’t withstand this translator. Heh, he has lego hair.

    Good day all.

  51. What else can you expect from a beneficiary of election theft? Obviously, the Obama media didn’t get permission to cover

  52. i wonder if there is anyway to actually re-count the votes, or if Iran has a mechanism to allow for that

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